26th Oct 2013

Meeting of the State Board for Wildlife, Uttarakhand, 16th September 2013

The State Board for Wildlife, Uttarakhand met on 16th September 2013.   Some of the discussions and decisions are summarised below: Finalisation of the minutes of the SBWL meetings will be...

16th Oct 2013

A Common Heritage

Indeed, human-drawn boundaries have little meaning for nature. Wild, free, unencumbered by artificial lines and protocols, wild animals transcend countries, a fact that must be factored into our conservation strategies. Borders are the final frontiers for many wild animals, the world’s last great wilderness’s, and nations must unite, for the sake of shared natural heritage, and their own people, to safeguard these common assets.

17th Sep 2013

If the florican is to survive

The lesser florican is a creature of the grasslands––easily the most endangered, ill-managed, misunderstood and undervalued ecosystem in the country—even though they support some of our most threatened wildlife

19th Aug 2013

On despair…and hope (and the musings of a conservationist)

We do it, because we cannot imagine a world where no lion stalks, no leaves unfurl, no bird sing...we cannot imagine the jungle silenced of the roar of the tiger. We also do it, for we know (and science supports us), that there cannot be life,  if we finish all other life around us. A world derived of nature will not only be deprived of soul, and spirit...it will simply cease to be.

07th Aug 2013

Protecting Pilibhit

Even the tigers that you don’t see, provide for as thrilling, as magical an experience as an actual physical ‘sighting’. I recall such an ‘encounter’ that took place a few...

23rd Jul 2013

At war with God

Nothing, however, illustrates our diminishing tolerance better than a photograph of a fallen elephant killed by enraged villagers, lying lifeless in its own blood in a field of paddy. Scrawled on the carcass was 'Dhan Chor Bin Laden'. Paddy Thief (Osama) Bin Laden. God had morphed into a thief and terrorist.

14th Jul 2013

Himlayan Blunder

Thousands have died in Uttarakhand’s floods, many more are missing and millions of lives have been shattered as people have lost their homes, their livelihood, their way of life. The...

07th Jun 2013

Save the Great Indian Bustard

  At the 29th meeting of the Standing Committee, NBWL on 6th  June 2013, one of my agenda included urgent action to save the critically endangered Great Indian Bustard. Reproduced...