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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A constitutional crisis have been averted in Bengal but the chief minister is not done with attacking the Commission.
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.
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.
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.
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
If Delhi was Arvind Kejriwal's stepping stone to national politics, Kejriwal can be India's stepping stone to change.
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.