January 6, 2021
As human populations expand, there is pressure on natural habitats. They are looked upon as sources of natural resources that can fuel economic growth and help national missions like poverty reduction. As natural habitats shrink or prove inadequate, people, animals and forests are increasingly coming into conflict. Annu Jalais, an environmental anthropologist, Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore’s South Asian Studies and Comparative Asian Studies Departments, and author of books on the interplay between the environment and human, is raising awareness about global environmental degradation, rising social inequities and the growing dispossession of vulnerable communities. She speaks to All Indians Matter about the increasing incidents of human-animal conflict in India.