Missing Kings!!!!!

Stories about the Tigers being electrocuted, shot and even poisoned are very common these days. And that does not even make a difference to the general public today. We have our own lives and we are busy fighting for our own needs. Nobody cares for the national animal. The decline in the number is so swift that in and around the next decade we shall be forced to choose a new national animal for the country. Tiger would then appear in magazines, postcards, stamp, documentaries and pictures. We are killing ourselves……..
Friday, June 26th, 2009: Living in Jabalpur, which is surrounded by the most popular and famous TIGER RESERVES in the country, I feel being far away from the magical stripes. Not more than a decade ago, Tigers could be easily spotted on the way to the Dumna Airport, Jabalpur. But the development, construction and opening of numerous colleges here has led to the fading away of the stripes, and the animals are forced to a few square kilometer FENCED JUNGLE. The pakki sadak clearly tells the story of the diminishing pugmarks. Everyone here has a story to tell about the tiger, but no one has seen him since years. The King is gone………… Where.. ??

When the news channels and newspapers reported that the last living Male Tiger in Panna has moved in to some nearby jungle in search of a soul mate, I had an intuition that there was no tiger left in Panna. Then came the relocation process, Tigresses from Bandhavgarh and Kanha were airlifted and Tran located to Panna. They were radio collared and were followed for a few weeks. And since the last week, the radio collars are not answering. Both the tigresses of Panna are now missing. The Panna’s forest officials have been boasting about the Tiger number being 30, five years back. NOT EVEN A SINGLE TIGER IS PRESENT IN PANNA TODAY. The report sent to the Chief Minister of the State clearly confirms the inability of the staff at Panna. If we are to believe that Forest people, then Panna has lost over 30 Tigers in the last five years. Panna has even lost the two BORROWED Tigresses. The sweep was the last alarm for Panna. Does it have any hope now.. ??



This is not the story of only one park in our country. Everywhere it’s the same. A Tiger goes missing, the local forest officials report the matter and send their report about the missing tiger, the govt. constitutes a team for the investigation, Investigations are held, but none of the poachers are arrested or no staff is penalized or punished for the lazy behavior.




Where the Panna officials not aware of the poaching done inside the restricted area? If not, why are they posted there?
What were they doing after the first tiger went missing?
What happened to the Tigers that were in Panna in the last census? 
What is the surety that illegal killing will not be done now?
Who will be held responsible if the new tigers that are being relocated are poached?
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For now, the relocation is to take place sometime in the last week of February. And all I can do is to pray that it turns out to be a success.
"LONG LIVE THE TIGER"

1 comments:

Sudisha Mukherjee said...

it was wonderful and i am extremely aroused in saving such a regal and stately animal an epitome of charisma...... an earnest request from my side: act before the stripes vanish and save the beautiful tiger for the generations to come

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