As it seems, the clock is ticking for
Maharashtra's tigers and, now, Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan,
who pledged in March last to do everything to protect the tiger, could be the
only person standing between the tigers and the miners. But, so far, he stands
silent in this case and is likely to ignore the issue even though the issue has
already raised huge public outcry.
have started building pressure on Maharashtra Government and,
particularly, on Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. In a campaign
release, AVAAZ has made appeal to the common people to urgently turn
the heat on the Chief MInister to hold him accountable and save the
forests from Adani’s mining threat. A special signature campaign is
on to gather at least 30,000 signatures after which AVAAZ, I
association NDTV, will go with cameras to ask Prithviraj Chavan
publicly to keep his words and save the tigers.
Noted environment campaigner
Greenpeace has also started its own campaign in protection of the
tigers and elephants threatened by large-scale coal mining driven by
huge power need.
numbers have increased in some parts, tigers continue to remain
seriously threatened in India. At the turn of the 20th century there
were said to be over 100,000 tigers. Those numbers have dropped by
more than 95% with only around 1,700 animals left today in the wild.
Poaching and mining operations could permanently wipe out this
majestic animal if country, government and people as well, don’t
It is often argued that the survival
of the tiger has to be balanced against development needs. But it’s
a false choice. Tigers are at the top of the food chain and help
check the growth of other animal populations that could ravage
vegetation. They also depend on the same clean air and water that
help the survival of forest communities. Healthy tiger populations
are a sign of a strong and healthy India. So, any threat to tiger
must be considered to be a direct threat to the environment and
total ecological system.