Friday, March 20, 2015

Are we becoming Nature Unfriendly and Development Friendly?

Nature, Development
Everywhere today we see a race for the development. From government to the private sector, everyone is selling development and development. We are shown dreams that development and commercialization hold all the keys to our happiness.

However, no one wants to give this answer that the development at what cost. Why there is no talk about nature and improving nature? Why development only means more concrete buildings, cutting trees, reducing forest and agricultural lands?

Why no one talks about the nature, forests, wildlife? We hardly listen our big leaders/politicians giving any positive statement about wildlife and nature. Today's politicians are only concerned about vote bank politics and concerns of big industrialists.

Therefore, we see more policies which are oriented towards vote bank politics and industrialization. People are lured to believe that big industries are the solution of their problems. However, we forget that small scale industry benefits rural crowd more than big industries without affecting the nature.

There is huge demand of products produced by hand or by the small scale industry worldwide, our government can take all this to new heights by encouraging more participation of people.

I am not against big industries, I am only against blind growth without caring nature and to benefit few only. Today, we see a lack of willpower for rural and wildlife growth. Indian which was once a country of villages, now become a nation of mismanaged cities.

Our Prime Minster says boldly that high tech and well planned cities are a solution to this problem; however, he forgets that we first need high tech and well planned villages.

For the last 60 years, we are only listening talks about the development of villages, but still ground realities are not very encouraging.

Despite 30 years of Project Tiger, the number of tigers in India is same what they are 30 years back. The migration of people from villages to cities have only increased. All this shows the failure of our policies and lack of will power.

However, we forget that it is impossible to survive without the support of nature. If we keep on creating big dams on the river one after another, then one day our rivers will stop meeting with the sea and one day they will dry up.

In India, we need a synergy between growth and safety of nature. We need more development of villages. Otherwise, we will become a nation of mismanaged, polluted and highly crowded cities.


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