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When and how the cheetahs were eliminated from India, know the story from Mughal to British period

Eight cheetahs from African country Namibia have been brought to India on the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is astonishing that in a country where there was never any shortage of cheetahs, cheetahs have disappeared. India declared itself a ‘cheetah extinct’ country in the year 1952. How sad that our country became independent in 1947 and in the same year the country became cheetah free. The last three cheetahs were killed in the hunt by Koriya Maharaj, located in the present-day Chhattisgarh state. In fact, if we look at the facts, it is known that the ‘hunting hobby’ of the kings has not only made the cheetah, but many other wild creatures extinct. There was a time when cheetahs were found all over the Indian sub-continent. He used to build houses in the bushes and perform stunts in the open field of grass. India still has open grasslands. Yes, their acreage has definitely decreased. Yet the cheetahs became extinct.

Cheetah became extinct due to hunting hobby

The cheetah is the smallest animal of the cat species, but the fastest of all the animals on earth. Cheetahs do not attack humans and neither do they hunt humans. But humans have hunted a lot of cheetahs. In the last week of July this year, the Union Environment Minister told Parliament that the extinction of the Asiatic cheetah found in India was primarily due to hunting and lack of proper habitat. It is said that the Mughal ruler Akbar had hundreds of leopards. However, the Mughal rulers also used to hunt cheetahs, after that the British Raj did not pay any attention to the protection of this animal and under them the hobby of hunting the princes continued to fill the Kulanche.

when cheetahs were domesticated

During the reigns and kingdoms, cheetahs were caught from the forests and brought to the palaces. The kings and emperors also started taking the help of cheetahs to fulfill their hunting hobby. Those cheetahs were trained to hunt wild animals, especially black deer. The Mughals took this practice a lot further. In a book titled ‘Lions, Cheetahs and Others in the Mughal Landscape’, Divya Bhanu Singh, a historian of wildlife, has written, Mughal emperor Akbar took a cheetah on a hunt in Jaipur. Jaipur now has an airport in that area. There, the cheetah hunted so quickly that Akbar became enraged. The emperor put the ornament around the leopard’s neck and praised it by playing drums and drums.’ It is said that Akbar collected about 9 thousand cheetahs during his reign from 1556 to 1605.

Pet cheetahs are unable to produce babies

If the cheetah is domesticated and kept in enclosures, its ability to breed is reduced. He prefers to stay in the open field. They cohabit in the open and only then the growth of their offspring takes place. The last time a pet cheetah gave birth to a child was in the year 1613 during the reign of the Mughal ruler Jahangir.

Cheetahs started becoming extinct by the time of British Raj

By the beginning of the British rule in India, the Asiatic cheetah was rapidly disappearing. There was a rivalry between the British for hunting wild animals. Since cheetahs are not fearful and are not aggressive towards humans, they believed that hunting cheetahs did not provide opportunities for bravery. Since the hunting of cheetahs was not considered adventurous, the British kept their attention away from them. The effect of this was that no attention was paid to the protection of cheetahs in the British Raj. On the other hand, the price of cheetahs was also less.

Hunting reduced, imports also started

According to one figure, between 1870 and 1925, cheetahs were hunted every year at an average of just 1.2. At the same time, 127 cheetahs were killed in the 150 years from 1800 to 1950, which is less than one annual average figure. However, the number of cheetahs did not increase that fast. For this reason some kingdoms started importing cheetahs from Africa in the early 20th century. Cheetahs were first imported from abroad in 1918, and this trend continued until the early 1950s.

those last three cheetahs and then today’s day

This picture of Maharaja Ramanuj Pratap Singh Dev standing with three dead leopards, holding a gun in his hand, is quite viral. It is believed that the last three cheetahs of India were the same. However, a claim is also made that a cheetah was sighted in Jharkhand in 1975. However, under the Modi government, there was a deal to import cheetahs from Namibia and South Africa and the cheetahs also reached India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi stood and applauded the cheetahs from the crowd present at a function held in Sheopur, Madhya Pradesh. He told the people of Madhya Pradesh that they will take care of the cheetahs, they have full faith.

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