A Storm Foretold

A red mangrove, Rhizophora mangle

As energy corridors, SEZs and tourism plunder our coasts, fishermen fight for their lives. Rohini Mohan sounds the warning on an impending crisis by the sea, in Tehelka. She says,

The stubborn conviction that development must happen at all costs has begun spiralling into an environmental disaster. Thirty percent of our shoreline is already heavily eroded; massive structures are forcing water to shift elsewhere, to eat into 1,112 acres every year, swallowing villages, thinning beaches, and crashing into houses and hotels. Of Karnataka’s 300-km coastline, 250 km faces erosion. Thirty-six percent of Odisha’s beaches are under threat. As mangrove forests are cut and creeks blocked to reclaim the shore, global marine experts show that the stock of 320 commercially important fish in Indian waters has dropped below sustainable levels. India is still the world’s third largest exporter of fish, but it’s a medal it might not have for long.

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How to Kill a Tribal in a Free State

A few days ago, on the run, Soni Sori appeared in the TEHELKA office, desperate but resolute. “You have to help me tell the truth to the world,” she said. “My well-wishers in Delhi are advising me to give myself up to the police and fight this in court but I’m innocent so why should I agree to be arrested? I’m educated and I know my rights. If I have done anything wrong I’m happy to go to jail, but before they accuse me, shouldn’t the police show some evidence against me?”

Shoma Chaudhary writes in TEHELKA the story of Soni Sori and her nephew, Lingaram Kodopi.

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