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Review: Marginlands by Arati Kumar-Rao

Presenting the wonders of the land and also the environmental catastrophes being unleashed by detrimental policies conceived without consulting those who will be most affected by them

“After the most enchanting descriptions of how the Thar’s residents have coaxed water and agriculture from a seemingly punishing terrain, she reveals how limestone mines, windmills, and a canal — supposedly harbingers of development — have destroyed its water sources, wildlife, agricultural fields, and knowledge nurtured over centuries. “ (Dietmar Temps/Shutterstock)
Published on Mar 15, 2024 07:54 PM IST
BySyed Saad Ahmed

Wildbuzz: Moonless race to Longewala

Chandigarh's Munish Jauhar recently completed the Hell Race Border Ultra marathon in the Thar desert, finishing fifth. Jauhar faced challenges running at night but was rewarded with a clear sky and the sounds of nature. The race started in harsh sunlight but Jauhar found distraction in observing wildlife. Meanwhile, in the Shivalik jungles behind Chandigarh, the cold weather has brought a stillness and a chance to appreciate the beauty of nature.

One step away from extinction: a rare glimpse of the Great Indian bustard at Desert National Park, Rajasthan. (PHOTO: MUNISH JAUHAR)
Updated on Jan 14, 2024 07:54 AM IST
ByVikram Jit Singh

6 rare Houbara Bustards rescued from Thar Desert over 3 years remain confined

Deputy forest conservator (wildlife) Sunil Gaur said that they have no objection to releasing the birds in the wild if the veterinarians declare the bustards fit

India is home to four of the 25 bustard species and all face threats. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 26, 2023 04:28 PM IST
ByDinesh Bothra

This Rajasthan school in Thar desert stays cool without air conditioning

Rajkumari Ratnavati Girls’ School in Rajasthan's Jaisalmer remains cool due to its unique architecture using local sandstone.

High ceilings and windows release rising heat in classrooms, while a solar panel canopy provides shade and energy.(@vinay_panjwani/dkarchitects.com)
Published on Aug 09, 2023 09:07 PM IST

Haryana must learn to value the Aravallis

Despite protection from a raft of laws, and judgments of the Supreme Court, the environmental degradation of the Aravallis continues.

The Aravallis are key to the wellbeing of the National Capital Region’s 64 million residents in more ways than one. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Apr 18, 2023 07:52 PM IST
ByHT Editorial
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