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It may be mentioned that the State cabinet recently resolved to destroy 2,479 rhino horns, out of 2,623 horns stored in various treasuries. The State forest and environment department has already conducted the verification process to identify probable fake horns among the real ones in 12 treasuries across Assam as allegations flouted that a section of corrupt forest officials would destroy those fake horns and later smuggle those into international markets.

Indian Cricket Bosses are happy now. Next to happiness comes goodwill as the ultimate objective of life is to act for goodwill.One is free to act but before acting should think if the action can be followed by others so as to be universal.Indian Organisers finally managed to get good revenue from Dubai and so,allow COVID to enter the Bio-Bubble in India and don’t allow it to make an entry in Dubai !

Doing big and managing big are two different acts.I often find my friends who can manage publicity in Media Events. Life is a wonderful experience.What you send out - comes back. What you sow - you reap. What you see in others - exists in you. What you give - you get.Do not judge - so you will Not be judged. Radiate and Love. And,Love comes back to you.People are preserving their photographs with celebrities and putting those in social media days.I laugh by seeing this practice.Had I ever imagined that I will be one day active in social media,I would have preserved my photographs with Dominique Lapiere,Anthony Thwight,V S Naipul,Ahmad Faraz,Indira Goswami,Nabakant Barua,Kamaleswar,Janaki Ballav Pattnayak, Nandini Satpathy,Gulzar,

Mahasweta Devi,Kishori Charan Das, Subhas Mukhopadhyay,Shakti Chattopadhyay,Rabhuri Bharadwaj,Harbhajan Singh ,Sachidananda Routray,Radhamohan Gadanayak, VS Naipul etc. Does not matter,their pictures are always in my heart and I don’t expect anything in return.

Many in the country possibly don’t know that Odisha was the first state to elect a Dalit as Chief Minister over three decades ago.A young friend feels that DALIT vs FREEBIE politics will dominate Punjab election.It was first Akalies which tied up with BSP signaling that they are going to play Dalit card.Then BJP declared that if it comes to power then a Dalit will be CM.Taking the cue today Congress appointed  Dalit as CM.As usual AAP  promised for FREE 300 units of Bijli & Pani as it has nothing more to offer.

But what about society ?

Once again,PPFA demands transparency  in Assam rhino horn disposal as my friend Naba Thakuria reports from Guwahati:

‘Patriotic People’s Front Assam (PPFA) supports the initiative to dispose of wildlife parts including the rhinoceros-horns, kept in State treasuries for decades, but it demands full transparency in the process. The forum of nationalist citizens urged State chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to ensure that only the certified genuine horns are burnt in presence of distinguished personalities in full public view.

It may be mentioned that the State cabinet recently resolved to destroy 2,479 rhino horns, out of 2,623 horns stored in various treasuries. The State forest and environment department has already conducted the verification process to identify probable fake horns among the real ones in 12 treasuries across Assam as allegations flouted that a section of corrupt forest officials would destroy those fake horns and later smuggle those into international markets.

Earlier the Dhaka based Asia-Pacific Forum of Environmental Journalists welcomed the initiative to spread the message that rhino horns do not carry any aphrodisiac quality, for which the gigantic animals are poached across the world, but it also put forward a condition that those must be scientifically confirmed as real ones. It highlighted that the horns could fetch a million dollar in illegal markets spread across east Asia and hence the issue should be resolved amicably.
Officially known as the greater one-horned rhinoceros and found primarily in India and Nepal, the  rhinos are listed as vulnerable on the IUCN red list. Assam alone gives shelter to over 2650 one-horned rhinos in its forest reserves. Kaziranga National Park is widely known for its over 2,400 rhinos along with other precious wildlife. The people of Assam are also obsessed with the rhino as a pride and continue raising voices for its scientific conservation.

Years back, northeast India’s active conservation group Nature’s Beckon claimed that the State forest department used to sell rhino horns even after India adopted the wildlife protection act in 1972. The department allegedly sold 13 horns during 1972-73, 19 in 1973-74, 40 (1974-75), 18 (1975-76), 27 (1976-78),42 (1977-78), 63 (1978-79), 63 (1978-79), 61 (1979-80), etc. The group asserted a large share of wildlife parts from the department's stocks were sold in international markets.

“We expect only the scientifically proved rhino horns are disposed in presence of wildlife experts, environment enthusiasts, eminent personalities from various other field of activities,” said a PPFA statement adding that the process must not give an ample scope for corrupt officials to illegally sell the syphoned away horns from the consignment for their personal gains. Moreover, it added, the government should not hurry for the process, certainly to avoid any post-event controversy.’

Not only wildlife, but the forest itself is now in danger.In USA,schools, at the beginning of the academic year, issue the requisite books to all the students, and at the end of the academic year, these books are taken back, so that students in the next academic year get the facility of using the same. Textbooks are normally not frequently revised there.

In India, at the end of every academic year, the used books are discarded and the guardians are made to buy new books. This not only leads to wastage of huge amounts of money, but also felling of more trees to make paper.

As I have spent my life as a bookmaker. I wonder if we can have a greener India and law is enacted accordingly to reuse the old books ? I may not be there by the time you recognise my merits in this effort.I am not seeking recognition. I only lash at people who are unduly occupying the centre stage of education and speak big in public forums.

It is often opined that seeking recognition is like beating one's own drum . No one can contain and confine fragrance. If no one finds some positive in something then there is something wrong with the claim.During tough times, we often feel all the doors are closed in our life... but all the closed doors may not be locked. They may be waiting for your gentle push.

Many views are now erupted on people’s visit to temples or celebrations of festivals .Government has imposed restrictions on height of idols in the forthcoming Durgapuja Festival in Odisha, for life is more important than celebrating festivals or following rituals But, at the same time.we should document our history, heritage and culture. These festivals are our heritage. All the rituals we have had, have a context, background and stories associated with it. We must document our heritage.The more we do it and keep it on a digital platform the better for us.

The world is now struggling with post Covid economic disaster.A Great Indian Economist who can save the world from Post Covid Economic Crisis is here. Prof Prabhat Patnaik is a highly respected Indian political economist known particularly for his advocacy of measures to directly improve the lives of the poor.After retirement from Sukhamoy Chakravarty Chair in 2010 Prof Pattnayak has been engaged in economic development of the third world.It may be recalled that in 2008 Professor Patnaik was appointed to an interactive panel by the President of the UN General Assembly with the task of discussing the crisis and recommending reforms of the global financial system and his timely advice saved the world from an economic disaster.

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