In The Vanishing Newspaper, Philip Meyer says the last newspaper will be printed, sold, (hopefully) read and then crumpled and thrown into the dustbin sometime in the first quarter of the year of the lord 2043. In other words, even if this dire prognosis turns out to be true, paper tigers will roam the urban jungles for another 35 years.
Last night, the tiger conservationist Valmik Thapar made an astounding claim vis-a-vis the latest tiger census which shows that the number of tigers in the country has fallen to 1,411 from 3,642 in the last five years. He told Karan Thapar that at this rate the Indian tiger will vanish in the next 5—yes, five—years, but for a couple of pockets.
Will real tigers meet their end before paper tigers?
Photograph: Sharath Rangaswamy
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