Very interesting. Thank you for sharing the same. Murthy

The 21 families that have been relocated should get a taste of modernity through the newly constructed houses, in other words they have nt entirely been displaced. It better than been handed Rs10,000. How about the psychological trauma of post relocation? Will the NGOs handle that as well? Well I should say Congratulations to the NTCA for achieving this after the intense politics of it. Well done Malini on your article. Its refreshing Usman Jimada

Relocation of settlements is healing Sariska

It has become very clear that time and again the authorities have failed to take appropriate actions on time. By instinct we are supposed to learn from the mistakes that we make however in this regard the authorities have turned a blind eye on wildlife trafficking time and again. Total lack of political support will pave the way for easy trafficking of wildlife products and the poachers are aware of the poor enforcement laws and knows for a fact that getting away with it is as easy as anything. Poachers will continue poaching at regular intervals until and unless the laws are foolproof and anti poaching is stepped up. Better pay packages and incentives for the Forest Guard will definitely boost their moral and will lure anyone who would like to join as a forest guard. They are the shadows of protection, you chop one tree and you take away the shade and the protection similarly if they are not motivated they would not have the heart to show their best in the field. The Counter Insurgency Jungle Warfare School (CIJWS) in Vairengte in Mizoram state is considered one of the world’s most prestigious anti-terrorist institutions and have trained countless defence personals from various part of the world, the forest guards should also be trained to boost their moral and their fighting spirit. When endangered wildlife and it’s habitats come under unprecedented pressure it’s time to act with force rather than thinking about it. Park Ranger Sean Willmore from Australia came up with a Documentary called the “The Thin Green Line” that offers a grim insight into the perils facing those policing national parks and other ecologically important areas.Willmore’s efforts have not gone in vain he has the backing of many global organizations including the International Ranger Federation which helped compile an extensive report on the dangers that the forest defenders are facing worldwide. Please go through this site for more information. http://www.theecologist.org/pages/archive_detail.asp?content_id=1965 We are loosing the battle and the animals are running out of space, if we still need time to think about taking some drastic steps and still more time to act on, we would’ve lost the battle to save our last remaining forests even before we would realise. I would like to sum up with Willmore’s words, ‘It’s no longer a question of whether force can be used,’ argues Willmore, ‘but how much force.’ Appreciate your time in going through the mail. Siddhartha Kr Gogoi

I went through your two reports. They are factually correct and your analysis is good. S.K.Chakrabarti I.F.S (R)

Consultant & Advisor, Wildlife and Ecotourism

Good for you and Bengal Tigers.  Congratulations on getting a chance to do all these things.  Take care and continue the good work Shanthi D

Dear Malini, Very well presented  – as a footnote to the article, I would like you to know that on 20th Feb 20111 hundreds of whales stranded on the NZ coast and on 22nd Feb 2011 the Christchurch city of NZ was razed by a massive earthquake killing 160 people. eerie? Kumar

dear ms.malini, thanks for the article on earthquake. hope you are fine. please give my regards to your parents. are they planning to visit darjeeling? with regards from, George

Dear Malini Shankar, I just read your chapter on Soligas in the e book.  Congratulations on getting it published. Sudharshan

http://www.upiasia.com/Blogosphere/Malini/20081217/capital_punishment_is_an_emotional_reaction/ Thank you for the URL link. I enjoyed reading the article. Regards Bhushan

Hi Malini, This is really a good and enlightening writeup, infact the first i have seen wherein the cause of the patroling team has been taken up and also it is very good that you have appreciated the efforts of those who have taken extra efforts  !! Keep up the good work ! Cheers, Gaitri

http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=42997 Dear Malini, So finally you have brought to the notice of the public the facts, we sure do need people like you who are fearless  and not scared to  tell the facts. Navita


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Dear Ms Malini Shankar I read with interest the piece you have done on the Denotified Tribes. The research is excellent and so also your narration. I appreciate your style of writing and the sincerity with which you have approached the issue. Many thanks for such a good piece. Keep it up. R S Deshpande

A notorious coexistence gone wrong

Just a short notice of my feeling when I think about our film, your work and our cooperation. I know I am in good hands! Thomas

“There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before.” Robert Lynd

IPS Story INDIA: Sansar Chand Acquitted Again Good article. India needs better and efficient judiciary system and less bureaucracy. Harold Castro

Hi Malini, The Article portrays very well the problems faced by wildlife due to human disturbance. I however feel that we have to draw a clear line between a true Tribal (indigenous people) and any forest dweller, I strongly believe that its the people outside the protected area who are more responsible for habitat shrinkage than a Tribal who has so far been living alongside the forests without any harm to wildlife. They have a far better idea of coexisting with the wildlife than anyone else this again is not entirely true in the case of the Lisu Tribe in Namdapha as they are responsible for great habitat loss along with the animals. A true Tribal is never a wanton killer like a Tiger which kills only to survive but the same cannot be true in the case of non-forest dwellers who have come to settle down either inside or on the fringes of the forest, they are far more responsible for wildlife destruction through incessant poaching, creating huge farmlands, assisting organised poaching gangs, rapid development, cattle grazing and so on. It definitely makes sense no doubt to relocate Tribals from inside core areas to the fringes to make more space for the animals but it definitely does not go a long way in ensuring a healthy tiger population until and unless the villagers non-tribals are brainwashed to protect and preserve the wildlife. A village only grows in leaps and bounds but a Tribal settlement never does. An example, some of the Tribes like Jenu Kurubas (honey-gatherers), the Betta Kurubas (hill tribes) and the Hakki-Pikki (bird trappers) are never known to decimate any forms of wildlife but the villagers along with the countless irresponsible resort owners settling in Mudumalai from different places are definitely without a doubt are responsible for the development leading to the vast destruction of the habitat. These are my purely thoughts. Siddhartha

Dear Malini, Thank you for mailing me the link to the article. I read the article and found it very interesting. In fact, it gives a good idea of what is going on so far from our homes. I am sure the article would have had greater depth if only mountain sickness did not overtake you! With good wishes. http://www.thestatesman.net/page.news.php?clid=31&theme=&usrsess=1&id=215450 Yashwant Kumar

http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=42997 Hey this is terrible !!! I mean guys like this are much smarter than most of us who are educated and law abiding…

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