Jay Mazoomdaar
Jay Mazoomdaar
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Blogs

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.

India

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.

Politics

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.

Life

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?

Blogs

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?

Blogs

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.

Blogs

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.

Politics

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.

Politics

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

Politics

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.

Politics

The many Narendra Modis Bengal will vote for or against

They follow little Hindi and know nothing of the Gujarat model. But voters in rural Bengal have their own reasons to back or reject Narendra Modi.

Politics

Decoder: How to win Lok Sabha polls the classical Italian way

What is the secret Italian connection to Election 2014? No, don’t resurrect the ghost of Quattrocchi. And don’t even think of some mysterious Maino you have never heard of.

Blogs

How both Modi and Rahul are likely to lose their 2014 battles

RaGa may not stay relevant in politics or in his party to lead a comeback. NaMo may not get to become the super-PM he so promises to be.

Politics

TMC workers manhandle EC staff as Mamata plays victim

A constitutional crisis have been averted in Bengal but the chief minister is not done with attacking the Commission.

Politics

Will it be Mayawati who makes or mars a Third Front this summer?

BSP insiders say Behenji is eyeing a 40-plus tally in UP. Such a show by Maya may limit the BJP's national count to 160, and throw the gates open to the possibilities of a third front government.

Blogs

India's latest conservation fix: dehorn rhinos, deport leopards

Assam minister mulls cutting off rhino horns to save them from poachers. Maharashtra lawmakers seek removal of all leopards from Mumbai's Aarey colony to resolve conflict.

Blogs

Green clearance: PMO can always step in but not to mess it up further

Our weak and complicated green clearance norms help neither development nor environment. But instead of making the process simple and robust, the UPA has been busy undercutting it.

Blogs

The curious case of Moily, Essar, Hindalco and Mahan coal block

Why the UPA is desperate to sidestep the Forest Rights Act, one of its flagship achievements, and why a private company moves court to safeguard a sitting union minister

Politics

Why voters should back AAP now, if only to fight it later

If Delhi was Arvind Kejriwal's stepping stone to national politics, Kejriwal can be India's stepping stone to change.

Blogs

Bill Gates is wrong, the rich-poor divide is only getting wider

The former Microsoft boss’s faith in the system that gave him all the money he now spends to fight inequality is perhaps instinctive. But there is ample evidence now that inequality is inbuilt in the capitalist system.