Tiger Rally in Delhi Concludes with Hope for the Big Cat
Written by Govind Singh
Published on August 9th, 2009
It was the famous cricketer Sachin Tendulkar who declared that he now bats for the tiger. It is the former Indian cricket captain Saurav Ganguly who is referred to as the Bengal Tiger. But it was another ace Indian cricketer and a favorite of many, Rahul Dravid, who took part in the 5th Bengal Tiger Consultation and Tiger Rally. And as someone who was there to learn and do something about the drastically reducing tiger numbers in the country.
Also present were large number of school children, the Indian Environment Minister, tiger experts from across the country and a series of civil society members and organizations. The Objective: to save the Bengal tiger and its habitat, from poachers, pressures of urbanization, mismanagement and the larger threat of global climate change. And to raise awareness among the general public so as to force meaningful action leading to healthier and lively tiger reserves.
The major success of the rally was the gathering of large number of school children all of whom made posters with slogans calling for saving the tiger. A large aerial art forming the tiger image was an exciting opportunity for all the children to show their support for the big cat.
The Tiger consultation workshop that went on for two days saw eminent tiger experts, decision makers and corporate houses bring forward their concerns and solutions for the tiger crisis and on the larger and connected issue of India’s depleting natural resources.
The event, that took place amidst a major tiger crisis was one of the first attempts at reaching out to urban India and raise awareness about the inter-connectedness between the tiger and human survival and make the public move the politicians. The initial dent has been made, the follow up is what will now determine the fate of the tiger and of our future generations.