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Notes from the Other Side of a Forest Fire

Although widely used as a tool in forest management across the world, causing fires is illegal in Indian forests. This article points out that the present understanding of fire as essentially disruptive has its antecedents in a colonial perspective that came from seeing the forest primarily as a source of timber. However, the practices of indigenous communities as well as the insights of ecological studies point to the importance of using fire in controlled ways to manage dry and deciduous forest ecosystems.

Conservation in Mudumalai: Another Politics

In response to Daniel Taghioff and Ajit Menon's "Can a Tiger Change Its Stripes? The Politics of Conservation as Translated in Mudumalai" (EPW, 10 July 2010), a stakeholder throws alternative light on the processes leading up to the declaration of a tiger reserve in Mudumalai Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu.
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