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The Kaziranga National Park: Dynamics of Social and Political History

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Saikia, Arupjyoti
Journal: Conservation and Society
Volume: 7
Page(s): 113-129
Date: 2009
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/5508
Sector: Wildlife
Region: Middle East & South Asia
Subject(s): conservation
parks
wildlife
governance and politics
Abstract: "Almost after a century of experimenting, Kaziranga National Park is now a well-known example of the success of wildlife conservation. Conservationists have no hesitation in ascribing the success of this story to the careful application of the science of wildlife conservation. A large section of the Assamese middle class would like to associate the institution as organic to their success story. For the state too it is a matter of pride. This journey of success is not a linear growth of success and a re-look into the social and political history of this national park will help us understand the complexities underlying these claims. The ideological paradigms of wildlife conservation in Kaziranga National Park have changed significantly over a long period. Since its establishment as a game sanctuary in the early twentieth century and gradually being given the status of a national park, Kaziranga has experienced varied forms of conservation agenda. Rather than a mere technological explanation for the success of the conservation project of Kaziranga, more of it was based on the social and political history."

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