In India terrorists, insurrections and separatists variously use the timber, wildlife and katha trades to finance their violence. This threatens India's internal security.
This is not a new allegation by any NGO, politician, a foreign diplomat or a social activist, but a statement attributed to Wildlife Magazine Sanctuary, displayed at an exhibition meant to celebrate "Indian Wildlife".
"Militants affiliated to Al-Qaeda are sponsoring poaching in the (Kaziranga) reserve for profit...Religious men hold the purse strings now. The business (wildlife trade including rhino horn) has changed. Their agents come to see us. They want a low-risk business."
This was a Chinese business but now its Bangladesh's business....Harkat-Ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI), allegedly linked to Al-Qaeda, the second was Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) whose leader Shaikh Abdur Rahman, has joined Bin Laden's."
These statements, random extracts from an article on connections between wildlife trade and militancy by Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark, Guardian, May 5, 2007-- are exhibited at the NCPA in Mumbai.
The photo-exhibition, held from December 11 to 20 and organised by Sanctuary Magazine, has its share of artistic excellence--the assassination of a queen ant by a worker jumping ant (Harpegnathos Saltator), the price that a crocodile paid for stealing a tiger's kill, a flock of pelicans vying for a prize fish that has slipped from the careless beak of painted stork and a rare photograph of mating crocodiles.