28 Feb '17, 4pm

Are India's 'shoot on sight' wildlife guards doing more harm than good?

Are India's 'shoot on sight' wildlife guards doing more harm than good?

This is a violent 'green grab', where land is usurped for ostensibly progressive environmental objectives, but which results in the dispossession of some of the most vulnerable people on this planet. In Kaziranga, a national park in north-eastern India, rangers shoot people to protect rhinos . The park's aggressive policing is, of course, controversial, but the results are clear. Despite rising demand for illegal rhino horn, and plummeting numbers throughout Africa and South-East Asia, rhinos in Kaziranga are flourishing. Yet Kaziranga, which features in a new BBC investigation , highlights some of the conflicts that characterise contemporary conservation, as the need to protect endangered species comes into contact with the lives and rights of people who live in and around the increasingly threatened national parks. India must balance modernisation and development with pr...

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