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State endorses Sport Killing

Poachers are having a field day in Bihar, courtesy India's Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF, CC). The visuals of Asia's largest antelope being gunned down reminds us of the Pre - Independence Jalianwala Bagh massacre by the arrogant Brigadier General R.E.H. Dyre in Amritsar, Punjab. Prakash Javdekar, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment, Forests and Climate Change has joined the same hall of fame. Never in the history of this country has such a massacre...

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Brexit and India

Thursday, 23rd of June will go down in the history as a date on which the United Kingdom took a historic decision, which is called as political earthquake. In a people’s referendum it was decided to stay in the European Union (EU) or not to stay. The referendum was based on simple voting pattern which had only two options ‘remain’ or “leave’. By the morning of the next day, i.e. 24th of June it was clear that after more than 40 years as a member state of the EU, the British people decided...

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Proactive Wildlife management is better than culling

Animal protection has never been a light task. Effective conservation needs decades of consistent and collective efforts from everyone to make it successful. However, culling should not be the easy alternative.

Expert Column | VOL. 15, ISSUE 88, January-February 2015

Land and the Position of Women

The position of women in north and south India is inherently linked to the terrain. Marriage rituals provide a clue to the demands made on the land articulated through, societal norms.

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The 2013 Uttarakhand floods: Two faces of a disaster

VINOD TARE Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur vinod@iitk.ac.in The 2013 Uttarakhand floods: Two faces of a disaster July 2013: The Himalayan regions of India are geologically fragile and highly eco-sensitive, and hence prone to certain types of natural disasters. Among the Himalayan states, Uttarakhand has been notable for a plethora of such disasters in recent decades, including floods and landslides in almost every monsoon season. Hence, except for the heavy...

Expert Column | VOL. 10, ISSUE 59, March-April 2010

Professor Shiba Prasad Chatterjee

Awarded Padma Bhusan by the Government of India in 1985 for his contribution to geography, Professor Chatterjee is known for his relentless toil for national development. His pioneering work raised the profile of Indian geography within the country and in the world. Talking to Justice Umesh Chandra Banerjee, former Chief Justice of Andhra High Court, his son-in-law - Dr Sumana Bandopadhyay, and Dr Sarfaraz Alam uncovers hitherto unknown facets of the exemplary achiever and lifelong learner.

Expert Column | VOL. 9, ISSUE 56, September-October 2009

Ladakh: Water Scenario

Chairman of Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), Ministry of Water Resources, Dr B M Jha is entrusted to provide scientific inputs for management, exploration, assessment, and regulation of groundwater resources of the country. What has been the water table scenario in the district of Ladakh? Groundwater level in the region of Ladakh varies widely due to a large variation in topography. The depth of the water level is shallow in valley fill areas and deeper in the hilly areas of Ladakh. The...

Expert Column | VOL. 9, ISSUE 56, September-October 2009

Ladakh: Impact of Climate Change

Professor of paleo - climatology in the Department of Geology, The Durham Kumaun University, Nanital, Dr Kotlia has undertaken nearly 500 glacier studies using extensive field work and GPS technology. Is it true that the glaciers of Ladakh (e.g.Khardung glacier) have thinned? Mountaineering guides, for example, say glaciers which once needed sophisticated ice craft to traverse can now be negotiated by trekkers. Ladakh which is currently under arid or semi-arid environment is likely to experience...

Expert Column | VOL. 9, ISSUE 56, September-October 2009

Ladakh: Artificial Glacier

The 74 year old retired civil engineer, Chewang Norphel is fondly known as the Glacier Man of Ladakh. Coming from a middle class family of Leh, Norphel joined the Rural Development Department of Jammu and Kashmir in Ladakh (1960) as a civil engineer. Are the glaciers in Ladakh declining - at what rate? Yes! Undeniably the small glaciers in Ladakh are on the verge of disappearance. If the current rate of melting and shrinking of glaciers continues the region of Ladakh would sure be the first...

Expert Column | VOL. 9, ISSUE 56, September-December 2009

The Consumption Explosion

Middle class consumption patterns around the world, not population in the South, is the most immediate ecological challenge. But with sprouting middle classes in India and elsewhere, mapping the geography of responsibility for hazardous global environmental changes is now a complex matter. Population explosion – population bomb – population problem – population overload… These are some of the terms that dominated the first wave of international environmental debate forty years ago....