Comics can be used as the best means to spread knowledge among kids and teens. Hence in order to bust out myths pertaining in the society about rhinoceros horns and to bring into light the serious issues of illegal smuggling continuing back facedly in parts of Assam and northeast, B V Sandeep, DFO, Mangaldai Wildlife Division, came up with the concept of Orang Katha: a comic that aims to tell the story of Assam’s Smallest National Park.
The park is famous for its population of rhinos and tigers, elephants and deer, pygmy hogs and Bengal floricans.
‘Orang Katha’ (in Assamese and English) revolves around the adventures of Gaurav, a dhoti-clad, T-shirt donning one-horned rhinoceros,who live in the Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park, declared a tiger reserve in 2016, occupying 78.8 sq km spread over two districts of Assam: Darrang and Sonitpur.
For example, the first story in the series — launched on World Rhino Day (September 22) by Assam Environment and Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya — is titled ‘Rupohi’s Bedona’ or Rupohi’s pain. “In it, Gaurav the rhino narrates the story of his friend Rupohi who was killed and poached for her horn,” said Sandeep, adding that the entire project was a community initiative of sorts. “These stories are actually experiences and memories contributed by the staff of the park, as well as the local people who live in the area.”
The next story in the series is slated for release in the first week of November.
As per BV Sandeep, the idea of the book is to reach the younger generation of Assam along with the message of conservation.
Netizens have appreciated the concept of the book and is sure to sore the markets.
(Inputs included from The Indian Express)