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Letters

Letters

Issue Date: Sep 15, 1995
Dang and blast The forest officials of Dangs district in Gujarat have left no stone unturned in inflicting atrocities on the adivasi inhabitants living there. All over the country, adivasis cultivate on forest lands for their sustenance. They have been doing so for many centuries now, much before the forest department came into existence. In the Dangs too, the adivasis have been cultivating forest lands as a means of their livelihood since time immemorial.

Letters

Issue Date: Aug 31, 1995
Beating the wrong bush Variously described as the Kalpavriksha, "Miracle Tree", "weed" and Yamadoot (Messenger of Death), Prosopis chilensis has become the centre of a raging controversy in Gujarat (see Down to Earth, August 31, 1994: A taste of dry death). While the debate rages over its virtues and vices, the tree continues to spread its tentacles deeper into Gujarat. While each side piles up self-corroborative data, we seem to be losing sight of the basic issue as to why an apparently exotic tree species has spread so overwhelmingly (and

Letters

Issue Date: Aug 15, 1995
Farming back to the past Some time back I had received a few complimentary issues of your magazine. Under the Grassroots section you had published a series of articles on organic farming. These gave me valuable insights into the innovative ways of recycling waste back to the agricultural field, the association of plant species and on the methods of maintaining soil health.

Letters

Issue Date: Jul 31, 1995
In the name of God The ministry of environment and forests has issued a resolution regarding the allotment of 20.25 ha forest land to the Kankeshwari Temple Trust. The temple and the allotted land is in the heart of the Gir forest, which was declared a lion sanctuary in 1969; the core part of the Gir area has been declared a national park.

Letters

Issue Date: Jul 15, 1995
Fragile arguments

Letters

Issue Date: Jun 30, 1995
Vile comment Virtually every line of your editorial "Collaborations Consolidated" on the Jungle Jivan Bachao Yatra (March 31, 1995) can be criticised for either factual inaccuracy or gross distortion. There are even discrepancies between the editorial and the article "Forest March" by Meera Iyer in the same issue. The editorial, for instance, gives the impression that the yatra was dominated by middle-class environmental activists, whereas Iyer's more balanced article indicates that social activists and "most importantly" local people also participated in the yatra.

Letters

Issue Date: Jun 15, 1995
Trapping ourselves It was interesting to read about the hypocrisy of the Western world regarding environment and social issues when it involves the Third World (March 15, 1995). While condemning their behaviour, I must admit that it comes as no great surprise to me. Why should we expect to get endless aid at our terms? It's their money, so it is natural for them to specify the terms too. We would have done exactly the same thing.

Letters

Issue Date: May 31, 1995
Pruning prawn farms Orissa Krushak Mahasangh's (OKM) movement against indiscriminate prawn culture has gained momentum. In a tragic incident, 2 persons were killed and several injured when the police fired on a crowd at Andhuan village in Bhadrak district of Orissa. The OKM'S fact-finding team reported that the unarmed crowd was agitat - ing against the Deep Sun Prawn Company for its illegal encroachment on gochar (pasture area), and also against the arrest of a person. That is when they were lathi charged and fired upon. We have condemned it and

Letters

Issue Date: May 15, 1995
An open letter to the WWF We, the participants in the Asian Consultation Workshop on the Protection and Conservation of Indigenous Knowledge held in Sabah, East Malaysia, unanimously condemn the advertisement of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) entitled, "He's destroying his own rainforest, to stop him, do you send in the army or an anthropologist". CHECK EXACT WORDS The advertisement shows the picture of an indigenous person cutting a tree.

Letters

Issue Date: Apr 30, 1995
Paddy thrashers I am interested in knowing more about paddy thrashers. I happened to read a news item, Cheap solution to labour (February 15, 1994). Please give me the address of the Kerala Agro Industries Corporation (KAIC), as I would like to get more information on the subject. N Baskar, Pattaliram, Madras - 72 You can get in touch with: N.K. Gopalakrishnan Managing Director, KAIC Trivandrum - 695023 Tel No 73188 ... Just right for us
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