Why I Believe Cutting Trees Is Suicide

As thousands of trees are felled in Mumbai’s Aarey Milk Colony in the name of “development,” a film-maker offers a deeply personal take to argue that it is not just the city’s green cover, but also its mentalscape and the well-being of all its citizens, that has been dealt a severe blow.

When we cut a tree, we cut away the roots of our own well-being—both physical and mental. Unfortunately, there are not too many people who believe so or care enough. Certainly not the elected representatives, nor the judiciary, as is clear in the surreptitious overnight cutting of trees in Aarey Milk Colony, Mumbai, to build a railcar depot that will serve “metro trains akin to a ‘home’ for any human being.” Yes, you read that right. Taken from the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation website, it aptly sums up the prevailing urban planning dystopia, complete with the imposition of Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure to stifle any protests.

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Updated On : 14th Oct, 2019

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