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CREW launches Wild Madhya Pradesh

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Bhopal: Crew – Crusade for Revival of Environment and Wildlife, a not for profit organisation, Sunday 27 June, launched on Youtube a wildlife documentary titled “Wild Madhya Pradesh”.

Through this documentary, Lalit Shastri, founder President of CREW, especially addresses the young generation across the world urging them to come closer – much closer to nature and wildlife.

The documentary underscores how the tiger began its journey on Earth about 2 million years ago and has roamed in the Central Indian Highlands for billions of days and nights.
Central India is the heart of India’s wildlife. For several million years this part of the world has remained covered with Asian sub-continent’s largest forest tracts that have all through remained a perfect tiger habitat. Around 15 to 20 % of the world’s tigers, of course in the natural habitat, are found in this landscape.

We are trustees of nature, biodiversity, flora, fauna, rivers and forest ecosystems. We have to watch and protect our forests and wildlife from reckless exploitation for human greed. – Lalit Shastri

Water Capital of India

The Central Indian Highlands and the river basins of Madhya Pradesh form a huge watershed with Narmada river along with Chambal, Betwa, Son, Mahi and their tributaries charging rivers like Ganga, Yamuna, Tapti, Mahanadi and Godavari. This landscape ideally should be treated as the water capital of India since it broadly takes care of almost 40 per cent of the water requirement of at least 10 Indian States.

The herbivore population in this territory is mainly represented by gaur, also called the Indian Bison, sambar, cheetal or the spotted deer and black buck. This region is also famous for the hard ground barasingha.

Kanha Tiger Reserve

The Kanha Tiger Reserve, apart from supporting the tiger population, has also played an important role continuously for so many years and saved from extinction the highly endangered hard ground barasingha – the last world population of this deer species.

Only recently, a few Barasinghas from Kanha have been relocated in Bori Sanctuary while some also have been brought to Van Vihar National Park in Bhopal.

Bori – the first Protected Area in the Country

When Bori sanctuary near Hoshangabad was declared a Protected Area by the British in 1861, it became the first Protected Area in the country.

Due to the forest management practices, we can still see living forests in this Central Indian landscape and one can truly call it a perfect tiger habitat.

Panna Tiger Reintroduction Project

The Panna Tiger Reintroduction Project was taken up to repopulate the Panna Tiger Reserve in 2009 after the last of the Panna tigers had vanished. History was created when a Panna tiger–Panna-212 discovered the Panna-Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve corridor and paired with a tigress in the Sanjay Tiger Reserve adjoining Bandhavgarh in 2017.

Living Forests

If we want to protect the tiger, we shall have to ensure our forests remain living forests. A forest can be a living forest only when the different strata of the forest community are intact; when there is abundance of grass, shrub, moisture, and enough worms, insects and reptiles to burrow the soil and make the ground porous to allow rainwater to percolate and recharge ground water; and when there are birds, bees and butterflies that serve as pollinators and seed dispersing agents.

Our forests can regenerate only when all this is constant. Let us not forget that the ecosystem has to be intact for survival of not only the carnivores and herbivores but also humankind.

The wildlife footage for thee documentary – Wild Madhya Pradesh – has been shot over a 20-year period. Most of the video footage used for this documentary has been recorded on first-generation DV handy-cams that could be treated as symbols of evolving technology. It has been produced to build awareness about conservation and protection of biodiversity, forest and wildlife. The documentary showcases the flora and fauna of Madhya Pradesh in its full grandeur. It contains exclusive video footage with special focus on Tiger that sits at the apex of the biotic pyramid and has to be protected at all cost.

Today tiger is greatly threatened. Only if we protect the tigers and ensure they continue to breed in their natural habitat we will be able to address the problem of climate change and guarantee the survival of humankind.

Just sit back and enjoy the documentary

Just sit back and enjoy the magnificent wildlife of Central Indian Highlands and treat this video as an ode to Wild Madhya Pradesh.

Meeting on J&K is an important step in the ongoing efforts towards a developed and progressive J&K: PM Modi

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Our priority is to strengthen grassroots democracy in J&K.

Delimitation has to happen at a quick pace so that J&K gets an elected Government. – Prime Minister Narendra Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called Thursday’s (24 June 2021) meeting with political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir an important step in the ongoing efforts towards furthering all-round growth and building a developed and progressive J&K.

In a series of tweets after the meeting, the Prime Minister said.

“Today’s meeting with political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir is an important step in the ongoing efforts towards a developed and progressive J&K, where all-round growth is furthered.

Our priority is to strengthen grassroots democracy in J&K. Delimitation has to happen at a quick pace so that polls can happen and J&K gets an elected Government that gives strength to J&K’s development trajectory.

“Our democracy’s biggest strength is the ability to sit across a table and exchange views. I told the leaders of J&K that it is the people, specially the youth who have to provide political leadership to J&K, and ensure their aspirations are duly fulfilled,” the PM said.

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Yoga remains ray of hope in Covid-hit world: PM Modi

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New Delhi: On the occasion of seventh International  yoga day, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi talked of Yoga’s role during the pandemic. He said Yoga has proved a source strength and poise for people during this difficult time. He pointed out that it was easy for countries to forget Yoga Day during the pandemic as it is not intrinsic to their culture but, instead, enthusiasm for Yoga has increased globally.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the 7th International Yoga Day programme, through video conferencing, in New Delhi on June 21, 2021.

One of key ingredient of yoga is fortitude in the face of adversity. When pandemic appeared, no one was ready from the point of view of capabilities, resources or mental toughness. Yoga helped people to muster confidence and strength to fight with the pandemic world over.

The Prime Minister recalled how frontline Corona warriors made Yoga their shield and made themselves strong through yoga and how people, doctors nurses took to Yoga to deal with the effects of the virus. Instances of yoga sessions conducted by doctors and nurses in the hospitals appeared everywhere. The Prime Minister noted experts are stressing the importance of breathing exercises like pranayama and anulom-vilom for strengthening our respiratory system.

Rogues Gallery: Anish Kapoor, The Guardian

Ram Ramkumar

Shoudn’t they face charges for peddling fake news and stoking religious hatred?

The Guardian carried an article from the known anti-Hindu author on June 4, headlining the ‘bulldozing’ of the Parliament building. Both The Guardian and Anish Kapoor, who wrote the controversial piece, knew this was a lie. The building is not being demolished.

On June 17, a full 2 weeks later, the SAME article in The Guardian changes the headline to assault on parliament site’. The link says ‘bulldozing’, but clicking on it will take you to the same article with the corrected ‘assault on’ headline. A small footnote buried at the bottom says,

This article was amended on 17 June 2021 to clarify in the headline, subheading and text that Edwin Lutyens’ original buildings are not being demolished as part of the redesign.”

The article, with the revised title – “Modi’s assault on parliament site shows him as the architect of a Hindu Taliban” – is just a long, tiresome, torrent of personal abuse of the PM. On the other hand, Anish makes one grudging admission (which he, in collusion with his editor, may yet reword to pander to Luleli objections!):

Anish writes: “I draw a comparison here with the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, who in the 17th century destroyed Hindu monuments and temples all over India in fervent religious hatred. Modi is an Aurangzeb for our times.” 

So, Aurangazeb (and scores of other bigoted Moslem rulers) was in fact a bad boy! Thank you, what a startling revelation! Modi still has 3 more years in this term. De-Islamify not just Delhi Modiji, but the whole of India. Showcase all of India to the world, not just a few tombs and wasteful indulgences built by tyrannical and murderous Moslem rulers, as India’s heritage. So many in India hold the view that Lal Quila, the Taj Mahal, are monuments to India’s shame and subjugation. Deliver the I-Day address from a different location each year, there is no dearth of magnificent backdrops all over India. Accelerate efforts to encourage a ‘syncretic’ culture in Kashmir, in place of the bigoted Jihadi Insane-iyat in place now. In 1989, an estimated 300,000 indigenous Kashmiri Hindus lived in the valley. By 2019, only 2500 remained. Congress party lapdogs like Anish should focus on the valley’s Taliban first.

The Guardian routinely publishes falsities about Hindus, Modi, and India, and ‘corrects’ them a few days later. In the meantime, the damage is done.


Ram Ramkumar lives in Seattle, USA. He is a JNU alumnus and works as a consultant at Microsoft. Formerly he was with SBI (Bhopal Circle), RBI Madras, Federal Reserve Board Washington (bank analyst). His father was 3-term Congress MP from Madras.