Ever wondered how the Indian government registers an increase in forest cover despite its environmentally destructive policies? Simple: by changing the definitions of forest cover. 'Compensatory afforestation' and 'forest diversion' are terms thrown in frequently by the government and its supporters in arguments pertaining to environmental concerns. Here's a quick look at what really happens behind the scenes of compensatory afforestation.
Comic from my column with Sunday Mid-Day. Also, a reminder to register your objections to the Draft EIA 2020 on Let India Breathe or on Jhatkaa here.