Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The National Pride

(Image courtesy of www.saveourtigers.com   )
I came across this piece on the Internet and this news shocked me.It brought back memories of a certain Crocodile Park in Chennai, which housed a box containing the most feared creature in the world, if you do open the box you would be shocked to find your face there, a reflection, of things that have threatened almost any species of creatures in the wild.  We have only 1411 tigers left, a beast which is our national animal and so majestic to look at and we have ourselves to blame. Poaching and habitat destruction has taken its toll and if we don't do anything now, we are in danger of losing the majestic tiger forever.

Primary cause of loss of tiger's population is habitat destruction. However the most saddening cause of tiger's dwindling population is  due to poaching, the so called medicinal demand for tigers parts for traditional Chinese medicine and the well networked black market of poachers. The so called traditional  medicine isn't still approved by research.

Use of tiger skin is the worst kind of abuse you can do to this majestic animal. What kind of fashion statement does wearing a dead animal skin make? The so called animal skin coats are just a "glamour" addition rather than a utility. A glamour with an ugly truth attached to it. It is this poaching that we must stop immediately and this can only happen if the demand reduces. 

Presently there are plans to set up more tiger reserves, and this latest census is the last wake up call, a last glimmer of hope to save this animal which is an Indian pride. There is an urgent need to stop the blame game and take a real course of action. Most people would defer using animal products if the right awareness is created. The image of stripey the club is still one of the most shocking images that can make you hit reality about the numbers. We don't want the national animal to end up in the same state as Dodo. There is still a glimmer of hope left. So do your bit, popularise in any way you can that our national animal is on the verge of bidding its final adieu to the world an only we can do something to stop it. Fight for the cause, become the change.

P.S Please join the campaign www.saveourtigers.com


  1. Nice article..

    The history of tiger conservation is best lost in translation..the reasons for losing our national animal are manifold...though effort is necessary but it is also necessary to take into confidence the local population which resides in jungles as tribals..fruits of development must also reach then..lest they turn totally against the tigers...read my post on this :)

  2. I second Tarun's thoughts on the serious issue. It needs a comprehensive plan of action and a multi-pronged stratagem on the part of the authorities to come to terms with the emergency of a situation about the national animal.

    You've done a neat job of highlighting the issue in your post, my friend! Keep it up! :)


  3. Thank you for the comments,
    @Tarun Read your post on this topic, excellent I must say. Agree the fact that a comprehensive plan is to be sought after. Hope we can reach them in time.

  4. Since the day this campaign started i have been thinking about writing something similar..U did it more justice it seems...Will try to write something though

  5. Hey, very true. It is our national animal. Unfortunately whatever is chosen as our national symbol, seems ill fated. (Read: Hockey as national sport.) But from what I know Corbett national park has seen positive results. Not sure.

  6. Dude, you just cracked me up.
    consider that an achievement. It's rumored thati have amrish puri's countenance and rarely deign to smile.
    Good One!

  7. Thank you for the compliment, but on a more serious note I sincerely hope you didn't find this article funny, kind of waives its purpose.

  8. Good one. We have let our national game go down to the level of a national shame. Atleast, let us do our best to save our national animal. It is our duty to work for the conservation of the Tigers in India.

  9. Hey keep posting such good and meaningful articles.