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THE CLIMATE SNAFU

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

The rains have arrived in Mumbai on June 7, 2010. Bang on time. That is probably enough reason for the climate ignorant to say to themselves: "These environmental types are always barking up the wrong tree. See, nothing is wrong with the climate."

 Of course they are the ones holding the wrong side of the climate stick.  

India


Killer Red-tapism

Posted by: Partha Pratim Patra on

Yesterday I went to the news stand to pick a few magazines. The shopkeeper handed me a copy of one of the leading weeklies of India. For a minute I could not take my eyes off the cover of the magazine. The cover had a rare picture of a full grown Royal Bengal Tiger. Many of you may be wondering-What is rare about the picture 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,


Sunderbans loses Tanti, the ‘keeper’ of its Tigers

Prithvijit Mitra | TNN  

Kolkata: He dared to look the tiger in the eye in the treacherous Sunderbans terrain, often without a gun. He would crouch in the bushes for hours, swim across the Matla or camp outside a village hut to help capture a straying tiger. In an illustrious



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


Sharing an exciting incident that took place in the Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary in Orissa in the month of February:

Tiger couple strands elephant herd in Kuldiha

There was high drama in the Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary in the Balasore district when, early on the morning of 8th February, at around 3 am, a pair of tigers started


tiger, tiger....

Posted by: Prerna Bindra on

The plight of the tiger is well-documented: Its slipping fortune from a healthy 40,000-odd at the turn of the century to an alarming 1,400 currently; the loss of over 80 per cent of its habitat since then, and the relentless slaughter first for pleasure and trophy; now for rugs and robes and an apparent cure for impotency.

But,