Jaipur: At a time when Rajasthan’s camel inhabitants has been seeing a gradual and precipitous decline, the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have given a brand new lease of life to the ship of the desert.
With marriage ceremony events unable to make use of common modes of transport due to social distancing norms, camels are again in demand to maneuver grooms and their households to the villages of the brides.
Camels have additionally emerged because the saviours of colleges in distant villages that aren’t related by roads or would not have the luxurious of web connectivity. These animals transport lecturers to such faculties and even attain examine materials and stationery to college students in far-flung areas.
Unfailingly coming to man’s rescue, the camels, although, are in dire want of assist. Their inhabitants has been declining at a gradual tempo within the final a few years. The Rajasthan authorities’s twentieth livestock census reveals that the variety of camels within the state has dropped from 325,713 in 2012 to 212,739 in 2019.
Earlier in 2007, Rajasthan’s camel inhabitants stood at 421,836, nevertheless it declined by 22.79 per cent to 325,713 in 2012. Until 1991, the nation had greater than 1,000,000 camels, so its current inhabitants is 1 / 4 of this quantity.
Rajasthan, by the way, has the most important inhabitants of camels within the nation. A giant query mark, although, hangs over the prospects of their survival.
Hanwant Singh Rathore, Director of the Lokhit Pashu Palak Sansthan, stated: “There are numerous villages close to Bikaner the place there was 500 camels just a few years in the past. At this time, there isn’t even a single camel round.”
Itemizing the explanations for the decline within the camel inhabitants, Rathore stated individuals now not have the motivation to maintain camels.
“The younger usually are not enthusiastic about caring for these animals as they see no revenue in it. And with villagers choosing newer modes of transport equivalent to automobiles and jeeps, camels now not have any utility.”
The pandemic due to this fact has come as a blessing for camels. They’re again in enterprise, ferrying individuals throughout the marriage ceremony season. What turned a necessity due to social distancing guidelines, actually, is now seen as the brand new model assertion for marriage ceremony events.
These camels are dolled up with nostril pins, mirror-fitted clothes and different baubles, making individuals surprise why they need to not turn into a everlasting function of marriage ceremony celebrations.
As Anand Singh, a member of a marriage occasion put it: “What could be a extra distinctive approach of arriving at a marriage than on the again of a superbly embellished camel?”
He was travelling with the groom on a camel from Bandeva village in Pokhran to Kusumbla village in Barmer.
Chaturbhuj Singh of Rajputana Cabs, who organises camel safaris at totally different places in Rajasthan, put the change in perspective when he stated: “The as soon as well-known apply of ‘Lawazma’, whereby camels and elephants had been utilized by the erstwhile royals for his or her marriage ceremony processions, has come again in these pandemic instances.
“Within the coming days, this theme can be a lot in demand. Because the state opens up utterly, our international visitors would like to tie the knot with a marriage procession on the traces of a ‘Lawazma’. European vacationers, anyway, are in love with the ship of the desert.”
The brand new development will certainly give tourism a much-needed booster dose. And in addition hold college students related with the world of studying. The pandemic could make Rajasthan see the animal that has been synonymous with the state in an altogether new gentle.