It’s time we listened to Jairam

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March 13th, 2011 Vishwas

jairam.jpg“NEWSALERT: Japan tsunami may spread to US, Australia; India safe”

I heaved a sigh of relief as I put this alert on the Business Standard website around 2 pm on March 11. The news surely calmed Indians even as Japan was being devastated by the country’s most powerful earthquake since records began. Hundreds of houses, fully compliant with the construction norms for quake-prone areas, were swept away by a wall of water after the 8.9-magnitude tremor. The damages suffered by Japan are incalculable, and the country might take several months before it recovers from the shocks and of course aftershocks.

Millions of people in India watched the horrific videos on TV and shuddered at the thought of facing a similar tragedy here. Nature’s ferocity and wildness was evident, and it appeared to say in a roaring voice that humans had messed with it way too much, and now it was time to pay back.

While Nature was avenging the insult and abuse it suffered at the hands of humans across the globe, the one person who came to my mind was our Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh. The man, who has given a new meaning to environmental governance in India, has received accolades as well as abuses for his crusade against the factors causing damages to the environment in the name of development and economic growth.

Often, our politicians, builders and industrialists accuse him of being anti-development. Clearly, the myopic bunch does not even have the slightest clue why Ramesh takes environment more seriously than his predecessors who occupied the wallflower Environment Ministry. Most of them just dismiss his objections as mere political gimmicks. But the live video of the earthquake and the tsunami that vociferously invaded Japan should beat some sense into the heads Jairam-bashers that the man’s words should be taken far more seriously. It has to be understood with absolute clarity that environmental abuse is far worse than terrorism, and it should be avoided at any cost. If the messages to save the environment continue to be ignored, the day is not far when India will have to face the wrath of the Nature in the manner witnessed in Japan.

So, let’s stop and listen to what Jairam and other environmentalists have to say. If steps to prevent environmental damages are not taken in time, it will be too late, and when Japan-like calamities knock on our doors, we will have nowhere to hide. Everything acquired at the expense of the Nature will be annihilated by Her in the most brutal manner.

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8 Responses to “It’s time we listened to Jairam”

  1. Sachin Shegde Says:

    I agree with Deep…your article is childish. Japan has been hit by many earthquakes in past….that is why they buiild houses which are earthquack resistant

  2. Ramesh R Says:

    What Mr Vishwas is saying is very simple- Time has come to recognise Environmental Issues seriously. With Mr Jairam Ramesh Environment Ministry is in news otherwise NO. He has started doing a bit .

    I definitely support the view. I am also of the view that Environ Ministry should not be like Hindi Film policemen, who appear only after the event occurred.

    The policy on the Environment should be made open and published repeatedly.

  3. Sagar Says:

    A typical example of Statement-Assumption questions asked in MBA entrance exams.

    Statement A: The author underlines the need to take Jayram Ramesh seriously, as he takes major for environment protection
    Statement B: Tsunami, that hit Japan, was caused by the deterioration of the environment by human activities

    Statement B, which is the assumption for statement A is not valid. There is a logical reasoning problem here. :-)

  4. Eisha Says:

    While the earthquake and tsunami were not consequences of any human activity, the ecological disasters that have followed, weren’t quite ‘natural’ or unpredictable. The tsunami swept families away but the radioactive discharge from Japan’s damaged nuclear plants threatens not just the survivors but many future generations. Jairam Ramesh, never mind what his political leanings may be, symbolises a voice - the voice of concern. In our bid for development, we fail to understand the need to maintain ecological balance. We scoop out hills, which could contain floods, to make way for roads, tunnels and buildings, we build dams submerging forests and villages and altering the natural courses of rivers, we dig deeper and deeper into the earth to mine ores and drill oilwells, we build nuclear power plants for energy sufficiency and render huge swathes of agricultural land waste, and then we pump out groundwater till the wells run dry. If we just listen to people like Ramesh we’ll do the world more good than harm.

  5. Vaibhav Says:

    Earthquake & Tsumani that hit Japan were not a consequence of any human activity or interference. We should take environmental issue seriously, but these events are totally unrelated.

  6. pravin Says:

    your readers are not simpletons,vishwas. jairam ramesh is no eco warrior.rules about environment should not be made in new delhi.they should be made by people living in coastal areas.that is what decentralized power is all about.

    tsunamis are a known risk in siesmic hotspots like japan.accidents do doesnt mean,one should not take precautions,but to just sit at home because you run the risk of dying while crossing the road is naive. more people die every year on the road in india.does that make you want to stop using roads?

    any line of thought that thinks that man is not part of nature is plain college-level misthinking.kindly get out of your jholawala syndrome and see the real world. nobody wants environmental abuse.but it is mr jairam’s own cabinet which wants to cap nuclear damage liabilities.what gives? jairam is just latching on to the ideas the left leaning gandhi family advisers is in his own benefit

  7. Vidyadhar Says:

    “While Nature was avenging the insult and abuse it suffered at the hands of humans across the globe”.
    This is an totally insensitive comment. What does an earthquake and the resulting Tsunami got to do with abuse of nature?
    Maybe the writer needs to ponder more before putting down comments like these. Starting with a poor base of argument like the one above the article does not warrant further reading.

  8. deep Says:

    How do u know it was “nature’s fury” that resulted in the tsunami? Hasn’t Japan been hit by tsunamis before?
    Why are Japan’s buildings earthquake proof?? Is it because there were no earthquakes in Japan???

    Totally childish article.


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