NDA gov­ern­ment sets up high-level panel to amend green laws. Do we need to worry?

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In­dia is up for sale to the high­est pol­luters. By the time we wake up from our ig­no­rance it will be too late. What this gov­ern­ment is do­ing will cre­ate con­crete ci­ties with­out food, wa­ter or clean air.


The gov­ern­ment's aim is not to amend but to de­stroy. Why not for­mu­late a pol­icy on pop­u­la­tion con­trol in­stead?


Since it came to power, this gov­ern­ment has made clear its in­ten­tion of fu­elling the un­sus­tain­able in­ter­ests of in­dus­try. The move to amend green laws is no sur­prise. Clean­ing the Ganga alone is not go­ing to re­store the ir­repara­ble da­m­ages to the ecosys­tem re­sult­ing from such de­ci­sions.


We need to strike a bal­ance be­tween de­vel­op­ment and en­vi­ron­ment. Oth­er­wise no liv­ing be­ing will be able to en­joy the fruits of de­vel­op­ment. In the de­vel­op­ment de­bate, we also need to ask "de­vel­op­ment for whom".


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