India must wake up to tiger crisis
How do you assess the decline in animal population in the wild?
What is your analysis of challenges facing the tiger habitats?
How effective have various government policies, laws and schemes been in tiger conservation? Where did they fail and how can the loopholes be plugged?
The onus is really on people who created the Act and felt it was not necessary to exclude India’s national park and wildlife sanctuaries.
How does India measure with the rest of the world on the conservation front?
How do you evaluate the performance of the Tiger Task Force?
In India, people for centuries have spent their lives with the tigers, not always on very good terms, but for better or worse, it was a way of life.
Basically tigers and humans can’t live in harmony, they can live in respect. People need space and tigers also need space. The problem is the country’s ever burgeoning population. And even if we cut every tree, remove every park and national wildlife sanctuary in India to let people move in, it still wouldn’t be enough. Now, our important wildlife areas, including critical tiger habitats, should be like temples or mosques. They should be so sacred that we do not harm them. Because they are something we have to leave for our children and future generations and that is where we have failed.
What is your prescription to save tigers?
How can people at large be involved in conserving wildlife?
(The interviewer is a Staff Reporter with The Statesman, New Delhi.)
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