MARCH 2010

Cover Story and Featured Stories

This is the expose Hardnews carried in March 2010, long before the mainline media even cared to look at the Commonwealth Games scam....

The principle cog in the food and ecological cycle, with every tiger gone, the entire country’s survival is at stake. Beware India. Protect the big cat in the wild. Hardnews joins the campaign to protect the most majestic and magnificent creature in the animal kingdom
Akash Bisht Delhi

This can be apocalyptic for perhaps the only success story of tiger preservation. The precious Jim Corbett National Park is stalked by real estate and tourist lobbies, violating every code of the wild
Akash Bisht Delhi

Poaching prospers in an environment where committed forest guards are underpaid and professionally untrained
Pradeep Kapoor Lucknow

Editorial: March
Hardnews Bureau

Bengal’s theatre legend Shombhu Mitra set new benchmarks of genius. But why is there not one meaningful archive on his life and work?
Partha Mukherjee and Priyanka Mukherjee Kolkata

The Indian industry has begun to show results, says an upbeat Union Commerce Minister, Anand Sharma
Sanjay Kapoor Delhi

With its amazing variety of delicious use, the banana and its tree are a multi-treat for the connoisseur. As summer arrives, it’s time for a banana revolution
Ratna Raman Delhi

Belinda Wright, 57, one of India's leading conservationists, has pushed the limits to save the Great Indian tiger. She won two Emmy awards and 14 international awards for her film "Land of the Tiger'. She spoke to Hardnews in New Delhi
Akash BIsht Delhi

In March 2010, Hardnews reported of the many irregularities in the Commonwealth Games. It was futureless quagmire, those games and Delhi seemed to be helplessly sinking in a haze of smoke and construction, beside a sewage-drain called the Yamuna. While Suresh Kalmadi had the last laugh
Akash Bisht and Sadiq Naqvi Delhi

Panchayat elections in Rajasthan is a transparent indicator of the new political trend in India: cash-fixed grassroots democracy
Rahul Ghai Bikaner

Backed by the government, the Mumbai International Film Festival, true to its negative history, yet again alienated many documentary filmmakers
Ajinkya Shenava and Arindam Banerjee Mumbai