Environmentalist Rajendra Kerkar is an outstanding teacher,environmentalist and a fine human being. He has gone out of his way to help so many youth of his own and surrounding villages acquire a good education and develop a sensitivity to their environment.
It is a fact that a tiger was killed; though by whom we do not know. There is some confusion, because what was sent as suspected tiger remains to the Wildlife Institute at Dehradun has turned out to be another animal. But this is no excuse for the virtual witch-hunt and social boycott that Mr Kerkar is facing in his own village.
The charge that he is “trying to spoil the future of the youth” is ridiculous. It is for people all over the state to stand up for one of Goa’s finest practicing environmentalists. It is the duty of Valpoi MLA Vishwajeet Rane to come to Mr Kerkar’s help, rather than side with his detractors.
Editorial, Herald, Panjim, September 18, 2009