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Can a populous country like India 'afford' to protect wildlife? Is there space for wildlife in a land-scarce, densely populated country, and can wild animals and people coexist, or is the relationship inevitably confrontational? Is conservation and protecting the flora and fauna a hindrance to the growth agenda? Is development inimical to ecological security? The Vanishing Can a populous country like India 'afford' to protect wildlife? Is there space for wildlife in a land-scarce, densely populated country, and can wild animals and people coexist, or is the relationship inevitably confrontational? Is conservation and protecting the flora and fauna a hindrance to the growth agenda? Is development inimical to ecological security? The Vanishing explores such burning issues that confront wildlife conservation today.


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Can a populous country like India 'afford' to protect wildlife? Is there space for wildlife in a land-scarce, densely populated country, and can wild animals and people coexist, or is the relationship inevitably confrontational? Is conservation and protecting the flora and fauna a hindrance to the growth agenda? Is development inimical to ecological security? The Vanishing Can a populous country like India 'afford' to protect wildlife? Is there space for wildlife in a land-scarce, densely populated country, and can wild animals and people coexist, or is the relationship inevitably confrontational? Is conservation and protecting the flora and fauna a hindrance to the growth agenda? Is development inimical to ecological security? The Vanishing explores such burning issues that confront wildlife conservation today.

30 review for Vanishing: Chronicling India’s Wildlife Crisis

  1. 4 out of 5

    Vaidya

    Disturbing account of how we are going about destroying our forests, rivers, and our environment. Unlike generic terms like habitat loss and degradation, Bindra looks more at policy and laws, and how they are either being flouted or modified to allow easier 'clearance' for industries to 'do business'. I expected a depressing read. It was well beyond that. It definitely is a must read, but sadly, the only people who'll read this are those who already care. Our positions are too far entrenched. Disturbing account of how we are going about destroying our forests, rivers, and our environment. Unlike generic terms like habitat loss and degradation, Bindra looks more at policy and laws, and how they are either being flouted or modified to allow easier 'clearance' for industries to 'do business'. I expected a depressing read. It was well beyond that. It definitely is a must read, but sadly, the only people who'll read this are those who already care. Our positions are too far entrenched.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lalit Mohan

    Well written and comprehensive account of our last stand and where we stand in this war to safeguard the last green spaces of our home . full of stories from the wild and fights in the conference rooms the latter of which unfortunately is the place where the most decisive blows are delivered . The story of the sparrows and the fans really hit home as it made it way too real - there might have been some ninjas cutting onions as well in the room when I was reading that chapter .An uncomfortable tr Well written and comprehensive account of our last stand and where we stand in this war to safeguard the last green spaces of our home . full of stories from the wild and fights in the conference rooms the latter of which unfortunately is the place where the most decisive blows are delivered . The story of the sparrows and the fans really hit home as it made it way too real - there might have been some ninjas cutting onions as well in the room when I was reading that chapter .An uncomfortable truth but truth it is ; would recommend not binge reading if you are prone to sentimentality .Would like to see a follow-up book which outlines positive inroads and details of how one can help . Highly recommended read . 4 Stars because I personally felt the balance tilted towards what we have lost and not what we can do .

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ram Vasudeva

    I recently picked up this book wondering what to expect, whether the storyline is going to be a grim face of India's (mis) management of its natural history but to my wonder it exceeded every aspect of my expectation. It is a must read. This is my first experience of reading Prerna Singh Bindra and I feel proud to have bought this book and will recommend it highly. Being a Biologist, I must say there were several amazing little (true) stories and the heroes who wilfully protect our resources (fo I recently picked up this book wondering what to expect, whether the storyline is going to be a grim face of India's (mis) management of its natural history but to my wonder it exceeded every aspect of my expectation. It is a must read. This is my first experience of reading Prerna Singh Bindra and I feel proud to have bought this book and will recommend it highly. Being a Biologist, I must say there were several amazing little (true) stories and the heroes who wilfully protect our resources (forests, coastline etc..). It makes you want to do something for the degrading nature of our system towards flora and fauna alike. Prerna hits the nail on the head in her last and penultimate chapters on what we can do to bring us out of this dire situation, Climate change is real and is staring at our faces. A highly recommended book for everyone. Gripping and Beautifully written.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Pranky reads

    As a child we love to read and hear story about animals but as we grow slowly we become so indifferent to their presence in our surroundings. The folklores that we heard as a child remains as a memory, very soon some birds and animals that we see will become a part of our memories because they will vanish from our surroundings. This book tells the raw truth that the nature is witnessing, people who are conserving the nature as their first priority. Thanks to @prernasinghbindra For giving so much i As a child we love to read and hear story about animals but as we grow slowly we become so indifferent to their presence in our surroundings. The folklores that we heard as a child remains as a memory, very soon some birds and animals that we see will become a part of our memories because they will vanish from our surroundings. This book tells the raw truth that the nature is witnessing, people who are conserving the nature as their first priority. Thanks to @prernasinghbindra For giving so much information about India's existing and endangered animals. #prernasinghbindra #amustread #thevanishing @penguinindia #viking #environment

  5. 5 out of 5

    Fatima

    The Vanishing is a brave and unbiased book on degrading condition of wildlife in India. It provides an insider account of how issues related to wildlife conservations are handled with utter carelessness in India by various governmental authorities. The book is researched thoroughly, providing painstaking data. We need more such books in Indian Wildlife because I believe in the long run, it is the citizens of India who need to be educated and informed about the wildlife and its current condition, The Vanishing is a brave and unbiased book on degrading condition of wildlife in India. It provides an insider account of how issues related to wildlife conservations are handled with utter carelessness in India by various governmental authorities. The book is researched thoroughly, providing painstaking data. We need more such books in Indian Wildlife because I believe in the long run, it is the citizens of India who need to be educated and informed about the wildlife and its current condition, and organise people to put small but meaningful conservation efforts. All in all, an engaging read and I recommend it to anyone who even remotely cares about wildlife and Nature.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sadiq Kazi

    An outstanding primer on the sprawl of humans eating away into the natural habitats in India for many endangered species, from a perspective of a conservationist who has been on the sidelines of many a policy decisions pertaining to wildlife conservation in the last decade. A wake up call for Indians - especially those who believe economic growth is a solution to everything that afflicts us as a nation.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Gopal MS

    It is not a happy story but it is something that every one of us in India should read. While it’s the brutalities of the conflict between us and the natural world that will horrify you, on the other, it is diversity, beauty and details about our natural wonders from across the subcontinent that makes this book wonderful. I wished that the book had some detailed maps.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sai Sanjeev

    Must read for not just nature lovers. The book takes time , one chapter at a time. First two chapters primarily consists of numerous facts ,statistics might be little too much to imbibe but that's exactly she is trying to tell, to instill the urgency for conservations. Must read for not just nature lovers. The book takes time , one chapter at a time. First two chapters primarily consists of numerous facts ,statistics might be little too much to imbibe but that's exactly she is trying to tell, to instill the urgency for conservations.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anoop

    Must read for every citizen of the World

  10. 4 out of 5

    Yashendu Joshi

    Enjoyed reading the book. It was a little depressing to read the wildlife crisis that India is going through and how frivolous politicians are towards this. I really liked the way author has started each chapter, with a story based on previous experience.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Taksh

  12. 5 out of 5

    DJ

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nukul

  14. 5 out of 5

    Leah

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shampa Banerjee

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kamal Srivastava

  17. 5 out of 5

    sourav pattanayak

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gayatri Jayaraman

  19. 5 out of 5

    Neerav Kulshreshtha

  20. 4 out of 5

    Udayan Singh

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sandeep Kamath

  22. 4 out of 5

    OrganicSupernova

  23. 4 out of 5

    Aasheesh Pittie

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rahul Khanna

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rtk

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sachin Bhatia

  27. 5 out of 5

    Erika

  28. 4 out of 5

    Raksha Bhat

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aali Pant

  30. 4 out of 5

    Manu Sunil

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