Fw: An open letter by Madhav Gadgil to Dr K Katurirangan : Attachments (2).
All of us who are concerned about the Ecologically Sensitive Sahyadri Region have been in a turmoil looking at the Central Govt. reaction (rather non-response) to the Report of the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (appointed by the MOEF itself), followed by the appointment of Kasturirangan Committee to review the Report of the WGEEP and then subsequently the Report of the Kasturirangan Committee submitted last month. The reactions of the State Govts. of the region were as expected in most cases due to vested interests.
Now here is an open letter by Madhav Gadgil (who headed the WGEEP) to Kasturirangan which is self-explanatory. The letter is also published in today’s ‘The Hindu’.
We do not expect much from the Central and State Govts. and the people need to mobilise their efforts to save the fragile ecosystem of the Sahyadri and its people.
Dear Dr. Kasturirangan,
JBS Haldane, the celebrated 19h century scientist and humanist who quit England protesting its imperialistic invasion of Suez to become an Indian citizen has said: Reality is not only stranger than we suppose, but
In our report to the Ministry of Environment & Forests, based on our extensive discussions and field visits, we had advocated a graded approach with a major role for grass-roots level inputs for safeguarding the
Moreover, freshwater biodiversity is far more threatened than forest biodiversity and lies largely in what you term cultural landscapes.
Your report shockingly dismisses our constitutionally guaranteed democratic devolution of decision making powers, remarking that local communities can have no role in economic decisions. Not surprisingly, your report completely glosses over the fact reported by us that while the Government takes absolutely no action against illegal pollution of Lote, it had invoked police powers to suppress perfectly legitimate and peaceful
Indiaâ?Ts cultural landscape harbours many valuable elements of biodiversity. Fully 75% of the population of Lion-tailed Macaque, a monkey species confined to the Western Ghats, thrives in the cultural landscape of tea
Apparently all this is to be snuffed out. It reminds me of Francis Buchanan, an avowed agent of British imperialism, who wrote in 1801 that Indiaâ?Ts sacred groves were merely a contrivance to prevent the East India Company from claiming its rightful property.
It would appear that we are now more British than the British and are asserting that a nature friendly approach in the cultural landscape is merely a contrivance to prevent the rich and powerful of the country and of the
With warm personal regards,