Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his radio programme — Mann Ki Baat — on Sunday, highlighted the love of Indians for nature and animals.
He cited examples how people gave a heartfelt farewell to a tigress, known as ‘Collar Wali Baghin’, who died recently at the Pench Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh and how people in Assam launched a huge campaign against poaching to save rhinoceros.
He also mentioned about a horse, Virat, who led this year’s Republic Day parade as Commandant Charger for the last time and was given a grand farewell on the occasion. Noting that “love for nature and compassion for every living being” is Indian culture, Modi said, “A glimpse of these ‘sanskaras (culture)’ of ours was seen recently when a tigress left the world in Pench Tiger Reserve. The death of this tigress made people so emotional as if someone of their own had left the world. People performed her last rites, bid her farewell with respect and affection. . . This love of Indians for nature and living beings was greatly appreciated the world over. ”