A recent happening has shocked and made to rebel the wildlife enthusiasts of the country. ’ Ustad’ the tiger from Ranthambore National Park has been shifted to a zoo in Udaipur. This happened because Ustas recently killed a forest guard who was on a routine patrol. This was the fourth killing by the tiger and hence the forest officials termed him as a man-eater.
Navin Raheja is protesting against Ustad’s being put in cage. The whole incident seeks some serious thought as it is really unfortunate to live in a civilization with biased laws. Men continue to live with their freedom even when they have wantonly killed animals and animals are put in cages when they kill a man for their sustainability needs.
Navin Raheja, a wildlife enthusiast, recently held the screening of a documentary which covered the journey of Ustad from being shifted from Ranthambore to settling in the cage of the zoo. Present at the screening were acclaimed actor and eminent stage artist Sir Tom Alter and award winning film director Neela Madhab Panda. Joining them were Navin Raheja and the director of the documentary on Ustad, Asif Khan.
Navin Raheja from Raheja Developers said, “The other tigers have taken over Ustad’s territory and his family has been displaced. It is unfortunate that we humans had a knee-jerk reaction to the killing incident and insisted on putting Ustad in a cage. Now there is a committee that wants to bring him back to the jungle. But this needs to be done soon or else Ustad will lose his wildlife instincts over a period time in zoo.”
The documentary, directed by Asif Khan, captured all the moments of the shifting. They vividly captured Ustad in the natural demeanor. Tom Alter took to the stage to appreciate Asif’s work and talked about how difficult it usually is to make a documentary. Navin Raheja had also invited two forest officials from Ranthambore, Raees Khan and Mohan Singh to the event. The officials told that while most of Ustad’s family is being kept safe, Sultan, Ustad’s eldest cub has been chased away by other male tigers.