Trajectory of Conservation
Ovee Thorat
TIGERS ARE OUR BROTHERS: ANTHROPOLOGY OF WILDLIFE CONSERVATION IN NORTHEAST INDIA by By Ambika Aiyadurai Oxford University Press, India, 2021, 240 pp., INR 1495.00
June 2024, volume 48, No 6

Tigers are our Brothers has arrived at the right time. The rapid and eventful changes in forest and wildlife conservation laws and related legal decisions in the country during and after the pandemic ask for a critical and reflective look at the trajectory of conservation in India. Ambika Aiyadurai’s work not only provides a fascinating story of the complex interactions and politics between the state and non-state institutions and communities in the Mishmi Hills in the Dibang Valley district of Arunachal Pradesh, but also builds an argument for a more just approach to conservation in the country.

Ambika Aiyadurai succeeds in bringing to the fore the voice of the Mishmi, who culturally consider the tiger as their kin and are in continuous interactions with other groups in the landscape. She also succeeds in providing the readers with a very different view of the tiger

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