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