Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Vikram Jit Singh adds : My father, the late Sardar Man Mohan Singh (IAS, 1962 batch) was not just a birdwatcher. He was a committed conservationist and a keen shikari. His knowledge of birds was above average but certainly not of the technical brilliance possessed by professional ornithologists. However, he deployed his immense power of office and personal charm to work towards conservation. He his known as the `Founding Father' of Harike, where incidentally I immersed his ashes at the great confluence of the rivers Beas and Satluj in November, 2000. It was his efforts that brought Dr Salim Ali and the BNHS to Harike and the pioneering ringing work in the early 1980s. My father ensured that all bureaucratic red-tape was ruthlessly cut through to provide all facilities to the BNHS. Dr Ali shared a deep friendship with my father and depended upon him to undertake conservation measures in
Suresh C. Sharma : I have the honour of interacting with S. Manmohan Singh, IAS when he was posted in Ministry of Education, Shashtri Bhavan, New Delhi. I think it was early 80s.