This opinion was published in The Wire on March 08, 2022.
About the Authors
Mridhu was a Research Fellow with the Climate and Ecosystems team at Vidhi. Before joining Vidhi, she has worked at Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment (LIFE), New Delhi and at Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE), Bangalore. In between, she also volunteered for Conservation International, USA, and pursued an academic project with Prerna Singh Bindra, former member of the Standing Committee of National Board for Wildlife. She has also worked on Implementation of India's Biological Diversity Act, Assessment of Forest and Wildlife Clearances, Sensitization of Forest Department on Forest Rights Act, and Conservation and Sustainable Use of Wetlands and Grasslands. Mridhu holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College for Women and a Master's degree in Environmental Economics from TERI University. She enjoys spending her free time either reading world history books or drawing and painting.
Utkarsh was an Associate Fellow with the Climate and Ecosystems team at Vidhi. He specializes in environmental and administrative laws, and has research interests in deliberative democracy and public consultation. Utkarsh graduated from Jindal Global Law School with a BA.,LL.B (Hons.) degree in 2016 and Cornell University with an LL.M in 2020, and is enrolled as an advocate with the Bar Council of Delhi.
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