Friday, June 21, 2013

Tragedy In Uttarakhand

Rishikesh, Kedarnath, Badrinath... holiest of holy shrines, devastated in an unimaginable tragedy, the deadly fury of nature unleashed in an unforgivable Himalayan Tsunami. The army, the ITBP, the navy, the air force, and the administration is working round the clock to try and save as many lives as possible.. but with thousands feared dead, hundreds of roads and bridges unpassable, and with the threat of further rains within the next couple of days, one wonders - is this a man made tragedy, the wrath of the gods or simply the fury of nature, hitting back at the rape of the mountains and our rivers?

Meanwhile, it was pretty interesting to hear Vijay Bahuguna, the CM of Uttarakhand, on Headlines Today. A soft spoken, and smart leader, he seemed completely in control, practical yet sensitive, being able to very clearly elucidate his thoughts on environment versus development, the requirements of his poor and developmentally backward state, and how certain compromises need to be made to address the conflicting goals of eco-conservation and development.

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