Guwahati: The visit of Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev to the inauguration of the 3-day Chintan Shivir at Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve to Assam’s Kaziranga National Park was acknowledged by every citizen of the state, but, what has caught our attention in the past 24 hours is how a VVIP being allowed to drive a Gypsy car deep inside the National Park after sunset?
Even as the chief minister of Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma who had the privilege of signing an MoU with Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev on the ‘Save Soil’ movement spearheaded by the Isha Foundation, a section of social workers and wildlife activists have also questioned him for his alleged casual approach to the matter despite being the guardian of the state.
“This is a brazen violation of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972, according to the website of the Kaziranga National Park, the jeep and elephant safari is conducted in the park from 8 am to 10 am and 2 pm to 4 pm only,” said a wildlife activist on condition to anonymity.
Interestingly, a case was also lodged by one Soneswar Narah and Prabin Pegu at Bokakhat Police Station against Sadhguru, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and State Minister Jayanta Malla Baruah for allegedly violating the Wildlife Protection Act 1972.
The complainant who claimed himself to be one of the contributors to the protection of the wild lives in Kaziranga has also urged Assam chief minister to apologize for the same publicly.
Meanwhile, the TIME8 team tried to contact the Kaziranga Forest officials, but there was no media interaction.
In the picture, along with Sadhguru, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and State Cabinet Minister Jayanta Malla Baruah has been seen entering the park in the same Gypsy car.
Meanwhile, “Abode of Unicornis” – a memorial crafted out of Rhino horn Ash, was unveiled by the Chief Minister and Sadhguru at Mihimukh, Kaziranga Range on Sunday.
This memorial represents the supreme sacrifice of Forest staff in the protection of Kaziranga National Park & Tiger Reserve.
Jagadish “Jaggi” Vasudev, known by the honorific title Sadhguru, is an Indian yoga guru and proponent of spirituality.
He has been teaching yoga in southern India since 1982. In 1992, he established the Isha Foundation near Coimbatore, which operates an ashram and yoga centre that carry out educational activities.
Vasudev is the author of several books and a frequent speaker at international forums.
In 2017, he received the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award, for his contributions to social welfare.