Now that the survey pointed out the problems and their causes we should think about finding some solution that actually works to improve the employment numbers in this country. I doubt it's all in the hands of the peo companies, these people need more essential initiatives.
I agree with your points.. I was just taking about the looming future inevitability which I gather from some reports, specially from a climate change vantage point. The raised embankments as some argue are not enough to protect against the rate at which the land is being submerged (it being in such low lying areas)! similar concern has also been raised with the mangroves..the rate of rooting to arrest erosion vs. the rate of water level rise . I myself am curious about the best options to rescue this unique ecosystem without social costs and displacement . But yes, as you say the State even does not do what can be done! By the way, your observation on ecotourism is interesting. i personally think most of the time, the way ecotourism is promoted and conducted has much to do with the rich man's environmentalism vogue rather than working towards the cause of sustainability.
I do not quite agree. Just think about this: in the ac deluxe eco tourism resorts you can buy the finest scotch but on the same island you dont have a supply of anti venom serum. The state simply doesn't care about the people. There is ample scope of an effective MNREGA being implemented like in digging fresh water ponds (which is an acute necessity) or in repairing breached embankments or to plant mangroves on the edge of islands to protect them from cyclonic storms. Why wasn't it done then? Basic healthcare is in shambles. The local impression is that the state cares more about tigers than the people. And this has led to considerbale animosity towards the big cat.
Poignant piece. Liked this phrase very much "The state seems to have fixed the number of poor and then gone about identifying them". Besides the absence of the State in post Aila disaster (and in many more similar cases), the Sunderbans are anyway difficult to be rescued! Given its geography, natural (specifically climatic) disasters striking the region will increase in frequency and a mitigation effort by an already apathetic State will just worsen. And adaption is a far cry. Truly exodus will be the outcome denying the merits of fighting a losing battle!
This article talks about half truths - but itself succumbs to it. Did you know that the Universal Immunization Program which was started in 1985 and there have been no additional vaccines introduced since then. The UIP has considerably fallen behind in the diseases covered when compared to other countries. Vaccines for Mumps (MMR), chickenpox(varicella), Rota Virus and meningitis (HiB) are not even covered under it - even though these are recommended by WHO and worldwide adopted by all modern countries. When the government has woken up to do the right thing, the media is spreading half truths without doing any useful research. Did you know India accounts for 22% of all rota virus induced deaths - but instead of highlighting that you are debating whether Rs525 per child is justified or not. Sometimes when I read about people stalling good initiatives - I really wish that India was not democratic.
Sigh! I am really envious of you. You are lucky to source it straight from the farm but what about people who don't have access to such places? Nevertheless, it was a lovely, colourful and, indeed, an aromatic read! :)
A tragic loss to the Nepal. We will always miss you and wish you RIP. Your great contribution will always be remembered.
Clearance from the so many government agencies doesn't reflect the unnecesary burden on the clearance-seeking companies. Moreover the majority of the mobile towers are installed in the densely populated areas because only the fetches them returns. These lot many clearences will only lead to more burden over the companies to seek the permission and in turn the cost burden over the people. Wll the authorities of the zoo and the forests know the details and the hazards of these and the their effects? What is actually required is framing proper guidelines for installation of cell phone towers, the bandwidth and the distance to be maintained from the fragile locations reqirements . These can be fruitful.
Totally agree with Ananda, also there are example of tigers thriving in some south Indian forests, where there is less or no wildlife tourism at all. This is the result of some dedicated forest officers but not the tourism Mafia as they claim. They are so shameless to say that they are saving the tigers !!
It's amazing that Indian public institutions are exploiting Indian Biological Resources to help private companies. Countries like Peru are trying hard to preserve their biodiversity and we Indians who are rich with natural resources are selling it to corporates. That too with the help of public research on which our farmers have unquestioned faith. I have travelled to many villages and I should confess that in remote areas farmers still look forward to public research scientists more than shopkeepers in the cities from whom they buy their inputs. The changing role of public institutes surely needs to be questioned and I think they should be brought under scrutiny of law too. Infact an audit of public research institutes should also be done by CAG.