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Green rules: Old debates, new dialogue

Green rules: Old debates, new dialogue

Text by Meghna Krishndas and Divya Karnad, photograph from Wikimedia Commons To back up its strong electoral promises of vikas, the Modi government had promised to ease bureaucratic hurdles for development projects. Getting environmental clearances is one such hurdle that was allegedly slowing down the country’s economic growth. In his first few months at office,...
Diversify the economy, boost biodiversity

Diversify the economy, boost biodiversity

Text and photograph by Divya Karnad As a fast-developing country, India’s economic growth is allowing millions to escape poverty. A new government has risen on this mandate of overcoming economic debacles, and is doing so by leaning on the primary sector of the economy, such as mining, a sector that is distinctly low in priority...
Claim of human and tiger ‘coexistence’ lacks perspective

Claim of human and tiger ‘coexistence’ lacks perspective

Text by Chaitanya Krishna and photograph by Kalyan Varma Nepal’s Chitwan National Park was the site of a study, published in September 2012 by Carter and others, which concluded that, tigers coexist with humans at fine spatial scales. This paper has ignited a scientific debate regarding its implications for large carnivore conservation worldwide, with scientists...
Mayawati and other river monsters: In search of gharials in the Ken River

Mayawati and other river monsters: In search of gharials in the Ken River

Text and photographs by Tarun Nair and Suyash Katdare The dry, deciduous landscape of Bundelkhand treated us to its summer splendour, with the sweet mahua (Madhuca indica) and flaming palash (Butea monosperma) yielding soothe’ stimuli. But, the cool crisp air under a warm, winter sun held its own charm too. Likewise, our seasonal ailings contrasted...
A Different Energy

A Different Energy

Text by Divya Karnad and Chaitanya Krishna, photograph from Wikimedia Commons A new government, a flurry of activity, and India is well on her way to becoming a country of cities. A child of this new age is fed a diet of convenience, with machines that promise to speed-up, ease, entertain and relieve the stress...
A Tribute to Archana Bali

A Tribute to Archana Bali

Archana Bali, alumnus of the Masters program, passed away on 8th September 2014 after a courageous and determined fight against cancer. Our hearts go out to her family and loved ones at this tragic time. It is not just the loss of a dear friend and wonderful human being, but also an excellent conservation biologist,...