When I was inwards the college I call upwards watching a cinema most angry birds together with animals. It was non a suspense/horror cinema nor an animation but depicted what tin mail away compass to a greater extent than or less hateful solar daytime when angry birds striking back. After all, how long tin mail away the birds (and animals) take away hold it lying down? How long volition they proceed to endure together with tolerate all the torture that mankind has been inflicting upon them amongst utmost ease?
I don’t intend nosotros took it seriously.
Last week’s disaster that struck the Himalayan percentage of Uttarakhand inwards Republic of Republic of India — to a greater extent than or less telephone telephone it the Himalayan ‘tsunami’ — left thousands missing together with several times over stranded when nature striking dorsum inwards all its fury. Within minutes, several parts of Uttarakhand were left devastated. Till the fourth dimension of writing this, the rescue operations were on, together with reports said the decease toll may last inwards multiple of thousands. Swathes of metalled roads had been washed away, massive landslides taking house all along, a large number of villages swept away from the facial expression upwards of earth leaving behind almost 10-12 ft of accumulated silt. Reports talked of dogs together with vultures feeding on the dead bodies. You take away hold all read it. I don’t desire to re-write those horrific stories of what appears to last clearly a man-made disaster.
It is non that warnings had non been sounded earlier. But a political course of education — along amongst a dominant department of Indian media — were thence swayed past times the magic of economical increment that they went on hammering on the demand to choose inwards to a greater extent than investments into the Himalayan region. Any displace past times saner voices to heighten the number of environmental consequences of lop-sided evolution were run downward every bit obstacles to growth. Not exclusively for Uttarakhand, they also heckled downward a miniscule of TV panelists who would utter of balancing increment amongst environment. So when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh decided to override Ministry of Environment & Forests correct to stance environmental toll of fiscal investments beingness made inwards the country, he laid upwards the National Investment Board. The TV channels had backed the incorrect displace maxim that it was required for country’s development. I am certain when a disaster strikes these projects, for which fast-track investment clearances are forthwith beingness made, the same media volition never interrogation its ain nefarious role.
Policy paralysis is to a greater extent than or less other term that has been coined to explicate the obstacles been thrown at industrial increment inwards the bring upwards of surround protection. Investment worth thousands of crores was struck because environmental clearance was non coming. In fact, many a fourth dimension idiotic questions similar why reach nosotros demand environmental clearance were beingness also asked. The same media — perchance to overcome its ain guilt — is forthwith shrieking together with shouting call for why the politicians ignored the warnings on the surround front. The same experts, who kept serenity all these years, are beingness invited to explicate how together with why surround protection was ignored. But the bigger interrogation is — what were they doing when the Himalayas were beingness ruthlessly raped past times the mining, timber together with structure mafia?
It is all because non exclusively the political leaders together with the mafias, we, the people, also are at fault. We take away hold ever preferred to stay a mute spectator when ecological devastation is underway. Not many of us dare to footstep out, together with reach whatever he/she tin mail away do. While the local communities take away hold been on the forefront of raising their voice, its the educated together with the elite who attempt to run downward the ecocide maxim its a collateral harm together with is inevitable. Even those inwards world limelight, to a greater extent than ofttimes than not, stay serenity hoping that their opposition would block their ain chances of beingness on a State or Central committee. Sad but truthful of the ways the educated are purpose of the compromise. By keeping quiet, nosotros exclusively lend back upwards to the mafias.
So when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh approved the Amritsar-Kolkata industrial corridor along the Grand Trunk Road, no questions were asked. earlier, all opposition to the New Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor had been brushed aside. All environmental norms together with the resulting socio-economic toll of a faulty evolution model were exactly ignored. I am illustrating amongst these 2 examples to present that the belike harm that tin mail away compass is non confined to the Himalayas. It tin mail away also compass inwards these really industrial corridors. Does anyone care? When was the final fourth dimension yous saw Indian TV channels call for the correct questions most the completely flawed together with environmentally catastrophic industrial increment model that is beingness aggressively pushed?
Nature has its ain ways. It tin mail away tolerate to an extent the havoc that is beingness played around. But when yous stretch the extremes, it has its ways of striking back. Uttarakhand exactly witnessed the nature’s backlash. But volition nosotros pull whatsoever lessons? I seriously doubt. After the relief is operations are over, the weather condition returning dorsum to normal, together with when to a greater extent than or less other tally fixing scandal breaks out, the neat Himalayan tragedy volition last all but forgotten. We volition i time once again provide dorsum to our wayward ways of exploiting the hills, brand our money together with acquire out the poor pathetic millions to facial expression upwards the fury of nature whenever it decides to strike back. Till thence nosotros tin mail away proceed to relish together with soak inwards the glory of ascension gross domestic product numbers.
For those who take away hold forgotten the massive devastation Tsunami caused along the coast of South India, hither is what I wrote at that time: Tsunami, mangroves together with Market Economy (http://www.inmotionmagazine.