Blog: Our Film <I>'My Octopus Teacher'</I> Just Won A BAFTA

Blog: Our Film 'My Octopus Teacher' Just Won A BAFTA

Swati Thiyagarajan | Tuesday April 13, 2021

When the announcement came that we had won, it was an impossible moment of sheer excitement and disbelief and elation.

Blog: Avni The Tigress Was Shot Dead. Supreme Court Says Rules Were Followed

Blog: Avni The Tigress Was Shot Dead. Supreme Court Says Rules Were Followed

Swati Thiyagarajan | Friday February 26, 2021

A contempt petition filed in the Supreme Court by animal rights activist Sunita Dongre was withdrawn by her after the court declared it invalid today and stated that the killing of tigress Avni was carried out as per court orders as she was a maneater.

Book Excerpt: The Tigers Who Press Faces To Mine For A Kiss

Book Excerpt: The Tigers Who Press Faces To Mine For A Kiss

Swati Thiyagarajan | Wednesday August 26, 2020

Exclusive excerpt from 'Born Wild: Journeys into the Wild Hearts of India and Africa' by Swati Thiyagarajan

Blog: When A Pregnant Elephant Dies After Days In Agony

Blog: When A Pregnant Elephant Dies After Days In Agony

Swati Thiyagarajan | Friday June 05, 2020

A pregnant elephant dies after eating a pineapple loaded with firecrackers. It's an agonizing death. She stands for days in water with her head submerged, trying to cool her hurt mouth; ultimately, she drowns.

Blog: India's Great News For The World - More Tigers

Blog: India's Great News For The World - More Tigers

Swati Thiyagarajan | Monday July 29, 2019

The tiger as an umbrella species stands as the symbol of protection of our ecological future.

Blog: The Cruel, Unnecessary Death Of A Beautiful Whale Looks Like This

Blog: The Cruel, Unnecessary Death Of A Beautiful Whale Looks Like This

Swati Thiyagarajan | Thursday June 13, 2019

If you are caught harassing a whale, you can be fined up to 18 lakh rupees. However, it seems if you kill them with a fishery, it costs you nothing.

Blog: Viral Video Of Indian Elephants' "Funeral Procession" For Calf

Blog: Viral Video Of Indian Elephants' "Funeral Procession" For Calf

Swati Thiyagarajan | Tuesday June 11, 2019

Perhaps what this recent video can teach us is to stop only seeing ourselves and our issues as the centre of the world and understand that everyone of us shares a space with every other non human animal on this the living planet.

Blog: Our Inhumane Practices For Elephants Cause Deaths Like This

Blog: Our Inhumane Practices For Elephants Cause Deaths Like This

Swati Thiyagarajan | Monday December 17, 2018

If longer term solutions that fit with elephant ecology and local people needs are not worked out, this conflict is only going to get worse.

Blog: All You Should Know About That Big Climate Meet, COP 24

Blog: All You Should Know About That Big Climate Meet, COP 24

Swati Thiyagarajan | Tuesday December 04, 2018

We are living on the borrowed future of coming generations and the poorest of our poor. Perhaps COP 24 could be the first step forward in changing this.

Blog: The Killing Of An American Missionary By Andaman Tribe

Blog: The Killing Of An American Missionary By Andaman Tribe

Swati Thiyagarajan | Saturday November 24, 2018

It is essential to recognise not just the right but the need to leave indigenous people alone, to not literally invade their space. Let us stick to boundaries and respect them.

Blog: With New Tiger Death, Odisha Proves It Has Learnt Nothing

Blog: With New Tiger Death, Odisha Proves It Has Learnt Nothing

Swati Thiyagarajan | Saturday November 17, 2018

Three days ago, the Odisha Forest department announced that the three-year-old tiger brought all the way to the Satkosia Tiger Reserve from the Kanha national park in Madhya Pradesh, a distance of 600 kms, had died three months after completing the journey. The tiger designated as T1 was publicly known as Mahaveer.

Blog: Tigress Avni Shot Dead, Many Unanswered Questions

Blog: Tigress Avni Shot Dead, Many Unanswered Questions

Swati Thiyagarajan | Saturday November 03, 2018

The death of a tigress in her prime is always a tragedy, no matter the circumstances that surround it. T1, popularly known as Avni, was shot dead at 11.35 pm on Friday night. In the bigger picture, as I wrote earlier ((hyperlink to earlier piece)), T1 shot or captured alive was dead to conservation goals the day she was marked for removal from the wild.

Blog: The Shocking, Tragic Deaths Of 13 Gir Lions

Blog: The Shocking, Tragic Deaths Of 13 Gir Lions

Swati Thiyagarajan | Friday September 28, 2018

Lion fights are messy and injuries to their bodies would be immediately obvious. So it begs the question of why there are no definitive answers for the deaths when infighting is the main explanation given by the forest department. The department has admitted to the presence of an infection in the liver and lungs of some of the lions in their press release but have bla...

Blog: What The Thai Boys' Rescue Says About All Of Us

Blog: What The Thai Boys' Rescue Says About All Of Us

Swati Thiyagarajan | Thursday July 12, 2018

And what we have found, if we can just hold onto it, is that part of us that works with community, the part that puts someone else ahead of ourselves, the part that gives while asking nothing in return. It can change the world in the doing.

Blog: Why Delhi Will Have No Water At All In 2020

Blog: Why Delhi Will Have No Water At All In 2020

Swati Thiyagarajan | Monday June 25, 2018

This is not the moment to not know what we have lost till it's gone. This is the moment to do something.

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