Issue Date: May 31, 1994
THE TRAIN from Londa to Dharwar on the Miraj-Bangalore metre gauge in Karnataka passes through the jungles on the fringe of the Western Ghats. I asked my co-passengers, Hussainbi and Moinbi, a mother-daughter duo which is responsible for denuding these jungles. They are both headloaders. For the past 15 years, they have sold thousands of tonnes of fuelwood from these jungles around Dharwar -- a sleepy district town which has produced celebrities like Girish Karnad, Mallikarjun Mansoor and Bhimsen Joshi.