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Origin of Hinduism - III

In the first and second post on the origin of Hinduism, I talked about the futility of pinpointing a particular period or era for Hinduism. Many people influenced by modern education and monolithic religions might see this as an escapist attitude. It is not escapism. When a person truly understands the teachings of Sanatana Dharma, he/she will go silent. A classic example of this is Ramana Maharshi. Such knowledgeable people will never care about history. They will only live in the present. But everything should have an origin. So the thoughts found in Hinduism should have a source. Now, even before the first building blocks of society were laid, the fear of the unknown had already created certain beliefs and dogmas in the mind of the humans. The pictures drawn by cavemen are a clear indication of this. These pictures depict the then unexplained phenomenon of nature. It influenced their mind to believe in a supernatural force. So after hunting and eating, when the early human rest…

Another tiger poached in India

Before dying, the tiger made sure that one poacher will remember him for the rest of his life. The male tiger wounded one of the poachers who is now hospitalized. The tiger was killed next to the famous CorbettNational Park. This gruesome incident took place a week after The Wildlife (Protection) Amendment Act 2006 into effect.

The tiger was about 8 years old and was shot in the eye from a close range. The officials are not able to confirm whether the tiger belonged to the Corbett Tiger Reserve. As there are tigers in the nearby Terai Division.

New methods of elephant conservation in India

First it was a society for elephants in Kerala, now it is a unique form of conservation in Chhattisgarh. About 43% of the Indian state of Chhattisgarh is covered by forest. This forest cover is attracting elephant herds from neighboring state of Jharkhand. Due to his migration, the elephant-human conflict in Chhattisgarh is on the rise. Now the government of Chhattisgarh has roped in conservationist Mike Pandey, his Earth Matters Foundation (EMF), and a team of veteran elephant and habitat experts to protect the elephants and tribal people. Details about the plan can be found here.

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