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Tigers and cover-ups: Exposing scandals hidden in forests (Book Review)

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Book: The Rise and Fall of the Emerald Tigers: Ten Years of Research in Panna National Park; Author: Raghu Chundawat; Pages:356; Price: Rs.899

In a world of self-styled tiger experts, lack of research and scandalous cover-ups, eminent conservation biologist and wildlife crusader Raghu Chundawat’s book “The Rise and Fall of the Emerald Tigers…” is a bold, audacious and eye-opening account of the biggest systemic failures and wrongdoings in India’s dealings with its wildlife.

It brings together decades-long research, the intriguing science of tiger ecology, its conservation and the politics around it. It uncovers how the tiger population of Panna (which translates to Emerald in English), recovered through the late 1990s till early 2002 due to great efforts, but succumbed to extinction in cold-blood by early 2009, in front of his eyes.

Set to offend many, Chundawat doesn’t make generalised allegations but puts forth figures and names of people he holds responsible. He also exposes a system plagued by the habit of repeating mistakes, where, despite reaching out to the top offices, including the Chief Minister, bureaucrats and institutions, he couldn’t stop deaths of the free-ranging tigers he once helped revive.

“I had a front-row seat for the tiger’s extinction in Panna,” he writes.

The book shows how a sordid leadership and key institutions indulged in cover-ups through imaginary census, creating fake pug-marks, giving a free-run to poachers and reprimanding whistle-blowers — in the process misleading even Parliament and the Supreme Court. It reveals many misdeeds swept under the carpet by reckless authorities.

It explains almost everything one needs to know about tigers, conservation and politics. Foremost, it outlines that much of what went wrong still continues at the peril of our national animal. Chundawat’s was a rare and early study of the tigers of a dry forest system — only two outdated researches were done before his work, in India and Nepal. The study, for the first time, used technology like radio-collars on both the tigers and their prey.

Watching many cubs growing to adulthood, Chundawat’s observations of 41 individual felines, during his study period of 1996 to 2006, is as if he spoke to the tigers and articulated their problems for the masses. But above all, this book is a first-hand account of how fleeing from responsibility and reprimanding the whistleblowers killed years of hard work and wiped out all the tigers of Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh between 2002 and 2009.

Being at ground zero and having helped revive the national park’s tigers, thus creating a milestone which everyone wished to be associate with, Chundwat was also the first to notice that tigers in Panna were disappearing at an alarming pace.

In early 2005, he approached the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) with a report titled “Missing Tigers of Panna”, on the tigers his team was monitoring. However, instead of acting, authorities began a cover-up showing everything was well in Panna and even reprimanded him. Sariska Tiger Reserve of Rajshtan had already lost its tigers in 2005 and Panna was on the same path.

“I was publically labelled anti-establishment and accused of having a “hidden agenda” by the then head of NTCA. As the system closed ranks, it became clear that it would be very hard for me to pursue research work in the tiger area in future,” the author writes.

Chundawat recalls that when his research team removed some snares set by poachers from a critical tiger habitat, the park administration lashed out at him and his team, saying it was not their job to do so. The author was later barred from entering the park even as a paid tourist. “It seemed everyone was conspiring against the tigers,” he notes, adding that even as authorities knew it, they did not act out of fear of holding someone responsible.

“Sariska fell first. Yet when our report found twenty tigers missing from Panna, the Indian authorities were unmoved,” the book says. It adds that while Sariska’s extinction happened “quietly”, Panna fell despite all the whistles being blown well before complete extinction.

The book reveals how even when informed about the dropping numbers of tigers, the authorities worked another cover-up in the form of fake census. “There had been so many opportunities to set it right but all energy was spent denying the problem and shooting the messenger,” Chundawat writes. He adds that had the census been conducted honestly, “this extinction need never happen”. However, what surprised the author the most was not only the authorities’ reaction but also of colleagues and friends, as well as some national and international organisations, who remained distant spectators.

“In January 2008, the NTCA send an official team… to report on the status of tigers in Panna. But nothing concrete resulted: Their report appreciated good work being done there, although it also expressed some concern about the tiger numbers and suggested yet another camera-trapping assessment,” the book claims. It further exposes how the authorities continued to deny the problem, even when the issue was raised in the Lok Sabha as a parliament question in March 2008.

The book provides instances to show how the world was misled through imaginary figures and botched-up census, especially in Ranthambore and later in Panna, to project a false image of the flourishing tiger. Explaining why wildlife science in India is far behind the rest of the world, the book reflects the overall emotion that almost every wildlife researcher and conservationist goes through.

“India could have done better,” Chundawat says, adding that 2,226 tigers are not a good at all and reminding readers that “India had more tigers in 1973 than today”.

Written in the year when India recounts its tigers, the book questions: “Did we learn from our mistakes”? The author thinks not. After the reintroduction of tigers in 2010, Panna today has a population of about 30 tigers from zero in eight years. For which Chundawat appreciates the leadership of Srinivas Murthy and his tireless staff.

The book, finally, conveys Chundawat’s anger and anguish over an apathetic trend that continues till date.

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Prakash Raj | The actor claims to be an atheist

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Prakash Raj, a famous multilingual actor, director and producer in the Tamil cinema is a well-known name. Born on 26th March 1965 in a Kannada family, the actor claims to be an atheist.

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Not only in tamil cinema, Prakash Raj have acted in a number of Bollywood films and have spellbound the audience with his performances. He acted in well known bollywood movies.

Started as a theatre actor where he used to earn ₹300 a month to become a well-known actor, director and producer in Tamil and Hindi cinema, his story is something to get inspired from. Kannada is his mother tongue but he is well versed with other languages too like Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi, Hindi and English.

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He stepped into the Tamil cinema with his debut movie “Duet” which was released in the year 1994. Infact, just after 4 years to this, he won the National Film award for best supporting actor. Again in 2007, he won the National Film award for his role in Kachivaram.

He also won National Film award as a producer for the best feature film in Kannada named Putukka Highway.

The actor married actress Lalitha Kumari in 1994 and have got 3 children from her – Medhana, Pooja and Sidhu. However due to some reasons the couple called off their marriage in 2009 and parted ways. Later in the year 2010, he married to the choreographer, Pony Sharma and begot a son, Vedhanth.

Prakash Raj claims that he is an atheist. In the past years, he has been banned by the Telugu Film producers 6 times.

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To this, Prakash Raj said,

“If people who work with me say that I play hide and seek, why do they repeat me? Why am I in Mahesh’s nine films out of his ten. Why don’t you judge me with my work? How I go about it is not important. I don’t go by the rules. I put my foot down, I don’t take mediocrity. There are certain locations where I can come only at 12 in the morning. I don’t go by the rules.”

Not just a strong actor, he has a very strong personality and clear mindset about himself and the profession he is working in.

Actually a personality which you can learn alot from.



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Apple vs. Netflix|Apple Plans To Disrupt Premium Web Streaming Market

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Apple will be competing head-on with Netflix by launching a subscription-based internet TV service with its own original shows and series.

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Apple will also be beginning a gaming service portal and will be offering its own credit card, maybe diverging the utmost out of its comfort zone.

Tech giants, have started to explore new markets segments and have fought huge battles over them for years together in order to survive.

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Meantime, Google and Amazon are battling tooth and nail over voice assistants to be used in smartphones and home. Google and Microsoft have competing search engines and it would be no suprise if Apple forays in such a venture. And as we know Apple and Google have waged an epic smartphone battle for roughly a decade.

Apple literally led a few of new A-list entertainment partners like Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg and video game partners who created the popular “SimCity” and the “Final Fantasy” gaming franchise. What happens next may be harder for the mass to speculate.



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“Lucifer” is a festival season for Mohanlal Fans | A complete entertainer wrapped with class and style | Lucifer Review

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Finally, the wait is over. Lucifer has hit the theatres and fans are rushing to grab tickets. I am one among the few lucky people who had the opportunity to watch early morning fans show of Lucifer. It’s always a pleasurable experience to watch a Mohanlal-starrer movie amongst his die-hard fans. Every time the superstar appears on the screen, fans go wild and create a festival mood inside the theatre.

Lucifer has met all the high anticipations and expectations that surrounded it. Director Prithviraj has truly delivered a mass entertainer that Mohanlal fans have been long waiting for. Lucifer is a true blend of mass and class. Murali Gopy’s script has meticulous details for each character in the movie. Every noticeable character in the script had their own unique importance in the story unlike many other superstar movies of the same genre. For this, Murali Gopy deserves all the credit and applause.

Like the Lucifer team had said in many interviews, casting is impeccable and we feel like they are irreplaceable. Only an actor like Mohanlal, with his superstardom and extraordinary charisma, can pull off and deliver a character like Stephen Nedumpally convincingly on screen. Almost all the actors, including the young actress Saniya Iyyappan to the most experienced actor Saikumar, delivered their best for the movie. Every other cast, including Manju Warrier, Vivek Oberoi, Tovino Thomas, and so on were equally convincing.

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Prithviraj has yet again proved that he is a man of his words. He has depicted Mohanlal in a way how Mohanlal die-hard fans wanted to see him appear on the screen. Lucifer is a big movie, its not perfect in every sense, but its a perfect entertainer. There are mostly “class elements”, but the director didn’t forget to add a few “masala elements” like item songs and hardcore action sequences to spice up the things.

Movie critics can find many faults with the film. There is a bit share of cliche dialogues and scenes in the movie. Foreign actors had their own “conventional-Indian-movie-foreigner” stereotype role to play. They hold guns, looked foreign, sound foreign and perish. And most part of the film is predictable. And the grey shade of characters, which was mostly promoted throughout before the release, felt just a charade. The grey element of characters in the movie is just like any other mass masala movies. Also, personally, I felt the background music was a bit too much or unnecessary at certain points. There was a tiny portion in the background music which resembled the tune from KGF.

Prithviraj, as a director, has won the game. Of course, there is still much room for improvement. Lucifer is a linear entertainer. There is no experimental side to it. He did it with the help of the “best” in each department, whether it be cast, writer, camera, music or every other technician. So, we can’t give all the credit to Prithviraj. As he said in his interviews, like every movie, Lucifer is also teamwork. And we can’t expect him to be a master class director. But we can surely say that he is an above average director who has the potential to deliver world-class movies to Malayalam movie industry in future.

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Lucifer has met all the high anticipations and expectations that surrounded it. Director Prithviraj has truly delivered a mass entertainer that Mohanlal fans have been long waiting for. Lucifer is a true blend of mass and class. Murali Gopy’s script has meticulous details for each character in the movie. Every noticeable character in the script had their own unique importance in the story unlike many other superstar movies of the same genre. For this, Murali Gopy deserves all the credit and applause.

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