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Mumbai's Miracle Forest

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

On Sunday, September 2, 2013, a GreenKarbon team from Deutsche Bank and Sanctuary Asia, undertook a study trek in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park where the Director of the Park, Mr. Limaye, began  by explaining that along with the scores of other problems, this city forest was being choked by plastic being thrown by careless

Ambitions Blacker than Coal

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

So the Prime Ministers Office is catching stick for coal block allocations. But its not merely how coal was allocated that is the issue, its also the very fact that it is being allocated from forests and other ecosystems without which India has no future.

 As a long time member of the Central Government's environmental expert


One decision, too many ???! :-

Posted by: Sameer K S on


July 24, 2012, can be said to be a red letter day for various conservation efforts within the country, not simply because it is regarding, the pride of the nation, our national animal ,"The Tiger"..! This because on this day the countries highest judicial organ spelled out it's stiff stance on what reverence it gives to it's


PRIME (MINISTER) PARALYSIS

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

This is a letter I wrote as long as 15 years ago, on July 11, 1997, to Mr. I.K. Gujral, who was then India's Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Indian Board for Wildlife.

 I could write almost the exact words today to Dr. Manmohan Singh and they would remain valid.

No action was taken then. Little has been learned since.


The Budget Naturally!

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

It's budget time for India and every industrialist is in Delhi, lobbying for tax benefits, sops and policies that can be reflected on their balance sheets. This has been the pattern for six decades now. It's how most fortunes were accumulated by the largest Indian corporations.

If short term economic gains are not replaced by a


Unknown Karnataka 1 -- Kavals

Posted by: Suresh K L on

This is the story of rare opportunity provided by conservation of domestic cattle which in turn benefiting many wild species of grassland in many small pockets of South Central Karnataka. The grasslands which are rearing these animals are called Kavals or Amrith Mahal Kavals.

 

 History: The Amruth Mahal literally means milk


" The Writing On The Wall "

Posted by: Raza Kazmi on

 

 “THE WRITING ON THE WALL”

 

 

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“ Van Vibhaag (referring to Forest Resthouses) mein rukne se pehle police khud sochti ki apne liye shamshaan taiyaar kiye hai ki nahin—C.P.I. M." --- A Naxal slogan warning the Police/Security forces that if they dare occupy any Forest Resthouse in Palamau, they better have booked a place for


The Indian Board for Wildlife has in the past had some of the most illustrious names serving on it. People like E. P. Gee, R.S. Dharmakumarsinhji, Anne Wright, M. Krishnan, Salim Ali and Kailash Sankhala helped write both the policy and strategy for wildlife in India. It is largely thanks to them, and scores of others we all


Bandhavgarh - RED FLAG.

Posted by: Shivir chordia on

 

A new season in a Tiger reserve  is always something one looks forward to, there is always news ....news about young cubs, news about the old tigers - how and what they are doing...news about tiger counts - who is showing off ? who is not ?.., news about birds - new winter migrants, etc.. etc ...then there is always news


The Satpura Experience...

Posted by: Raza Kazmi on

 

 THE SATPURA EXPERIENCE

 

 

 The Journey Begins….. 

  

As soon as the Indore-Bilaspur Express pulled away from the Bhopal Railway station on the chilly night of 13th Feb 2010 at 11:10 pm, I could feel the Butterflies in my stomach. Our destination—Sohagpur, an obscure station in the Hoshangabad District of Madhya Pradesh. I was