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Green Grabbing in the Name of the Tiger

The tiger might yet be saved not by markets and the influx of private capital, but through democratic, collaborative state and community efforts that judiciously integrate with the market on their own terms. A critical response to "A Tiger in the Drawing Room: Can Luxury Tourism Benefit Wildlife?" (EPW, 22 September 2012).

Nitin Rai (nitinrai@atree.org) is with the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment at Bangalore.

Fakir Mohan Senapati, in his novel Six Acres and a Third, first published in Oriya in 1902, tells the story of a zamindar named Ramachandra Mangalraj and of his schemes to ­acquire the lands of village peasants ­(Senapati 2006). The story ends with Mangalraj’s arrest and his lands auctioned to a lawyer who it is believed will arrive “with 10 palanquins followed by five horses and two hundred foot-­soldiers” to acquire Mangalraj’s ill-gotten estates. The villagers respond by saying:

 

Oh horse, what difference does it make to you if you are stolen by a thief? You do not get much to eat here; you will not get much to eat there. No matter who becomes the next master, we will remain his slaves.

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