An online movement initiated by Gauhati University’s Eco Club ‘Moi Prokriti‘ to spare Dehing Patkai rainforest from coal mining, has increased huge perceivability.
After a huge number of netizens came forward and tweeted about the issue, Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda tweeted on issue. ““Called Amazon of the East, Dehing Patkai sanctuary has everything from elephants, cats to bears, famous Assam macaque in which the govt has performed mining. Do we need another COVID-19 to realise how important biodiversity is,” he tweeted alongside a connect to a change.org campaign addressed to the CM of Assam, among others.
Bollywood actor Dia Mirza additionally took to Twitter to voice her supposition. She tweeted #SaveDehingPatkai along with a quote by Forest Man of India Padma Shri Jadav Payeng.
“We have been very successful today as we could trend the #SaveDehingPatkai hangtag on top on Twitter and we hope that people would notice about the issue”Lakhyajit Das, Vice President of Gauhati University Post Graduate Student’s Union said
As the countrywide lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic increases, the online campaign is the only way to bring the matter to the light of the people. Moi Prokriti has taken another initiative with collaboration of the students of Tezpur University,Dibrugarh University,Cotton University and Bhattadev University. They have arranged a Twitter Storm from 7 to 8 pm on this day using the #SaveDehingPatkai hashtag. The initiative was a very much successful one as they could take the matter into trending as No.1 on Twitter in the country. The issue has reached the people of the other states with this campaign and hope the government acts on this matter soon. Randeep Hooda even used the hashtag once in his earlier posts’ thread in support of the Tweet Storm on Sunday.
Understanding the significance of social media, Gauhati University Eco club began the campaign to make it a national issue, which is successful to a larger extent. The members of the Eco-Club hopes that the national media would take keen interest in the issue.
“We,all the students of Assam tried to work as a united force and it has proven to be fruitful.This is the beginning of the movement and our fight will go on”,Parshwa Patgiri,a member of the Eco-Club said to Times of Northeast.
“This is a big boost to our movement as stars like Randeep Hooda,Papon,Adil Hussain,Dia Mirza has come forward in the support of the movement and we would not stop here” said Sarfaraz Ansari,another member of the Eco-Club