Articles on environment, largely focussed on India, published on
The India Forum
How India’s First Conservation Success Came to Be
India’s first conservation success - the rhino in Kaziranga - came from sustained measures by Assam’s political class and by accommodating rural rights. In the 1970s, such models gave way to more…
Caution Needed in Developing Lithium Deposits in Jammu and Kashmir
Proving India’s lithium deposits would be a boost in the arm for the country’s ambitious net-zero-emissions plans. But lithium mining could itself contribute to ecological degradation.
Ajmal Khan A.T.
Tiger-Charmers of the Sundarbans
The tiger-charmers of the Sundarbans have been seen by forest guards and scientists as unscrupulous. But the islanders argue that tiger-charmers are able to better communicate between human and…
Joshimath: An Avoidable Disaster
Joshimath has been sinking slowly for years due to various reasons, but the recent accelerated sinking may be due to the execution of major projects. Little has ever been done to mitigate the causes…
How wildlife conservation ends up penalising adivasis/tribals
Indigenous people play an important role in protecting the environment. Contrarily in India, tribals are being jailed and are being harassed says the report "Wildlife Policing". Host,…
Budget analysis: What is in store for India’s energy transition in 2023?
In this podcast, host Sneha Richhariya speaks to Deepak Krishnan, Associate Director, World Resources Institute India's energy programme. We look at how India is planning what is being called…
Humans and Wildlife at the Forest's Edge
Questions of human-wildlife coexistence are invariably also questions of development. A spar between villagers and foresters over trapping a leopard outside a sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh some years…
Reforming How India Governs the Human-Wildlife Interface
Many low-income communities in India face serious burdens because the Wildlife Act prohibits killing certain wild species. The challenge is to reform wildlife management in a practical way while…
Gasping for Air, Bathing in Coal
The precarity of informal workers in India's coalfields point towards the need for discussions around 'just transition' to bring together climate justice and labour justice.
The Constrained Imagination of the IPCC
“The 2022 IPCC Working Group III report on mitigation of climate change has little creative to offer on the critical questions of a deeply unequal international order and a disastrous structure of…