A Fierce Symmetry

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A leopard in Bera

In the pursuit of higher GDP, let us not forget the Fine Arts. Symmetry, design, perspective- all of it embodied in a living breathing creature whom we have less & less time & space for.

Specially in an ancient country like India, that is desperately trying to pull itself out of wretched poverty and catch up quickly with the developed word, our wild and pristine natural world is always trade-able for a dam or a bridge or a highway.

India has just released a leopard census yesterday, which claims about 14,000 leopards in the country. Fortunately, this one time I think the numbers are underestimated. This animal, given half a chance can survive even in the most populated of places, sometimes without been seen for years.

But that’s the key phrase. Half a chance.


4 thoughts on “A Fierce Symmetry

  1. I realize the odds are stacked against big cats in India, but I’m amazed at how hard some people in your country (like you) have been working to conserve them. The United States has a much smaller population than India and a larger GDP, but many decades ago we nearly eradicated all of our large predators. From my outsider’s perspective India appears to be much more tolerant of wildlife, so I think your country may be able to balance economic development and conservation. It won’t be easy though.

    • Hey Josh, good to hear from you! India has had a long history of shikar ( royal hunting ) , which interestingly had a positive effect- it kept large tracts of forest free from exploitation because it was only for the hunting pleasure of the king and his royal guests. However, the Indaians are mostly tolerant by nature. The trouble begins when our massive population is fighting for that same sq. as the tiger or the leopard or even simply uncultivated land. European wildlife got eradicated by the Industrial revolution and in the US, I guess the pioneers were hunting Bison & deer for food and eliminating other species of bear & coyotes, wolves that were considered vermin when they settled in and farmed the land. You are right we must learn from this, but easier said than done, Im afraid : ). Thanks for writing in

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