Can you love tigers but hate forests? This is the question that troubled me as I visited the middle of India last fortnight. I was in Nagpur, where local politicians, conservationists and officials were discussing what needed to be done in this chronically poor and backward region endowed with forests and tiger habitats.
On September 24, 2008, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) had set up a three-member Monitoring Committee to oversee the village relocation process and ecotourism strategy in Project Tiger reserves across the country. The members of this Monitoring Committee are: Sunita Narain, chairperson Samar Singh, member Member secretary, NTCA (member convener)
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.