Issue Date: Jan 15, 1995
I read the article Cooking up honey by Bhanusingha Ghosh (October 31, 1994) with interest. Although it is informative from a historical point of view, at some points it lacks clarity and analysis.
It is incorrect to say, "Gathering honey was a harrowing experience in ancient times." If one studies the methods of African honey hunters in Babati district, Tanzania, or the Kurumbas in the Nilgiris, one sees that it is an skill performed with reverence, in which the entire community participates.
Issue Date: Dec 31, 1994
The views of G Azeemoddin in A weed maligned (October 31, 1994) do not conform to the findings of researchers from Texas and my own experience of growing Prosopis chilensis. This weed is inappropriately called "honey mesquite". The species commonly known as honey mesquite include Prosopis glandulosa, Prosopis reptans, Prosopis torreyana and Prosopis velutina, which, to the best of my knowledge, are not found in India.
Issue Date: Dec 15, 1994
Life endangered under water
Development in India has largely been at the cost of the environment. One such glaring instance is water pollution and the increased incidents of poaching on aquatic life. Concern for these damages have been late in coming. The World Wide Fund for Nature's Mission for the 1990s has come not a day too soon. The sections dealing with aquatic life in this programme envisage the conservation of different stocks of fish and their habitats, and their sustainable use to meet food and employment requirements.
Issue Date: Nov 30, 1994
Show more concern please
Issue Date: Nov 15, 1994
I was surprised to read in Rogue Elephants in the Backyard (August 15, 1994), that the Bombay Natural History Society (bnhs) allegedly "debunks" my study on crop raiding by elephants. While the bnhs study provides an additional or a different perspective to the subject, it cannot claim to debunk earlier studies. I wish I could see the results of the BNHS study first in journals reviewed by my peers. (The only paper published in their 11-year study has been in their own journal!)