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THE EXTINCTION OF SPECIES – PART II

Manmade extinctions in India

The better-known examples of recorded extinctions in India are the pink-headed duck, mountain quill and the cheetah. Numerous varieties of crop plants and breeds of livestock have become extinct in India due to over-dependence on high-yielding and hybrid varieties. In India, 10% of fl

THE EXTINCTION OF SPECIES – PART I

Human actions have resulted in the widespread loss of natural habitats, fragmentation of the remaining habitats, pollution of many areas, displacement of uniquely adapted species by exotics, etc. Highly endangered species face at least two or three of the above-mentioned threats. These threats develop so rapidly and on such a large scale that species are not able to

MAHISHA, THE BUFFALO DEMON

Rambha, demon son of rishi Kasyapa and Danu, mother of the Danavas, married a Mahishi (female buffalo). They had a son, Mahisha. Rambha and his wife were killed by a giant buffalo, but the son grew up to become the king of the Mahishas.

Mahisha lived in the Vindhya Mountains and, by the practice of severe austerities, gained the