Conservation and Development

Analyzing the ever-growing battle between environmental conservation and development goals.

Land of Trouble

Written by Vaishnavi Rathore Photographed by Sumit K. Yadav  We were riding in an auto at around 8.30 am. In a journey of about 20 minutes,...

Caught in the Tangles of Court Orders and ‘Development’, the Yamuna Remains As Polluted...

As ‘encroachers’ are evicted to ‘beautify’ the riverbank under different development initiatives, ultimately, the Yamuna remains as polluted as ever.

A Conservation of Convenience: The Politics of Exclusionary Conservation Models in Rajaji National Park

This article is the final instalment of our three-part series on how exclusionary colonial conservation plays out in Uttarakhand’s Rajaji Tiger Reserve. Click here...
Forest Conservation Actvideo

What is the future of India’s forests? Explaining the proposed Forest Conservation Act...

Decoding the new recommendations to the Forest Conservation Act (FCA), 1980, and its impact on our forests and forest-dependent communities.
Mining Rajasthan

Not on Our Commons: Rajasthan’s Villages Fight Against Mining

Vaishnavi Rathore and Deborupa Ghosh  Since the first week of September, Pur, a town in Bhilwara district of Rajasthan has been on an indefinite protest....
FRA Tribal rights

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Conservation, Rights and Exclusion in India’s Forests

Written by Arpitha Kodiveri “The Forest Department is not ready to share its power; it sees itself as a landlord of these forest areas. The...

Why Gujarat’s Women Are Yet to Accrue the Wealth of the Forest Land They...

The earnings from the land Dangi women own do not reach them: these benefits are monopolised by the men in their families.

What’s in a name? The ‘Odia Kandha’, their OTFD status, and the Forest Rights...

Harbandhao Pradhan was 12 in 1952, which is when the first settlement process took place in his village of Sankhajodi, in Odisha’s Nayagarh district....

The Bastion Dialogues: Pankaj Sekhsaria

Pankaj Sekhsaria (PS) has worked extensively in the fields of environment and development, citizen science, wildlife conservation, media studies, and science and technology. He...