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Guest Post by Dr. On November 18,the LDF and its supporters called for a state wide bandh which brought normal life to a standstill. Thousands of protestors took to streets, mainly from Idukki and Wayanad Districts. Events that are unfolding in Kerala hold significance for the entire country. Firstly it reveals the extent to which forces are trying to decide the fate of a common natural heritage like the Western Ghats through short sighted political means.
Secondly it reveals the lack of democratic process by which the people of a region as diverse and ecologically significant as the Western Ghats are not taken into confidence by the Governments while introducing a new governance process.
Thirdly the Western Ghats and the two reports on it has become the oven hot political weapon in an election year for Kerala.
The incidents of violence and destruction of public property started off with the issuance of directions by the MoEF on the 13 th November under Section 5 of the Environmental Protection Act Kannur and Kozhikode districts witnessed widespread violence on the 15 th November. Forest offices, government vehicles and public transport buses were set fire by the angry mob in several places in North Kerala . I Shanawas called on Mrs Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi along with Bishop Remigius Inchananiyel of Tharamassary Diocese, patron of the resistance group spearheading the campaign in north Kerala, to convey the anxieties of the people.
Atleast villages in Kerala will fall within the ESA natural landscape. The category of development activities banned in the ESAs are restricted to mining, quarrying and sand mining, thermal power plants, red category industries, building and construction projects of 20, sq.
The watered down HLWG report and the OM does not contain any clause which would force the farmers of Idukki and Wayanad districts out of their land as alleged by the agitators. Clearly farmers would not resort to hooliganism of the kind which was perpetuated in Kozhikode and Kannur.
Presently, the sand mining and quarrying lobby hold the largest political clout in Kerala with many political leaders and legislators alleged to be having direct share and ownership over the large granite quarries operating in the heart of the Western Ghats districts.
More and more farmers in the mountains are selling their land to quarry contractors. Now this is something which can become difficult if the restrictions are imposed.
By this time a large section of population including the ruling party legislators in Kerala openly admit that the Kasturirangan panel report is a watered down version of the Gadgil panel report and is not going to bring in much changes in status quo conservation. HLWG report has categorically stated that no more new townships and settlement areas will be allowed in the Western Ghats. Meanwhile many ecologically sensitive areas have been left out of the HLWG report which will be opened up for mining and other development.
Baseless rumours are being spread over how the report will affect the high range population! The people living in the plains are being warned that they will have to bear the onslaught when lakhs of evicted farmers from the high ranges will settle in the plains!
To top it all, the revenue department officials are warning people against land registration or land transfer citing that until further directions are given, no land transaction can be carried out in ESA villages!
Kasturirangan Report – a blueprint for political polarization in Kerala? – SANDRP
The EFL Act is a state Act to provide for the vesting in the Government of ecologically fragile lands in the State of Kerala and for the management of such lands with a view to maintain ecological balance and conserving the bio-diversity. This Act allows the Government to vest such a land from the owner and make it part of the Reserve Forest. It also gives power to the government to evict any person occupying the notified land.
It does not entail any eviction or vesting of land by the government or the Forest Department. Any news about evictions is politically motivated and baseless. The concerns and anxieties of the local communities who have made the mountains their home since three generations when a new regulation is being ushered in cannot be ruled out.
The distressing state of the Western Ghats calls for stringent protection measures as well.
Kasturirangan Report – a blueprint for political polarization in Kerala?
ESA under the EPA is the best option available wherein conservation can be ensured without displacing people. Meanwhile the other states seem not too perturbed by the decision of the MoEF to accept the Kasturirangan Report.
The high population density in Kerala Western Ghats plus the vested interests of the quarrying lobby and the church which holds large tracts of land in the mountains could be attributed as the reason for this uproar. The Government of Kerala has meanwhile taken a guarded stance with respect to the Kasturirangan report instead of totally rejecting it. They have assured the people no decisions will be taken in haste. However, the GoK reacted late by stating that they will translate the notification when it is out and hold discussions in each of the ESA panchayaths.
Chief Minister Ommen Chandy has decided to convene an all party meeting to seek opinion from the various political units of the state. Lapses in democratic processes come with a cost.
If the Government had taken the pains to interpret the WGEEP report way back in when it was published and undergo the above processes, so much politically created antagonism towards the WGEEP report, the destruction of public property and loss of crores to the public exchequer by an uncalled for bandh could have been avoided .
The LDF too could have organized discussions and debates on the two reports instead of rejecting both the reports. New ideas and governance mechanism takes time to sink in the public mind and the development sectors that are used to work in silos.
The MoEF bowed to the pressure from different lobbies and went ahead with the new panel without giving time to the state governments or the people to understand the WGEEP report.
The MoEF seems to have done so. But many in Kerala where the maximum opposition to both the reports came in, think otherwise. The dots are growing into a network of like-minded groups and individuals who believe the Gadgil report should be accepted and not the HLWG. There is increasing realization that the WGEEP report has mooted a completely new system of governance based on ecological limits and carrying capacity of a region, democratic decentralization and a futuristic perspective of inter-generational equity.
While recommending sanctions and regulations, the process is intrinsically democratic where discussions and decisions about the wise use of natural resources have to commtitee made by the local communities.
The rest of the Western Ghats states need to take cue from the happenings in Kerala and start a process of democratic discussion with the ESA village communities and different development sectors to avoid future problems that may crop up.
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Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts malayalan email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your commttee data is processed. Closed shops in Wayanad during the strike. Deccan Chronicle Violent responses The incidents of violence and destruction of public property started off with the issuance of directions by the MoEF on the 13 th November under Section 5 of the Environmental Protection Act Why the hue and cry?
Author By this time a large section of population including the ruling party legislators in Kerala openly admit that the Kasturirangan panel report is a watered down version of the Gadgil panel report and is not going to bring in much changes in status quo conservation.
Reparative Measures The Government of Kerala has meanwhile taken a guarded stance with respect to the Kasturirangan report instead of totally rejecting it. A tribute to Latha Anantha, river guardian – Ecologise. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email required Address never made public.