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Sugarcane Tiger: The Phenomenon of Wildlife in Tarai Farmlands

 
Rahul Shukla (Author) Samridhi Shukla (Author) Shrivridhi Shukla (Editor) Samridhi Shukla (Editor) A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (Foroward)
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Wild animals are not confined to an existence inside forests and much wildlife including large carnivores, live in farmlands outside the instiutionalized forests, parks and reserves. Our knowledge base as to how dangerous mammals agree to live in human dominated landscape is very scanty because the subtle nuances that help ethologist. It is only when we can recognize and value the way they live without creating from the otherwise nomalized habital.

This book is an exclusive record of the farmland tigers of the Tarai. Large carnivores always do not necessarily need true wilderness for survival and a viable population farmlands as an integral part of its ecosystems. The author maintains that it gradually developed into an ecotype strain called sugarcane tigers. This unique animal inhabitats the biome of sugar plantations by prediction where a dense canopy of fronds and running irrigation shield a selective holiding ground, offering a better home than the jungle.

It was a paradigm-shaking developmen which the project Tiger mandarins found unpalatable behind the shield of their rigid scientific dogma, which was in fact their incompetence and ecological igorance. The confussion led to chos, resulting in an unprecedented spree of man-tiger conflict, which took a toll of more than 500 human lives and nearly a hundred tigers. In the fateful years of 80s. the ultra-complex currents malformed the suger field of Tarai into one of the most cursed tiger turfs of the world with Dudhwa-farmlands as its flag-house.

The tumultuous phase of cane-tigers lasted for a good forty years aroun Dudhwa and its adjacent districts, and then gradually faded out due to poaching, poisoning and trapping as the charismatic animals disappeared rapidly from their one and only stonghol pf the Tarzi farmalands.

The book is a firsthand researched assessment of the farmland wildlife of Tarai, with an intellecturl that has brought the reality of sugarcance tiger to the surface.

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About the authors

Rahul Shukla

Dr. Rahul Shukla is Honorary Wildlife Warden of Shajahanpur, appointed by the Governor of Uttar Pradesh. He also looks after the Kishanpur Tiger Reserve, the Trans Sharda Complex of Dudhwa National Park. He is a member of the Wildlife Advisory Board of Uttar Pradesh Government and Honorary Member/Director of W.W.F. Projects, Utter Pradesh Chapter. His study on The Cane Field Tigers in Uttar Pradesh and the public service program of Saving Men from Tigers has helped to minimize the man-tiger confrontation in the Terai. The state government has acclaimed it as a path breaking experiment in wildlife conservation. It has earned Rahul many admirers and envious citics. He has written over two hundred articles on wildlife, nature and travel in reputed magazines and newspapers in India and abroad including in United States of Ameerica. He is a teacher by profession.

Samridhi Shukla

Samridhi Shukla, 24 a national level debater and a post graduate in puvlic policy from Hertie school of Governance, Berin, Germany, serves as a consultant at the International Labour Organization, a natureenthusiast and an accomplished nature photographer by hobby.

Shrivridhi Shukla

Shrivridhi, 28 is a writer and a social activist based in New Jersey and New York. She serves as Graduate Assistant in the Department of Social Work at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, U.S.A.

Samridhi Shukla

Samridhi Shukla, 24 a national level debater and a post graduate in puvlic policy from Hertie school of Governance, Berin, Germany, serves as a consultant at the International Labour Organization, a natureenthusiast and an accomplished nature photographer by hobby.

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, b. 15 October 1931, is one oc India’s most distinguished scientists. He was responsible for the development of India's first satellite launch vehicle, the SLV-3, development and operationalization of strategic missiles and their weaponization, and for building indigenous capability in critical technologies. As Chairman of the Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC), he guided a number of technology projects and missions to take India into the twenty-first century. The document on Technology Vision 2020 is a blueprint to make India a developed country. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam held various positions in ISRO and DRDO and became Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India holding the rank of a Cabinet Minister. He has the unique honour of receiving honorary doctorates from thirty universities and the country's three highest civilian honours - Padma Bhushan (1981), Padma Vibhushan (1990) and Bharat Ratna (1997). He has done a short stint as Professor of Technology and Societal Transformation at Anna University, Chennai, when he was elected President of India in July 2002.  He has met more than 4,00,000 children all over the country to share his vision of India.

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Bibliographic information

Title Sugarcane Tiger: The Phenomenon of Wildlife in Tarai Farmlands
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2013
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788181891938
length i+347p., 26cm.