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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And for a set of signed copies of all my A&N books please write for details to thelastwave1@gmail.com
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If there are suggestions for other places, particularly in the islands, that are willing to stock copies of 'Islands in Flux' and also 'The Last Wave', please do write to me psekhsaria@gmail.com

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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The books available now in stores, and via mark my book: Buy at http://bit.ly/2nOprZQ and on
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
#andaman #nicobar #islandsinflux #thelastwave
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Write to thelastwave1@gmail.com for more details including for signed copies of 'The Last Wave' and 'Islands in Flux'



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
#andaman #nicobar #islandsinflux #thelastwave
Buy now: bit.ly/IslandsInFlux
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Write to thelastwave1@gmail.com for more details including for signed copies of 'The Last Wave' and 'Islands in Flux'

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)

#andaman #nicobar #islandsinflux #thelastwave


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
#islandsinflux #thelastwave #andaman #nicobar

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)

And here's an advance chance of getting a free signed copy as soon as the book is released in March 2017...50 copies via Goodreads Giveaway!  Click here



'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


Also see:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/349083002139104/

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