A ride through southern Bastar – a paradise taken hostage

By Vikram Aditya The evening skies turned crimson as the darkness crept in, the traffic died out and I was surrounded by an eerie stillness. The deafening silence was only punctuated by the croaks of frogs in the stream below the bridge, and the calls of cicadas echoing from the forest. I was on the Sukma-Konta highway,…

Rewilding the Arctic Fox – The Dovrefjell Breeding Centre

By Anjan Katna Norway has been at the forefront of the Arctic Fox rewilding effort. Arctic Foxes have been facing threats due to rapid land-cover change, climate change, corresponding range expansions and hunting. These foxes are important species for the ecosystem and their numbers in the past had reduced to just one breeding pair in…

Of Land and Rights

by Nita Shashidharan   “O! Who does this land belong to my friend? Are they rich or poor, all the same or different? Does it belong to us humans, or the other animals, or even water who may take over the land? I walked in my neighbourhood, and what did I see, huge houses, and…

How the cyber revolution is fueling wildlife poaching: The Case of the Pangolin

By Vikram Aditya Illegal wildlife trade forms the third largest illicit trade market globally. Trafficking (smuggling) of body parts and products made from rare and threatened wildlife species is a highly lucrative business for organized cartels, who exploit poor and vulnerable forest dwelling communities for their criminal interests. This is pushing endangered species into extinction…

My pet crow: a short story

By Obaiah B One fine day I was having lunch in one corner of the office canteen. A shiny black feathered bird landed next to me and folded its large wings. It was fascinating to watch this intelligent bird in action from such a close distance. Most of us believe that crows are black in…

Avian Diversity in human-dominated ecosystems in and around Delhi

By Anjan Katna Delhi, the capital city of India, is home to multiple water bodies. While some of these wetlands have been purposefully created, like the Yamuna Biodiversity Park, some came into existence by being in the periphery of various civic projects.  For instance, the Okhla Bird Sanctuary was created after the Okhla Barrage was…

Visibility of Water Infrastructure

By Rinan Shah Urban networks in the contemporary city are largely hidden. They are opaque, invisible and disappear underground. This tends to hide social relations and power mechanisms enacted through them [1]. Water infrastructure is a good example of such networks which makes water truly invisible by turning it into something which is readily available…

Landscapes of fear, landscapes of hope – Part 2

By Kadambari Deshpande  This is the second article of a two part series. If you haven’t read the first one yet, please click here. PART 2 I had noticed that emerging bats at dusk mostly preferred forest edges to forage. I had found an excellent site by the forest-reservoir boundary to record bat species. This…

Landscapes of fear, landscapes of hope – Part 1

By Kadambari Deshpande   As I travelled along the Agasthyamala hill ranges of the southern Western Ghats of Kerala, the undulating, verdant green terrain, the escarpments, the peaks and the valleys, narrated their biogeographic sagas. Here, in an upstream catchment of the Kallada River, the forest types range from evergreen forests – dotted with trees like…

The Bride and the Flood

By Ranjeet Kumar Sahani “During the course of one of my oral history interviews with fishermen last year, I came across a respondent- a woman who was married into the flood-prone village of Kosi. This narrative gives an account of her first encounter with Kosi flood, and how it changed her attitude towards life and…