May­day Sta­tion

Governance Now - - HERITAGE - Photo story by arun Ku­mar

dur­ing hol­i­days, delhi skies are speck­led with kites of ev­ery hue. as the cap­i­tal rev­els in its favourite pas­time, an air of un­ease grows in a char­i­ta­ble hospi­tal in sun­pura, greater Noida. sev­eral birds with bro­ken wings and mus­cle dam­age, in­jured by the manja (glass-coated kite strings), get ad­mit­ted to the bird hospi­tal called ab­hay daanam. The hospi­tal re­ceives hundreds of pi­geons, spar­rows, par­rots and doves ev­ery year, in­jured by the manja. of course, manja isn’t the only cause of bird in­juries. Birds of­ten get elec­tro­cuted, or hurt oth­er­wise. The hospi­tal, run by the Jain com­mu­nity, has one ve­teri­nary doc­tor and other staff trained in healing birds. it even has a 24x7 helpline num­ber and an am­bu­lance to res­cue and treat birds in trou­ble. The hospi­tal has also been spear­head­ing an aware­ness cam­paign to en­cour­age ve­g­an­ism. ad­her­ing to the tenets of Jain­ism, the hospi­tal treats only non-rap­tor birds. Birds of prey like black kites, vul­tures and ea­gles are trans­ferred to an­other char­i­ta­ble hospi­tal, Wildlife res­cue, run by two brothers, Nadeem She­hzad and Mo­ham­mad saud, in Wazirabad. They are not trained vet­eri­nar­i­ans but give the best care to th­ese birds. The duo has self-learnt the ba­sics of treat­ing preda­tory birds and avian surgery. once the treat­ment of birds is com­plete and they re­gain their health, they are set free. Birds that have lost their wings and can­not fly again are kept in their shel­ter and taken care of by the brothers.

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