The Tiger Task Force was set up because of a crisis — the knowledge that the nation had lost its tigers from the protected reserve of Sariska in Rajasthan. But the Tiger Task Force was also set up to look beyond this immediate provocation: there were lessons to be learnt from this tragedy, lessons the nation needed to learn so that the survival of the tiger could be guaranteed. Sariska, then, was not only a crisis but also became an opportunity. Clearly, the time had come to review the past and also to secure the future.
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