Why should Karnataka set aside conservaton issues for the sake of politics?It is rather surprising that the Karnataka chief Minister has conveyed no to the Centre for Project Tiger in the Kudremukh tiger reserve. This has happened in spite of the fact that Karnataka has the distinction of being the State having the largest population of the big cats, that too among the grandest category.
Karnataka has not done it for the first time. Earlier, it has opposed inclusion of the western ghats in Unesco's list of world heritage sites. Also it allowed mining in the Bandipur and Chamarajnagar reserve forests against the policies of government of India.
KSR members may give their opinion if the actions of the Government of Karnataka on issues related to conservation are due to political considerations or an exhibition of rights of a state to act independently?