Wet/Land
Environment

Wet/Land

Land or wetland?

A waste of land?

A look at our curious bipolarity towards wetlands, which teem with life but are valued more as land than waterbody.

This piece appeared in February this year, since then the National Green Tribunal has called for the re-establishment of the National Wetland Regulation Authority. Continue reading

Great Beasts III: how WE are driving Human-Wildlife conflict
Environment / Wildlife Conservation

Great Beasts III: how WE are driving Human-Wildlife conflict

What causes a gentle elephant to die on a railway track or go on a ‘rampage’? What stops the tiger from crossing the road?

Little-understood environmental clearances (roads, railways, highways), pigheadedness (making expensive walls elephants can break to keep them in) and an exclusively human-centric approach is increasing human-wildlife conflict throughout India. Continue reading

White tigers and Gir lions. Republic Day thoughts: are wild animals citizens?
Indie Stories

White tigers and Gir lions. Republic Day thoughts: are wild animals citizens?

A giant filter coffee tumbler, white tigers, wild lions, forests, coffee plantations, human progress: the state and ministerial tableaux presented in India’s 67th Republic Day parade ranged from colourful to fantastic, from beautiful to downright bizarre. Mind-boggling or not, all tableaux have one thing in common each year: they showcase what defines the state/agency best. … Continue reading