ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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A Play in Five Acts

Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel

The Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel report advocates replacing the current pattern of exclusionary development and conservation by an inclusive regime, respecting the existing, but currently sabotaged, constitutional and legal provisions for environmental protection and democratic devolution of the decision-making process. The report's objective assessment of the prevailing situation and the recommendations that it should be taken to all the gram sabhas, and appropriate regulatory and promotional measures decided through a bottom-up democratic process were unacceptable to those currently benefiting from the perpetuation of an economy of violence. They attempted to first suppress and then subvert the report. There are, however, hopeful signs that the report's message is getting across to the people.

The Catholic Bishop of Idukki has threatened, ‘in Kerala they will create another Kashmir’ if the government did not discard the proposals of both Gadgil and Kasturirangan. This threat is still alive. The malady is that so far the Bishop has neither tendered an apology nor withdrawn from his stand of civil war against the nation. The defunct Government of Kerala has not responded to this call/threat and its machineries are in torpor.

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