This is with reference to Chetan Chauhan’s report Soon tigers may be bred in special farms (May 29) quoting me as saying that ‘the government is considering allowing tiger farms in India. They can be in zoos or forests but not in tiger reserves’. I request you to review the video record and find the truth that no such statement was made by me. In the same issue there was an article Hidden tiger, crouching dragon by Joanna Van Gruisen which said the Ministry of Environment and Forests is ‘still disowning and denying the figures’ referring to a presentation made by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII). I had categorically stated that while the government was not aware of the results to be presented by WII, since it had commissioned a study and approved the methodology, the ministry would accept the findings.
Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Forests
Chetan Chauhan replies:
Prodipto Ghosh had said that the government was studying a proposal for tiger farms in India and this was carried in several papers.
With reference to the report Protests for Suu Kyi’s release (May 28), the extension of Aung San Suu Kyi’s unlawful detention by the ruling military junta of Myanmar should be strongly condemned. It is an insult to all those countries which swear by democracy but overlook human rights violations.
Since governments aro-und the world prefer to do business with the dictatorial regime in Myanmar, civil society should launch a movement to secure the release of the leader who is being incarcerated for winning an election and refusing to go into exile.
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