Category Archives: Investigation & Analysis

Stray dogs and their heroes – a photo essay

A story of survival and empathy On 24 March, 2020, the Government of India announced a 21 day nationwide lockdown, that was later extended until 3 May, 2020, as a preventive measure against the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in India. While as humans we had the privilege of being able to plan for our upcoming meals for the […]

Wolves and their unusual evolution

How wolves evolved into pets. We have long believed that dogs evolved from wolves to integrate with human society in small ways. Scientists now believe that human beings might have been subtly trained to understand dogs. Humans are always quick to give themselves credit for domesticating dogs. Did hunters adopt wolf puppies after finding them […]

Are Dogs Actually ‘Haram’ in Islam?

While the conventional idea of canines in the Islamic religion is that they are ‘impure’, there are several sources that point to the opposite. Professor Alan Mikhail is Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies Department of History, Yale University, and is the author of The Animal in Ottoman Egypt and, Under Osman’s Tree: The Ottoman Empire, Egypt, and Environmental […]

No More Animals in Election Campaigns

Animals for theatricality- always a bad idea. The Election Commission of India, established under the Indian Constitution in the year 1950, and vested with the power to superintend and control the conduct of elections to Parliament and the Legislature of every State, has issued a strong advisory to all recognized national and state political parties, against […]