Spare the sacred groves
This refers to the article "Sacred flaws" (1-15 September, 2015). The concerns raised by the tribal communities of Odisha against government interference in the management of sacred groves are valid. Wherever they are found in India, sacred groves have survived because of the faith of their custodians, usually tribals. The Odisha governments attempt to raise plants around sacred groves and rituals of the tribals who manage them may not be in conformity with the basic concept of sacred groves. The tribals' contention that there has been discrimination by the authorities to favour mining projects has to be considered in the right spirit. It is natural that any external intervention in the affairs of sacred groves other than extending financial help may diminish the interest of the custodians. I express my solidarity with the approach of the tribal community.