THE FEAR OF THE STRIPES

MEET THE HERO OF THE SUNDERBANS

RAJIB NASHKAR

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You rarely meet a man who has encountered a tiger on foot only 10 meters away and lived to tell the tale! Especially if it the  notorious and deadly Sundarbans tiger. Meet Rajib Nashkar. And yet, Rajib has a way of telling that story with calm, courage and a grateful smile on his face. Despite that close call, he goes back into Sundarbans’ Tiger Reserve everyday, monitoring on foot, the treacherous mangrove labyrinth, that is the territory of the tiger. Both for the sake of the animal, and the people of Sundarbans.

About The Episode

The Royal Bengal Tiger is in its most primeval form here in the Sunderbans. The tangled mangroves along the tributaries of the river Ganga are one of the most fearsome forests of the world. The tigers could kill humans and eat them. The people living around the forests are also one of the poorest in the country and have to go inside the forest to eke out a living. The conflict here is huge and in these forests, the forest guards have to work. The episode brings out the hard commitment of the guards and their daily routine amidst the dangers of keeping the humans and the tiger safe.