Great Injustice: Fag End Realisation || LIVE IMAGE


A realization has started dawning on the twilight eve of this writer. That the state does not possess only Hangul which deserves protection, pampering and projecting alone from the Department of Wildlife. Abounds in of a wide variety from animals, birds and aquatic life. Has started giving most unbearable pain because of the fact the system deprived the inhabitants to know of its inherited rich Wildlife. The Department concerned has adopted a lackadaisical approach all along thereby deprived the Nature lovers about the Fauna around. At the same time the question arises how it has been allowed to do so, why civil society has not intervened to have  it got  corrective measures taken so as  to bring this department on rails. An unpardonable and unforgettable grouse has been brewing  with each passing day. Life comes once never twice, all the more this writer like many others has been deprived to enjoy nature to its fullest which nature has bestowed upon. Insufferable pain ripped open heart wherein made hesitate not to call this an organisation in this regard without any guilt or remorse a hoodwinker. Along with the collaborators who have been from time to time the advisors in the Wildlife Advisory Board together irreparable damage has been caused by a heinous crime towards Nature. They belied the trust proved not their worth to be a part of the Wildlife protection activities. Department  concerned has been harping on to save Hangul, crores has been spent for it , misled the commoner each time with a catchy proposal, failed  to come out  from  this  self  imbedded mindset  despite repeated failures till this date.  At the same time the department concerned corrupted the mind of the Nature lovers, all the time focused on Hangul, believed in the organisation in good faith beyond Hangul nothing was shared or made commoner  appraised with the wildlife here in its totality. Neither Hangul has been increased in number nor the Department has come out of it to give required attention towards other wildlife State once had .Although it has a long list of the Mammals, Birds, Amphibians & Reptiles, Crustaceans & Insects, Snakes to Vermin etc. with it nature lovers should have been made aware . Once Mir Inayat Ullah, then Chief Warden expressed that “The Directorate of Wildlife Protection upgraded to an independent department in the year 1982   was to revitalise action oriented programmes and to extend the activities of the Department to Ladahak and Jammu regions which were hitherto neglected”. It further stressed that over the years, the function of the department has changed considerably to meet the new challenges and responsibilities in order to come up at par with the scientific management. But the history of the Department about its achievement is very painful to go through.  With just a cursory glance of its track record, malice towards none, one realizes it has not been delivering as it has been assigned. Much water has flown down from the rivers of the State with its water down its working considerably. Late Paul Joseph Goebbels doctrine of Propaganda has been made best use here, ‘If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually believe you.”Department has been found conducting occasionally awareness programmes through painting events or indoor function. While as Wildlife lives in Wild which can be found there .To know them one has to live within the in their habitats, to under their way of life and other factors which vary from place to place. It is not an armchair job which these concerned has been seen doing over the years now. This reminds this writer  of an incident read in the Geographical Magazines in early seventies  that an American Couple with a shoe string budget of their own, came to  study Fox other animals in the Kalahari Deserts .Which covers a vast  area of Southern  Africa, spreading out of Botswana into neighbouring  South Africa and Namibia. Its national Parks and reserves provide sanctuary for antelope, elephants, giraffe, may bird species and various predators which roam the magnificent semi desert Savannah. Under harsh conditions this couple carried research in detail, the lady even at time be out during night for hours, even , when occasion demanded she would put her head in to the borrow, to  peek in as much she can, and insects be over her. Those days there were no cameras to be put in. 
The belief with this writer goes on stronger with each wandering in the woods. That the best teachers of the biodiversity through which one passes is none other than the inhabitants themselves. Who displays remarkable knowledge from every aspect and facet of it in its totality? Has never found them wanting for any information sought.
Acquired over the years to be within it, better say with it and above all an inseparable part of it. Thus every individual despite being illiterate, semi literate may have not gone to school or not beyond a few classes irrespective of gender are teachers par excellence. Explain when approached elaborately and with clarity to the minute details with an authority and confidence, usually awesome. This writer has always banked upon these to know about the biodiversity round us. What has been learnt and shared by me came from the people around much more than the University teachers could have provided.
Readers may like to know the great Ornithologist this state has ever produced , late Master Samsar Chand Kaul,a teacher  with no science background  ,  whom the Royal Society, Americans and the Canadians conferred recognitions, besides he was guide to Salim Ali in Kashmir. The rapid urbanisation, vast lovely Green dense Forests have been chopped down there raises the now concrete jungles, leaving no trace of the rich biodiversity once proud of it. All livings used to coexists in almost complete harmony barring a few. Eric Arthur Blair, known by his pen name George Orwell, an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic  has rightly said that the Man is the only creature that consumes without producing He doesn't give milk he doesn't lay eggs he is too weak to  pull the plough he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbit.
This time the rare teacher was an elderly lady from one of the remotest village tucked in the remote corner of Marwah-Dchan on the eastern part of Saribal Range of the outer Himalayas in Kishtwar District. While interacting with her about the biodiversity of the area, quite revealing that is a  she knew  far more and well about the life in wild there than many of us, even from  the Departments or those who don or flaunt degrees generally with bookish knowledge. The reason is not at all difficult to guess. Born ,nursed and brought up in woods this amazing woman has even attained a very advance age amidst wildlife of the area. As such this gifted natural teacher is the most qualified Conservator of the Nature. She surpass  all those who claim degrees and positions that are outdated by the lack of field knowledge and real time encounters face to face  with the wild and Nature. During inquiring about the wildlife seen by her in her lifetime, its present status both big or small livings. She referred to a typical pretty looking rodent locally called Badrnooj, smaller to mongoose. With a white face, about 6-8 inches in length and of same size the tail, ears upright and prominent. Like other rodents are carnivorous. Comes out from borrows during night, kill domestic fowl by neck, takes it away leaving behind the body perhaps too big to carry. The persons from the Wildlife Department who once served in the area or still there were approached about it but met with  no success. However one of them shared a few pictures which were shown to the lady, her response was negative. The picture was of the Yellow throated marten species native to Asia. So thought better to know about it and its presence here. It is said to be a large, roust, muscular  and flexible animal with an elongated thorax, a small pointed head A large  large, robust, muscular and flexible animal with an elongated thorax, a small pointed head  , a long neck and a very long tail which is about 2/3 as long as its body. It actively patrols its territory, known to cover over 10 to 20 km in a single day and night. It primarily hunts on the ground, but can climb trees proficiently, being capable of making jumps up to 8 to 9 meters in distance between branches. Their diet can include small rodents, hares, reptiles, birds, eggs etc .It has been given to understand   was spotted years back  in the Nagaharie Conservation Reserve , spot of sighting at Sakina and Trandiya, in Limber Wildlife Sanctuary,  at Maithwan and Bothraly, in Baramullah. Needs further investigation.
 (The writer is a Jammu based environmentalist and a regular contributor to this Website.)

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