This year, on 20th March, The Nature Volunteers (TNV), in partnership with the Foundation of Ecological Security (FES) decided to mark the International Sparrow Day with an interesting event. It was an evening with the doyen of wildlife conservationists, Dr MK Ranjitsinh. In conversation with India’s top wildlife expert was Mr Abhilash Khandekar, vice president TNV and a well-known environment journalist.

Mr Bhalu Mondhe, president TNV welcomed Dr Ranjit Sinh at the outset.

The tete-a-tete, held at the Hotel Palash Residency, Bhopal was a full house with nature lovers sitting in rapt attention, taking in every word. The evening wound down the memory lanes of wildlife conservation in India and also discussed were the lessons learnt from our beautiful past.

There was a lot of talk about various wildlife and conservation issues based on Dr Sinh’s recently published wonderful book — A Life with Wildlife.

A number of former bureaucrats and serving forest officials participated in the programme, notable among them were Mr R Parshuram and Mr Anthony D’sa (both former chief secretaries), Mr KS Dhillon, former DGP, Punjab, Ms Anshu Vaish, former secretary GoI, Mr Pukhraj Maru, former Principal Secretary (Revenue), GoMP, Mr JS Chauhan, IFS, former Field Director Kanha National Park, Mr RS Murthy, IFS, Member-Secretary MP Biodiversity Board, Mr Pushkar Singh, IFS, MD Eco Tourism Development Board, Mr Sunil Kumar, Vice President Royal Bank of Scotland, Mumbai and Dr Tejinder Singh, IFS, Director IIFM, Bhopal.


The evening ended with Dr Sinh signing his book for all the nature enthusiasts who had bought a copy of it.


Dr MK Ranjitsinh, an IAS officer of the 1961 batch, belongs to the royal family of Wankaner, Gujarat. He has had an unparalleled role in India’s wildlife conservation history. He was the prime architect of the Wildlife (Protection) Act of 1972 and of the Central government schemes to assist national parks and sanctuaries. His passion for saving endangered species continues after his retirement.