I happen to have lived very close to the forests of MP for the last 15 years. Actually let us see what we are fighting against and how. Hope all have read the latest edition of India Today. We are trying to save the tigers in a handful of Tiger Reserves, with bare minimum infrastructure. Tigers are being protected from poachers as well as ever increasing tourist pressure (as can be seen from the entries in this blog) by a handful of aging, unarmed forest staff. The forest guards have to roam on foot, armed only with a stick, living deep in the forests, with not even the bare neccissities - to face armed poachers. 'Educated and enlightened english speaking bloggers' do nothing but write articles on fancy websites, doing nothing but criticisising others. How many have tried to contribute to really improve the situation. It is us tourists, that have made life hell for the tigers in the parks. Anyone who has seen the Gypsy vehicles moving in the parks can only see the greed of business there. All major industrialists including the Tatas (taj Group) have resorts near the park. But what do they do for the Parks, other then reaping their dollars. - Nothing. And what do the esteemed environmentalists and wildlife enthusiasts like the author of this article say against them - NOTHING. So please first get our priorities straight, and then criticise others.
Re: Lets keep our heads.
by Shashank misra on Jun 03, 2010 06:35 PM
REBELLION DOESnot happen every day, and we cowards are to afraid to go for rebellion, wh do not take that path when some one is doing wrong to us, then who will care for those poor tigers. Just wait and watch when we will be able to see them in pictures.
We Indians make money exhibiting our National animal like in an circus show...this itself shows what an cheap people we really are specially when its an endangered species and because it being an National animal..looks like without foreign tips our national animal will stop getting food..cheapies...
My experience in Ranthambhor: Last year i went to Ranthambhor and what i saw was not healthy. Internet booking was down; because of peak time. and agents wants to make more money. You have to stand in the queue to get the gypsy and truck booking at 5 in the morning.
Out-of 40 gypsies; only 2 allocated to the peope waiting in the queue. Remaining 38 are booked using back-door apprach by paying double price(4500 instead 2500).
Trucks were so noisy; None of the tiger can be viewed from it. They should get rid of such vehicles.
By paying thd double amount 4000Rs. i got the 4-seats in Gypsy. And luckily when we saw the tigeress with 2-cubs;Gypsy drivers started making some kind of noises; and some how 20 gypsies turn-up at same time. They all were competing to go near to tigeress as near as can..You can clearly see the uncivilised way they behave...i know the reason for it..Big tips from foreign tourists.
Based on this story, i can suggest.. - Government should own these vehicles; which goes to the Wild-life sancturies. No private operators. - Everything should be booked as per the original designed process. Internet based booking should be allowed. - No tips allowed.
Re: Here is the Remedy
by Shashank misra on Jun 03, 2010 06:37 PM
Sam as in bandipur harnataka, these reserve are on mercy of tourist operatiors, if they can they will kill each and every tiger and charge people to show them
A WLS should be treated a protected area. No Sanctuaries be permitted within it and only the sanctuary owned vehicles be permitted. No one should be allowed inside or remain inside the sanctuary after or before the alocated time. Guys we have already intruded a lot into 'their' lets keep off what ever now remains theirs.