God’s own country, Kerala is a state where elephants are considered auspicious. The official Emblem of Kerala portrays two elephants guarding the state.
Yes, this is the state which proudly boasts of a high level of literacy. The first words taught here are അ (A) for അമ്മ (Amma – Mother) and ആ (Aa) for ആന (Aana – Elephant). So for a state which has embraced ആന as part of their life knows the importance of the lives of elephants.
This will be one of the few locations in the world where humans respect, praise and consider elephant as their pride. Aanachandam (beauty of elephant), Aanayootu (ceremony of feeding elephants) , Gaja Vijnanolsavam (elephant knowledge fest) are some of the ways in which people in Kerala from a very early age get associated with this magnanimous mammal.
Aanayootu is a ceremony of feeding the elephants with special food that is prepared as per Ayurvedic principles, which is meant for enhancing the well-being of the domesticated elephants.
It does not stop here. There are people who are called Aana praanthan (mad or crazy in the positive sense about the elephant). People travel from far away places to get a glimpse of their favourite elephant.
This is the place where taking selfies with the ‘elephant celebrities’ is considered as Kerala special #instagram click. Elephants are considered as celebrities and there are many fan followings for them. The crazy elephant lovers can easily distinguish each one of them and talk about several anecdotes.
So when someone, for whatever reason , endangers the life of an elephant in Kerala intentionally; knows that they will have to face the wrath of malayalees.
The translation of the words of the forest officer: “food consumed in the form of pineapple or some other fruit exploded in the form of cracker…” . It also states that “the elephant ran through the village with immense pain and did not harm anyone. “
Farmers sometime try to safeguard their crop from small wild animals by keeping crackers. Did that lead to this incident? It is definitely a shock to notice that no one heard / saw / realized the running and plight of the elephant and tried to help it immediately.
What happened in Manarakad, Palakkad with the elephant is sad and agonizing. Was there a possibility to save the elephant and the life which was growing inside?: Yes, someone could have rescued them from that river or much before that.
Yes, perhaps we might have become complacent in the pursuit of urbanisation.
The pregnant elephant could have been saved. It would have walked with its head held high along side its playful young one. Words cannot bring them back. For now, bow and show them the respect.
There are issues faced by captive as well as wild elephants. Kerala and malayalees will have to take necessary corrections to ensure safety & well being of both.
For us Malayalees, once again we need to
show ensure that elephants are the pride of Keralites.
The state has seen lot of catastrophes in the last 5 years. The first flood brought all the Keralites together and that helped in surviving the second flood with ease. Nipah virus started to take lives but Malayalees fought back and won that battle, not once but twice. Covid19 again showed that Kerala can save lives. Now the state is seeing a steady increase in Covid19 cases with NRIs coming back. But there is Hope and a lot of inspiration that brings together the people of Kerala, which gives the confidence to stand tall against all odds.
This is a state which uses trolls & memes to tease as well as teach people.
Yes, there are few of them doing unwanted/mischievous things. But that should not be used as a reason to take away the good things about Kerala.
Kerala, Kerala Tourism, Kerala Cuisine and hospitality of the people in this state will always welcome everyone with a big heart.
The place where festival of Onam is celebrated with peace and harmony.
This is Kerala: എന്റെ നാട് ഭൂമി മലയാളം.