Chennai: S. Theodore Bhaskaran, a popular personality of Tamil Cinema, Conservation and revival of the Indian dogs published a book titled “The Book of Indian Dogs”.
Rathin Roy, a dog lover, Conservationist and Director of National Institute of Public Finance and Policy released this book on Friday in Chennai.
During the event to launch his book, Bhaskaran traced the history and different breeds of Indian dogs like Himalayan Mastiff, Tibetan Terrier, Sindhi hound, Vaghari Hound, Rajapalayam, Chippiparai etc. He also linked Indian dogs with various sculptures
According to news published in New Indian Express, he said that reference to dogs can be found in the inscriptions written by kings on the stones of the temples which depict the life of common man.
He also said that Indian culture was nurtured by farmers, hunters and tribals but these communities are now described as Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes. Now, there are many dog breads which are named after these communities.
Talking about the tradition of domesticating dogs, he said that earlier, dogs were used for hunting. The British changed this tradition.