‘History books need to focus on flora and fauna’


Sawai Madhopur (Rajasthan) : Vice President Hamid Ansari said Sunday that history books need to bring a synergy between human history and those of animals, flora and fauna.

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Laying the foundation stone of the fourth regional Museum of Natural History here, Ansari said: “Our history books do not teach about human attitude towards animals, flora and Fauna.”

“We need to read this and this museum will teach us about this history,” he said, adding both human history and history of animals, flora and fauna needs to be taught in cohesion.

“Human by nature is self destructive. This museum will teach students, the people and our next generation about this section of our history,” Ansari said.

Named Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History, the museum is an attempt to give a fair play to the biological diversity of the country, especially of the desert state.

The museum will come up on an area of 7.42 acres with an investment of Rs.350 million. A three-storey building will home the museum in Ramsinghpura in Sawai Madhopur district, better known as the land of tigers.

It will develop exhibits depicting flora, fauna and geology of the region and ecological relationship among plants and animals and their evolutionary patterns.

Currently India has three regional museums of natural history at Mysore (Karnataka), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) and Bhubaneswar (Orissa).

“East, central and southern India have their regional museum and this museum will cater to exhibit natural history of states like Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Maharashtra, Goa and parts of Madhya Pradesh,” said Minister of State for Environment N.N. Meena.

According to forest officials it would provide an understanding of the diversity of life on the earth, the factors responsible for their well-being, man’s dependence upon nature and the necessity to save our ecological heritage from damage and destruction and to ensure sustainable development with special emphasis on the western arid region of India.