One thing we have endeavoured to observe most scrupulously, namely, never to depart from the strictest facts and, in dealing with the difficult questions that have arisen during the year, we hope that we have used the utmost moderation possible under the circumstances. – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.
While there is not many who doubt that the Bhartia Janta Party – BJP; under the able leadership of the duo Shri Modi and Shri Amit Shah have already started working on the political road map to achieve this. They must remember one small detail.
It might be a little difficult…if we follow only the “Capitalist” agenda of development, devoid of SUSTAINABLE Human development agenda. For one needs the “Human Capital” so to say; to cast a vote.
Any “development” which aims to garner riches at the cost of Natural Capital which is true wealth of a Nation and its people is headed for disaster.
While it made many chest puff up to 46 inches, when our PM stood his ground under intense pressure, from the USA leader’s sermon on Sustainable living and reduction on Carbon emission. The leader comes from the Nation which stood steadfast in not signing the Kyoto Protocol.
A man of truth must also be a man of care.– Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.
But by not trying to figure out a way to be more sustainable than China in its race to be recognised as an Economic Power, we may be already heading towards danger with our Make in India call.
For, it is absolute music in the ears of the polluting West, to keep clean their back-yard of polluting industries and get cheap labour, just like they got in China. And get the added bonus of “sharing” technology to clean up the mess.
Coup d’état !
Sorry West! We want to bag the Climate Noble !
Here are a few ideas which the Prime Ministers Office needs to work upon from now to achieve this.
First we would remind ourselves that Air-Water-Food, and then Clothing and Shelter are the main drivers of a prosperous Civilization.
Water ! One can try drinking liquid gold but it may not quench thirst.
A BARC team of four scientists checked 90 samples from 18 brands of bottled water sold by various manufacturers in the city. They found 27% samples contained higher than World Health Organisation-permitted limits of bromates, a salt containing bromide that is a by-product of the disinfection. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies bromates as Group 2B carcinogens that could possibly cause cancer in humans. Some samples had bromate levels four times the WHO limit of 10 microgram per litre.
Our Prime Minister in this year would be issuing strict laws, for contaminating water. Punishment would range from 3years rigorous imprisonment in case of human and animals falling sick to 12 years rigorous imprisonment if it can be established that death or permanent damage to organs have occurred.
Air! One can try not breathing while counting $1000. Success is doubtful.
Did we really take away 6 hours from Mr Obama’s life?
While a long-hamstrung nuclear deal was passed and much stress given to Indo-American economic and strategic partnership, American scribes were very worried that their President might have lost six hours of his life by inhaling Delhi’s toxic air!
This thoughtful article picked on Delhi’s “acrid” fog when Air Force One descended on Sunday and also stated Obama sat in another “haze” while he watched the Republic Day extravaganza. True. Guilty!
The article reports, “Delhi has the world’s highest levels of PM2.5 – tiny, toxic particles that lead to respiratory diseases, lung cancer and heart attacks”. It further states, “During Obama’s three-day visit, PM2.5 levels in Delhi have averaged between 76 to 84 micrograms per cubic meter, according to data collected by India’s Ministry of Earth Sciences. The U.S. leader is set to depart on Tuesday for Saudi Arabia. Those levels translate roughly into an estimated loss of 2 hours a day in life expectancy, said David Spiegelhalter, a statistician at the University of Cambridge, who specializes in quantifying risk in a way that is understandable to the public.”
“That’s roughly 8 cigarettes a day,” Spiegelhalter said… “I think Delhi is a wonderful city, but this pollution is harming its residents.”
Well, we are thankful that India and the U.S. will start “new joint projects to improve air quality in Indian cities”. Incidentally, the U.S. is the world’s second-biggest carbon dioxide emitter, while India is third. (read more)
The third important thing in life, is not a Face book account but Food!
Can India be a global power when it can’t guarantee its own food security?
The turn of this century witnessed profound transformations in the global economy. Twenty years ago, the share of emerging economies in global GDP was 35%. In 2012, that share passed the 50% mark of a now even greater global GDP of $70 trillion….However, just as a new consensus is emerging, once again deep shifts may be occurring….The Globalist’s Chief Economist, Uwe Bott, calls “the coming global economic ice age” as emerging markets cool off.
Certainly, there are major challenges ahead. This is especially true of the two giants, India and China, in respect to the interrelated issues of water, energy, environmental and food security….Even when India was doing well in its GDP growth rate, it was doing very poorly in its HDI (human development indicators). The water, energy, environmental and food challenges are worsened by three deep problems that plague India: a very high level of corruption; a very low level of infrastructure, and fractious infighting among political parties.
India’s Home-made Food Crisis.
According to current estimates, India’s total population will reach 1.45 billion by 2028, similar to China’s, and 1.7 billion by 2050, equivalent to nearly the combined population of China and the United States today. Given that India is already struggling to feed its population, its current food crisis could worsen significantly in the coming decades.
Second – The Indian Civilization is much older and wiser than the Modern Civilization of the West !
Can we not delve into the learning from our ancient science and scriptures and find a way of life which is a fine balance between the modernist 21st Century and the Ancient Earth? India knows how to live sustainably. All it needs is to adopt only what is good from other Nations, while keeping intact or researching and recharging what was always good. It needs to be climate responsive. Which means it needs to design its life-style as per the ecological and climatic conditions nature has endowed her with. Not engineer an artificial life-style and simulate a climatic condition of another Nation.
When we talk of Economic prosperity and compare growth and prosperity of Nations. The indices are to a great extent correct, but only when you put them in a common platform designed by the West.
The United States of America is considered the 1st Nation in the World; all studies be it demographic, economic or military are based on keeping it as a baseline. While scholars would differ and disagree, the common man; the most important integer does compare so and thus that is the only truth.
What does it matter that we take different road, so long as we reach the same goal- Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.
There are no First World and Third Worlds if we start working the mathematics based on “Natural Capital“. Africa continent perhaps is still the most wealthy, even if we call many a Nation impoverished. For, the baseline we tend to use for “poor” is as per the understanding socio-economist have of modern capitalism.
Happiness and well-being do not come by copying a life-style lived by a different set of Peoples. Yet we all believe that if we can meet a certain life-style then we have arrived. We have become modern and developed.
It’s a beautiful spin put out by clever traders long ago and today it grows organically. It can’t be defined. Yet if one looks closely, what the Corporate Conglomerate wants is to create life in monochrome. And the politicians of the day help sell this by enabling policies which augment its growth and outreach.
Everybody has to have a Car, a Bungalow, a Black Suit, a silk Tie, a Red Scarf, a pair of shiny Shoe, a PET bottle of Water, a Phablet and…..have “brand loyalty”!
“Development” has become materialistic.
Would India’s prosperity be when it morphs into United States of America?
And at what price will that come? India should know better.
The politics have played out. And if truth be told. That is the trap we have put ourselves in long ago. Its time to get out.
And there is hope. In our present Prime Minister and his office, there is still this glimmer of hope that we will stand out on our own. And on our own terms. This government should think out of the box and not be pulled into a trap of its own making, in its hurry to bring “development” which others certify as growth. Instead give the world a vision and a direction, it has not yet chosen to see.
सबका साथ सबका वीकास – inclusive growth; including the planets well-being !
Political power, in my opinion, cannot be our ultimate aim. It is one of the means used by men for their all-round advancement. The power to control national life through national representatives is called political power. Representatives will become unnecessary if the national life becomes so perfect as to be self-controlled. It will then be a state of enlightened anarchy in which each person will become his own ruler. He will conduct himself in such a way that his behaviour will not hamper the well-being of his neighbours. In an ideal State there will be no political institution and therefore no political power.- Mahatama Gandhi.
We humans have been on the Earth for more than a million years, but civilization – life in cities – has come about only in the last 5,000. Through history civilizations have rose and fell, carved out of nature, dependent on nature, in the end – nature took them back.