Saturday, September 16, 2017

Islands in Flux - Released in Hyderabad

The story of two Islands

THE HANS INDIA |   Sep 16,2017 , 12:05 AM IST

  The book ‘Islands In Flux’, released recently in the city which explores the story of Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Aasheesh Pittie and  Pankaj Sekhsaria. 
Photo: N Shiva Kumar Meru
Aasheesh Pittie and Pankaj Sekhsaria. Photo: N Shiva Kumar Meru
Ornithologist Aasheesh Pittie launched the book ‘Islands In Flux’ written by Pankaj Sekhsaria, researcher and author, recently at Goethe-Zentrum, Banjara Hills.

The book features the information, insight, and perspective related to the environment, wildlife conservation, development and the indigenous communities and contemporary issues in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

It provides an important account that is relevant both for the present and the future of these beautiful and fragile Island but also very volatile Island chain.

Pankaj Sekhsaria said, “It is not new for me to write about Islands and it this is my collection of writings about Andaman and Nicobar Islands. These islands are far away from India but they are part of it. The islands have various kind of animals, birds and more.”

Pankaj Sekhsaria said that everybody started talking about these Islands after the Tsunami in 2004. “Today our oceans are filling up with a lot of plastic. Many scientists are fearful that our oceans will have more plastic than fish in 2050,” added Pankaj.

He informed that no government has taken care of the tribal people of these Islands since independence. “No one is concerned about the tribal people, who have been living there for more than 40,000 years. In 1956, these Islands are declared for the tribal, but no one is taking care of them,” he adds.

Pankaj hopes that his book will create awareness in people about these Islands.

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