‘Elephant Doctor’ Dr Kushal Konwar Conferred with Padma Shri
GUWAHATI: Dr Kushal Konwar Sarma from Barama, in Assam’s Kamrup district has been conferred with Padma Shri award.
It is to be mentioned that for the last 32 years, Dr Sarma hasn’t taken a single weekend off to treat more than 700 jumbos, both wild and rogue bulls, every year. He is also a pioneer of the remote tranquilising injection technique in the North East.
From tranquilising and capturing 139 rogue jumbos to rescuing and treating hundreds of captive and
injured elephants over the years, Dr Sarma has contributed to the conservation of the Asian Elephants in India. Notably, he holds a world record for this feat.
It is to be mentioned that even at the age of 60, the elephant doctor works actively on the field every weekend.
However, on weekdays he spends almost 12 hours at College of Veterinary Sciences as the head of the Department of Surgery and Radiology in Guwahati and dedicates the weekend for the gentle giants.