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Gajendra Moksham: Stop Animal Cruelty! Protect our Elephants to protect our Civilization

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  • Elephants are being revered across India for their majesty and loyalty, personified in the figure of Lord Ganesha, and constitutes the pride of Kerala state
  • Only through befriending elephant owners, can westerners have a proper insight
  • The owners whole family should be supported in their endeavours to prolong ancient tradition of elephant breeding, instead of being condemned

The Western ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’ Attitude: 

Most of the western people excel in perceiving the details which might be an eye-sore to the western eyes itself. Following our highly subjective, sensational media, living our hectic western lives we do not really bother to see the whole context. Being so pro animal rights movements, so eco-friendly, and ‘enlightened ‘we tend to look down at the rest of the world.

Anna Golanska, a Polish woman feels accountable enough to raise this serious issue regarding Westerners turning a blind eye to elephant cruelty.

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Seeing majestic Kerala elephants parading at temple festivals, we moan about their apparent mistreatment, mentions Anna. Our minds act like a Velcro for all horrific incidents ( what stays in minds is chains, shackles, aggressive novices mahouts inflicting injuries on them ), and Teflon for all positive imagery. Let’s not be like blind men from an Indian tale, who exposed to an elephant for the first time, cared to notice only one detail each, disregarding the whole picture.

A forest official shoots a tranquilizer dart at a wild elephant in a street in Siliguri, India, February 10, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer
A forest official shoots a tranquilizer dart at a wild elephant in a street in Siliguri, India, February 10, 2016. Image source: REUTERS/Stringer


Interaction with elephants is not idyllic. There are problems, major issues, that need to be addressed and corrected. And the first step to such correction is honest, factual documentation which in turn leads to awareness and to the resulting public pressure that can produce remediable action.It all starts with awareness. And that means real stories. Not self-serving fiction, not half-truths, not outright lies masquerading as reportage, not sensational pieces spread by NGOs, adds Anna.

What is the percentage of all those with negative standpoints, who know at least one elephant owner personally? I have the honour to know one. The pure love and passion with which he talks about his elephants, made me think once that he talks about his own children. I even envied those animals that they have such a devoted guardian. Glamorous animals are treated like members of the family, featuring in many family photos.

Would any concerned father ever intentionally mistreat his children?

A father feeds, nurtures, provides medical health, even talks to them. The whole family should be supported in their endeavours to prolong ancient tradition of elephant breeding, instead of being condemned. Only under the kindest and most intelligent of care can his elephants be content and happy.The mahouts working for him are highly-trained 24/7 committed to the animals, understanding their psychology. They certainly ensure those sensitive and emotional mammals happiness and well-being.

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Anna suggests, only through befriending elephant owners, can we, westerners have a proper insight. Generalizing, judging may only trigger confusion and anger. Let’s make an effort to change our blind perception. Only knowledge, full picture bring harmony. Elephant sanctuaries funded by western money are not necessarily the best option. For a lot of families, it would be just like leaving an older member of the family in an old people house, stripping them of proper individual care and that incomprehensible for a lay person attachment to a human being.
Being revered across India for their majesty and loyalty, personified in the figure of Lord Ganesha, and constituting the pride of Kerala state, elephants could only be provided the best possible conditions to live by their owners who are best aware of their individual need, characters, she adds.
– prepared by Karishma Vanjani of NewsGram. Twitter @BladesnBoots
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  • AJ Krish

    So many animals are hunted and poached, yet the culprits walk free and continue to live their lives. The laws must be made strict!

  • JRK

    Thank you Anna. We need more people like you to give us the strength of your voice to our women and men’s effort and fight for the conscious interactions between the elephant and the loving caretaker.

  • AJ Krish

    So many animals are hunted and poached, yet the culprits walk free and continue to live their lives. The laws must be made strict!

  • JRK

    Thank you Anna. We need more people like you to give us the strength of your voice to our women and men’s effort and fight for the conscious interactions between the elephant and the loving caretaker.

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India China’s Fight Over the Doklam Plateau Explained

Doklam or Donglang, is a disputed area between China and Bhutan located near their tri-junction with India

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  • India and China have an old history of disputes
  • This time, the dispute is regarding the Dokplam Plateau
  • The area is of strategic importance for both the nations

Disputes between India and China are not at all uncommon. The rivalry between the two nations is famous. There have been several disputes between the two on the India-China border in past, and there seems to be no stopping for these disputes in the present or future, for that matter.

India and China have a n old history of repeated disputes. zeenews.india.com
India and China have an old history of repeated disputes. zeenews.india.com

In June 2017, the world witnessed yet another dispute arising between India and China. This time the dispute was about China building a road extending to Doklam Plateau, which both nations have been fighting over for years now.

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History of the dispute 

Doklam or Donglang (in Chinese), is a disputed area between China and Bhutan located near their tri-junction with India. India doesn’t directly claim the area but supports Bhutan’s claims on it.

India fits into the picture, as this plateau is an important area for India. Not only is Bhutan one of the biggest allies of India; China gaining access over the Doklam Plateau will also endanger India’s borders, making them vulnerable to attacks.

Dopkam plateau is an important area near India, China and Bhutan's borders.
Dopkam plateau is an important area near India, China and Bhutan’s borders.

Apart from the hostile history of the two nations, the Doklam Plateau is also important for India to maintain its control over a land corridor that connects to its remote northeastern States. China building a road through Doklam surely threatens that control.

A complete timeline of what happened in the recent Doklam Standoff 

On 16 June 2017, Chinese troops with construction vehicles and excavators began extending an existing road southward on the Doklam plateau, near India’s border. It was Bhutan which raised the alarm for India.

On 18 June 2017, India responded by sending around 270 Indian troops, with weapons and two bulldozers to evict the Chinese troops from Doklam.

On 29 June 2017, Bhutan protested against the construction of a road in the disputed territory.  According to the Bhutanese government, China attempted to extend a road in an area which is shared both Bhutan and India, along with China.

Between 30 June 2017 and 5 July 2017, China released multiple statements justifying their claim over the Doklam plateau. They cited reasons as to why the Doklam standoff wasn’t really needed. And how China has not intruded into India’s territory to incite the standoff.

On 19th July 2017, China asked India again to withdraw its troops from the Doklam. On 24th July 2017,  Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in his statement, asked India to withdraw and behave themselves to maintain peace.

India and China seem to never agree when it comes to their borders. BBC
India and China seem to never agree when it comes to their borders. BBC

Also Read: Why India Must Counter China’s High-Altitude Land Grab?

What followed till 16th August 2017 was China constantly alleging India of trying to create trouble. They accused India of trying to disturb the peace and not withdrawing the troops, even after repeated reminders. They also accused India of bullying.

India, however, kept quiet during the whole fiasco, only releasing a statement regarding their stand and position at the Doklam standoff.

On 28 August 2017, India and China finally announced that they had agreed to pull their troops back from the Doklam standoff. The withdrawal was completed on that very day.

On 7 September 2017, many media reports claimed that both nation’s troops have not left the site completely. They were still patrolling the area, simply having moved 150 meters away from their previous position.

On 9 October 2017, China announced that it is ready to maintain peace with India at the frontiers. India reacted in affirmative, the peace was established when Indian Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman’s visited Nathu La.

The issue between the two nations may rise again. Pixabay
The issue between the two nations may rise again. Pixabay

The Doklam issue, for now, is resolved. However, given the history of disputes between India and China, it won’t be a surprise if the issue resurfaces again in near future.