I ask this question to a non-Indian - What comes to your mind when you think India?
Snakes and Snake charmers
Myths and Religion
Sages and Magic
Color and Festivities
[Disease and Poverty, I'm sure]
But also, definitely, Tigers.
The Tiger is the national animal of India. Our pride, our mighty roar amongst the helpless cries. A symbol of our strength, courage and valor. It is beyond doubt, the most magnificent animal to grace this planet and anybody who has seen the Royal Bengal Tiger is most likely to concur with me.
As a child I always wanted a tiger as a pet (and I kid you not). I was consistently advised against it because once it became as large as me it would eat me everybody said. Sadly, even the innocent wishes aren't an option anymore. I'm sure everybody here is smart enough to know why they are dying. Maybe you don't care, maybe you do and just aren't motivated enough to do anything about it. But, please do take a moment out of your time and think about them. We lose them, we lose a very important link in our ecology. We lose a creation God very lovingly created and got as close to perfection as he ever could. Do we really want to lose this? Can we afford to?
In a rigmarole of endless coffees, night-outs, shoes and handbags; have we become so soul-less that we can't give back just a little? As an Indian (and a Hindu) I firmly believe in karma. I also believe that no kind act will ever, ever go unrewarded. Believe me.
Now I pose these questions to my fellow Indians. Do we want to lose our identity? A national pride? The face of India? A symbolism so deep and that it's inseparable now? Do we want to? Can we afford to?
There are probably a lot of you who can't donate. But it's not always about money. It's about initiative. It's about concern. It's about loving and taking care of our own.