SUBJECT :Wildlife enthusiast and conversationlist from Kolkata Rathindranath Das, popularly known as Wild Rathin, and his wife Gitanjali are currently on a tour of Asia and Russia, in an effort to save tiger and nature. 

By - Isabella Gurung

Gangtok, May 6, 2019: Wildlife enthusiast and conversationlist from Kolkata Rathindranath Das, popularly known as Wild Rathin, and his wife Gitanjali are currently on a tour of Asia and Russia, in an effort to save tiger and nature.

Journey for the tiger, undertaken by the couple, is a cross-border bike ride to create awareness on environment and tiger conservation among people, especially children and youth. This is the very first initiative of its kind in the history of tiger conservation effort across the globe.

Inspired by the Part IV A, Article 51A/G of the Constitution of India, Rathin (42) considered it as his fundamental duty as an Indian to contribute in conservation activities to protect lakes, rivers, forests and wildlife of the country.

The tour was flagged off from Kolkata on February 15. The tour will be completed in two phases.

“In the first phase, we will cover every State and Union Territory of the country (with special focus on the 50 tiger reserve across the country) and conduct awareness programmers in 500 schools and villages in the tiger-populated areas. In the second phase we will tour the 12 South Asian countries i.e. Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos China, Nepal and Bhutan, and Russia (tiger range countries),” informed Rathin.

The couple is in Sikkim for the past few days.

During their stay, they visited different schools and villages and also Pangholakha Wildlife Sanctuary, East Sikkim. “Although Sikkim does not have a tiger sanctuary, it plays an important role in tiger conservation. Sikkim is a corridor for tiger-travel. It has been proved because a tiger was caught on camera last year at Pangholakha Wildlife Sanctuary,” expressed the duo.

They have so far covered the eight north-eastern States and West Bengal. They will travel towards Northern India, next and will conclude their campaign by mid-2020.

Rathin informed that after the completion of their bike-campaign, the duo will come back to Sikkim and conduct a tiger awareness campaign inSikkim, in collaboration with the State Forest department and State Pollution Control Board.

The current leg of Sikkim tour is also being supported by NGO Exploring Nature (Bengaluru), South Asian Forum for Environment (Kolkata) and Asia Wildlife Photography Club (Hong King).

On completion, this journey will create several national and international records. Rathin and Gitanjali will be the first ever Indian couple to reach all 29 States and seven Union Territories of India in a single motorcycle ride. They will be the first ever to touch down the lands of Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep in a nation-wide motorcycle ride.

This will be the first ever motorcycle campaign across all 13 tiger habitat countries. For the very first time, any Indian will be riding from Vladivostok to St. Petersburg (approximately 10, 000km) in Russia. All these will be new recorded according to the Guinness Book of World Record, India Book of Records and Limca Book of Records.


Source: Sikkim Express