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Jay Mazoomdaar

Recipient of a number of journalism awards and prizes, including those from International Press Institute, Commonwealth Press Union and Prem Bhatia Trust, for his investigative reports, Jay Mazoomdaar’s focus is on environment, development, community and conflict. An independent journalist based in Delhi, he also dabbles in political and sports writing and films occasional documentaries.

Aug 2, 2014

Now, accidents rival poaching as key threat to leopards in India

Figures from Karnataka show that for every three leopards poached, two come under vehicular traffic. And few of these killer roads pass through sanctuaries or national parks. #Animal welfare #Environment #India #Leopards #Wildlife

Jul 21, 2014

Will the BJP government save Jarawas from a BJP MP?

Before the polls, Andaman MP Bishnu Pada Roy spoke of mainstreaming the Jarawas and throwing their sanctuary open to settlers. Now he is all set to deliver on his promises. #Andaman Trunk Road #Bishnu Pada Roy #ConnectTheDots #Jarawa reserve forest #Theva Neethi Dhas

Jul 14, 2014

Will environment be the casualty of PM Modi’s new efficient governance?

In its first month, the Narendra Modi government has tried to fashion itself into a mascot for efficiency. Asked to deliver tangible results, ministers have set themselves competing deadlines. #Dams on Indian rivers #Environment #India #Indian environment #Modi #PM Narendra Modi #Wildlife

Jun 30, 2014

Lessons from the success story of Great Himalayan National Park

This treasure trove of nature now has a world heritage site tag to flaunt, as a testimony to its ecological worth and conservation efforts. Will the fairy tale hold under pressure for infrastructure building? #Environment #Great Himalayan National Park #India #NewsTracker #UNESCO

Jun 22, 2014

200 crore roadside trees: How Nitin Gadkari’s math is flawed

Not just highways, every road in India will have to be lined with trees to achieve Nitin Gadkari’s target. Will his government then turn to claim natural forests in the name of development? #200 crore trees #BJP #HowThisWorks #Ministry of Environment and Forests #MNREGA #Nitin Gadkari #Rural development ministry #Trees

Jun 16, 2014

Report on NGO funds: Is the Intelligence Bureau on a witch hunt?

The first thing first. All NGOs should be made accountable. They must make full and public disclosure of their funding and expenditure. They must also be made answerable under the RTI Act. The voluntary sector is a den of corruption and needs to be set straight. #Greenpeace #Greenpeace NGO #IB report on NGOs #Modi government #PM Narendra Modi

Jun 10, 2014

Beas river: Drowned engineering students are not the only tragedy

Demand-driven power generation leads to drastic hourly fluctuations in water levels in most rivers. At risk are the lives and livelihood of thousands and the riverine ecology. #Beas River #Himachal Pradesh #India #larji dam #Manali Dam #NewsTracker

Jun 8, 2014

Cleaning up the Ganga, Yamuna: Why Modi must forget Sabarmati model

The Sabarmati riverfront may appeal as urban beautification to certain aesthetes but the river remains an ecological disaster. Modi needs to do much better to restore the Ganga and Yamuna. #BJP #Floods #Ganga #HowThisWorks #Narendra Modi #Pollution #river clean-up #Sabarmati #Uma Bharati #Water Resources Ministry #Yamuna

May 31, 2014

Can the Modi sarkar chart a green road to growth?

Striking a balance between growth imperatives and green concerns is not impossible. It requires sincerity in politics, economy and science. The key challenges before the Modi sarkar #Environment #Environment-friendly growth #Narendra Modi #PM Modi #PM Narendra Modi #Prakash Javadekar #Wildlife

May 24, 2014

Modi emerges strongest but what’s with the liberals crying foul?

The rise of the right wing politics poses a great challenge to the liberal. But slighting a mandate and crying foul at the new dispensation even before it takes over is both unfair and self-defeating. #BJP #Congress #InMyOpinion #Lok Sabha elections 2014 #Narendra Modi #NDA #Politics