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Know your Kane

Know your Kane

Text by Divya Karnad “Warm tropical waters, azure blue seas enveloped by pristine beaches…”, reads a pamphlet beckoning tourists to the Karnataka coast. The mental image of those beautiful shores catches the attention not only of tourists, who flock there in the thousands, but also of an aquatic traveller who has visited these waters for...
Wet dreams and dry streams: The gharials’ grief in the Chambal and beyond

Wet dreams and dry streams: The gharials’ grief in the Chambal and beyond

Text by Tarun Nair, photographs by Tarun Nair & Rajeev Tomar The highlands of the Vindhyas give birth to one of the most remarkable, yet infamous, of India’s cratonic riversi – the Chambal. Almost 1,000 kilometres long, and bounded by the Aravallis to the north and the Vindhyas to the south, the river snakes past...
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...