The agencies of development and modernization have influenced the pastoral communities all over the highlands. On the other hand, notion of ‘overgrazing’ by pastoral communities have resulted in constant efforts of restriction and sedentarisation in different parts of world. These efforts have had different effects on the traditional and institutional use of rangelands which are unique to a given culture, society and geography.
My doctoral research examines the impact of state induced restriction and ban to regulate pasture use on the pastoral community of North and West Sikkim. While investigating the same I focus on the effects on local institutions and traditional mechanisms of rangeland management. I explain them through dynamic interactions between the individuals, community and the agents of state using ethnographic, historical and political-ecology approaches.
I did my Bachelor’s degree in Applied Life Sciences at Delhi University and completed my Master’s degree in Environment and Development at the School of Human Ecology, Ambedkar University Delhi. For my Master’s dissertation I worked with Nature Conservation Foundation high altitude program where I looked at the traditional management of rangelands by the local communities in the backdrop of a changing socio-economic scenario and tried to understand the linkages between pastoralism, agriculture and socio-economic changes in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. Soon after that I worked with Nature Conservation in Western Ghats program as independent consultant and studied the effectiveness of elephant mitigation program. Later, I was research assistant in ICSSR funded project title Mapping Socio-ecological vulnerabilities in Sheopur, Madhya Pradesh. I am interested in working with different communities, understating their culture, attitude towards wildlife and their huge repository of traditional knowledge and its significance for conservation.
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