“……As per the information, tomorrow will not be a working day.” I jumped with joy as I heard about the fact there is no school next day. I quickly switched on the TV to know the cause behind the sudden declaration of a holiday. I expected a strike or a hartal, but the reason was something entirely different.
I heard about the most recent visitor of the district, I was worried and nervous at the same time. As I looked into the TV screen, all I could see were a huge mass of black in front of the throng. I saw the image of what we usually comprehended as an innocent creature who had the greatest ability of patience and who was easily tackled by a man’s skill.
While I read the scroll news displayed beneath it, I realized with a jolt that he was in a very bad temper. I assured myself that it was not the ordinary form of the giant, that I was seeing right now. Because the news revealed that the so-called Tusker has diminished a life.
All my joy vanished in a second. This had happened near our school just after we all had left. I prayed a word of thanks to god because of the narrow escape the students have made. “The whole city is tensed as the single Elephant stomps furiously around the school campus. Roads jammed and shops closed as the Tusker continues his rage.” Said the news.
Watching the news I thought about what the people felt when the fruit trees were felled and forests were destroyed. The elephants or maybe the whole of the wildlife might have faced something worse than what we were facing right now. They might have had their territories and homes smashed. They might have lost their family members.
And now we are gripping with fear as the wildlife wants food and shelter to survive. We are trying to drive them as mad as possible and we never think about how they will drive us out of our home.
We are less likely to be hated by the animals more than a man, yet we call the animals wild and the people civilized. We should never ever forget that each and every animal has a right to live in this world just as you and me.
The people sit enclosed inside their homes as the Tusker fulfills his hunger and anger.