Agri culture in India involved raising livestock to support farming, for milk and meat, and also to support the leather industry. It has evolved over millennia and weathered quite a variety of challenges: socio-political and environmental. 1/15
Caste was exploited. In post independent India it was eminently possible to attack caste based occupation & discrimination in farming and livestock rearing, without destroying millennia old knowledge that constituted agriculture. The opportunity was forfeited. 2/15
An enriching not so early morning outing at Sarakki lake, south Bangalore.
Go see the lake teeming with spot billed pelicans, cormorants, purple moorhen, little grebe, painted storks, egrets, pond heron, fish, fishers and walkers!
If only the walking path (not natural to the lake) was gently sloping into the water, the lake would have been teeming with more wild birds - particularly dozens of species of waders. (Shores potentially support about 70% of bird life)
Jun 15, 2021 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
Karnataka Chief Justice Abhay Oka’s order in a PIL filed by @esgindia1 & me is a major leap forward in securing ecological, socio-economic and water security for the people of Karnataka - by devolving lake governance to local levels with public involvement and science based…
…efforts. See: bit.ly/2UaMcZl
Jun 14, 2021 • 10 tweets • 3 min read
1/ Tomorrow (15 June 2021) at 2.25 pm, the Principal Bench of the Karnataka High Court headed by Chief Justice Oka will be delivering a judgment in a process that involved recalling the order in ESG's Lake's PIL: WP 817/2008. More: bit.ly/3zzGBMz2/ The Lakes PIL was heard for several years from when it was filed in 2008 and a final order was delivered on 11 April 2012 directing the State to ensure local communities were involved in lake rehabiliation and management, and their regulation was devolved to district level…
Aug 6, 2020 • 10 tweets • 4 min read
1/ Is it a coincidence that exactly 120 years ago, on this very day, the 20th day of Shravan, Rabindranath Tagore wrote a poem "Deeno Daan", about a temple?
“There is no god in that temple”, said the Saint.
The King was enraged;
“No God? Oh Saint, are you not speaking like an atheist?
On the throne studded with priceless gems, beams the golden idol,
Jul 21, 2020 • 23 tweets • 4 min read
1/ We live in very dangerous times, when those who speak truth to power are hounded and jailed, while those who are complicit in massive crimes are rewarded and promoted, electorally and politically.
2/ (Some who are complicit in creating this situation are bumped off when they become too inconvenient to the super powerful.)
The last bastion of hope in such times is the Supreme Court of India.
Mar 10, 2020 • 8 tweets • 7 min read
When an economist writes on the fudging of Forest survey data, it is an indication of a situation having gone from bad to worse. However, Ajit Ninan also falls into the trap of assessing ‘forests’ as land with tree growth. @moefcc 1/n deccanherald.com/opinion/panora…
What of #grasslands which can #sequester#carbon quite as rapidly and sustaining side ranging biodiversity? What of #coastal#sand#dunes, which apart from protecting us from the fury of cyclones, also provides an amazing diversity of niche spaces for aquatic beings,. @E_S_G 2/n