Indian Elephants: God or Slave

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Soon we speak of elephants, a picture of majestic wild animal with a swinging long trunk with a happy face and two big white tusks emerges our memory. If you’re adventurous and had heard elephant stories, you may also think of a gigantic animal gushing towards you with all his power and speed to chase you off. However, in India, things are slightly different. If you’re an Indian, or have visited India few times, you can also think about a Hindu God resembling elephant face being worshiped in a larger than life manner. Worshiping the elephant-faced, lord Ganesha almost in every house, across entire India.

One of the elephant assigned to ride tourists at Amer Fort, Jaipur | Image Copyrights- Kalyan Choudhury

Photo of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Kalyan Choudhury

To another extent, you can also think about these wonderful animals being victim of man-animal conflict especially in southern and north-eastern tea plantation region of India. You can also think about these wonderful animals being murdered illegally to obtain and smuggle their tusks. You can also think about elephants meeting accidents with train too often. But, how about thinking of them geared into slavery?

Elephants queuing up at ride counter at Amer Fort, Jaipur | Image Copyrights- Kalyan Choudhury

Photo of Amer Fort, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Kalyan Choudhury

A wild animal, which has all rights to remain wild, is pushed to slavery right from its childhood until he gives up. Moreover, this slavery has nothing to do with supporting basic lives of people, but for luxurious entertainment, which has become a popular trade. Be it for entertaining wildlife tourists in national parks, a ride in lavish village fair, or a lavish ride in one of the India’s popular fort; Elephants are used as a money chunker machines.

The elephant is ready for the next lap under the croaching sun | Image Copyrights- Kalyan Choudhury

Photo of Indian Elephants: God or Slave by Kalyan Choudhury

The Amer fort, in Jaipur offers tourists a ride from the road, straight into the fort for INR 1100 (one way). This luxurious entertaining trip are carried out mostly by baby elephants, along with some of their elders too. No matter if it’s a cloudy day, rainy day or the sun is beating out the skin, these slaves have to perform for what they are- that is to entertain tourists. Not once, or twice, or thrice, these animals are forced to ferry tourists round the day. The ride is so expensive that it’s not opted usually by Indians, but only the foreign tourists. Often those tourists, who shed a good amount of their money in animal charity, which itself is a sarcasm.

Does these wild animals deserves freedom? Image Copyrights- Kalyan Choudhury

Photo of Indian Elephants: God or Slave by Kalyan Choudhury

Whilst, the entire world has come up together to battle against child slavery, and banning animals in circuses, we have shut our eyes towards the elephant slavery being performed in front of us in full swing. Not only that, but we barely consider it as a slavery, and instead pay to enjoy either a royal ride, or to get wonderful wildlife photographs. It's high time for self-analysis, and being a responsible tourist, to be able to find that are we doing good enough, or just faking our desires, on cost of speechless animals.

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Its time to be the voice of speechless animals
Mon 04 10 17, 23:45 · Reply · Report
This is a good piece to read
Thu 04 06 17, 23:10 · Reply · Report