Comments on: “Crikey!” Steve and the Kerala crocodiles http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/03/04/crikey-steve-and-the-kerala-crocodiles/ Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Sarai Bose http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/03/04/crikey-steve-and-the-kerala-crocodiles/comment-page-1/#comment-5090 Fri, 06 Mar 2009 14:12:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=753#comment-5090 The park mentioned has been in existence for 32 years. I am very sure that the move to name the park in Steve Irwin’s name was meant as a tribute only. There was no commercial angle to that. The park charges nominal fee for entry(unlike the australia zoo which charges 53 AUD for an adult and 31 AUD for a child!!!!). To say it had a commercial angle would be a bit harsh. The state has an enthusiastic minister who is handling the wildlife dept who is proactive unlike many of his predecessors.If permission was not asked for using Steve’s name, i think its a mistake. In India generally everyone considers it an honour to name something after someone’s name. It is considered as an honour which does not involve any commercial angle. So its a lesson for the kerala government over there who thought that people associated with Irwin would find this as an honour, a mark of respect.More than a commercial angle i think its just difference culture. The problem is that even though he is famous, Steve Irwin has not achieved the greatness of Gandhi, Nehru or others , there are thousands of institutions named after them with no one bothering. They are not commercial icons like Steve. This is what the kerala government needs to understand, Steve Irwin(rather his name) is part of a commercial venture(Australia Zoo) similar to Disney. Disney is popular enough for the Kerala governmemnt not to name anything as Disney!!!I hope Terri understands enough, and not embarass a government who renamed the park with the right intentions.

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By: AZI AKBAR http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/03/04/crikey-steve-and-the-kerala-crocodiles/comment-page-1/#comment-5088 Fri, 06 Mar 2009 08:54:54 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=753#comment-5088 GOVT would have definetly done in good intention since there are huge fan following for steve in Kerala.However GOVT should understand the feelings of steve’s family.GOVT can arrange a visit for steve family to the park and involve them.Show the transperancy that they are dedicating the park to a legend.

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By: Paritosh http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/03/04/crikey-steve-and-the-kerala-crocodiles/comment-page-1/#comment-5039 Wed, 04 Mar 2009 14:04:37 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=753#comment-5039 The government should have taken permission, but the re-naming was done with good intentions – of honoring Steve. Hope Terri takes that in to consideration and can be placated with an apology

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By: SP http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2009/03/04/crikey-steve-and-the-kerala-crocodiles/comment-page-1/#comment-5038 Wed, 04 Mar 2009 12:55:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=753#comment-5038 I think the Terri is absolutely in the right on sending a notice to the Kerla government. I am sure she follows the current affairs of Kerala as keenly as rest of the indigenous Australians so the 2 year delay can be ascribed to the that.The argument that Mr Asari, the chief conservator of forests gives is quite ludricrous. If the government wanted to genuinely honour Steve Irwin, the right protocol should have been to contact the nearest kin (Ms. Terri) and apprise them of their intent. It would have been helpful if they would have been invited to the opening of the park as well. Instead some bureaucrat figured out a sly way of gaining free publicity for the park by naming after Mr Irwin.Since it is apparent that the intent was to gain attention and not really to honour someone, the Govt. Of Kerala should do either of the following- If the park is profit motivated then Ms Terri deserves a share of the income- If the park is for educational purposes, at least the Govt should be courteous enough to seek permission.If the Govt. is proud enough to do either, please rename it appropriately.

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