GROOMING ECO SOLDIERS THROUGH CHILDREN’S FICTION: AN ANALYTICAL STUDY OF ARUP KUMAR DUTTA’S KAZIRANGA TRAIL AND ADVENTURES IN KAZIRANGA: FOUR ENVIRONMENT NOVELLAS

Ajit Kumar Borah


It is said that the world is not inherited by man from his parents; he borrows it from his children. In order to pass on a healthy planet to next generation, there is no alternative for man but to preserve and protect his environment by stopping overexploitation of nature. The urgency of keeping the environment green and clean can be conveyed through literary works specially dedicated to this cause. Since the future belongs to the children, they should be taught the necessity of an ecological awareness for a better, sustainable living. Children’s literature, i.e. literature for children and environmental studies can serve this purpose through non-fiction. But children naturally love stories and use of fiction would be an excellent idea to that end. In fiction there is scope for mixing facts and sprinkling ideas that can spread the message of hope for better future. Fiction thus, is an effective tool for promoting eco-consciousness as the children cannot be made to understand too much of conceptual, abstract and ideological issues. Arup Kumar Dutta as an author has used his fiction, especially Kaziranga Trail and Adventures in Kaziranga: Four Environment Novellas for upholding the message of the role children can play as ecosoldiers for protection and preservation of nature. Here an attempt has been made to probe into Arup Kumar Dutta’s use of fiction aiming at grooming ecosoldiers by textual analysis of his Kaziranga Trail and Adventures in Kaziranga: Four Environmental Novellas. It attempts to show how these works could play the vital role of spreading eco consciousness in the formative years of children. Padmashree Dutta has penned a good number of books that attempt to instil the children the responsibility of protecting the environment and the world. He cherishes the hope that children with adequate knowledge and sense of responsibility can make important contribution in disseminating ecological awareness. Ecologically aware children can do wonders; and they can change the world.

In Kaziranga Trail, (henceforth will be shortened to KT ) and Adventures in Kaziranga: Four Environment Novellas (henceforth shortened to AK) three teenagers- Dhanai, Bubul and Jonti with their earnest desire to protect and preserve wildlife, come successful in the shadowing and putting  behind bars a gang of rhino poachers. The rhino is on the verge of extinction as a result of rampant poaching and smuggling. All efforts undertaken by the government and forest officials for its protection and preservation have been proved futile over the years. Children should be made aware of the importance of wildlife and KT definitely can contribute to that end. The author in this adventure story puts in detail how rhinos are trapped, dehorned and killed by poachers for money. At the same time, he unearths vital issues behind the failure in curbing the menace of poaching and killing rhinos in Kaziranga. All the important aspects of creating eco -consciousness and the necessity to groom eco- soldiers find expression through the characters or the voice of the narrator in an implied manner. KT answers the question why and how this mammoth animal is killed, daring the strict vigil of forest guards protecting the wildlife in Kaziranga.


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