Environment

Documenting the Knights of the Western Ghats

Kalyan Varma

The Lion-tailed Macaque is one of the world’s most endangered primates in the world. Marked by a distinctive silver mane, this species faces imminent extinction due to human activities. In this photo essay, acclaimed filmmaker and photojournalist Kalyan Varma journeys through the ancient rocks and rainforests of Southern India’s Western Ghat range to document these spectacular Macaques.

And ACTION! Towards a greener Bollywood?

Aritro Sarkar

Like most Hindi blockbusters, making Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara cost thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide. Ten years on, is the industry ready to move towards sustainable film production?

Get ready for Ruddy: Detective fighting crime in the wild

Devanshi Daga

Rohan Chakravarty, founder of Green Humour is back with a new book: Naturalist Ruddy: Adventurer, Sleuth, Mongoose. But how did he come up with it during the pandemic? In a video chat with Devanshi Daga he opens up about his artistic journey, a love of birds and drawing people to the wild.

The revolution begins from the street (art)

Devanshi Daga
With street art gaining momentum in India, Devanshi Daga discusses the street as a social space, the impact of street art on its large audience and the messages it seeks to convey about the environment through discussing the works of three Indian street artists.

Bats in a pandemic: Why should we care?

Devanshi Daga
In India’s National Wildlife Week, Devanshi Daga connects several 2021 studies and a leading Indian field scientist’s focus on bats. What our attitudes are and what can shift them?

The End Of The Zoo: Has The Pandemic Changed The Way We See Zoos?

Aritro Sarkar
In 2020 – 2021, when you and I have had to forcibly stay indoors, the idea of captivity itself has come to be belatedly resented, although it took the human experience of a generational pandemic for that to happen. In that light, how do we look at zoos, as venues premised on this very idea of confinement. How do we rethink them?

Deconstructing the NEP: how important is experiential learning in wildlife conservation?

Ishita Ahuja

The National Education Policy drafted in 2020 makes wildlife education under environmental studies, a new option for college students. “Towards the attainment of such a holistic and multidisciplinary education, the flexible and innovative curricula of all HEIs shall include credit-based courses and projects in the areas of… forest and wildlife conservation.” Yet it does not seem to bat for field-based learning to be mandatory in such courses. University professors, students and professionals employed in the wildlife sector, discuss with Ishita Ahuja.


Development: A Disaster in Disguise

Muskaan Kanodia

In recent years, India’s trajectory mapping the disasters and calamities has gone up at an alarming rate. However, is it fair to dismiss and disregard them as acts of nature without bearing the responsibility of their occurrence? By increasing development projects in highly sensitive and fragile areas, will India’s economic policy be able to ensure any sustainable growth? Or will the environment continue to be exploited for short term monetary gains?

The Infamous Smog: Crop burning and much more

Hiteshi Ajmera
Year after year, almost every newspaper prints scathing columns condemning the smog that settles in the Delhi-NCR region due to crop burning. Why do farmers continue to burn crops? Is the smog caused solely due to crop burning?

A Life on Our Planet: an appeal to all of us, on nature’s behalf

Shrishti Agrawal

David Attenborough’s witness statement, A Life on Our Planet, isn’t just another story about the global decline of the natural world. It could create collective consciousness towards the environment and bring about change, if we let it.

A New Law Aims to Open Government Data to the Public. Can We Trust It to Deliver?

Rutuparna Deshpande

Developments in an era of rapid digitization have coursed through many major world events like the global pandemic. At each turn, the data public entities collect from global events–for example, patient numbers and inflation percentages–have shaped how we respond to crises. A new law wants to open this data to the public, though can we trust it to deliver?

India’s Growth Prospects – Are They Really Deterred by Religious Majoritarianism and Polarisation?

Fahad Hasin

In a recent statement, former Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan warned that an “anti-minority” image could harm India’s growth prospects due to reduced demand for Indian products in the global market. One might argue instead that proper economic growth could further overshadow and mask the rising religious polarisation in the short-medium run.

Blurring Boundaries

Lakshya Sharma

A British series revolving around a young woman and how she navigates her life in London. The series transcends all expectations when the audience evolves from mere viewers to an intimate point of contact for Fleabag.

Heartstopper

Shree Bhattacharya

A British coming-of-age story about two teenage boys who find themselves and each other during a tumultuous time, that is, high school.

Not Just Like – We Love It! 

Jaidev Pant

Australian comedy series Please Like Me is a tremendous insight into navigating sexuality, adulthood, and life in general. A series that will have you laughing while you sob your eyes out, this throwback show is one for the ages.

Issue XXIII: Editor’s Note

The ‘economy’ is an elusive term. In all its intricacies and grandiosity, this complex webwork that carries flows of money, people, and capital almost resembles a colourful living being. It breathes, expands and sometimes utterly collapses under its own weight. We can try to keep it healthy and enjoy the opulence it provides or we […]

Can India Afford to Make Hindi Its Sole Official Language?

Biplob Kumar Das

Amit Shah recently stated that Hindi should become the common language that different states communicate in, replacing English. While the statement has invited considerable criticism from the opposition, there is also a need to critically engage with such a proposal. Biplob Kumar Das writes the about the problems with enforcing Hindi as the sole official language of India.

India’s Beef With Meat

Lakshya Sharma

Food, delicious? Think again, it is much more than what you eat. It is a symbol of identity, a carrier of culture, a link to ancestry, and a mark of pride. Growing from all this, food can also emerge as a locus point of polarization. It transforms from a symbol of care and love to a point of difference and otherness. This transformation is fueled by the politics of communalism and politics of disgust. This article tries to analyze the recent riots around India centered around meat.