外文标题：Lion as national animal? Central panel discusses idea
KOLKATA: The Narendra Modi government is considering a proposal to make lion India's national animal, pushing out the tiger that has had the coveted status since 1972. The idea has triggered a furore among wildlife activists who called it bizarre, saying it would dilute the campaign to save tigers and pave the way for clearance of industrial projects near tiger sanctuaries.
It was Rajya Sabha MP from Jharkhand Parimal Nathwani, an industrialist, who sent the proposal to the environment ministry. It was then passed on to the National Board for Wild Life (NBWL), which functions under the ministry. It is packed with members from Gujarat, say sources.
Mary Ann (Unknown)
NO NO NO We should have COW as national animal...that is the wish of majority in our democracy! LOL
Antonio Fady ()
Make cow or a pig as the national animal....
Lal Narang (Unknown)
With Modi at helm it is but appropriate to make lion as the National Animal... Tiger is the legacy of British Government and must be done away with. and Modi's State Gujarat is a home to Indian lions..
after coming from foreign modi will take decision
Tiger is sacred to majority of Indians. It is wise not to mess with the sacred. Sri Modiji's government has chosen the correct symbol for India which in the roaring lion which has woken.
Sajeev G (Hyderabad)
instead of changing the animal as the country's national symbol, better strengthen the laws related to poachers and encroachment on forest land.
Saurabh Saurabh (Delhi)
NO NEED TO CHANGE.... Tiger is really famous among foreigners who travel to India. I do not understand who are these people coming with such bizarre ideas?
KRISHNA NAND TEWARI (Unknown)
Time for nation to roar like LION at world stage .We had been dormant for too long -time to wake up and move .
Ashwani Kumar (Unknown)
India has so many burning issues at hand that needs to be tackled first.