There are fewer than 2,000 tigers in India and it is not only because of poachers or environmental factors. When the government of a country actually invites tourists from all over the world to come here and kill our tigers for fun – there is little hope for survival of the magnificent beast.
It is only in the 1970s that tiger conservation was taken seriously by the Government of India (Project Tiger was launched in 1973) but much serious damage had already been done.
This Government of India Tourist Office advertisement from the 1960s shows that besides the Taj Mahal, it was also the ‘sport’ of shikar that India used to attract the world to our shores.
Let us hang our heads down for a minute in shame.