Thursday, May 20, 2010

37. Curiosity killed the cat

Curiously, no one knows what to do with the number 1411 that has been flashed all across. Presumably, it is about engaging the consuming class in protecting the big cat. Quite tough to imagine if the consuming class protects anything but it's `self-interest'! Isn't the National Tiger Conservation Authority, set up with much fanfare some years ago, supposed to do just that? One would think so but reports indicate otherwise! Ever since the authority came into being one of the tiger reserves in the country, Panna, has been emptied of the big cats.

The picture outside the tiger reserves can be even more daunting. Far from winning accolades, the man who had actually spotted the tiger for the first time in the forests of Goa was reprimanded for his persistance of having actually seen a `big cat'. Till the tiger was alive, the concerned forest department did everything possible to prove that that was not a tiger. But no sooner was it authoritatively confirmed that the dead remains of the poached animal were that of a tiger, all hell broke lose on our innocent campaigner who was declared a poacher instead. It was indeed a lifetime of an experience for `our hero' to escape from the clutches of the paper tigers.

But why would the forest officials not rejoice at sighting a tiger? Had it been officially accepted that that indeed was a tiger, the entire area would have come under a tiger reserve and the multi-million dollar mining industry in Goa would have come to a standstill. In one of his recent interviews, the Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has said in no less terms that `links between forest department and mining lobbies cannot be denied'.

Now I know that `until the tiger has his own storyteller, the hunter will always have the best part of the story'.

4 comments:

Dr.HC said...

Now a day, the thinking for developing, launching and propelling the "Land Care" concept in integrated manner to nurture the earth on contiguously and continuously to save the mankind is going on. At the same time, on other hand, the land, its biodiversity is being destroyed by the some moneymakers quickly through illegal and illicit ways even though the laws to protect such evil acts. What will be happened about the such Land care programme when the guards of the fields become eaters of the crops?????. Can the land protecting laws become effective to stop such incidences in future??? or some more laws requires to be framed to protect the existing laws???
Dr H.C. Gena

Kuldeep said...

Wildlife, including tiger, must be protected but isn't it a bit surprising that all the 'save tiger campaigns' or even animal welfare drives are pushed by the same consuming class, and not by the productive/serving class even if the latter's survival is dependent on forests?
Many of these well-fed tiger lovers don't bat an eyelid before demanding forced eviction of thousands of poor tribals from their homes in the forests probably under the assumption that the 'oh-so-majestic tiger' doesn't appreciate the sight of half-naked savages in his empire and likes to be looked at (and filmed) only by the rich urban tourists.
Tiger can only be saved by those who have lived for centuries in and around forests and with tigers, but the urban elites claim to know more about forest, tiger and other wildlife than the ignorant illiterate tribals who do not own a TV and are deprived of knowledge delivered by Nat Geo and Discovery channels.

心良 said...

Necessity is the mother of invention..........................

韋于倫成 said...

任何你憂慮的事,你都應該去採取一點行動,不要只是在那邊想........................................