Not all heroes wear capes and rightly so. Dimbeswar Das had joined the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) as a boatman way back in 1987 and today, he has earned a reputation of catching dreaded poachers and hunters with his exceptional skills, a strong network of intelligence and community support.
Dimba, as he is affectionately called, recently received the Earth Hero, Green Warrior award from the Royal Bank of Scotland in New Delhi on November 6th, 2019. He has dedicated 30 years of his life to the conservation and protection of endangered fauna including one-horned rhinoceros in the world-renowned KNP.
His dedication was widely acknowledged, specially in the conservation of the one-horned rhino so much so that he is often referred to as ‘The Wall’ by the officials and locals. The award is a recognition of his dedicated service to the field of wildlife conservation. The award carries a citation and a cash award of Rs 2 lakh. Das is the only member for Assam to bag the award.
Das survived poachers bullets, threats, charges from wildlife while protecting the UNESCO World Heritage Site. He also had to change houses to evade life threats to his family members.
Acknowledging his contribution, Assam Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya tweeted, “Dimbeswar Das popularly known as Dimba, is a man of all seasons. He has been working tirelessly for the conservation and protection of endangered fauna including One-horned Rhinoceros in the world renowned Kaziranga National Park of Assam over 30 yrs.”
Das is indeed a man of all seasons and is an inspiration who puts duty first. He is truly a national asset.