High time for wildlife conservation to be rewarded in India
The threat to animal life due to human interference is great
Posted on 06/04/19, 09:54 AM
Sir – It is encouraging that the National Green Court has ordered the Center and the government of Uttar Pradesh to specify the boundaries of the Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary within six months. The threat to the life of animals such as the swamp deer in the sanctuary due to human intervention is so great that the NGT was forced to take this action. It is high time to give the preservation of wildlife in India the importance it deserves.
To let down
Sir – It is shameful that even after three decades of service to the nation, Kargil’s war veteran, Mohammed Sanaullah, has been declared an “alien” by the aliens court. Sanaullah, who is a resident of Guwahati, was arrested at his residence in Satgaon by police after the statement, and taken to a detention center in Goalpara. These are vile actions to be taken against a man who was in the Indian Army as early as 1987. Sanaullah also received a presidential certificate in 2014 when he was promoted. After retiring from the military, he joined Assam’s police force and continued to serve the nation.
Sanaullah had submitted all of his legal documents to prove to the authorities that he is an Indian citizen. Despite all this, he was considered an outsider. Around 44 people have reportedly committed suicide so far because their names were not included in the National Register of Citizens last year. Many of those who go through this ordeal are Muslims. Will our religious beliefs now determine whether we are citizens of a secular country like India?
Sir – According to a survey, not only more than 30% of the male population of Bengal are tobacco smokers, but almost 400 children under the age of 15 also become addicted to tobacco every day. As such, the situation in our state appears to be more alarming than that of the rest of India. Doctors also say that in the majority of cancer cases, the cause is smoking.
There is, indeed, a very serious need to prevent the younger generation from becoming addicted to pan masala and cigarettes. Tobacco products are sold in almost every store in the area. The state government should be concerned about the numbers and strictly enforce the rules that discourage such practices. It should take measures to discourage tobacco consumption by imposing higher taxes on cigarettes and bidis, or by imposing a total ban on smoking in all public places. Most young people start using these products to integrate with their peers and eventually become addicted. They do not understand the harmful effects of tobacco on their health. Hookah, which is often touted as “harmless” is just another way to get addicted to tobacco. State exemption should consider prohibiting hookah lounges for minors. It is also important to educate children about the harms of tobacco by conducting awareness programs in schools and colleges.