In Karnataka, cheetahs were recorded from Bellary, Mysore, and Chamarajanagara. Sixteen cheetahs were known to be used by Tipu Sultan, of which three of them were sent to King Geroge III after Tipu fell in the Battle of Srirangapattna. Two skins were seen in the 1860s in the Mysore state by G.P.Sanderson, a British officer who took a keen interest in wildlife.
History has to grapple with science chiefly with biogeography if it has to make its point based on species distribution. Bio-geographers could pose serious questions about the theories raised by Valmik Thapar. India is part of the Ethiopian biogeography where similar species including gazelles, antelopes, small and large carnivores are found across continents. Hence, convincing bio-geographers from this perspective would have further enriched the claims made in the Exotic Aliens.
An edited version of this article is published in Deccan Herald on 2nd December 2017