Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Islands in Flux - release in Bangalore

Happening on Saturday, 27th May, 6.30 pm; Atta Gallata, Koramangala.

The book will be release by Prasanna, Theatre director, author and activist.

This will be followed by an illustrated talk on the islands by Pankaj Sekhsaria who will be in conversation with Subir Ghosh, Author and journalist
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The book is available now in stores across the country and via amazon (print and kindle):  http://bit.ly/IslandsInFlux




Wednesday, May 17, 2017

In the name of development - a review of 'Islands in Flux'

IN THE NAME OF DEVELOPMENT

http://www.indiawaterportal.org/articles/name-development
The indigenous community of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands has been systematically alienated from their land by the colonial and post-colonial policies. A new book chronicles the change.




Pankaj Sekhsaria’s recent book Islands in flux--The Andaman and Nicobar Story is a collection of around 20 years of his writings on the environmental and conservation concerns faced by the indigenous tribal communities of the region. Unlike his previous book, The last wave, a factual fiction adventure story dealing with love, longing and loss, this one is a collection of contemporary developments in the islands. The book is divided into seven parts and several chapters each dealing with the societal and ecological facets of the islands. Issues related to the environment, wildlife conservation and development policies that threaten the island’s indigenous communities have been chronicled by the author who is a long-time member of the NGO, Kalpavriksh.
Alienation of islanders
The book begins with the section, Setting the context, in which he writes about the history of the alienation of the island communities living there for over 40,000 years. The author takes a dig at the history writers of the modern democratic Indian state who have left gaping holes in their writings by not sudying the ancient indigenous communities--the Great Andamanese, the Onge, the Jarawa and the Sentinelese. It is here that the author mentions “if the real and complete history of the islands is ever written, the British would not be more than a page and India could only be a paragraph”.
The indigenous people have been systematically alienated from their resources by the British colonial policies and the post-colonial development-oriented policies of India. The Britishers set up a penal colony in the islands in 1858, the Japanese occupied the islands during the World War II, and during the post colonial period, thousands of settlers from mainland India were brought to the island. Though the islanders put up a fierce fight to defend their territories, the social fabric of the island communities has been violently torn apart and their populations decimated while the settlers outnumbered the original inhabitants. The region is witness to nation building exercises, hinduisation of ‘uncivilized junglees’ and even an attempt to rename the islands. The author calls this as an attempt to “reclaim what was never yours”. No effort has been made by way of scholarship or historical studies to take the islanders’ point of view.
Forestry is the chief source of revenue in cash in the islands but the system of forestry did not suit the region. The author quotes an official report by the Department of Environment, Government of India that argues that “the forestry system was leading to a preponderance of deciduous elements in the evergreen system that would eventually destroy the whole island ecosystem”. The carrying capacity of the islands has been long exceeded, the author says. Ill-conceived schemes like cattle rearing were introduced for a community that does not consume milk. Tourism is a concern in the islands which have been declared as ‘global biodiversity hotspot’.
The pristine forests and the Jarawa tribal reserve that cover half the island are under threat because of the ill-conceived Andaman Trunk Road that separates the reserve land from the rest of the island. The Jarawas for whom the forests have been home for ages have been reduced to begging around the Trunk Road that runs through the reserve. The road has been controversial due to the negative fallouts on the island’s ecology and the indigenous people. The Supreme Court had in 2002 passed an order to close it; the island administration chose to ignore it. Its closure was absolutely critical to protect the Jarawa community, the author says.
Islands turn colonies
The author chronicles the 'colonising of the islands' in a chapter of the same name and discusses how the settlers look down upon the indigenous communities. Tension continues between the tribal communities, especially the ancient tribal community of Jarawas, and the settlers over land rights and there is a lack of political will to ease this even as the population of the Jarawas has been reduced to a few hundreds. “There are opinions that the Jarawas should be assimilated into the modern world, but it is clear that it is exactly this contact with the outside world that is rapidly pushing them towards the brink,” the author states.
In the chapter, A brief history of logging, Sekhsaria provides an account of the timber operations in the Andamans. He notes how as a part of India’s colonisation scheme, mainlanders were settled here. This was done to strengthen India’s claim over the islands. Incentives were offered to settlers by way of land and royalty free timber. The timber-based industry was promoted and liberal subsidies offered. Forests were exploited to benefit settlers who had little stake in the islands or its natural resources. Timber offered for millions decreased after the 2002 Supreme Court order. The order was in response to a petition by three NGOs to stop logging. The Supreme Court orders that banned the cutting of naturally grown trees in the Andamans and Nicobar islands were welcomed by the environmental rights groups. But logging continued within the tribal reserve.
In the section, Environment, ecology and development, the author stresses the need for evolving sensible conservation policies. The author discusses the consequences of introducing exotic species into the island systems. This has led to an irretrievable loss of native species and ecosystems. “The Andaman and Nicobar islands are unsurpassed in their botanical wealth, and the ethnomedical knowledge of the tribals who live here is astounding,” he says.
In the section, December 2004 and its aftermath, the author discusses the turmoil caused by the tsunami of December 26, 2004, which killed around 3500 people in the fragile Andaman and Nicobar islands, the worst hit area in India. The tectonic activity due to the third deadliest earthquake of the world in the last 100 years caused a significant shift in the islands’ geography with a permanent average uplift of four to six feet while parts of Nicobar islands went significantly under, with the southernmost tip, Indira point on Great Nicobar island going 15 ft down. Apart from dealing with how the tsunami destroyed the island, the section also highlights how the people picked up the pieces and started all over again.
Leave them alone
The tsunami waters inundated large areas of the islands causing damage to its coastal and marine ecology. In the aftermath of this turmoil, ecologists have suggested ‘no intervention’ and that ‘leaving areas alone should be the preferred management option’. A disturbing facet of the islands in recent times is its water scarcity. The islands have been facing severe water shortages even during the pre-tsunami period but this got worse after 2004. Fresh water sources got hit by the tsunami.
Talking about the faulty development planning, the author discusses how the former president late Abdul Kalam in 2005 in the aftermath of the tsunami announced a grandiose vision for the development of the Andaman and Nicobar islands. This included ecologically perilous components like deep sea fishing, exploitation of bamboo, value-added coconut products and tourism.
A central thread of Sekhsaria’s book has been the neglect and acculturation of the Jarawas, and their losing scuffle with the outsiders. The book presented in a journalistic manner handles the issue very sensitively and the author exhibits a keen understanding of the history of the indigenous people and its ecology.

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The book is available now In stores across the country and also on amazon (print and kindle): http://bit.ly/IslandsInFlux
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Focusing on an endangered world

Focusing on an endangered world
By K Naresh Kumar | THE HANS INDIA | May 07,2017 , 01:40 AM IST
http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/Sunday-Hans/2017-05-07/Focusing-on-an-endangered-world/298246

Pankaj Sekhsaria, in his latest book ‘Islands in Flux – The Andaman and Nicobar Story’, writes on the key issues that the islands are facing
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A book which has a relatively less-reported issue like Andaman and Nicobar Islands focusing on its environmental condition and the endangered status of one of its original people, the Jarawas, may or may not have rung a bell for a large section of non-fiction readers.

Still, with this form of media activity which borders on total activism, if not a whole time obsession, finding its supporters among a niche, yet an important section of the journalistic world, all seems to be not lost yet.

Pankaj Sekhsaria, with his anthology ‘Islands in Flux: The Andaman and Nicobar Story’ returns to travel on the same route, which he left with his first book ‘The Last Wave’, published three years ago. That was “a story of lost loves, but also of a culture, a community, an ecology poised on the sharp edge of time and history”.

A media review of that work even lamented that ‘unless you are an anthropologist or an anthropology student, you will hardly get to read a work of literature so soothingly immersed in that unusual milieu’.

As can be very well understood, with matters environmental, India has had a patchy record, resembling close to it being defined as utter callousness. Here is where Sekhsaria’s relentless crusade of sorts assumes a unique weightage.

Romulus Whitaker, an iconic environmentalist and founder of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Environment Team (ANET) in his praise for the latest book recounts that Pankaj had joined the expedition in late 1990’s to the remote South Sentinel Island and here is where, he feels, the author’s obsession with documenting the ups and downs of environmental matters of the islands got triggered.

In his introduction, Sekhsaria informs his readers that his current book includes his writings from the same period – 1998 – to be precise. Of course, with an increased awareness in mainstream English media on green matters, he found respectable space for his analyses and observations.

This is endorsed by none else than Darryl D’ Monte, the Chairman Emeritus of the Forum of Environmental Journalists in India (FEJI) who commends that the author demonstrates his unwavering commitment to chronicling the life and times of these beautiful but endangered islands.

Pankaj, on his part, is factual when he says ‘while I might make the claim that this is a substantial compilation on the recent history of the A&N Islands, it is important to note that it is far from a complete record of important developments there.’ He includes other contributors too for plugging such gaps, with due acknowledgements.

What comes through is the insensitivity with which governments have been treating the issue over the years. Taking a well-directed jibe at the present NDA government at the Centre, Sekhsaria sounds worried at the ‘complete lack of knowledge and understanding of the situation in the islands, of the existing infrastructural bottlenecks, of the challenges of providing drinking water here, of the exponentially growing problem of waste disposal and management, not to mention the impacts this could have on the fragile ecology and the vulnerable indigenous communities.’ It is clear for sure, that the ordeal has just begun for many of his ilk in this regard.

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The book is available now In stores across the country and also on amazon (print and kindle): http://bit.ly/IslandsInFlux
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

A new ecological perspective - a review in The Times of India of 'Islands in Flux'


Micro Review: Islands in Flux-- a new ecological perspective

| Updated: May 9, 2017, 03.25 PM IST

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/books/features/micro-review-islands-in-flux-a-new-ecological-perspective/articleshow/58529672.cms

Highlights

* Title: Islands In Flux
* Author: Pankaj Sekhsaria
* Publisher: Harper Litmus
* Price: 399 INR
* Pages: 304 (Paperback)
* Genre: Non-fiction

The Andaman and Nicobar islands have emerged as a hot destination for tourists in the last few decades. But how many of us really know about the rich ecology of this region? Or do we know how Andamans' environment is adversely being affected with the influx of tourism? Environmental journalist Pankaj Sekhsaria has been reporting the contemporary issues of these lesser-known islands for over two decades, which have been compiled in his second book titled Islands In Flux . 

Islands In Flux features Sekhsaria's two decades of research and knowledge of Andaman and Nicobar. The book has detailed information and insights on environment, wildlife conservation, development, and the indigenous communities of these islands. It chronicles their important issues which are relevant even today. For instance, the ancient tribal communities including the Jarawas, the Onge, the Sentinelese have inhabited Andamans and Nicobar for centuries, but with the rise in the population in Andamans and Nicobar islands and its increasing development, these native tribes are now struggling to survive! Also, all the eight species of sea turtles found in the oceans of the world are classified as endangered. The Andaman and Nicobar Isalnds are considered the best nesting sites in India for three of these species. But industrialisation and increased human activities in these islands is adversely affecting the turtles. Islands In Flux shares in detail many such shocking ecological issues of this region.

The book not only discusses the issues faced by Andaman and Nicobar islands, but also provides solutions for conserving the future of these beautiful and fragile islands. The simplicity in which the author has tried to explain the important environmental issues makes it an interesting read. Islands in Flux not only maps the lesser known islands but also acts as a framework for the way forward. It is an essential read for anyone who cares about nature and the future of our world.

 The book is available now In stores across the country and also on amazon (print and kindle): http://bit.ly/IslandsInFlux

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Kolkata release of 'Islands in Flux'



Book Launch of Pankaj Sekhsaria’s Islands in Flux; Compilation of Writings on Key Issues in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Happened at the Oxford Book Store, April 25, 2017

Oxford Bookstore and Harper Collins played the host to the book launch of Islands in Flux written by Pankaj Sekhsaria. The book was unveiled in the presence of the author along with Anuradha Lohia, Vice Chancellor, Presidency University.
The book Islands in Flux is a compilation of writings of the author on key issues in the islands over a long period. The writing showcases environment, wildlife conservation, development and indigenous communities who have provided insights and perspective on the life of the islands for over two decades. The book is like a map of the region and will make for an interesting read for anyone interested in the future of our world.




The event was followed by a panel discussion with Madhusree Mukherjee, Guggenheim Fellow, journalist and author. The illustrated talk on the Andaman & Nicobar Islands also had a presentation on images and the author’s real life experiences in the area for the last two decades.
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The book is available now In stores across the country and also on amazon (print and kindle): http://bit.ly/IslandsInFlux

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Saving a wonderland - Review of 'Islands in Flux' in The Hindu

Review by Jacob Koshy, in The Hindu, April 30, 2017
http://www.thehindu.com/books/saving-a-wonderland/article18311374.ece

Saving a wonderland


Exploitation of the Andaman and Nicobar islands must end

Andaman and Nicobar, which consists of 500-odd islands that stretch from the south of Myanmar to the north of Indonesia, is synaptically removed from mainland India. However, when the monsoon approaches, India's meteorological department is particularly interested in the A&N archipelago.

One part of the monsoon winds branch out from here to make landfall in Kerala and usually, any delay is blamed on local cloud systems around the broader Andaman area. Once the monsoon soldiers on, interest in the Andamans abates until the next year.

Journalist and environmental scholar, Pankaj Sekhsaria, has for long chronicled this transactional relationship between the Andaman and Nicobar islands and the Centre. Islands in Flux is a collection of reportage and opinion pieces by Sekhsaria and published over two decades in several magazines and newspapers, including this one. The articles here primarily deal with how, beginning with the British and down to the present dispensation, the region's rich forestry has been exploited for timber and the ecological and social changes in its wake.

Logging has dramatically changed the balance of species, both plant and animals. Numbers of the four main tribes of the region, the Great Andamanese, the Onge, the Jarawa and the Sentinelese, have dwindled from about 5,000 in 1850 to 500 today. This is largely due to a massive influx of 'mainlanders', who have over the years, sought to harness the benefits of its strategic location, forestry and now, increasingly, its tourism potential.

Sekhsaria touches upon themes such as the impact of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami on the islands, the challenges faced by various tribes in preserving their way of life and having a say in the islands' future.

A significant drawback in this collection is that there is little first person-perspective on how contemporary inhabitants of the islands view development. How has tribal contact with the outside world influenced internal tribal relations? Has the advent of increased communications technology meant a greater desire for adopting new modes of living?

While a good primer for those interested in the islands' history, it lacks anecdote and the scintilla of sharp observations to let the light in.

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The book is available now In stores across the country and also on amazon (print and kindle): http://bit.ly/IslandsInFlux



Saturday, April 29, 2017

Islands in Flux - launch in Delhi

And here are some pictures from the Delhi launch of the book that took place at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library on the 20th of April. Pics by Peeyush Sekhsaria

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Kolkata release - Islands in Flux

Kolkata release...
At the Oxford Book Store, Park Street, 25th April, 6 pm.

Copies available on amazon at http://bit.ly/IslandsInFlux

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Islands in Flux - now available in Pondicherry

Islands in Flux and The Last Wave, now available in Pondicherry at
Kasha ki Aasha,23 Surcouf Street,605001 Pondicherry
Highlights info row image 0413 222 2963
 

 
Also available on amazon (kindle and print): http://bit.ly/IslandsInFlux

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Islands in Flux - Delhi release on 20th April

Delhi release of Islands in Flux - the Andaman and Nicobar Story 
Date: 20th April, 3 pm
Venue: Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti Bhavan

And we have a very interesting panel that'll be discussing the book and the islands!

Islands in Flux is now available in bookstores across the country. Also on amazon (print and kindle):

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Islands in Flux - now available in the islands


'Islands in Flux - the Andaman and Nicobar Story', is now available in the islands - in Havelock and in Port Blair. In Port Blair at Sagarekha Emporium, Middle Point and soon at Tarang Trades, Middle Point.
In Havelock they are available at Turtlefins.a, Govind Nagar, Havelock No. 5 with Rohit Waghela and at Seven Heaven, Govind Nagar, Havelock No. 3 with Amit Mangu.
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Copies are also available on amazon (both print and kindle): http://bit.ly/IslandsInFlux
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Scroll carries an excerpt from 'Islands in Flux'

Scroll carries an excerpt from 'Islands in Flux' -


This is the piece that sets the stage for what the book has to offer. The original was titled 'A history of alienation' and appeared first in the Hindu Folio way back in the year 2000:
https://scroll.in/article/833293/how-a-statist-vision-of-development-has-brought-andamans-tribals-close-to-extinction


(The book is now available in stores across the country and also via amazon (print and kindle): http://bit.ly/IslandsInFlux)


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Islands in Flux - an excerpt in Caravan

An excerpt in Caravan...a story published first in Frontline in 1998
See: http://www.caravanmagazine.in/vantage/jarawa-excursions-an-excerpt-from-pankaj-sekhsarias-islands-in-flux
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A kindle version is also available now: https://tinyurl.com/mvc7aja
Sekhsaria discusses an unusual occurrence: an excursion by members of the Jarawa community, seemingly to establish contact with the mainland.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Should the names of the A&N islands be changed

Should the name of A&N islands be changed? This is a question that keeps coming up again and again like a bad dream, as if there is nothing more important in or for the islands. (A BJP MP has just made a call for this: See: http://www.indiatimes.com/…/a-bjp-member-is-demanding-to-ch…) See the link below for a short article I did exactly a decade ago (in 2007) for the Times of India questioning the rationale? It appears again in the new collection of 'old' A&N writings 'Islands in flux - the Andaman story'.
https://www.academia.edu/31998259/Forgotten_Islands

Sunday, March 19, 2017

A visit and an aftermath....In 'Islands in Flux'

A visit and an aftermath...
When the President of India visited the islands in December 2007!
Read the full account in 'Islands in Flux - the Andaman and Nicobar Story'
In stores now across the country and online on amazon: http://bit.ly/IslandsInFlux
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Islands in Flux - the Andaman and Nicobar Story

From inside 'Islands in Flux...'
A picture of the coral uplift seen off the west coast of Interview Island in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake of December 2004 - appears in the book as a special picture section
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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Islands on the seam

Faultline Environment

Islands on the seam



The Hindu Sunday Magazine

http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/islands-on-the-seam/article17407991.ece

Early last January , the Andaman & Nicobar Islands administration in Port Blair received a curious plan for the development of the islands via the office of the NITI Aayog. Titled ‘An Approach Paper on ‘Prospects of Island Development - Options for India’, it was intriguing at various levels.
First, it was drafted not by the regular agencies, but by the New Delhi based Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence—(Navy). For a paper prepared by the defence establishment, the focus was surprisingly less on strategic and defence-related projects and more on economic activities such as rail construction, port and petrochemical complex development, special economic zones (SEZ) and the tourism industry. At another level, for a plan that articulates the need for economic, social, ecological and cultural sustainability in development strategy, it was strikingly ignorant of the historical, social, ecological and legal context of the unique island system.
Of particular relevance here is the Andaman and Nicobar Protection of Aboriginal Tribes Regulation (ANPATR) that was promulgated in 1956. Significant areas of the islands have been protected under this regulation for indigenous communities like the Jarawa and the Onge. The Approach Paper in its 40-odd pages does not have any mention of ANPATR even as it proposes a number of projects that will impinge directly on the lands and rights protected by the regulation.
50 years ago
As I read the plan, my mind went back to the late 1990s when I had just started to work on issues concerning the islands. I had then, quite accidentally, come across another proposal for the development of A&N. This was the ‘Report by the Inter-Departmental Team on Accelerated Development Programme for A&N Islands’, published in 1965 by the Ministry of Rehabilitation. It laid out a roadmap and set the stage for what was to happen over the decades that followed.
It was, in fact, a blueprint for the ‘colonisation’ of the islands, both in letter and spirit. Chapter 12 was even titled ‘Colonisation’, and it struck me hard to see a country that had been a colony till 1947 talking the language and the intent of the coloniser less than two decades later. The forests on the islands, inhabited by the Onge and the Jarawa, were referred to as ‘Jarawa infested’ and the forests had no value but for their timber.
Little Andaman Island, the roughly 730 square kilometres that is home to the indigenous Onge community has, interestingly, been a pivot in both plans even though they are separated by more than five decades. The 1965 plan suggested the clearance of 60,000 acres of forests, the settling in of 12,000 families from the mainland, and the establishment of an integrated industrial complex that would include timber and sugar industries.
The 2016 vision includes the island’s transformation into an integrated tourism complex through long-lease or a PPP model, development of an international airport, and the construction of a new harbour at Dugong Creek for inter-island connectivity. The clock, it seems, has not moved at all for planners and powers that be.
What is particularly striking about last year’s plan is its complete ignorance and lack of engagement with the tectonic changes that have taken place in the legal and policy framework of the country, quite apart from matters of geology and ecology. The premise is clearly what anthropologist Vishvajit Pandya described as ‘terra-nullius’—empty, unexplored, virgin territory that is waiting to be acted upon and operationalised. One needs only to scratch the surface to realise how deeply flawed and violative it is.
Unreal plans
One might argue that 1965 was a different era, but it’s difficult to understand how in 2016, the tribal regulation is not accounted for at all; the fact that 520 sq. km. of Little Andaman is protected as the Onge Tribal Reserve and that Dugong Creek, where the harbour is proposed, is located deep inside the Reserve and has the most important settlement of Onges.
The plan does not account for realities such as the fact that drinking water is a big challenge in many of the islands, that the islands are located in Seismic Zone V, part of the world’s most active seismic regions, that earthquakes are regular occurrences, that the 2004 tsunami was caused by an earthquake not far from the Nicobar Islands, and that tourism will be the first and the worst affected in case of calamities like earthquakes, tsunamis and cyclones, which occur here regularly.
At a meeting of the NITI Aayog held in September last year, the plan for the promotion of high-end tourism in four islands—Smith, Ross, Avis and Long—was approved. Little Andaman too came up for detailed discussion, though a decision was thankfully deferred on account of concerns raised in various quarters, including the A&N administration. But a follow-up call for proposals issued in November 2016 by NITI Aayog does include Little Andaman.
With a former minister in the BJP-ruled Delhi government, Jagdish Mukhi, now the Lieutenant Governor of the islands, it is likely there will be a greater thrust on development plans, with tourism being given top priority. The impact this will have on forests, biodiversity and on the Onge community can only be imagined.
When the government team went to Little Andaman in 1964-65, the entire island was a tribal reserve, the forests unexploited, and the Onge the sole residents on the island they have inhabited for thousands of years. Half a century of ‘development’ later, the Onge Reserve is roughly 30% smaller (more than 200 sq. km of forest has been handed over for settlements, plantations, agriculture), the remaining forests are under increasing pressure, and for every Onge on Little Andaman there are now about 200 individuals from outside. The land of the Onge is not the land of the Onge any more. What more needs to be said?
The writer researches issues at the intersection of environment, science, society and technology.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Islands in Flux...now in hand

'Islands in Flux - the Andaman and Nicobar story 
...now in hand

or write to thelastwave1@gmail.com for a set of the two A&N books (Islands in flux and also The Last WAVE)

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Islands in Flux - The Andaman and Nicobar Story

Dear Friends,
'ISLANDS in Flux - The Andaman and Nicobar Story', my new book on the A&N is now available for pre-order on Amazon at http://amzn.to/2m2FbHG
#islandsinflux #andaman #nicobar

And here is a short blurb on the what the book is all about:
'Islands in Flux', a compilation of writings on key issues and developments in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands over the last two decades, is Pankaj Sekhsaria’s new book on the islands. Written by one of the islands’ best known and most consistent chroniclers of contemporary issues here, it features information, insight and perspective related to the environment, wildlife conservation, development and the island’s indigenous communities. The book provides an important account that is relevant both for the present and the future of these beautiful and fragile but also very volatile island chain. It is both a map of the region as well as a framework for the way forward, and essential reading for anyone who cares about the islands and indeed, the future of our world.
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"‘The sometimes disturbing story of how we are treating our fragile islands" - Rom Whitaker, Founder, ANET

"Few environmental journalists in the country have tracked one area so perceptively. This book is a testimony to his dedication." - Darryl D’Monte, Chairman Emeritus of the Forum of Environmental Journalists in India (FEJI)
"Anyone who cares about these magical islands and their enticements...will find this volume to be highly readable and exceptionally informative" - Madhusree Mukerjee
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You can also write to thelastwave1@gmail.com for more details including for signed copies of 'The Last Wave' and 'Islands in Flux'

Blue & Green

'Blue' & 'Green'
'Islands in flux' and 'The Last Wave'
To get signed copies of both the books as a set write to thelastwave1@gmail.com
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https://www.facebook.com/groups/349083002139104/
 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Islands in Flux - The Andaman and Nicobar Story

Coming (very) soon...







Islands in Flux is a compilation of writings on key issues and developments in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands over the last two decades. Written by Pankaj Sekhsaria, one of the islands’ best known and most consistent chroniclers of contemporary issues, it features information, insight and perspective related to the environment, wildlife conservation, development and the island’s indigenous communities. The book provides an important account that is relevant both for the present and the future of these beautiful and fragile but also very volatile island chain. It is both a map of the region as well as a framework for the way forward, and essential reading for anyone who cares about the future of our world.                                           
Price: Rs. 399



‘Sekhsaria demonstrates his unwavering commitment to chronicling the life and times of these beautiful but endangered islands. Few environmental journalists in the country have tracked one area so perceptively. This book is a testimony to his dedication.’
- Darryl D’Monte, Chairman Emeritus of the Forum of Environmental Journalists in India (FEJI)
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‘Pankaj Sekhsaria has been visiting, researching, photographing and writing about the
Andaman and Nicobar Islands for decades. Anyone who cares about the magical islands will find this volume to be both highly readable and exceptionally informative.’
- Madhusree Mukerjee, journalist, author and activist
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‘Pankaj joined our Andaman and Nicobar Islands Environment Team (ANET) expedition to
remote South Sentinel Island in the late 1990s, and I have a feeling that it was this trip which
started Pankaj’s obsession with these wonderful islands. This collection of nearly twenty years of his writings tells the sometimes disturbing story of how we are treating our fragile islands.’
- Romulus Whitaker , founder, ANET

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Islands in Flux - new book on the A&N islands

Coming soon...
'Islands in Flux - Writings on the environment and indigenous peoples of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands by Pankaj Sekhsaria (HarperCollins India, March 2017)

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'Islands in Flux' is a compilation of writings on key issues and developments in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands over the last two decades. Written by Pankaj Sekhsaria, the island’s most consistent chronicler of contemporary issues, it features information, insight and perspective related to the environment, wildlife conservation, development and the island’s indigenous communities. The articles that are included here were first published in some of India’s most prominent publications like The Hindu, Frontline, Sanctuary Asia and the Economic and Political Weekly, and put together provide an important consolidated account that is relevant both for the present and the future of these beautiful and fragile but also very volatile island chain.

'In this update of his earlier book on the Andamans, Sekhsaria demonstrates his unwavering commitment to chronicling the life and times of these beautiful but endangered islands. Few environmental journalists in the country have tracked one area so perceptively. This book is a testimony to his dedication.'
- Darryl D’monte


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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Three books on the A&N Islands


THREE books on the ANDAMAN & NICOBAR Islands
For a special set price of Rs. 500.
  1. 1)  Troubled Islands – Writings on the environment and indigenous peoples of the A&N Islands (2003)
  2. 2)  The Jarawa Tribal Dossier – Cultural and Biological Diversity in the Andaman Islands (2010, Jointly edited with Visvajit Pandya)
  3. 3)  The Last Wave- an Island novel (2014)

1) Troubled Islands is a joint publication of Kalpavriksh and LEAD India and was published in 2003. It is a collection of articles on the islands I wrote i n the mainstream English media between 1998 and 2003. It has as annexures the Shekhar Singh Report of 2002, Supreme Court orders of 2002 and eight colour plates with pictures from the island

Review:
http://www.currentscience.ac.in/Downloads/article_id_099_07_0967_0968_0.pdf

2) The Jarawa Tribal Reserve Dossier is a 215 page book that was published jointly by Kalpavriksh and UNESCO in 2010. It goes into considerable details of the Jarawa Tribal Reserve with papers on the multiple dimensions that make up the reserve. It has also has a set of important annexures that include the full A&N Protection of Aboriginal Tribes Regulation and a set of detailed GIS based maps of the reserve.
Review: http://www.india-seminar.com/2010/613/613_books.htm

3) The Last Wave, published in 2014 by Harper Collins India is my debut novel and a story has at its heart the ecology, people, and history of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Review: http://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/books/troubled-waters-7/ 


Pls write to me at psekhsaria@gmail.com for details