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The news came in three days ago about the Supreme Court of India banning tourism in the core areas of national parks and sanctuaries in response to a Public Interest Litigation filed. While everyone waits for the text of the final ruling, clearly this is a case where the law has confused the current impact of tourism (negative)


As the editor of Sanctuary Asia I have been asked this question by hundreds of young persons down the years.  Here is the advice I gave to Sutirtha Lahiri, one of our brightest young wildlifers from Guwahati Assam:

 Your personality must determine what you do in life. And making turning your passion into your work should be a


DIVIDED AND RULED

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on


The greatest environmental tragedy, in my view, is that even as the development brigade purposefully and effectively divided (and thus ruled) wildlife and tribal groups, they managed to sell the Trojan Horse of consumptive development to influential tribal leaders who are currently conspiring to open gate after forest gate from


 

WHAT A SHAME ..... Man Animal Conflict claims another victim. We lost another magnificent Big Cat on Sunday, 03.06.2012. A full grown Leopard that entered Oil India Limited's campus in Duliajan, Assam, was shot dead mercilessly by security forces, after the forest officials failed to tranquilise the agitated animal. The


According to a report on 30-May-2012 in a reputed regional Kannada newspaper "Prajavaani", officially as much as about 6000 Blackbucks are running freely in the district of Gadag in northern Karnataka, causing heavy loss to farmers.

For location of Gadag district, check the following link


ECONOMISTS AS ORGAN TRADERS

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

Its bad enough that India's economists are doing a terrible job of managing our fragile nation. Its worse that they are trying to cover their inefficiencies by plundering our ecological vaults (exporting cheap coal to China from under critically important forests, including our Tiger Reserves). This will end up by turning India


Getting off the fence

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

Can petitions, emails, blogs and comments on the internet help protect wildlife? Well, remember that even a small act done on the ground is magnified by the impact of collective, public opinion. Besides, the issue today is that irrespective of the different problems confronting us, social or environmental, possibly just one per

I wrote this piece  in my GreenTalk column that used to be published in the Deccan Herald, Bangalore's leading news paper in 2003. The 'Vanishing Wildlife' I wrote about is vanishing even faster today. 

Virtually nowhere in India is our wildlife truly safe. Our national parks and sanctuaries provide some very welcome respite for


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.


          Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve (NBR) in South India at the common border between Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu is praised for its conservation success but for some good reasons I feel that NBR is half successful in protecting the greater landscape. Before going further let us understand the rich bio diverse landscapes