GUWAHATI, Aug 1 – The Kaziranga Wildlife Society on Wednesday expressed concern over the lack of proper preservation of the house of late wildlife expert, environmentalist, painter, photographer and documentary filmmaker Dr Robin Banerjee which has been turned into a museum and is considered of great informative value for wildlife enthusiasts.
The dream of Robin Banerjee, the man who introduced Kaziranga to the international community, was to have his house turned into a museum of natural history. Dr Banerjee’s house in Golaghat was a treasure trove for nature lovers as it contained rare books and journals besides stuffed specimens of animals. It also had a collection of dolls from across the globe.
“It is very unfortunate that those entrusted with the preservation of Dr Robin Banerjee’s house have failed to do their duty. At present, the house-turned-museum presents a very pathetic picture with the settings changed in some rooms and constructions coming up in the open natural spaces,” said the Society while addressing media persons here.
The Society, giving voice to its apprehension, said that in a few years, this valuable treasure would be lost and along with it, the memory of the man who had contributed so much to the State. “If steps are not taken right now, the State will lose a valuable property,” mentioned the Society, pointing out that several years back, the DoNER Ministry reportedly had a project to preserve the house and turn it into a hub of nature tourism.
“We don’t have any idea what happened to the project of the DoNER Ministry. But at present, the sorry state of affairs of this house demands immediate intervention from the Government,” said the Society, alleging that ABITA and some other agencies that were entrusted with the management of the property have not discharged their responsibility with earnestness.
To make the young generation aware about the life and contributions of Dr Robin Banerjee, the Society has decided to observe the birthday of the nature lover on August 12 as the Nature Conservation Day. The Society is organising a memorial lecture at Vivekananda Kendra Auditorium, Uzanbazar at 1 pm on the occasion. Internationally acclaimed filmmaker and conservationist Nalla Muthu will deliver the memorial lecture on the topic, ‘Growing menace of man-animal conflict in Assam.’
The Society has decided to particularly target the young people during its awareness drives.