The ugly reality of India’s wildlife habitats

The government is celebrating the rising numbers of wildlife in the country. But the truth is that it is rapidly reducing their existing habitats, in the name of development.

Over the past week, the central government marked national wildlife week with a kind of celebratory cheer. Through posts on official social media handles as well as in statements of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and environment minister Bhupender Yadav the self-congratulatory message of conserving wildlife and the environment was hard to miss. 

But buried under this official publicity drive, which mostly made the right noises and said all the right things about wildlife conservation, is the ugly reality of diminishing habitats of  wildlife in and around India’s dense network of protected areas such as national parks and sanctuaries. The situation …


Akshay Deshmane

Akshay is an investigative reporter and former writer at The Morning Context. Based in Delhi, he writes about the environment, public policy and economy from the lens of the pulls and pressures of an ambitious democracy. Akshay uses the right to information extensively for reporting stories of vital public interest. Over the past decade and more, he has worked for HuffPost India, Frontline, The Economic Times, Down To Earth and DNA.