Falling land prices without wives: In Kerala villages, fear of a proposed buffer zone near forests weighs heavily

SEVEN YEARS AGO, Pokkathayil Mathew gave up his one-acre farmland and a house near the Aralam shrine, fed up with constant attacks and raids by wild animals from nearby forests. “I had moved to a new house in the village, a bit away from the forest, hoping that one day I could sell my land,” … Read more