For months the award-winning documentary "Elephants in the Coffee" has been screened around the world with people understanding the impact of agricultural conflict and the future of habitats and wildlife conservation.
In response to an heart breaking but award-winning photo of elephant calf being harassed by the local villagers, NDTV's Swati Thiyagarajan pens on the ongoing and persistent human elephant conflict ...
Throughout our documentary, we talk at great length on the situations leading to it, and from where it begins and where it can lead to...In highlighting the agricultural conflict, we also look at the pragmatic scenario of where it is heading to and all those at stake in this battle for survival!!!
The above photo taken by Biplab Hazra in NE India of elephants being chased by a fire has created a new wave of conservation and conflict conversation and discussion. This photo has now made headlines in every possible international media across the world.
In a passionate column she writes, "The international media is going to town with this picture, but how about realizing that in developed, manicured worlds, they are lucky if they have a butterfly coming through their window, let alone an elephant. It's a complicated issue and requires long-term involved solutions. Making the people who have most to lose the villains is ridiculous and knee-jerk. "
Dr. Thomas Grant
Professor of Journalism at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College