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Monday, February 27, 2017

Almost extinct Pangolin found in McCluskiegunj

Hi folks.
A Pangolin, also known as ant-eaters that have been around the Gunj in large numbers once and also an endangered species now has just been found and rescued here.
This animal was caught by men belonging to the Birhore tribe who were trying to get sale for the animal at a weekly market here. It i is 120 cm from head to tail and weighs around 30 kgs.
Pangolins were found in a large no. in the 40s and 50s.
The thana prabhari, Prakash Yadav had it sent to the zoo in ranchi.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

New Road of McCluskiegunj

The new road from Chama to Balumath is ready and awesome.

McCluskiegunj being in between benefits. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Kitty Memsaab

Those who have read about McCluskiegunj are sure to know this lady. She is the most famous person of the place. She is Kitty Teixeira, well known as Kitty Memsaab.

Kitty has recently acted in Konkona Sen Sharma's debut directorial film "A Death In The Gunj" as Mrs. Kearney, the bread woman which was shot in the Gunj last year featuring Late Om Puri, Tanuja, Ranvir Shorey, Vikrant Massey, Gulshan Devaiah, Kalki Koechlin, Tillotama Shome, Jim Sarbh etc.

This is the real Kitty at her home. She can be seen on the cover of the FICTION novel "MCCLUSKIEGANJ" too.

Friday, August 5, 2016

McCluskiegunj Forest Department Needs To Wake up.

While looking at old photographs taken years ago in the jungles of McCluskiegunj, I could find a huge difference between the photos of the eighties and recent ones. The forest. That’s the difference. It reflects how in the past forty years McCluskiegunj has lost most of its beauty.

I began thinking of the various ways that made the Gunj almost bald. Some reasons that were public were also known to me. Such as; huge trees were cut and stripped in the forest illegally and were sold by the powerful locals earlier when the forest was dense. But later when the Maoist arrived in around 1987 they began looking after the jungles and gradually put a stop to it. They needed the jungles for hiding. Those who disobeyed were punished physically/monetarily.

In the past decades the population of the Gunj has increased tremendously. Most of the new population are villagers from nearby areas out of the Gunj. They build huts/houses on forest, railway and no man’s land, cultivate a bit and keep cattle (goats, cows, buffaloes, pigs). Most of them are daily labourers, vendors, drivers, and many in the illegal alcohol business having the latest bikes and jazzy mobile phones per person in the family but can’t afford toilets and cooking gas.

These villagers treat the forest as their father’s property. They need wood to build, they need firewood, they need fencing to protect their vegetable fields, and they need to feed their cattle. They get all their needs for free from the forests.

The Forest Department has failed to protect the forests, the wild animals such as the deer, wild boar, bear, leopard and tiger over the years and is still in the same situation so now the remaining forest is being attacked. No leopards or tigers have been reported of for over half a century.

Though local residents do inform Forest Officials via verbal conversations over phones, sms and WhatsApp with pictures of people taking freshly cut trees. But no action is taken so far.

There is need to educate the villagers of the area to use dried leaves and twigs or even dried and fallen branches or trees as firewood if they prefer not to use government subsidized cooking gas. They should also be made aware of the law concerning forests and wild animals. Notice Boards, Warning Boards etc should be put at areas where hardly any forest remains. The Forest Department MUST do their job.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Gulmohar Volleyball Academy McCluskiegunj.

Shekhar Bose, team manager of Indian Junior Girl's team with participants of the 18th Asian Junior Women’s Volleyball Championship in Thailand.