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Tiger Agenda : Chhattisgarh

Posted by: Raza Kazmi on

 

I will concede here that I have always been fascinated by Chhattisgarh largely because of the sheer extent of the pristine & unexplored forests in the state (and hence the possibility of major surprises that they might withhold) and the similarity between Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh in terms of land and culture of these two


Tiger Agenda : Jharkhand

Posted by: Raza Kazmi on

I was asked to prepare a “Tiger Agenda” for the states of Jharkhand and Chattisgarh a couple of months back. I submitted it, but unfortunately even after roughly 3 months I don't really know what happened regarding the report because while I did read the agenda for some other Tiger-States, I didn't come across one for Jharkhand


The Trojan Horse

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

Coal, bauxite, lignite and uranium mines are ripping my country apart and burying tigers, elephants and butterflies in their depressing debris. Yet, even in my darkest moments, I remind myself we neither have the luxury of cynicism nor despair. The sad thing is that our battles are largely being lost because, as in the story of

The Similipal Tiger Reserve is reeling under tremendous odds. Keeping its core issues in view and seeking a constructive revival strategy, I, on behalf of Wild Orissa, among other steps that we are taking for Similipal, have written to the Minister of Environment and Forests seeking interventions. A press release to that effect


Why is Baghpat District,U.P. in News??----The once mighty Yamuna river has become a seasonal river here and it has completely dried up over a stretch of 100 kms (from Delhi to Saharanpur District, U.P.) for the past 7 months!!!Administrators of Baghpat District---a district that lies in this 100 km stretch along the banks of

The Mother of our Rivers

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

It was dry and very hot. At around 3.30 p.m. on a May day, temperatures hovered around 45 degrees C in the shade and the perspiration evaporated almost as fast as it appeared. But this did not bother me. From the bamboo thicket to our left we had heard the bell-like alarms of a sambar deer. A tiger was about.

Ten, fifteen,



Tagore, man of the future

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

"I love India, but my India is an idea and not a geographical expression. Therefore, I am not a patriot - I shall ever seek my compatriots all over the world"

Those lines were written by 'Gurudev' Rabindranath Tagore, whose 150 birth anniversary happens to be today. The free-thinking lines define my own notion of life and


Gola corridor lost?

Posted by: Prerna Bindra on

As detailed in a previous story (Elephants Must forget, http://indianaturally.blogspot.com/search?q=elephants+must+forget), the Gola river corridor, a crucial tiger and elephant corridor that connected the Terai East with the West divisions is all but lost. Already under pressure from boulder mining, possible expansion of an


Chicken or Egg?

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

 

What came first, wildlife, or wildlife tourism? That's a no-brainer as far as I am concerned. It was much after this that the tourism guys came in, attracted by easy pickings.

Even today, virtually no wildlife destination truly shares its wealth with the people living around reserves, nor do lodges actually help finance