27 October, 2020

Valmik Thapar

Tiger conservationist and author on the threats to the natural India, before the launch of his books, Tiger, The Ultimate Guide and The Last Tiger.

Valmik Thapar
There's bitter finality in your latest books.
What else? As citadel after citadel of the tiger keeps falling, Sariska, Ranthambhore, Panna and now Namdapha and Buxa.

What's made your hope vaporise?
I've met everyone from the PM to the leader of the Opposition to Sonia Gandhi and got nothing.

Is this why you squeezed 30 years of tiger expertise into The Ultimate Guide?
Yes. It's my lifetime's work. It gives you everything about this majestic creature, from cave paintings to the present along with expert scientific views.

And The Last Tiger?
It's about the politics of conservation and the relentless hunting down of tigers.

Is there any solution at all?
The government must deploy armed commandos to put the fear of god into every poacher.

What's our single biggest failure?
We've not taught our people to love a tree. Natural India makes for 23 per cent of our heritage and it doesn't have a full-time spokesperson.

But the demand for tiger skins is from China and...


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