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Himalayan disasters: ISRO working on moon; it's time to see what's happening on earth

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat* 

#ISRO is working on moon but it is time to look what is happening on the earth, the only planet so far where we can live and enjoy life so far. Important to protect it even if we find some chances or possibilities of living on other planet nothing will be better than earth. Let us  seriously look at the policies of our governments for the #himalayan regions such as #uttarakhand and #himachalpradesh which are facing the brutal assault due to heavy rains and landslide. This year has proved to be disastrous for both these states as loss of lives, livelihood at unprecedented scale has happened in both Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Ofcourse, Himachal Pradesh has faced the worst but things in Uttarakhand too are extremely worrying and dangerous. 
One must appreciate the Himachal Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh continuously leading from the front., visiting places, meeting people without the VIP fuss which is visible elsewhere. Many of the state governments have supported Himachal Pradesh but the central government or the BJP ruled states have remained silent on the matter. It is shameful. Himachal Pradesh need every one's support at the moment.
'Experts' are calling these incidents as 'climate crisis' but the fact is these are 'experts' made disaster. I wont call it 'man made' because common person is excluded in the entire decision making processes in our country, in our states in all the decision making process which affect his or her life. Our pretentions about being 'democracy' or 'mother of democracy' are high but the fact is whether Centre or states, the government consider its bureaucrats as bosses and panacea to all issues, they are the 'experts' who know everything and who can decide about the fate of a people who have been living in these regions for centuries. The  problems with the people is that they too got carried away in the narrative of 'vikas' or 'development' by the crooked political class and any one who opposed it was called 'vikas virodhi' or anti development. 
Himachal Pradesh was the first one in the race of 'development'. All the hills became abode of the five star hoteliers  who were minting money and moving beyond Simla and Manali into more mountain areas. Four lane roads had already made various mountain regions fragile but more than that it is the pressure of unplanned urbanisation that is killing. A visit to Simla or any other urban market region can prove this how the Himalayan region has been exploited but us all.
Uttarakhand is paying a bigger price. It was nowhere in picture before the state came into being. There were not many institutions except a few in Dehradun. As part of Uttar Pradesh state, people of the plains who were posted in the hills rarely went for their work and posting in the hills were always termed as punishment posts. The two well known hill stations were Mussoorie and Nainital. Very few people would go up in the hills but after the new state came into being the 'developmental' propaganda reached high and all those who were speaking about sustainability and environmental protection were hounded and wiped out socially and politically.
Uttarakhand faced the biggest disaster in the year 2013 which is called Kedarnath Disaster killing thousands of people and destroying infrastructure worth crores of rupees. Rather than learning from it, the government went on to claim to 'rebuild' the state. Now, this rebuilding done by the ruling BJP is nothing but rebranding the state with the Hindutva agenda. So four lane high way was thought over. Uttarakhand had the potential of Hydro Power projects hence at every 10 kilometers we had big dams. Not to remain satisfied with these two, the government also announced the railway line from Rishikesh to Karnprayag. The Chardham Yatra was so hyped that millions of people are travelling to religious tourism despite the known facts that most of the places in the hills dont even have infrastructure for 500 people. How will Kedarnath cope with lakhs of pilgrims but not even 500 people can stay there for a night ? And remember, it is a place on glacier but then it was promoted so heavily that people thronged despite all the warning. The Heli services made money and so were the other people engaged in the tourism process but all this damaged the eco system.
Anyone who is familiar to Joshimath Badrinath High way would vouch why the mountains are being cut to made the way for the pilgrims. During the last few years, we have seen what has happened in the region. The calamity at the Rishiganga-Dhauliganga junction near Raini village and the subsequent wash out of the Vishnuprayag Dhauliganga Hydro Power Project in February 2021  is an example that we will never learn our lesson. What has happened in Joshimath was already there in village Raini when people asked for it. Committed activists such as Atul Sati  Joshimath who went to the High Court with other activists were penalised by the court. Now the court asked us to show as what is our degree of being a 'social activist. Those working for people got punished and penalised. The state hound them and now the courts too are only stamping the seal of approval on the what the state is doing. Where does one go for justice?
This year I travelled to Yamunotri as well as in the Tons Valley and can say that the things were worst. In no place did I found the high way complete. The conditions in Yamunotri were looking worst. On the very first day of the Chardham yatra which began from Yamunotri, I came down. The landslide process had started from the very first day. Things are dangerous but the government does not bother. In May, I was in the Dharchula-Pithauragarh region visiting the Kali river valley and saw with great pain the things there. We are not only damaging mountains but also rivers for our greed. The beautiful valley which is sensitive has now become more fragile and landslide an order of the day. The risk on the lives who wanted to go for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra was tremendous. It does not want to take any action as spreading religious tourism has been on its agenda. The only one thing it has done committedly is to create a crowd of devotees who dont ask question about new schools, medical colleges, engineering colleges when our youths are satisfied with temple hopping where is the need to ask other questions that concern our life and death.
The religious tourists have least botheration about local sentiments. They need all the luxuries of life. Look at the videos on YouTube and facebook. Most of them are just insanely producing the irrational religious propaganda. Watching our youth becoming enslaved to religion is painful because they dont even follow the path of reasoning but become part of a crowd.
Uttarakhand is in serious crisis. #chardhamyatra continue to bring lakhs of pilgrims and  and in the Sawan month which is July,  you have the Kanwar yatra which was unknown in the Uttarakhand but now youths from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi throng in large number, has brought more pain to the people and infrastructure of the state. Initially, it was just Hardwar but now they want to go up with their noisy vehicles. They can hit at any one and go scot free. A kanwariya in todays time has more power than poor space scientist or our jawans serving us on the border. Kanwariyas today are bigger than our 'freedom fighters' as the governments have ensured that the police which is already over loaded with its work is put in the service of Kanwariyas. A question often asked why our space scientists hailing from Kerala and Tamilnadu ? Why nothing much coming from the north ? The answer lies in our priorities. If the state is promoting religion and superstition in the name of identity and culture then we will never be able to appreciate the beauty of nature and how to preserve it.
Those who are blinded by God can never understand the pains of the people in the Himalayan region. They protect our borders. They work under deeply difficult circumstances. The high ways are not made for them but for the tourists. In the villages, people still go walking and yet when we go from the plains, we made loads of comments as if people know nothing.
The state will not act. The state apparatus will never admit that it is due to its faulty policies people of the Himalayan regions are paying huge price. It is time people should wake up and fight to protect their region. The Supreme Court must take note of it. Please stop this mindless cutting of mountains and attempt to control our rivers. The flow of Ganges in Rishikesh or the power of river Byas at Mandi only tell us the story that don't try to control our rivers, don't test their patience, don't occupy their spaces as once they decide, they will all destroy everything you build so laboriously. Stop mindless construction in the Himalayas. Regulate tourist flow particularly the religious tourism in the Himalayas to save it from further disasters.
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*Human. rights defender

टिप्पणियाँ

ट्रेंडिंग

हिंदी आलोचना जैसे पिछड़ चुके अनुशासन की जगह हिंदी वैचारिकी का विकास जरूरी

- प्रमोद रंजन*   भारतीय राजनीति में सांप्रदायिक व प्रतिक्रियावादी ताकतों को सत्ता तक पहुंचाने में हिंदी पट्टी का सबसे बड़ा योगदान है। इसका मुख्य कारण हिंदी-पट्टी में कार्यरत समाजवादी व जनपक्षधर हिरावल दस्ते का विचारहीन, अनैतिक और  प्रतिक्रियावादी होते जाना है। अगर हम उपरोक्त बातों को स्वीकार करते हैं, तो कुछ रोचक निष्कर्ष निकलते हैं। हिंदी-जनता और उसके हिरावल दस्ते को विचारहीन और प्रतिक्रियावादी बनने से रोकने की मुख्य ज़िम्मेदारी किसकी थी?

ગુજરાતના સ્થાપના દિવસે યાદ કરીએ ભારતના વિશ્વપ્રસિદ્ધ ગુજરાતી પુરાતત્વવિદ્ ને

- ગૌરાંગ જાની*  આજે કોઈ ગુજરાતી એ કલ્પના પણ ન કરી શકે કે વર્ષ ૧૮૩૯ માં જૂનાગઢમાં જન્મેલા એક ગુજરાતી વિશ્વ પ્રસિદ્ધ બની શકે! પણ આપણે એ ગુજરાતીને કદાચ વિસરી ગયા છીએ જેમણે ગિરનારના અશોક શિલાલેખને દોઢસો વર્ષ પૂર્વે ઉકેલી આપ્યો.આ વિદ્વાન એટલે ભગવાનલાલ ઈન્દ્રજી. ૭ નવેમ્બર, ૧૮૩૯ ના દિવસે જૂનાગઢના પ્રશ્નોરા નાગર બ્રાહ્મણ પરિવારમાં તેમનો જન્મ થયો હતો. જૂનાગઢના એ સમયે અંગ્રેજી શિક્ષણની સગવડ ન હોવાને કારણે તેમને અંગ્રેજી ભાષાનું જ્ઞાન ન હતું પણ પાછળથી તેમણે ખપ પૂરતું અંગ્રેજી જાણી લીધું હતું.

Under Modi, democracy is regressing and economy is also growing slowly

By Avyaan Sharma*   India is "the largest democracy in the world", but now its democracy is regressing and its economy is also growing slowly. What has PM Modi's ten years in power brought us? Unemployment remains high. Joblessness is particularly high among India's youth - with those aged 15 to 29 making up a staggering 83% of all unemployed people in India, according to the "India Employment Report 2024", published last month by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Institute of Human Development (IHD). The BJP-led government did not provide jobs to two crore youth in a year as was promised by Modi in the run up to the 2014 general elections.

नफरती बातें: मुसलमानों में असुरक्षा का भाव बढ़ रहा है, वे अपने मोहल्लों में सिमट रहे हैं

- राम पुनियानी*  भारत पर पिछले 10 सालों से हिन्दू राष्ट्रवादी भारतीय जनता पार्टी (भाजपा) राज कर रही है. भाजपा आरएसएस परिवार की सदस्य है और आरएसएस का लक्ष्य है हिन्दू राष्ट्र का निर्माण. आरएसएस से जुड़ी सैंकड़ों संस्थाएँ हैं. उसके लाखों, बल्कि शायद, करोड़ों स्वयंसेवक हैं. इसके अलावा कई हजार वरिष्ठ कार्यकर्ता हैं जिन्हें प्रचारक कहा जाता है. भाजपा के सत्ता में आने के बाद से आरएसएस दुगनी गति से हिन्दू राष्ट्र के निर्माण के अपने एजेण्डे को पूरा करने में जुट गया है. यदि भाजपा को चुनावों में लगातार सफलता हासिल हो रही है तो उसका कारण है देश में साम्प्रदायिकता और साम्प्रदायिक मुद्दों का बढ़ता बोलबाला. इनमें से कुछ हैं राम मंदिर, गौमांस और गोवध एवं लव जिहाद. 

Laxmanpur Bathe massacre: Perfect example of proto-fascist Brahmanical social order

By Harsh Thakor  The massacre at Laxmanpur-Bathe of Jehanabad in Bihar on the night of 1 December in 1997 was a landmark event with distinguishing features .The genocide rightly shook the conscience of the nation in the 50th year of Indian independence. The scale of the carnage was unparalleled in any caste massacre. It was a perfect manifestation of how in essence the so called neo-liberal state was in essence most autocratic. 

रैंकिंग: अधिकांश भारतीय विश्वविद्यालयों का स्तर बहुत गिरा, इस साल भी यह गिरवाट जारी

- प्रमोद रंजन*  अप्रैल, 2024 में भारतीय विश्वविद्यालयों की अंतर्राष्ट्रीय स्तर पर उच्च रैंकिंग की चर्चा रही। मीडिया ने इसका उत्सव मनाया। लेकिन स्थिति इसके विपरीत है। वैश्विक विश्वविद्यालय रैंकिग में अच्छा स्थान मिलने की खबरें, कुछ संस्थानों को इक्का-दुक्का विषयों में मिले रैंक के आधार पर चुनिंदा ढंग से प्रकाशित की गईं थीं। वास्तविकता यह है कि हाल के वर्षों में हमारे अधिकांश विश्वविद्यालयों का स्तर बहुत गिर गया है। इस साल भी यह गिरवाट जारी रही है।

नोएडा में मैन्युअल स्कैवेंजर्स की मौत: परिवारों को मुआवजा नहीं, प्राधिकरण ने एफआईआर नहीं की

- अरुण खोटे, संजीव कुमार*  गत एक सप्ताह में, उत्तर प्रदेश में सीवर/सेप्टि क टैंक सफाई कर्मियों की सफाई के दौरान सेप्टिक टैंक में मौत। 2 मई, 2024 को, लखनऊ के वज़ीरगजं क्षेत्र में एक सेवर लाइन की सफाई करते समय शोब्रान यादव, 56, और उनके पत्रु सशुील यादव, 28, घटुन से हुई मौत। एक और घटना 3 मई 2024 को नोएडा, सेक्टर 26 में एक घर में सेप्टि क टैंक को सफाई करते समय दो सफाई कर्मचर्मारी नूनी मडंल, 36 और कोकन मडंल जिसे तपन मडंल के नाम से जानते हैं, की मौत हो गई। ये सफाई कर्मचर्मारी बंगाल के मालदा जिले के निवासी थे और नोएडा सेक्टर 9 में रहते थे। कोकन मडंल अपनी पत्नी अनीता मडंल के साथ रहते थे। इनके तीन स्कूल जाने वाले बच्चे हैं जो बंगाल में रहते हैं। नूनी मडंल अपनी पत्नी लिलिका मडंल और अपने पत्रु सजुान के साथ किराए पर झग्गी में रहते थे। वे दैनिक मजदरूी और सफाई कर्मचर्मारी के रूप में काम करते थे।

दाँव उल्टा पड़ा: राहुल गांधी के रूप में हम एक साधारण इंसान को नायक होते देख रहे हैं

-  अमिता नीरव  संघ औऱ बीजेपी ने राहुल गाँधी पर जो सोचकर ‘इन्वेस्ट’ किया था, उसके परिणाम गंभीर रूप से नुकसानदेह आ रहे हैं। ये थोड़ी अटपटी बात लग सकती है, लेकिन सोचिएगा कि संघ और बीजेपी ने राहुल गाँधी को जितना गंभीरता से लिया, उनकी संभावनाओं को लेकर वे जितना श्योर थे, उतना तो खुद राहुल और कांग्रेस भी नहीं थी।

બે પુખ્ત યુવક-યુવતીન જીવનસાથી બનવા નક્કી કરે તો સત્તાધારીઓના પેટમાં કેમ ગોળો ચઢે છે?

- બિપિન શ્રોફ   “લવ જેહાદ”! કેવો લાગ્યો આ  શબ્દ?  શું મારુ કે તમારું નાકનું ટેરવું તો ચઢી ગયું  નથી ને? લખનાર અને વાંચનાર બે માંથી કોઈના મા-બાપની કોઈ ગરાશ તો લૂંટાઈ ગઈ નથી ને ? એ તો જેને વીતે તેને ખબર પડે? પરોપ દેશે પાંડિત્યમ! કેમ? ખરી વાત ને? 

बिहार के ऐतिहासिक विक्रमशिला विश्वविद्यालय के खंडहरों की परिक्रमा का रोमांचक अवसर

- सुमन्त शरण  कुछ दिन पहले एक सुदूर ग्रामीण अंचल (पीरपैंती)  से तकरीबन डेढ़-दो घंटे की दूरी पर अवस्थित ऐतिहासिक बौद्ध विक्रमशिला विश्वविद्यालय (के अवशेषों) की परिक्रमा का अवसर मिला। विक्रमशीला विश्वविद्यालय की स्थापना पाल वंश के राजा धर्मपाल ने की थी। 8वीं शताब्दी से 12वीं शताब्दी के अंत तक यह विश्वविद्यालय भारत के प्रमुख शिक्षा केंद्रों में से एक हुआ करता था। कहा जाता है कि यह अपने कुछेक अत्यंत अनूठे नवाचार के चलते उस समय नालंदा विश्वविद्यालय का सबसे बड़ा प्रतिस्पर्धी था। हालांकि, मान्यता यह भी है कि अल्प अवधि के लिए दोनों विश्वविद्यालय के बीच शिक्षण एवं प्रबंधन के क्षेत्रों में घनिष्ठ पारस्परिक संबंध एवं शिक्षकों के आदान-प्रदान का सिलसिला भी रहा था। यह विश्वविद्यालय तंत्रशास्त्र की पढ़ाई के लिए सबसे ज्यादा विख्यात था। इस विषय का एक सबसे विख्यात छात्र अतीसा दीपनकरा था, जो बाद में तिब्बत जाकर बौद्ध हो गया। इसके प्रथम कुलपति ज्ञान अतिस थे।