You know how as kids we are all so excitable? Especially at the prospect of visiting a park or just looking at animals in complete awe. Today, the difference between all of us and Imran Siddiqui is that, somewhere along the way, our fascination towards flora and fauna faded while Siddiqui’s wonder has only grown from strength to strength.
“I just never let go of it,” says the 39-year-old. And that probably is his biggest strength, never letting go. When he was unable to find any organisations which worked for tigers at the state-level, he never let go of his passion for conservation and co-founded Hyderabad Tiger Conservation Society (HyTiCoS) in 2001. Struggling for eight years for the deceleration of Kawal Tiger Reserve, Telangana and yet, never letting go of the hope that one day, it would be a reality. Relentlessly trying to work with the governments of both the Telugu-speaking states and never letting go of the belief that conservation will be their priority.
He kept at it, day and night, and never let go of hope. “Hope is important, one must never lose it,” says the conservationist who often finds himself wishing that he was born a century or two earlier so that he could have appreciated, if not done more for the environment. But we feel otherwise. Siddiqui is more suited for today’s era of environmental negligence because if it wasn’t for him, would there be any hope for the tigers who call Telangana and Andhra Pradesh their home?