282 pages, 22 plates with colour photos; b/w maps
This piece of investigative journalism describes the author's experiences witnessing predatory incursions into the Western Ghats, India, during his time as a reporter for several Indian newspapers. Silent Valley National Park, officially opened September 1st, 1986, is home to three groups of tribes living in Attappady. As these tribes found themselves outnumbered by settlers, the government developed the Attappady Hill Area Development Society, seeking to green this entire barren region whilst involving local people. The scheme won international recognition and honour and the author was able to closely follow the project and extend critical evaluations time and again.
The author also covers issues pertaining to Bharathapuzha, Kerala's second longest river, Nelliampathy, one of the greenest patches on earth, and Parambikulam, the highly acclaimed tiger preserve. He was able to traverse the length and breadth of the region to study in-depth outsiders encroaching the forest preserves of Nellimapathy and Parambikulam.
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