Reintroducing Cheetah into Indian wildlife a good move: Jairam Ramesh
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Reintroducing Cheetah into Indian wildlife a good move: Jairam Ramesh

February 22, 2020

Rajya Sabha MP delivers lecture on ‘Jayachamaraja Wadiyar and the Indian Board of Wildlife’ 

‘Sri Jayachamaraja Prashasti’ to Musicologists

Mysore/Mysuru: “Erstwhile ruler of Mysore Dynasty, Jayachamaraja Wadiyar was a lover of wildlife and his favourite animal was the Lion and that of the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, was the Tiger. Both of them had equal love for wildlife and matters of State. The Supreme Court’s decision to reintroduce Cheetah into the Indian wildlife is a great move,” said Rajya Sabha MP and former Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Jairam Ramesh.

He was delivering a lecture series on ‘Jayachamaraja Wadiyar and the Indian Board of Wildlife’ at the third segment of birth centenary celebrations of Sri Jayachamaraja Wadiyar, organised by HH Sri Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar Foundation (SDNR Foundation) at Senate Bhavan in Manasagangothri, here on Thursday evening. The event also marked the birth anniversary of Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar. 

In his lecture, Jairam Ramesh, highlighting Wadiyar’s passion for wildlife, said, “Jayachamaraja Wadiyar was appointed the first Chairman of the Mysore and Central Board for Wildlife, which was later renamed as Indian Board for Wildlife. The inaugural meeting of this Board was held at the Lalitha Mahal Palace in Mysuru and the only animal identified by the Wadiyar and the Board, to become extinct soon was the Cheetah.” 

“When I took over as the Minister in May 2009, I made attempts to reintroduce Cheetah into the Indian wildlife. There were plans of getting Cheetahs from Iran, Namibia or South Africa for reintroduction in grasslands habitats either in Rajasthan or Madhya Pradesh,” the MP said and added that Cheetah, the only mammal to have been hunted to extinction in India in modern times, was last sighted at 1964 in Chhattisgarh, while some others say that it was last seen in 1967 in Hyderabad.

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“When we protect animals, we also protect ecosystems. Project Tiger, for instance, has not only saved the magnificent animal, but has also helped save our forests,” he opined.

Musicologists felicitated

As part of the centenary celebrations, musicologists — Dr. T.S. Satyavathi, Dr. Sukanya Prabhakar and Dr. R. Satyanarayana (posthumous) — were felicitated by SDNR Foundation and conferred with  ‘Sri Jayachamaraja Prashasti’ for their contributions to Karnatak Classical music. Satyanarayana’s son, R.S. Nandakumar, received the award.

This was followed by a musical tribute “Gaanarajendra Sri Jayachamarajendra” to Jayachamaraja Wadiyar by Dr. Sukanya Prabhakar and team.  

SDNR Foundation President Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, members of erstwhile royal family Kamakshi Devi and Indrakshi Devi, former Diplomat (R&AW) Ravi Joshi and Secretary of SDNR Foundation Reginald Wesley  were present.

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