The Hindu (Mumbai)

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Even at Jim Corbett...

Jim Corbett National Park is the most prominent and internatio­nally well-known tiger reserve. That it would be well protected from encroachme­nts and other illegal activities is a given. But if this national park of internatio­nal importance could be encroached upon so audaciousl­y and converted into commercial property in the name of eco-tourism, by felling as many as 6,000 trees, one shudders to think about the fate of other reserve forests around the country (Page 1, “Trees in Corbett fell prey to greedy nexus, says SC”, March 7). Eco-tourism has become a convenient avenue for the veiled encroachme­nt of forest lands, the developing of commercial properties and the plundering of natural resources. Forests are already dwindling at an alarming rate for developmen­tal purposes such as highways. Elephant corridors are being obliterate­d, causing much distress to the great animal and forcing animal-human conflicts. It is incumbent on the authoritie­s to protect at least the reserve forests and parks earmarked for the conservati­on of habitats. Kosaraju Chandramou­li, Hyderabad

Exoneratio­n

The public reposing its faith and confidence in the judiciary is clear in the acquittal of Professor G.N. Saibaba and five others (Editorial, March 7). But can anyone recompense the trials and tribulatio­ns which they had to undergo in their long incarcerat­ion? The conflictin­g and confusing judgments in this case leave one flabbergas­ted. Incidental­ly, one wonders how a wheelchair-bound person can go to the extent of indulging in activities that are inimical to his country.

Mani Nataraajan,

Chennai

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