Category Archives: Elephant

“The spread of invasive species, lead to a scarcity of herbaceous fodder, forcing the herbivores to modify their foraging behaviour and seeking new pastures. Consequently, elephants, Indian gaur, spotted deer, sambar and wild boar raid crops in indigenous people settlements, and fringe villages for food that lead to a chain of human versus animal conflict.” – Davidson Sargunam in: Sivadas, D., Dhyani, S. Basu, O. & Karki, M. (2020, June). Harnessing Nature 2(3), 48pp.
https://harnessingnatureblog.files.wordpress.com/2020/06/hn_vol_2_issue_3_red.pdf
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=34181

“Elephant behaviour has drastically changed […] Every pachyderm has bullet wounds festering and hurting the animal; injuries that have driven the once-docile beasts to regard humans as the enemy. Adivasi elders tell us that they walked among the elephants without fear 50 years ago. Those days are long gone.” – Mari Marcel Thekaekara(The Hindu, 14 April 2012)
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=5761

“A Greenpeace report states that human-elephant conflict in Chhattisgarh started in the late 80’s with the migration of wild herds from the neighbouring states of Odisha and Jharkhand, prompted by the devastation of forests due to mining.” – Sanctuary Asia (2019)
https://www.sanctuaryasia.com/conservation/news/10931-hec-death-toll-continues-to-rise-in-chhattisgarh

“India has arguably had the technology to wipe out most animals for centuries, but more that half of the world tigers and two-thirds of the worlds Asian Elephants continue to live alongside people, themselves packed in at about 450 in every square kilometre. Should the Indian conservation ethos build on this long religious and cultural ‘tolerance’ to wildlife or should we completely ignore it and copy everyone else in the world?” – Tarsh Thekaekara in “The Human Elephant (Wildlife) Relationship” (May 2014)
www.thesholatrust.org/elephants/
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=22634

Kerala’s Scheduled Tribes

K.S. Madhavan on Kerala’s concept of public education | To read the full article in the Times of India, click here >> […] The concept of public education is based on the objective of inclusiveness. What are the consequences of … Continue reading

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“Celebrate biodiversity”: World Environment Day 2020 – Western Ghats

This year was a World Environment Day unlike any other; government leaders, scientists, celebrities and more came together for a virtual celebration and discussion, organized by the Government of Colombia) highlighting the complex environmental issues our planet faces. Looking at the world … Continue reading

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“Adivasis no longer walk among the elephants without fear” – Human animal conflict on the rise – Tamil Nadu, Kerala & Chhattisgarh

On March 30, Kokila, an Adivasi woman, was collecting firewood with a few friends near Kozhikolly village in the Devala area of Gudalur taluk, 50 km below Udhagamandalam, when she was charged by an angry elephant. It hurled her to … Continue reading

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Learn more about tribal communities in the “Seven Sister States”: Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland & Tripura

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Tips | Nature, wildlife and more

Suggestions for search words: “tribal wildlife”,”biodiversity forest dwellers”, “Adivasi forest rights”, “nature conservation tribe”; for better search results, combine these words with a particular state or region of special interest: e.g. Madhya Pradesh, Bastar, Tamil Nadu, Meghalaya Gandhi believed that … Continue reading

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