What the Sundarban tells us – Himal Southasian

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Often described as the ‘first wall of defence’ against extreme weather events, the Sundarban is a complex and fragile ecosystem straddling the India-Bangladesh border which was badly impacted by Cyclone Amphan. The spread of COVID-19 has made government assistance to the region more complicated.

In this episode of Himal Podcasts, environmental anthropologist Megnaa Mehtta explains how the state response to these intersecting crises are symptomatic of a broader cyclical pattern, dating back to colonial times.

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