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Indian Forest Cover

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A recent story is making the rounds on twitter. From the Indian Express:

Survey blames Naxals for decline in forest cover

India’s overall forest cover has declined by 367 sq-kms in the past two years despite a few states actually expanding their forest areas. The net loss is mainly on account of Naxalites destroying close to 200 sq-km of forests in Andhra Pradesh, a government report said in Tuesday

I wanted to respond to the ‘survey’, but googling it only led me nearly identical articles in all of the other Indian English papers. For example, there was this in the Hindu.

My recent work has been looking at state expansion into adivasi areas and how this expansion has been structured around forest ‘protection’. Naturally, this piece caught my interest. On the surface, it seems like a psychological anti-Naxalite move on the part of the government (as it’s difficult to believe that the Maoists can be blamed for deforestation in any significant way). But, I can neither find the report nor do the various articles provide a link to the journalist who wrote the piece. Curious.

If any reader knows more, I’d be grateful to hear from them. Inquiring minds want to know. Please email me.


I’d like to thank the people behind for the email I received this morning. They sent me a copy of the report:

I’ll take a look at it and post my response this weekend.

Written by Michael

February 8, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Candace Feit’s Photography

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I just  stumbled across Candace Feit’s website. She’s a Delhi-based photojournalist who’s  been published in some notable outlets such as the NYT. I’d encourage you to take a look as she has done work with tribal people in India’s Maoist heartland. Seeing pictures like this serves as an important reminder to me that what I’m writing about is more than an abstraction.

Enjoy. I did.

Written by Michael

November 16, 2009 at 4:26 pm

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