The stately Sal & Bamboo Jungles of Central India have
to be visited to experience the effect they can have on people who need relief
from the cacophony of noises that assault you every where you turn in this strange,
During drives deep in Kanha’s core observers can sometimes be the only
humans for miles. It is the ultimate pleasure to just sit quietly with instinctive
and knowledgeable guides, just waiting for tell tale sighs that wildlife is
present, or on the move.
For many being in Kanha’s remoter core areas is akin to being in a Temple,
Cathedral or Mosque, because it is humbling to have the opportunity to just
be there. However, do try to avoid weekends and public holidays, if you want
to experience what keeps so many there for life.
PLANT A TREE on Aug 15th
photo courtesy Eck Gordon
There is no such thing as a quiet jungle, for the harmonious communication of birds,
insects, reptiles and the even the whispering leaves of trees are always around to
keep you company. There is no place on earth safer than the jungles, if you respect
the environs and its inhabitants in return.
photo courtesy Eck Gordon
|A highly respected Baiga Tribal leader & Vedraj, (medicine
man), named Bakru Baiga once explained simply that Earth was our Mother, and the
Trees our Fathers. If the Trees were clear-felled our Mother would suffer the
harsh, drying effects of the sun.
She would become wizened and weak, and become unable to produce food for her children
to eat. Her children consisted not only of humans, but also all the creatures
and living organisms the creator gave this world to for sharing - in harmony.
The annual rains would arrive, but would rush across Mother’s surface because
our Father’s bulk and strength was not there to slow down the winds &
rains, leading the waters into Mother’s pores (root networks), depressions,
(lakes) and veins (rivers).
Therefore, any nutrients Mother Earth may have received from our Father’s
guidance as to where the rainwaters should flow would be speedily washed away
Since that wonderful conversation with Bakru Ji these jungles are looked from a totally
different viewpoint, and with much deeper respect.
Why humanity is not more vocal, or bothered about the irrational, mindless desecration
of the our planet’s natural resources is illogical, especially as without trees
our natural oxygen supplies will run out. Water will also become a scarcity, so how
will the children of tomorrow live and breath? We do not want the next generation
to inherit an impoverished world.
To make a difference to the quality of life in the future around the 2,000 plus square
kilometers of Kanha Tiger Reserve, Kanha’s
Conservation Trust aims to plant as many indigenous trees and bamboo as possible,
ensuring there will be a green world for both humans and animals in the years to come.
This is an important part of what our NGO wishes to achieve for Central India.
Your assistance to achieve this aspect of KCT’s projects will be welcomed.