Salute to Bishnoi Community for remarkable legacy of protecting forests and wildlife
By Satya Narayan Sahu | PUBLISHED: 05, Apr 2018, 12:46 pm IST | UPDATED: 06, Apr 2018, 16:59 pm IST
which spearheaded the movement for trial of Salman Khan which resulted in conviction has a remarkable legacy of protecting forests and wildlife.
Three hundred years back when a King ordered the cutting of hundreds of trees in a patch of land inhabited by Bishnois the women of that community went and hugged those trees and remained in that hugging position to prevent the King's henchmen to cut those trees.
However, the King ordered that trees be cut even if that led to the cutting of women and their death. And finally both women and trees were cut leading to the death of Bishnoi women.
That martyrdom of Bishnoi women for the cause of trees inspired the Chipko movement led by Chandi Prasad Bhatta who wanted to protect trees from commercial wood cutters .
...And now Bishnoi Community has set a splendid example of holding the top rated star of the celluloid world Salman Khan to account through court of law for his acts of commission and omission which involved the killing of wild black buck in violation of the Wild Life Act and the spiritual ethos which underline the protection of life forms other than that of humans.
Cheers for Bishnoi Community.
# Mr Satya Narayan Sahu was OSD and Press Secretary to the late President of India Shri K.R. Narayanan and served as Director in the Prime Minister's Office. He is currently Joint Secretary in the Rajya Sabha Secretariat. The views expressed by him are personal and not that of Rajya Sabha Secretariat.