October 23, 2007


From BBC NEWS | World | South Asia: Monkeys attack Delhi politician
The deputy mayor of the Indian capital Delhi has died a day after being attacked by a horde of wild monkeys…

The city has long struggled to counter its plague of monkeys, which invade government complexes and temples, snatch food and scare passers-by…

One approach has been to train bands of larger, more ferocious langur monkeys to go after the smaller groups of Rhesus macaques.
A species of gorilla are then given machine guns to control the langur monkeys. Meanwhile...

From Newsvine: 6 Elephants Electrocuted in India
Six Asiatic wild elephants were electrocuted as they went berserk after drinking rice beer in India's remote northeast, a wildlife official said Tuesday.

Nearly 40 elephants came to a village on Friday looking for food. Some found beer, which farmers ferment and keep in plastic and tin drums in their huts, said Sunil Kumar, a state wildlife official.

They got drunk, uprooted a utility pole carrying power lines and were electrocuted.
Tragically, a number of pink elephants standing nearby were also killed.

Gosh, India has some pretty hilarious problems, huh? Wild monkeys, drunken elephants… I'm really glad the Western media gives stuff like this an equal amount of coverage to all those boring problems that nobody wants to hear about. You know, like water shortages, human rights abuses, pollution, over-population, or rising inequality? I mean, who really wants to worry about that dull stuff, anyway, when we can read about monkey infestations?

No, no, you're right, I'm being a little unfair. The Western media does publish lots of non-hilarious animal-related stories about India. For instance, they often report on how India's wildly out-of-control globalising economy might lose or gain you money. Also, I believe the cricket is covered every now and then.

And, okay, there are lots of pressing problems in the Western world that are more relevant and of immediate importance to Western readers – but if you are going to publish stories about India every now and then, can't you at least pretend that you care about the people there beyond their ability to entertain you and/or make you richer? Drunken elephants are pretty funny, but if I'm going to read one story about India in a day, I'd still much prefer it to have some substance.



Anonymous said...

Sounds to me like you just hate monkeys.

Claire said...

This post is just spreading the pro-crazy-monkey propaganda.

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