Tiger count in India is up from the last year’s scandalously noted figure of 1411 – LOL – as if you could really do a head count of the tigers!
All you ignorant TV surfing folks out there, count of tigers or any other VIP animal (in the wild) for that matter, are given in approximations. So, one could say, India has around 1400 tigers plus or minus 50 or something like that. You could of course say we have exactly n tigers in xyz ZOO!
Anyway, coming to the latest count, it is being said that there are around 1700 tigers in the wild. Is it a cause for celebration? We don’t think so!
A lot more needs to be done if we really wanted to save tigers!
Banning of tiger tourism is not at all a way to do it. Here is our list of bans required which are more important than banning tiger tourism:
- Ban all mining for one year! Import raw materials and export finished goods or services. Check Japan for inspiration.
- Ban felling of trees forever – a tree anywhere should be allowed to die a natural death. If felling of trees can be allowed on any pretext, then perhaps euthanasia could also be allowed!
- Ban all infrastructure projects for one year! Only contractors and their cohorts (we all know very well who those cohorts are) are benefiting from these projects, not the people or the country! Remember, money doesn’t grow on trees! So, where will it come from for all these infrastructure projects?
- Ban manufacture and sale of all vehicles for one year! In this age of advanced communications, why do people want to constantly and aimlessly, flit here and there? Check again! Where’ll the money come from for burning all that fossil fuel?
There are many more things that can be banned, but we don’t want to risk getting accused of blasphemy! Will the Honorable Superior Authorities take notice?
People reading this post… please offer your suggestions on what is more ban-able than tiger tourism?