Bishnois of Rajasthan, is a community which is very close to mother nature. Bishnoi means twenty nine: Bees meaning twenty and nao meaning nine. Their name, follows from twenty nine principles which they follow in community and connects them to nature. They live in harmony with nature and protect plants, trees and animals. They get everything for sustenance from mother nature taking only that much what is required.
Bishnois consider it their ‘Dharma’ to save lives of animals and trees. Many animals like peacocks and antlers roam freely in their courtyard. They see to it that the newborn babies of the bucks get the necessary nourishment till the time they grew independent enough to into the woods. In the recent past, the community had launched strong protests against the killing of black bucks allegedly by Bollywood actor Salman Khan and ex-skipper Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi.
Below is a proof of their devotion to the principles to save trees and animals, which is nothing but flora and fauna in the modern jargon. It is the picture of a Bishnoi community woman feeds an injured baby deer at a village in Rajasthan’s Bikaner.
Nobody teaches them this philosophy of love for nature in a school. Rather, society needs to learn from them. All that is required is sincerity and keeping our greed and aristocratic habits under control. Killing these innocent animals was the pastime of aristocratic society of India and Britishers. This picture appeared in “The times of India” for which I am very thankful.