India, says this news report, lost more 41 tigers this year till date, thus continuing a process of attrition. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is deeply interested in the environment in general, and tigers in particular. So of course the concerned department is concerned, and hell bent on doing something constructive about it. Like, so:
Vikas Kharge, secretary Revenue and Forest Department (Forests), told TOI that choosing actor Amitabh Bachchan as the ambassador for its tiger conservation projects is likely to have a positive outcome for conservation measures.
“We are yet to finalise the modalities and a meeting with the actor will soon take place. He is a tiger lover and his involvement in the project will have a unique appeal for the masses,” he said.
Because, having already gutted the funds for Project Tiger, what we now need to do is spend most of the little that remains on signing up a costly “ambassador”.
Irony wept bitter tears.