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A GREAT LEGACY DISSIPATED

M. Krishnan

To have a fair idea of the present worth of our wildlife preserves (of all kinds: sanctuaries, National Parks and other protected habitats) and to know what further steps need to be taken to effectively safeguard our heritage of nature, it is necessary to take a quick, overall look at the past. Many of these preserves were set up long before Independence, in British India and in the princely states—well-known examples are Vedanthangal in Tamil Nadu, Bandipur in Karnataka and Corbett Park (our first authentic national park, set up in 1934) in Uttar Pradesh.

Soon after the shikar statutes that followed Independence, the Indian Board for Wild Life was constituted, a number of fresh preserves were created ...

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