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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Real Elephants Lose Out To Statues

The government of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is prepared to spend crores of rupees to build several statues of elephants (at Rs. 60 lakh per piece) in a 'memorial park', but has allocated an annual budget of only Rs. 50 lakh for the creation and maintenance of a special elephant reserve, as reported by The Tribune.

1 comment:

Sidhusaaheb said...

A wee bit of political advertising going on there?

It does seem a bit strange to be broadcasting the plight of the elephants, meantime depriving them of the funds needed to actually help them…I’m sure there are other ( more cheaper ) ways of bringing this to the attention of the public..

There are some wonderful..( and some very weird ) statues around Edinburgh and environs, some of which are historical…some artistic…some cultural..others to serve ‘goodness-knows-what-purpose’.

Fi | Homepage | 09.15.09 – 10:33 am | #


Sidhusaaheb | Homepage | 09.15.09 – 11:00 am | #


Strange are the ways of the world!
Mridula | Homepage | 09.15.09 – 11:29 am | #


It’s often the way with people.

Anthropomorphising ideal notions of animals, but not caring too much for the nitty-gritty of looking after them.

Or perhaps it’s just a distraction. If people see plenty of elephant statues around, then they’ll assume that real elephants get plenty of attention for their elephant-y needs.
Anonymous | 09.18.09 – 12:27 am | #


Actually, in this case, the statues have been built only because the elephant happens to be the ruling party’s election symbol.
Sidhusaaheb | Homepage | 09.18.09 – 7:46 am | #


Got myself a separate gmail account, so my previous Blogger account has been cancelled.
This shows my new url ( very similar to last one )!, as is my page ( ie. haven’t yet done much with it…but I will )
Fi | Homepage | 09.19.09 – 12:24 am | #


It’s ridiculous, and sad, and it makes me angry!!!
Deep | Homepage | 09.21.09 – 1:39 pm | #