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The Sanctuary Cover Story June 2011 explores whether and how we can negotiate a path by availing of the immense potential of tourism to educate, conserve and offer employment, YET avoid the minefield of misuse and abuse that afflicts many of our finest wildernesses. And in the process can we ensure that wild species and the people who live next to them become primary beneficiaries of tourism? Can wildlife tourism physically enhance the quality and quantum of habitat available to wild species? People have grappled with this issue for over a century, but few people put the issue in better perspective than Aldo Leopold, the famous American naturalist, who opined that, "The problem with wildlife management is not how we handle the deer - the real problem is one of human management."


The Fate of the Tiger

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

As my friend Ian McCullum, author of Ecological Intelligence once opined, nature is not slipping through our fingers, we are slipping through nature's fingers!

Despite all the bad news around us and despite Jairam Ramesh's quixotic U-turn on environmental issues, I think we might just about manage to keep the tiger's head above


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


Man as Brute

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on


http://www.orissatv.com/NewsDetail.asp?newsId=NS35497

We cannot look upon this as "yet another leopard incident."

We need to make an example of a few of these people because such incidents are fast becoming the norm. Brij, Valmik, Divya and Ranjitsinh and I have been around long enough to remember how hard we have fought to


Bees in my backyard

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

"How doth the little busy bee improve each shining hour, and gather honey all the day from every opening flower!"
- Isaac Watts

I used to live in a building called Jaldarshan on Napean Sea Road. I woke each morning to the sound of a kingfisher.

Just outside our balcony, growing out of a sheer rock face, was an outcrop of lantana


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


River Brutanga is a tributary of the Mahanadi on its right bank in Nayagarh district in central Orissa. 

 

A ~500 metre earthen dam has been proposed on the river. The dam will submerge over 1500 ha adjacent to the Baissipalli Wildlife Sanctuary, which is part of the Mahanadi Elephant Reserve and Satkosia Tiger Reserve. Apart


Mumbai’s Traumatized Coast

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

The Mumbai oil and chemical spill was a disaster that was waiting to happen. The files of our government are filled with warnings that could have prevented such an incident. Given our lack of respect for the environment I guess this oil spill had to happen and it will happen again.

Why were two ports at such a small distance

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