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Sprint of the Blackbuck: Writings on Wildlife and Conservation in South India

S. Theodore Baskaran (Editor)

The Blackbuck is the quarterly journal of the Madras Naturalists’ Society - a group of wildlife enthusiasts, both amateur and professional – which first appeared in the early 1980s.  Devoted to the preservation of species whose natural habitats are threatened by relentless urbanization, it has over the years provided a forum for members to authentically document their observations and share their views.

This collection of pieces, selected by Theodore Baskaran, celebrates twenty-five years of Blackbuck’s publication.  The article is presented under four main sections: Wildlife, Habitats, Conservation Issues and Documenting Wildlife.  Brimming with perceptive insights, the essays range from M. Krishnan’s engaging account of the rapidly vanishing sloth bear to Janaki Lenin’s compelling narration of her experiences living on the edge of a stretch of scubland: from E.R.C. Davidar’s instructive recollections on how to track leopards to T.N.A Perumal’s helpful tips on photographing creatures in the wild.  Other contributors include Madhav Gadgil, Preston Ahimaz, P.K. Uthaman and K.K. Neelakanthan.

Running through these articles is a palpable sense of the urgency needed to protect India’s dwindling wildlife.  Combining scientific analysis with personal reflections, this collection is a tribute to what M. Krishnan calls the “revitalizing power of an interest in nature’ and the commitment of this dedicated group of writers to preserving India’s flora and fauna.

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About the author

S. Theodore Baskaran

Sundararaj Theodore Baskaran was bom in Dharapuram, Tamil Nadu. After his masters degree in History he worked for a while at Tamil Nadu Archives and later entered the Indian Postal Service. A recipient of fellowships from the Tamil Nadu Council of Historical Research and Department of Culture, Government of India, he has written extensively on Tamil cinema, wildlife and conservation in academic journals and leading magazines and presented papers at several international conferences on media and popular culture. He is the author of The Message Bearers: Nationalist Politics and the Entertainment Media in South India 1880-1945 (Cre-A, 1981), a standard reference work on the early history of South Indian cinema and popular theatre. Baskaran was a consultant for Encyclopaedia on Indian Cinema (OUP, 1994). He served as a jury in the National Film awards 2003. His book History Through the Lens: Perspectives on South Indian Cinema (Orient Blackswan) came out in 2009.

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Bibliographic information

Title Sprint of the Blackbuck: Writings on Wildlife and Conservation in South India
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780143066040
length xv+223p.; Illustrations; B/W Plates; Index; Bibliography; 20cm.