Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Recently newspapers are full of news about elephants invading into the commoners' land in northern districts of Jalpaiguri and Coochbehar and in Purulia and West Medinipur in southern Bengal. The shrinking of forest cover, lack of food, human settlements deep into the forests and poor being pushing to the periphery of the wild--all compounded together have left both animals and humans vulnerable to the vagaries of nature. My friends in WWF have been working in southern districts of Bengal, mainly in the Sunderbans where they are concerned about the declining number of tigers, and tiger invasion into human settlements.

I have no answers to problems like these. I am not sure if even the poor are looking for solutions. They have just no other go. They have submitted themselves to fate and poverty. Will someone speak up for them? Will it be you? Or, may be, me?

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