INDIA: Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan, whose movie continues to amaze people, recently praised the nation for providing a safe environment for tigers. He praised the government’s census, which revealed that India added 200 tigers in the last four years. The Uunchai actor had previously collaborated with a reputed news media’s “Save the Tiger” campaign.
Talking about this, Bachchan said, “In April 1973, India launched the very ambitious Project Tiger to promote tiger conservation. Some years ago a popular media house, passionate about this project, asked me to join them as an ambassador of the ‘Save the Tiger’ campaign. It is a moment of great pride for me to be part of this laudable effort.”
“The most memorable telethon was conducted in a forest. Today, it can be proudly said that the agenda has been set for the nation. The latest census gives us a figure of more than 3,000 tigers that roam our forests today,” he added.
In a recent update, the tiger census released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi shows the number of tigers in India has jumped from an average of 2,967 in 2018 to 3,167 in 2022. Moreover, Modi has inaugurated the 50th anniversary of Project Tiger, he also launched the International Big Cat Alliance (IBCA) and released a booklet, ‘Amrit Kaal Ka Tiger Vision’, which aims at the conservation goals for the next 25 years.
Modi alarmed the citizens of India by saying that the protection of wildlife is a universal issue and the IBCA is India’s contribution to protecting and conserving big cats.
PM Modi said, “Cheetahs had become extinct in India decades ago. We brought this magnificent big cat to India from Namibia and South Africa. This is the first successful transcontinental translocation of the big cat.”
Meanwhile, Bachchan reminded everyone that India is a safe home to 70 percent of the world’s tiger population. In the forthcoming 50 years, we must preserve the treasure and as Indians, it’s our duty and responsibility to keep tigers safe.
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