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Prerna Singh Bindra Papers

Prerna Singh Bindra Papers
"India’s wildlife is more endangered than ever before. We are at a point where regulations that safeguard wildlife are being seen as impediments to growth. Yet nature is the bedrock on which development rests …
… India is widely regarded as a global leader in conservation, having pioneered initiatives to protect tigers and other rare species. The country is also custodian of species that are extinct or in serious decline elsewhere, such as the gharial."

Prerna Singh Bindra is a committed environmental and wildlife conservationist, journalist and writer. She has worked as a journalist/editor for various newspapers and magazines such as The Pioneer, India Today, The Week, and Tehelka from 2002-2009, primarily covering environment and conservation. She has served as a member of the Standing Committee of the National Board for Wildlife (2010-2013), and State Board of Wildlife, Uttarakhand (2012-2014). She was also associated with National Tiger Conservation Authority, National Green Tribunal, Wildlife Conservation Society-India (March 2012-Nov 2013) and Tiger Program, Panthera (June 2011-February 2012).

She is an Advisor, Sigur Nature Trust and the Haathi-Saathi Project of the Nuxalbari Tea Estate. Bindra has also served as the Guest faculty at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore.

She has been contributing articles on issues related to conservation and has served as the Editor of Tiger Link (2007-2016), a quarterly journal published by Ranthambhore Foundation, India. Bindra has authored three books: The King and I: Travels in Tigerland (2006), The Vanishing: India's Wildlife Crisis (2017) and a children’s book titled When I grow up I want to be a Tiger (Speaking Tiger), February 2017.

Bindra has a number of professional recognitions to her name. She was awarded the ABN-AMRO Sanctuary Asia Wildlife Service Award and Carl Zeiss Wildlife Conservation Award in 2007. She is also the recipient of the Chevening-Gurukul Scholarship for Leadership & Excellence, 2014.

About the Collection: The papers of Prerna Singh Bindra form an important resource for researchers of conservation policymaking and outreach in India. These comprise her correspondence carried out as a Trustee, Bagh Foundation; and as a member State Board for Wildlife, Uttarakhand, and Standing Committee, National Board for Wildlife which shed light on issues such as wildlife habitat, environment, tiger conservation, etc.

Donor: Prerna Singh Bindra
Acquisition: 2020