[CSH Seminar #Hybrid] How the tiger became Indian (and why). Ecology, Society and Culture in India, 1972 to 2022 (M. Rangarajan)

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The Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH) is delighted to invite you to a Hybrid Seminar with:


(Ashoka University)

How the tiger became Indian (and why). Ecology, Society and Culture in India, 1972 to 2022

Discussant:  Divyabhanu Sinh CHAVDA (Nature conservationist and senior researcher)

Monday, 10 October 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

At Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH), IFI-CSH Conference Room (ground floor)

2, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Road, New Delhi, 110011


The declaration of the tiger as a national animal in November 1972 and the launch of Project Tiger five months hence were about more than saving an endangered species from eclipse. It marked a shift in perceptions and relationships of state-making and nature as of new ways of renewing legitimacy in a time of drought and agrarian discontent.
Half a century hence the tiger for now may be secure in reserves across many states. But the crises then and at other moments offer a window to re-look at relations of power and nature. Most of all, it can help place recent developments in a historical context. An India secure for tigers grapples also with the challenge to the ecological web posed by more extractive economic practice and contested over rights to its forest home.


Mahesh Rangarajan is a Professor of History and Environmental Studies at Ashoka University and Chair of the Ashoka Archives of Contemporary India. He served as Director of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, from 2011 to 2015. He served as the corresponding editor of Environment and History (1996-2000) and was also on the editorial board of Conservation and Society (2003-2009).

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