Prerna Singh Bindra has been at the forefront of the battle to conserve India’s wildlife for over a decade. She was a member  of India’s National Board for Wildlife and its core Standing Committee (2010-13). She has also served on Uttarakhand’s State Board for Wildlife. Prerna’s primary focus is protecting wildlife habitats and critically endangered species.  She is a widely published author with over 1,500 pieces on nature and wildlife. She also does travelogues and occasional humour pieces. Prerna’s book The Vanishing: India’s Wildlife Crisis published by Penguin India was released in June 2017.

The Vanishing

Every year, our planet loses over 150 species of plants and animals, and India is very much in the midst of this mass ‘sixth extinction’. We are losing species in our backyard—where are the once ubiquitous sparrows, or the fireflies that lit up our nights? And in the forests, iconic species like the great Indian bustards are down to a hundred, while flamingoes are poised to be wiped off the map of India.

The Vanishing takes an unflinching look at the unacknowledged crisis that India’s wildlife faces, bringing to fore the ecocide that the country’s growth story is leaving in its wake—laying to waste its forests, endangering its wildlife, even tigers whose increasing numbers shield the real story of how development projects are tearing their habitat to shreds.

 

“The Vanishing is a riveting account of one of the greatest threats of our time-the deliberate annihilation of our natural world and with it our access to clean air, sufficient food and potable water.”
India Today
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My Writings

MATANHY SALDANHA MEMORIAL LECTURE 2015

He asked what the term ‘Development’ means and for whom this development is meant for?
To him, it was only development, if people—and not just a chosen few--were central to it. And people, he believed were part of nature. Nature had to be intrinsic to the ‘development’ landscape.
Otherwise, it was not ‘sustainable development’ a word we bandy about but don’t really understand, let alone practice.
Matanhy baba was (and how it grieves me immensely to use was) courageous, principled, tireless, a man of integrity. He was a leader, one who became a politician so that he could serve his people, and his land better.
They simply don’t make them like him anymore.
Matanhy Saldanha, you are missed.

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Thoughts on Bihar & Valmiki Tiger Reserve

Photographs are of camera trapped tigers from Valmiki Tiger reserve, which shares a border with Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal.
Thanks to the vision of the state..a road which would have split this important tiger landscape in two has been diverted and will run along the southern boundary..

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