Unlike most of my posts, this won’t be a detached one. If instead of hundreds of ‘Likes’, this post draws the attention of even 2-3 ‘readers’, I will be happy.
I belong to a very Green town of India. Greener in the past though. 20 years ago when we started living here, barely 10 houses stood with mine. Of course, there are hundreds other today. There was forest all around, recently a Highway passed through it. A Road nearby had a single gumti (Small shop) back then, these days it has minor Traffic Jams.
I am above 20 today. When I was in my late teens and comparatively incapable of understanding this ‘development’, I would fall into emotional arguments. Then I changed cities a couple of times for my higher education and saw the beauty of my Green hometown more vividly. I travelled a little, I saw the cities are all ‘developed’ but badly planned. The Trees were mostly to be found in the Outskirts or Parks. As if Trees are show pieces and Parks their museums. In fact, acres of Forest is cleared to grow Grass in a Park.
And talking of the environment appears to be a taboo, not just in India but almost everywhere. It is not a very common part of the social discourse yet. To me it seems like a wait, for everything to end for some steps to be taken.
I belong to Jharkhand, a state here. Very Green, very beautiful. Forest. But now when on the Highway or the Railway tracks here, I feel the Green patch is not as dense as it should have been. Cleared Forests as well are a very common sight. Someone older can tell the difference from 30-40 years ago,I just feel there’s something incomplete. The sudden cleared patch from a sequence of Green, is not very natural.
Elections come, Political parties come, there are agendas, Propaganda, but none talk of doing something for the environment. There’s barely something done for it. There’s mining of course. There’s more damage.
It feels like a process which has been going on much before my birth. This imbalanced development of the concrete.
There has been a wait for a revolution to come for years now. I think there won’t any. All that can be done is small steps taken by us, the average people. Doing it ourselves and not waiting for initiatives. Small efforts, Being Vocal, Being concerned.
Let’s start before it is too late.