Raza Tehsin

About Raza H. Tehsin


RAZA & THE INDIGENOUS TREATMENT

Raza H. Tehsin, a household name in this region, is the one of the initiators of Wildlife conservation movement in Southern Rajasthan. Son of a renowned shikari T. H. Tehsin, one of the earliest big game hunters turned conservationist of India, Raza grew up seeing jungles and animals around him. His father’s monopoly of arms and ammunition business in Mewar and his passion for hunting kept Raza in the forests for long periods of time since he was a child. This not only brought him close to Nature but also increased his knowledge of indigenous herbs and medicines.  
His mother Khurshid Banu Tehsin was the one who started giving an indigenous treatment for Leucoderma/Vitiligo almost 60 years back. She passed on the treatment that consisted of one medicine to Raza, who continued to refine his knowledge of herbs and added three more medicines to the treatment. For the past 40 years, Raza has been giving the treatment to people affected by this cosmetic skin disorder.
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RAZA AND WILDLIFE

Fondly known as the Vasco de Gama of Udaipur jungles, Raza has traversed most of the southern Rajasthan forests on foot. In the post-independence era, he started taking care of the family’s extensive mining operations in the forested hills and valleys around Udaipur. He stayed for years at end, alone, in uninhabited jungles of the Aravali hill ranges. Witnessing the rampant destruction of forests and wildlife with the spread of human population and commercial poaching, this jungle lover shed his weapons and started a crusade for wildlife protection and conservation.
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FIRST REPORTINGS, PIONEERING RESEARCHES AND CAMPAIGNS

He has since then been instrumental in the establishment of game sanctuaries like Phulwari-Ki-Nal, Sitamata & Sajjangarh and has reported for the first time around 14 species from this region, as well as India like Flying Squirrel, Mouse Deer, Snow Trout Fish, Albino Common Mongoose, Rusty Spotted Cat, Albino Squirrel, Lesser Flamingos, Baikal Teal, Three-Toed Kingfisher, White Bellied Miniwit, White Eared Bulbul, Green Heron, Flat Worm and Bittern Bird. He has pioneered many works and campaigns like protection of a 400-year-old Kalp Vriksh (Adinsonia digitata) during the extension of Government hospital building. He is one of the early naturalists of India to study the effects of Solar Eclipse on fauna. He drew public attention to the free export of frogs, which prevent malaria. It resulted in its ban by the Govt. of Rajasthan & curb of its export by the Govt. of India. He demanded a ban on the slaughter of Jackals highlighting their role as scavengers, which resulted in the up-gradation of this animal to Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act. He observed Lunar Tides in Bhim Kund (a fresh water pool) in Banswara District. In a landmark achievement he convinced the tribals around Udaipur to leave the practice of Mass Hunting – ‘Aida’. He has also been one of the first to raise his voice about the declining vulture population.Australian Geographic funded a project to study his reporting of the Himalayan fish Snow Trout from Rajasthan. It is the first live biological evidence that the mythological Saraswati River once flowed through the desert of Rajasthan before the geographical isolation.

He has provided research guidance and project assistance to students not only from India but from other countries as well.
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PUBLICATIONS

Raza Tehsin is synonymous with wildlife conservation in Rajasthan. He has authored more than 60 research notes and papers in International and National journals like Tiger Paper (issued by United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation), Journal of Bombay Natural History Society, Cheetal, Zoo’s Print Journal, Newsletter for Birdwatcher, Indian Forester, Hornbill.
Raza’s articles have appeared in Books like Environmental Studies book of NCERT (Central Board syllabus for schools in India), Man Now Competes With Scavengers and Shikari Shikar Jungle Se Pyar (Hindi) and Magazines like Dharamyug and Mystic India.
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BOOKS

  • Land of the Setting Sun by Raza H. Tehsin and Arefa Tehsin
    Children's Edutainment Book on Wildife/ Nature (Upcoming)    
  • Tales from the Wild by Raza H. Tehsin and Arefa Tehsin
    Children's Edutainment Book on Wildife/ Nature    
  • Steed of Jungle God - Narrated by Raza H. Tehsin, Recorded by Arefa Tehsin  (Upcoming)
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PRINT MEDIA AND TELEVISION

Hundreds of news articles, news items, features and his interviews have appeared in national and regional newspapers like The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, Hindustan, Indian Express, The Statesman, Pioneer, The Patriot, Dainik Navjyoti, Rajasthan Patrika, Dainik Bhaskar, Nai Duniya, Jansatta, Northern India Patrika, Pratah Kaal, Jai Rajasthan, Rashtradoot, Angad, Daily Bombay, Deccan Chronicle, Udaipur Express and Pratidin.

He keeps appearing on talk shows on TV and radio channels and has been covered by TV channels like National Geographic, India TV, Star News, ETV and Channel 24.
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SURVEYS AND RECORDS

Raza has done faunal surveys of areas like Sitamata Sanctuary, Chanderiya (1990), Rampura Agoocha Mines (1988), Jawar Mines (1987), Matoon Mines (1987) and Rajpura Dariba Mines (1987).
A pioneering survey to ascertain the Most Beautiful Tree of India was led by him. He is also the compiler of the checklist of birds of Southern Rajasthan.
Limca Book of Records (1996) carries his name for a survey conducted by him to ascertain the quantity of spit being spat by tobacco chewers in India every year.
Environment and natural studies scholars, as well as nature enthusiasts from different fields and professions come to him for guidance not only from India, but from all over the world.   
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MEMBERSHIPS

Raza is a Member of Tiger Conservation Foundation, Government of Rajasthan, Member of Zoo Advisory Committee, Udaipur, Life Member of Bombay Natural History Society – Mumbai, WWF – India, Wildlife Preservation Society of India, Dehra Dun and Former Member - The Advisory Board of Wildlife, Government of Rajasthan.
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AWARDS

  • Honorary Ph. D. by Jyotish Mahavidyalaya, Roorkee.
  • Honorary Wildlife Warden, Udaipur District, Dept. of Forest, Govt. of Rajasthan.
  • Honorary Membership, Wildlife Conservation Society of India, Ajmer
  • Executive Member, Udaipur Chapter of WWF, Udaipur (Rtd.)
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