CORBETT’S SOR­DID STATE JUST ONE AMONG MANY

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Re­fer to ‘ Corbett. Now, On Sale’ by Jay Mazoomdaar, 12 May.

You have done a yeo­man’s ser­vice. Con­grat­u­la­tions. Hope things shall change; we sur­vive on hopes.

HARSH VARD­HAN, ON EMAIL

Ex­cel­lent and truth­ful! Do re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate your piece. A bit late to rem­edy things – but we have to start some­where.

BRI­JEN­DRA SINGH, ON EMAIL

A good in­ves­tiga­tive story that needs to be told. Peo­ple ought to know that our pre­cious forests are be­ing plun­dered by these so-called mafia of the rich and politi­cians, in con­nivance with the for­est depart­ment. The only hope seems to lie with the Supreme Court. I hope your story will bring this im­por­tant is­sue to their no­tice. It makes us sad to see that this par­adise is be­ing rav­aged.

NARESH BEDI, ON EMAIL

Great in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Jay. I think this story is be­ing re­peated across many na­tional parks in the coun­try.

VI­NAY TAN­DON, ON EMAIL

Corbett is one of my favourite re­serves. I have spent many, many mem­o­rable days there. Sad to see it is be­ing con­verted into an is­land. Ve­hi­cles killing an­i­mals on the roads around it, poach­ing by the elite tourists at night and reg­u­lar har­vest­ing by the poach­ers will slowly eat away the glory of the re­serve.

AJT JOHN SINGH, ON EMAIL

Thanks for your ar­ti­cle on the Corbett Tiger Re­serve. It is against sci­ence that tigers are in high den­sity in such highly dis­turbed ar­eas.

BK SINGH, ON EMAIL

Read the re­port with in­ter­est. The prob­lem is wide­spread. I can vouch for it my­self. Around two years ago, while in Ben­galuru, I was told not to waste my time look­ing for land near Ooty. “Corbett ke ek­dum ad­join­ing mein mil jayega” was the ad­vice. The right way of tack­ling this would be to creat the Terai Arc con­ser­va­tion belt, link­ing the en­tire re­gion up to the pro­tected ar­eas in Nepal, in­stead of strug­gling to just re­tain Corbett. That would make it one of the world’s finest wild places. Un­for­tu­nately though, I don’t think we’ll ever live to see it.

SAN­DEEP MENON, ON EMAIL

Re­ally sad­den­ing story! This sounds like a proper Bollywood plot be­com­ing real. But as is usu­ally the case, I am sure your story will have a real and pos­i­tive im­pact.

YV BHAT­NA­GAR, ON EMAIL

It was re­ally amaz­ing to read the news on TEHELKA. Just wanted to tell you that if there is any­thing I could do to make your news turn into a rev­o­lu­tion, get­ting the law to work, please let me know. I will also be fol­low­ing up on the ad­vance­ments as and when they be­come news.

ARNAB CHAKRABORTY, ON EMAIL

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