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2008

The Story of Asia’s Lions

(First Published: February 2005, Revised Edition: October 2008)

By:  Divyabhanusinh

Price:   Rs 1950 (INR) / $50 (USD)
Binding:   Hardcover  
Specifications:   268 pages, 162 illustrations  
ISBN:   978-81-85026-87-9  
Dimensions:   280 x 215 mm

    The writer introduces the lion and its present habitat, and goes on to examine through written and visual records the interaction between this majestic animal and human beings in Asia, from the earliest available historical records to the present day. The book evaluates efforts made for the conservation of the species in the first half of the 20th century by British administrators and more remarkably by the last two nawabs of Junagadh. The status in independent India is recorded, with indications of what the future holds for the lion in the 21st century. The work is of a unique nature as very rarely has an account of any species from historical times been attempted, one exception being this author’s internationally acclaimed research on the cheetah in India. While there are innumerable books on the lions of Africa, there have been only three books about the lions in India ever written in English, none of which is easily accessible. There is, in fact, no book on the species’ history either for Africa or for Asia and this is a pioneering attempt.

    Preface

    Acknowledgements

    Asia’s Lions Today

    An Oriental Patrimony

    A Search through Antiquity

    Mrigaraja: King of the Beasts

    Under the Delhi Sultanate

    The Great Mughals Go Hunting Lions

    The British Come Calling

    Soruth Sarkar Saves Lions

    The Last Nawab Battles On

    The Dominion of India Inherits Lions

    The Great Numbers Game

    A Second Home

    Life in the Republic: The Lion in Winter

    References

    APPENDICES
    Glossary of Flora and Fauna and Indian Words
    Gujarati Words (most from the Kathiawari Dialect) for the Lion
    The Size of Asiatic Lions
    Letter from Lord Curzon to Burma Game Preservation Association
    Legal Basis of the Indian National Emblem, by Udaybhanusinh

    MAPS
    Past and Present Distribution of the Lion in North Africa and Asia
    Past and Present Distribution of the Lion in India, R.I. Pocock’s Map
    Junagadh State at the Turn of the 20th Century
    The Gir National Park and Sanctuary
    Current Distribution Range of the Asiatic Lion

    Bibliography

    Index