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Monday, May 23, 2005

Tiger, Tiger - Burning Bright ! !

Apathy resides in our collective national conscience. That it also extends to our Wildlife is hardly surprising. India the 'Land of the Tigers' is on the path to literally become a paper tiger (Read: Tiger just on the papers)

Tigers have always attracted the curiosity in us. Both feared and revered, this King of the Jungle, is being poached and hunted mercilessly. It has now become a victim of its own image. The constant demand from the Chinese/Tibetan medicine peddlers, trophy collectors, is leading to its impeding downfall.

Project Tiger (1973) was launched amidsts much funfare with 1800 tigers in 9 protected areas. Now, two decades and 23 protected areas later, there are 1576 tigers left in the wild (2001-02 census ). Therefore the recent news of missing Tigers from Sariska and Ranthambore sanctuaries is a cause of great concern.

The decrease in tiger population is inspite of the flow of funds from the Government and foreign donors to the various NGOs. To thwart the deteriorating condition, the following steps needs to be taken.

1. Set up an autonomous WildLife Protection Force, with the responsibility to monitor and intercede, independent of the current State and Central government forces.

2. Enforce strict demarcation between the civilian and Wildlife protected areas.

3. Make poaching a non-bailable offence .

4. Independent courts, on the line of the POTA courts, can be set to speed up the pending cases.

3 Comments:

Blogger Prometheus_Unbound said...

Amit,
Was a student of KITS Ramtek. Which batch do you belong to? Are you from 96 Mech?

If you are in Mumbai my cell number is 9324636857. SMS me your details.

9:44 PM  
Blogger Geetanjali said...

I think what's the most imp is to rouse the public consciousness in this (as with other) issue - ironic, but a popular media like films can help lots. Noticed the convoluted manner in which the film Kaal sends this msg across?

11:29 PM  
Blogger Amit Pandey said...

You are right Gee. You rarely can trust the Indian Film/Corporate fraternity to approach such delicate issues sensitively.

7:18 PM  

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