Few boards have been put in the Patparganj / Mayur Vihar area in East Delhi which says not to feed birds ( pic in the post). The boards probably have been put when many vehicle owners found it difficult to drive on the roads due to overcrowding of pigeons in a particular area. This was primarily happening because men started selling bajra (millet) for pegions and then people started buying bajra from them and started feeding the birds. Hence the birds concentrated at one place.
So it seems to stop people from.feeding the birds the authorities have put up these boards. The boards have been hanging for past several months now but no one knows who is responsible for putting these boards. Is it the MCD (Municipal Corporation of Delhi), the Delhi Traffic Police or some other body or agency?
One such board has been installed right at the entrance of Mayur Vihar Phase 2.
Just imagine what kind of message is being given to the common man who sees that board? The message is loud and clear that we should not feed the birds. As if it is a crime to feed the birds.
The context in which these boards were put is not mentioned nor the name of the authority which has put such mindless boards but the most inhuman and insensitive message has been communicated to the common man of India. And the message is DO NOT FEED BIRDS
If at all the govt had to stop the overcrowding of pegions they just had to remove the vendor who was selling Bajra. Which of course has been removed but what was the need of putting such anti bird boards?
After dog menace now the people of Delhi are complaining of monkey menace.
So to counter this problem most of the RWAs of East Delhi have hired men and security guards to shoo away the monkeys. They have instructed their men to chase away the monkeys with sticks and gulale (slingshot) hence the monkeys are hounded and chased right from sunrise to sunset. They are not even given a minute time to rest on branches of the trees. Men have become so evil that they have encroached even public parks and do not want to share their parks and the fruits on the trees with these poor souls. And these RWAs are just busy pleasing the majority of their voters. Even if it means supporting the illegal encroachments of public parks by their priced voters and beating the monkeys away.
If the monkeys are left unharmed and in peace then they will neither attack us or bite us but these RWAs are busy creating hostility in the minds of these monkeys.
And the day is not far when the same monkeys will start biting the residents. Thanks to our foolish RWAs and their foolish decisions.
The least the RWAs could have done was asked the residents not to hound the monkeys away from trees. The trees which do not belong to anyone and is not anyone's private property.
Most of the RWAs in India are opportunists who are only looking for votes and doing things that pleases their majority voters.
But former RWA President Rajesh Sehgal (M- 91 9810xxxxx) has been an exception. He was the RWA president of an East Delhi Colony. In a true sense an educated man who had returned from Canada. He was progressive and wanted to do something good for his colony but all his dreams were shattered very soon when a few years back he was implicated in a false case.
This is what one of the caregivers (doesn't want the identity to be disclosed) of his colony wrote about him:
"Mr. Sehgal ( ex. RWA president) had to bear the brunt of supporting a girl, who had a pet ...he had to leave this colony, his house and now lives somewhere else .....he was a popular RWA president for being helpful and honest but police made his life so miserable that he had to leave overnight"
Last year Rajesh came out with a book that not only talked about his ordeal but the ordeal of many caregivers and people like him who have been falsely implicated in cases without actually committing any sin.
This is what he wrote to one of the caregivers of his former colony from where he was hounded away:
"You know this fact that many people who themselves have undergone harassment and anguish due to menace of false FIRs and fake cases or suffered or faced police handedness and misconduct at any times but remained silent in fear and humiliation.
I have taken up this social cause and spent months of resources in researching and writing this book on the subject.
I shall be highly grateful if you download this book from link and write a Review and also give your star ratings to support this cause in Public Interest and welfare of common persons.
Thanks and regards"
The name of the book is "Not guilty fabricated - Implication Report -FIR" and it is available on Amazon. The link is shared below:
Hats off to Rajesh who showed courage to fight back against the mighty and the powerful. But he is not alone who has suffered. There are many like him who have suffered injustice, humiliation and trauma for speaking for the voiceless.
Most of the man-animal conflict in India is due to corrupt officials and quick-fix solutions given by the RWA and Govt administration who know nothing about animal behaviour and the long-run repercussions their solutions will have on the residents.
It's time the AWBI issued strict guidelines that no one is authorised (Police /MCD / Public/RWA) to put up any kind of boards or posters concerning animals and birds without their prior permission. It is the AWBI alone who should decide what posters to be put and what should be the content of the posters.