ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Forests Are for Burning

The forest fires raging in the hills of northern India for more than two months now are not only leaving a trail of destruction but are illuminating, in no uncertain way, the consequences of a narrow concept of environmental protection, one not organically linked to current understanding of development. The fires are just the most visible signs of a piecemeal approach to protecting forests, of delinking people from processes. In their glare, the state's calculations in incorporating environmental 'concerns' in its agenda lie exposed.

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