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I want to be a woman with a voice and a woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. Today I am going to talk about the lesser known legacy of
Indira Gandhi – Indira the environmentalist.
The softer side of her personaliy was like that of a romantic which yearned for the mountains and proximity to nature.
In 1958, she wrote to her friend
American photographer Dorothy Norman
“I get a tremendous urge to leave everything and retire to a far far place high in the mountains.”

The naturalist prime minister started young, as a teenager she was a member of the Delhi Bird Club.
When the then Reuters Chief Correspondent in India, Peter Jackson
met up with one of the old timers who had guided the naturalist prime minister on her visit here. He laughed and told Peter Jackson “She guided me,” adding that in her one-hour walk in the wetland she identified no less than 90 birds.
When Peter Jackson told her about the Sultan jheel (Haryana) which hosted a diversity of birds, she had it protected as a national park. Indira Gandhi personally monitored the arrival of the increasingly rare (and now extinct) Siberian Crane, a migrant to Bharatpur (Rajasthan), and put her weight behind reviving the falling fortunes of the Great Indian Bustard.

Project Tiger is a tiger conservation programme launched on 1 April 1973 by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. The project aims at ensuring a viable population of Bengal tigers in their natural habitats and also to protect them from extinction, and preserving areas of biological importance as a natural heritage forever represented as close as possible the diversity of ecosystems across the tiger’s distribution in the country. The various tiger reserves were created in the country based on ‘core-buffer’ strategy. The core areas are freed of all human activities.It has the legal status of a national park or wildlife sanctuary and the buffer areas are subjected to ‘conservation-oriented land use’. It comprises forest and non-forest land.
Shivalik-terai conservation unit
North-East conservation unit
Sunderbans conservation unit
Western ghats conservation unit
Eastern ghats conservation unit
Central India conservation unit
Sariska conservation unit
Kaziranga Conservation Unit.

This is all about how the Iron Lady of India saved India’s wildlife. She also spearheaded the Forest Conservation Act, 1980, which prohibited commercial activities in forests.
She put to a stop to hunting houbara bustards by the Arabs, and secured the pristine forests of the Silent Valley by refusing a hydel power plant in response to a people’s movement that had built up in Kerala.Indira Gandhi is probably best remembered among conservationists for the enactment of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, and for her leadership of Project Tiger, the premier conservation programme. But she was equally concerned about other species, be it the endangered hangul, the sangai or the crocodile.
-Shruti Bose