If the jungles of Dandakaranya are seen as a character in the movie, it is fair to aver that democracy in the jungle has to follow the rules of ecology, local knowledge and custom.
Neha Sinha is a wildlife conservationist who works on environmental policy, species conservation and local empowerment. She is interested in the intersection of politics and environment, and has taught environmental politics at Delhi University and the Wildlife Institute of India. She is Consulting Editor (Environment) at The Wire. She tweets at @nehaa_sinha.
Jairam Ramesh’s Indira Gandhi: A Life in Nature should be read not just to understand history, but also because the battle to conserve the environment is harder than ever.
What the confrontational politics of India’s northeast will mean for the future of panicked animals trying to survive a flood every year is unclear.
Will nature be crushed underfoot by the ease of doing business? Or will ecological wisdom thrive? It truly is time for India to decide.
Usually, books about decision-making tend to centre around foreign policy, economics and realpolitik. The Vanishing marks a fresh addition to the genre in the wildlife and environmental space.
The challenge is for science and conservation to flourish while making sure poachers do not – and for the government to permit scientific studies while also maintaining security protocols.
How well we have failed that garbage, our dirtiest possessions, ends up inside sanctuaries, our cleanest places!
After years of being labelled as ‘obstructionist’, India has shown that it is also a part of positive climate action.
Delhi’s environment minister has indicated the leopard will be trapped for its safety – but these decisions have been about pleasing people and that doesn’t make things less dangerous.
One of the dozen megabiodiverse countries of the world, India has an impressive 1,263 species of birds – 12% of the number of species worldwide.
While the conservation debate with its interplay of emotions and science continues, one thing is for sure. Machli shows us what happens if we give solid protection to tigers.
The barometer of India’s leadership in tiger conservation will be both in securing Indian wild tigers in our forests as well as diplomatic heft for Chinese captive tigers.
Cases work on a complaint method and providing evidence is often a lengthy process. The burden of investigations is also on the Range Officer, a person unfamiliar with criminal procedures.
In this latest outing of the franchise, the loneliness of the soul is mirrored in the loneliness in space.
The fate of Himachal’s monkeys are sub judice. Maharashtra and Telangana have killed hundreds of boars. At the moment, it seems innovative and long-term solutions will only be found after this year’s gunfire.
Riding hard on its promise of a better India, the BJP government has consistently spoken on creating ‘ease of doing business’. And the way to do this, the government seems to think, is by dissolving clearance regimes.
Those who care nothing for political horse-trading may say, “It’s just a horse.” And Shaktiman will remain just a horse if we don’t use this incident to look at the awful state of animal-welfare affairs.
The overarching sense is that it is religious practice and use, rather than ecology, science or animal cognition, that is the shining light for subliminal but broad changes in our environmental policies.
The ‘human’ in ‘human-wildlife conflicts’ suggests that many drivers of conflicts are the result of poor management, misguided clearance decisions and apathy.