Odisha, India's Largest Elephant Graveyard

Odisha is India's largest elephant graveyard. A big reason for non-fixing of accountability is the demon of corruption that has engulfed the state forest department in last one decade.

Odisha is India's largest elephant graveyard

Over the last few weeks, we have been shocked by the gory sight of dead elephants, ailing bullet-hit elephants suffering a slow death, and elephant skeletons dug out in Athagarh forest division. Many ask me why is the Forest Department unable to stop this elephant massacre going on across the state?   

The death spree continues and recorded elephant deaths have shot in the last one month sparking off wide public concern about the safety and future of our elephants. Are our elephants safe? Or they will go extinct? And why has the forest department abdicated its duty to protect these endangered creatures?