Stories written by Malini Shankar
Malini Shankar is an investigative wildlife photojournalist, radio and TV producer and documentary filmmaker based in Bangalore, India. Malini writes about anthropogenic conflict and quantifies its impact on wildlife conservation. She has written extensively about biodiversity hotspot Western Ghats, the WTO regime and its impact, indigenous peoples’ rights, wildlife crime, wildlife crises, developmental polemics in protected areas, habitat loss, wildlife veterinary infections, census methods and wildlife advocacy. Malini writes for IPS, indiatogether.org, PTI, AIR, Gyandarshan and Gyanvani, Terrascape, Getty Images and others. Malini also runs Media Content Production House, the Weltanschauung Worldview Media Centre that is dedicated to communications for a cause. | Web

ENVIRONMENT: Highly Endangered Aquatic Mammals Awaiting Sanctuary

An aquatic species whose pelts are in high demand by the fur trade are gradually disappearing – and they need a sanctuary fast. Yet not one is forthcoming.

The Barapete cave mouth. Credit: Malini Shankar/IPS

ENVIRONMENT: Rare Bats Left Unprotected

A rare species of bats is in danger in western India because it has been denied Protected Area status.

Reviving a tranquilised tiger.  Credit: Malini Shankar/IPS

ENVIRONMENT-INDIA: Tiger Census Helping Conservation

One year after India released a scientifically prepared census report of tigers in this country, it is being criticised by some as inadequate and acclaimed by others as a significant step towards stemming the rapid depletion of the big cat through poaching and habitat loss.

AGRICULTURE-INDIA: Looking Beyond Wheat and Rice

Food security experts say India must wean itself away from dependence on wheat and rice and look to the sub-continent’s rich agro-diversity in order to address the kind of food crisis that hit the country last year - as well as longer-standing nutrition deficiency issues.

The endangered Blue Tiger butterfly is the target of poachers in India. Credit: Malini Shankar/IPS

ENVIRONMENT-INDIA: Illegal Trade Decimating Wildlife

A great variety of endangered wildlife species end up feeding the illegal market for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) thanks to poor enforcement in stopping the trade, say experts and activists.

Sansar Chand in chains during interrogation. Credit: Rajasthan Forest Department

INDIA: Sansar Chand Acquitted Again

Notorious wildlife trader Sansar Chand - who according to official investigations was responsible for the death of at least 10 tigers in the Sariska Tiger Reserve in 2005 - has been acquitted by a court of law in two cases related to wildlife crime for want of evidence by the prosecution. "It seems that there are no charges from the wildlife department, who was the prosecution in charge of the case," said Alok Kumar Aggarwal, additional chief metropolitan magistrate (ACMM) in New Delhi, "I am of the opinion to discharge him in this specific case, but the trial would go on in other wildlife cases, as per law."

ENVIRONMENT-INDIA: Prosecuting Poachers Impossible – Wardens

Inquiries into the decimation of 22 tigers by poachers in this famed tiger reserve, during 2002-2005, have revealed a serious problem - the near impossibility of booking poachers in India.

Gujjars, indigenous, semi-nomadic people,graze their cattle in and around reserves  Credit: Malini Shankar/IPS

ENVIRONMENT-INDIA: Tigers Lose in Park vs People Conflict

Three years after 22 tigers were brazenly hunted down by poachers in the Sariska Tiger Reserve, a protected park in the Aravalli hills of northwestern India, the blame game has not ended.

 Credit: Malini Shankar

ENVIRONMENT-INDIA: Leopards Thrive Where Tigers Once Roamed

Visitors who flock to India’s tiger reserves have only one question of each other: "Did you see a tiger?"

Struggle for Water Inside Sariska Reserve. Credit: Malini Shankar

ENVIRONMENT-INDIA: Tigers Not Safe in Own ‘Home’

The age-old conflict between man and tiger is, sadly, still manifest in this supposedly protected sanctuary for big cats.

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