Rama Krishna Sangem
BRS Rajya Sabha MP and Green India Challenge founder J Santosh Kumar has called for conservation of tigers in the country. “On #internationalTigerDay, I urge you to take up the #GreenIndiaChallenge to show your commitment towards conserving nature and safeguarding our incredible tigers,” he tweeted on July 29, Saturday, on the occasion of International Tiger Day.
Santosh posted four lovely photos of tigers -including a mother and cub. You can see them below this story.
“Let’s plant more trees, conserve forests and create a greener habitat for these magnificent big cats and all wildlife. Together, we can make a positive impact on our environment,” said, he in the tweet, with tags #SaveTheTtiger, #Conservation, #WildlifeProtection. His tweet at 7.58 am, got huge response from tweeple, by 4,278 views, 205 likes and 41 retweets, by 11.45 am.
One of them said, “Let’s make a movement to appreciate the beauty and significance of tigers in our ecosystem. Join hands to protect their their natural habitats and stop illegal wildlife trade, ensuring safer world for tigers”. Other forest experts said, enhancing greenery is a way to provide tigers secure environment. They said, #GreenInidaChallnege can be the platform for this. In a way, we can say, the call of Santosh was received well.
India home to 70 pc tigers in the world
July 29, International Tiger Day evoked huge response across in the media. Many people came out to seek more tiger friendly policies by governments across the world. Interestingly, India accounts for about 70 per cent of tigers in the world today. Of the estimated 4,600 tigers in the world, as many as 3,170 are in India. We can proudly say, India is a Tiger country.
In 1973 Tiger projects have been launched in our country and an effective policy intervention began in 1986 onward. Many tiger sanctuaries have been taken up across the country – two of them are in Telangana, one in Andhra Pradesh. Amrabad tiger project in southern Mahabubnagar didstrict and Kavval santuary in Adilabad district of Telangana and Nagarjunasagar tiger project in Andhra.
Good news is that tigers are roaming in these forests and increasing their population over the years. But, sadly, we in India are top in conserving them. Often we come across killing of tigers by poachers – through poisoning, hunting by guns and electrocution etc. Mindless craze for tiger skins and nails are triggering this violence against tigers. We need to make our people aware of importance of tigers in forest protection.
As first PM Jawaharlal Nehru famously said once, we should shoot tigers through our camera, not with firearms! #Green India Challenge can inspire youth and students in this direction.
Tiger and cub