The tiger truths
Shoba Narayan on why we need the tiger to thrive
Indian forests are wonderful ecosystems. Teak and sal trees shed dew tears in the misty mornings. Babblers babble; Serpentine eagles soar; Rufous treepies shriek; and humans shiver in the morning cold. Jackals come out of the grasslands. Herds of deer graze under trees. Langurs swing from trees which whisper and sway towards each other. There is the gum tree, gooseberry, Arjuna, pipal, banyan, and countless other species. Picturesque as they are, these species are no match for that apex predator in terms of viewing pleasure: Panthera tigris.