Islands in Flux – The Andaman and Nicobar Story is a compilation of writings on key issues and developments in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands over the last two decades. Written by Pankaj Sekhsaria, one of the islands’ best known and most consistent chroniclers of contemporary issues, it features information, insight, and perspective related to the environment, wildlife conservation, development and the island’s indigenous communities. The book provides an important account that is relevant both for the present and the future of these beautiful and fragile but also very volatile island chain. It is both a map of the region as well as a framework for the way forward and essential reading for anyone who cares about the future of our world.
The presentation will be an account of two parallel journeys – of the A&N islands themselves as also the journey of the author – from a researcher/activist to a photographer and novelist of and on the islands. It will showcase a collection of pictures from all over the islands that have been taken over the last two decades and were recently part of ‘Island Worlds…’, Pankaj’s maiden photo exhibition on the A&N islands.
Pankaj Sekhsaria is a researcher, photographer, writer and academic who has worked in the Andaman & the Nicobar Islands for over 20 years. He has four books on the islands to his credit, the most recent being Islands in Flux – the Andaman and Nicobar Story (HarperCollins India 2017) and The Last Wave, his debut novel that was published in 2014 also by Harper Collins.
He is a member of the environmental action group, Kalpavriksh where he has been working on issues of the A&N islands for two decades. He also edits the Protected Area Update, a newsletter on wildlife conservation in India that is published by the organisation.
Pankaj has a doctorate in Science and Technology Studies (STS) from the Maastricht University, the Netherlands. His thesis ‘Enculturing Innovation – Indian engagements with nanotechnology’ was based on four years of lab level ethnographic studies of five nanoscience and nanotechnology laboratories in India. He is currently Senior Project Scientist, DST Centre for Policy Research, Dept of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT-Delhi.