There’s a strange attraction wildlife holds for the average Indian administrator. Babus and politicians routinely misuse their powers to organize exclusive safaris and field trips for themselves and their kin, and forest department officials usually have no option but to comply (and to make sure the VIP, or his son-in-law, does spot a tiger or sloth bear).
Some of these VIP visitors are content to pet an animal that shouldn’t be petted and being photographed with it; others think nothing of entering a restricted area (like a babu’s vehicle recently did at Bandhavgarh, resulting in the death of a tigress) that is not accessible to other visitors.
Still, the behaviour of the average person-in-power shouldn’t surprise anyone. Those in power rarely treat people as people. Is it any wonder they don’t treat animals as, er, animals?