Living in the Sundarbans delta is like walking the edge of a knife. The Sundarbans is a cluster of low-lying islands in the Bay of Bengal, spread across India and Bangladesh, famous for its unique mangrove forests.
The Sundarbans of West Bengal features prominently in public memory as it makes headlines through images and reports of man-eating tiger, crocodile, alligator, honey collector, pilfering gangster, catastrophic cyclone like Aila and of late eco-tourism. The region also shares an incongruous colonial vestige of human settlement in the islands. This was made possible with British land reclamation policy that were mandated by mercenary revenue demands of the Bengal Presidency during the late 18th and early 19th century.
11th April 2017 marked the launch of the InterAsia photo exhibition in the Yale Anthropology Department. The event was attended by Yale scholars, students and faculty and is open to public till 30th May.