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Will the wildlife amendment bill save India’s rich biodiversity?

This time around, substantive changes have been introduced in the wildlife Act

Asian elephants have long been used in religious and spiritual activities; they work for forest departments and are often tourist attractions. (Shutterstock)
Published on Jan 16, 2022 09:01 PM IST

An ode to the Megapode sanctuary

The NBWL denotified a wildlife sanctuary in the Nicobar Islands because it had gone underwater. If a national park on mainland India were to get burnt from forest fires, would we restore and rewild it or would the NBWL then proceed to denotify it?

Representational Image. (AFP)
Updated on Jun 04, 2021 07:17 PM IST
ByBahar Dutt

In a post-pandemic world, a green budget as a vaccine for nature

Forest officers complain that while budgets are announced with great fanfare, how much reaches the states and when is crucial. Due to the delay in disbursement of funds, salaries to frontline staff and daily wage workers also get delayed.

Wildlife experts hope that the budgetary allocations will move beyond tigers and elephants to many species in need of attention (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 27, 2021 07:31 AM IST
ByBahar Dutt

Turn the coronavirus crisis into an opportunity

It is not merely a public health scare. Decarbonise the economy, reduce air travel, and ban wildlife trade

A woman walks inside the premises of a hospital where a special ward has been set up for the coronavirus disease in Mumbai, March 5, 2020(REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 12, 2020 05:59 AM IST
ByBahar Dutt

Instead of fighting, wildlife authorities must focus on tracking Sariska’s missing tiger

It’s been six month since a tagged tiger vanished from the tiger reserve. Two agencies are fighting about who’s to blame

A tigress leaps to freedom at the Sariska tiger reserve, Rajasthan (File Photo)(Himanshu Vyas/HT)
Published on May 30, 2018 12:03 PM IST
ByBahar Dutt

A mitti ka ghar: Concluding the story of a Delhi couple’s tryst with farm life

They’d bought the land and sown the seeds. Now it was time to build a house. But natural materials were proving hard to find. Even harder was finding experienced labour.

I was determined not to use polluting cement and earth-stripping brick. I even went all the way to Thailand to study how to mud-wash walls and make adobe bricks.
Updated on Feb 04, 2018 08:09 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByBahar Dutt

Planting the first seeds: A Delhi couple’s adventures with farm life continue

Wheat was easy — sow, reap, spray and sell. But when we tried to raise corn without pesticides, it turned out so sad-looking, it sat at the mandi all night, unsold.

As environment journalist Bahar Dutt and her husband, wildlife filmmaker Vijay Bedi, began work on their plot, they found themselves part of a community, and a cashless barter system. Jaichand next door offered to share his tube well so they could water their crops. He wouldn’t take money, he said, but he would accept the chaff from their wheat, to feed his cattle.
Updated on Jan 28, 2018 09:52 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByBahar Dutt

We bought a farm: A Delhi couple’s adventures with simple life

Shady contractors, sceptical neighbours and vegetables that just didn’t look right... nothing was as they’d imagined.

The search for a plot alone took two years. After stomping through fields so full of water they could only be a scam, and land so alkaline it held not a blade of grass, environment journalist Bahar Dutt and her husband Vijay Bedi, a wildlife filmmaker, finally found a bhindi field they loved. Here they are, with their two-year-old, all ready to begin their adventure.
Updated on Jan 28, 2018 03:48 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByBahar Dutt

The creatures without a vote hold the key

While contemporary writings on the Ganga have focused largely on pollution, its role as a riverine ecosystem that supports rich biodiversity — 40 species of zooplanktons, 50 species of insects, 12 species of turtles and two mammals have been recorded — has largely been ignored. Bahar Dutt writes.

Updated on Jul 06, 2014 10:29 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByBahar Dutt

An open letter to Veerappa Moily

The extinction of vultures will have deep ramifications on the country’s ecosystem and public health.

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Updated on Jan 30, 2014 10:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByBahar Dutt

It’s time to act tough

Jayanthi Natarajan’s performance in the past year has left much to be desired, Bahar Dutt writes.

Updated on Jul 23, 2012 04:37 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByBahar Dutt

Different rules for different people

The protests against a nuclear plant in Jaitapur have been tagged as ‘anti-national’. Is it fair to do so? Bahar Dutt writes.

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Updated on Apr 27, 2011 09:18 PM IST
None | ByBahar Dutt

Not-so-little green men

Kalahandi, once known for its starvation deaths, is today the epicentre of the ‘environment versus development’ debate. But it wasn’t until Jairam Ramesh echoed the Dongriya Kondh tribe’s complaints that the issue took centrestage, says Bahar Dutt.

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Updated on Mar 06, 2011 01:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByBahar Dutt, New Delhi

Take the bull by the horns

Shaking up a ministry after years of lethargy will be the biggest challenge for Jairam Ramesh. But shaking his own legacy might be even a bigger challenge, writes Bahar Dutt.

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Updated on Aug 18, 2009 09:56 PM IST
None | ByBahar Dutt

A slice of doomsday tourism

The icebergs are melting. Closer home, at Gangotri, the glaciers are slowly becoming a puddle of water. Go before it’s too late, writes Bahar Dutt.

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Updated on Jun 05, 2009 09:59 PM IST
None | ByBahar Dutt

Always a blind spot

I look at the rhetoric surrounding Elections 2009 and wonder — has any political party promised to improve the state of the environment for you and me? Or thought about our right to fresh air or clean water — commodities that have become a rarity in an urbanising India? Bahar Dutt examines....

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Updated on May 04, 2009 11:40 PM IST
None | ByBahar Dutt

Tiger king

The Big Cats of Sariska need a young and nimble brigade to save them. What we have instead is a greying force, writes Bahar Dutt.

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Updated on Oct 03, 2008 10:07 PM IST
None | ByBahar Dutt

A watertight case for action

In an Indian conservation scene plagued by habitat destruction and poaching, here is one species that can be saved, writes Bahar Dutt.

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Updated on Jan 14, 2008 10:14 PM IST
None | ByBahar Dutt

Burning too bright

The Indian media are obsessed with numbers. Worse still, the obsession is restricted to the numbers of only one species, the tiger, writes Bahar Dutt.

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Updated on Nov 12, 2007 11:34 PM IST
None | ByBahar Dutt

Green devolution

The Tribal Bill must reinstate its commitment to conservation. In this, forest-dwelling communities have a far greater responsibility than the Bill envisages for them at present, writes Bahar Dutt.

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Published on Aug 24, 2006 03:55 AM IST
None | Byplatform | Bahar Dutt

Jobless snake charmers hunt for livelihood options

Jobless snake charmers hunt for livelihood options

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Updated on Mar 02, 2004 04:53 PM IST
PTI | ByBahar Dutt and Dipankar Ghose
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