BATSSAM NZ HOQUE
Samaguri: Binod ‘Dulu’ Borah, widely known as the defender of the wilds, has joined hands with villagers of Hatikhuli located in the bordering areas of Nagaon and Karbi Anglong districts to end the man-elephant conflict that has been going on for years now.
Setting an example for the entire country, he along with the locals have planted Napier grass, popularly known as elephant grass, and greeny grass in 50 bighas of land which will be now a feeding ground for wild elephants that stray into the human habitats from nearby jungles.
To celebrate this historic beginning of the end of the man-elephant conflict, the village on July 26th, 2019 organized a seminar and Mike Pandey, Indian wildlife and environment documentary maker was invited as the chief guest of the programme.
Pandey said, “This is for the first time in India that for the protection of the environment and animals, people are coming forward to feed the elephants. This will bring a revolutionary change in the country as it will bring peace and harmony to the ongoing man-elephant conflict.”
Meanwhile, Borah said, “The visit of Mike Pandey to this village has given a boost to us to work towards building a friendly environment for humans and animals as well. This task was not easy as many villagers thought that they will lose their land. The land will remain with the villagers. By planting grass, we will create an amiable environment so that the elephants don’t damage the crop.”
Pandey further stated that he wants to come back to this village to shoot a documentary highlighting the congenial relationship between man-elephant.