Media coverage of the various matters relating to the country’s forests and their denizens, close to the heart of nature lovers, seems to have got stumped by reports of criminal acts by people at large and the ongoing verbal battles among the vote-seekers. Journos are getting unsolicited advisory by public speakers of all hues to eschew
In the absence of unanimity of views expressed by different knowledgeable groups on the contributing factors behind extremes of drought in some regions of the country and floods in some other regions, the administration and the functionaries in various departments all seem to be at seas as it were in the matter of dealing with the extremes. In the meanwhile, all is not well with the country’s water resources, particularly rivers getting depleted of the sand base, lakes going dry and water table sinking. The rapid expansion of urban territories doesn’t seem to be alerting whoever is concerned with the task of arresting the expansion.
To digress, a report in a leading daily early this week, citing wildlife experts, has the headline fear of overcrowding due to increase in the country’s tiger population. Tigers must be amused at the remark even as urbanites are overcrowding themselves in cities —a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black.