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Climate Change

This is with reference to the article by Nagraj Adve (“The IPCC’s ‘Summary for Policymakers’: A Comment”, EPW, 11 January 2014). Actually, the issues arising from the sea ice melt, as a positive feedback process, are a lot more profoundly disturbing than this article suggests. This is so because...

Fake Stereotypes

We are dismayed by the editorial “Protecting India’s Protected Areas”, written by Praveen Bhargav and Shekar Dattatri (23 April 2011), and are particularly shocked that EPW chose to give this note space in the editorial section. The editorial questions two recommendations of the Saxena Committee on...

On Mudumalai Tiger Reserve

On Mudumalai Tiger Reserve Daniel Taghioff, Ajit Menon s abha. Indeed, Nilgiris district has the highest number of forest officials on these committees in the state. Thekaekara might also be surprised to hear that we fi led a right to information (RTI) to get all docu Tarsh Thekaekara

Can a Tiger Change Its Stripes? The Politics of Conservation as Translated in Mudumalai

The notification of Mudumalai Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu as a tiger reserve in 2007 has resulted in a contested politics between activists, non-governmental organisations and conservationists with regard to the future of protected area management. This paper presents an account of how these actors positioned themselves around not only the creation of the tiger reserve, but also the proposed elephant corridor and the Forest Rights Act of 2006. It suggests that due process of law has not been followed adequately and that sufficient scientific evidence has not been presented in the public domain as required. The Forest Rights Act is seen to offer an opportunity to democratise the management of natural resources with all its social and ecological complexities and provide the necessary checks and balances to bring about conservation based strongly on scientific evidence.
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