Double Problem

Double Problem
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In the ultimate analysis, life on planet earth is interdependent. There is an ecosystem devised and designed by Allah in which each animate being or even inanimate created things are part of in an interdependent sequence. Destroy or even disturb one cog of this system, the whole sequence gets thrown into disarray. These assertions hold true in Kashmir in many respects and terms but one egregious instance of the disturbed sequence is our wild life. Demographic pressures like population growth, the attendant need for human dwellings, flawed urban design and growth of settlements without any regard for the natural ecosystem and habitats thereof have led to the displacement of Kashmir’s wild life. One egregious manifestation of this is the foray of wild animals like leopards, tigers , bears and so on into semi urban or those habitats where humans now life. The result is a twofold problem: one , to repeat , is the displacement of wild animals from their pristine habitats and the other which flows from it is the danger this poses to humans. Both require and warrant attention. First is the issue and question of pristine dwellings of wild animals. Here given that much water has passed under the bridge , so to speak, and not much can be done to retrieve and restore these habitats, what may be the most prudent option at this point in time is a salvage job. That is, there should be no more encroachment on the habitats of wild animals. Preservation then is key here. Boundaries need to be delimited and defined which should be “no go” areas for humans in terms of settlements and human dwelling. The second issue is that of animals that foray into urban habitats, foraging for food, usually. Here the role of the wild life department becomes critical. The department should and must be prepared for all contingencies. It should factor in these in scenarios and actual preparedness in dealing with these forays. This is easier said than done. What the department must be careful about is that it has to save both humans and the wild animals. Just because these animals foray into human habitats does not and should not mean that they be killed. No. Not at all. After all, they are Allah’s creation too. So, utmost care must be taken in cases where these animals drift into human habitations. Overall, the issue is grave and serious and needs to be met with sensitivity, care and diligent preparedness.