Every year, our planet loses over 150 species of plants and animals, and India is very much in the midst of this mass ‘sixth extinction’. Indians are losing species in their backyard – where are the once ubiquitous sparrows, or the ﬁreﬂies that lit up India's nights? And in the forests, iconic species like
the great Indian bustards are down to a hundred, while ﬂamingos are poised to be wiped off the map of India.
The Vanishing takes an unﬂinching look at the unacknowledged crisis that India’s wildlife faces, bringing to the fore the ecocide that the country’s growth story is leaving in its wake – laying to waste its forests, endangering its wildlife, even tigers whose increasing numbers shield the real story of how development projects are tearing their habitat to shreds. It tells us why extinction matters, linking the fate of wildlife to ours. The end of the gharial, an ancient crocodilian, signiﬁes that the clear, fast-ﬂowing rivers that are our lifelines are stilled and poisoned. The author deconstructs the raging human–wildlife conﬂicts to show wild elephants as peaceable creatures and weaves a beautiful tale of their bond with their protectors.
With the high-decibel development-versus-environment debate dominating headlines, the book reveals how the ‘development at all costs’ model threatens India's ecological and economic security. The author travels to far-ﬂung forests to give an eyewitness account, and an insider’s view of India’s vanishing natural heritage. The Vanishing is a sharp and stirring read about today's desperate scenarios, and the quest for hope for a wild India.
Prerna Singh Bindra is India's leading wildlife conservationist and writer. She served as a member on the National Board for Wildlife and its core Standing Committee (2010-13), and also on Uttarakhand's State Board for Wildlife. Prerna has written more than 1,500 articles on nature and wildlife and has authored the book The King and I: Travels in Tigerland. Her anthology on contemporary wildlife writings, Voices in the Wilderness, was released in June 2010.