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All is not well

Exactly two years back on the occasion of the International Tiger’s Day, a rise in the population of tigers in India from 2,226 in 2014 to 2,967 in 2018 was celebrated as a shining example of success of wildlife conservation in general and tiger conservation in particular. This was later accompanied with the release of the report– “Status of Tigers, Co-predators & Prey in India 2018”. The condition of tiger habitats in the country, however continues to degrade with every clearance being mechanically accorded by various statutory committee –Forest Advisory Committee (FAC), Regional Empowered Committee, Standing Committee of National Board for Wildlife (SC-NBWL) and Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC). There is almost no consideration of the fact that such diversion will have impact on Tiger Habitat. The obsession with numbers seems to hind the grim reality that faces the tiger.