Conservation
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...
RWC sees red in proposed port development near Pulicat Bird Sanctuary

RWC sees red in proposed port development near Pulicat Bird Sanctuary

Written by RWC, photographs from Wikimedia Commons and Imran Siddiqui. The Pulicat Bird Sanctuary, notified on 20th September 1976 is the second largest brackish water lagoon after Chilika in Orissa. The lake provides livelihoods to about 44,000 fishermen and is a very important refuge for several species of threatened water birds, fishes and amphibians in...
Glimpses into life in the Chambal

Glimpses into life in the Chambal

Written by Chaitanya Krishna, photographs by Tarun Nair, Shailendra Singh & Ingo Waschkies. A wide expanse of the Chambal River. Sandbanks can be seen in the foreground. The biopic, ‘Paan Singh Tomar’, features a story of a national record holding athlete who became a dacoit in the Chambal. In the film, when Paan Singh Tomar is...
A bird in hand

A bird in hand

By Deepthi Bharadwaj As the four young boys ambled past me, I stole a curious look at the gunny bags they carried. Innocuous looking, but bearing ominous tell-tale splashes of red. I casually stopped and asked what the bags contained. Not shy of the stranger, the teenaged boy drew open the cover with visible pride...
Hunters are Invited

Hunters are Invited

Written by Nandini Velho, photograph by Pooja K I’m often witness to and an integral part of mini-field disasters, but I learn something each day and that keeps me going. I remember that this particular day did not hold too much promise. We had spent five hours trying to dig the gypsy out of muck....
Thinking outside the farm: the Adis and their shifting cultivation practice

Thinking outside the farm: the Adis and their shifting cultivation practice

Written by Karthik Teegalapalli, photographs by Karthik Teegalapalli and Robin Abraham ‘Why doesn’t the government provide them with alternate food rations, so they don’t cut all these trees’ was a friend’s response while we gaped at a hill-slope stripped of its trees for cultivation. This was at the edge of a thick forest and a...