A game of thorns
A game of thorns
When relations between the Delhi government and the Centre remain uneasy, the CBI raid at the office of Delhi chief minister throws a spanner in the works. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal taking strong exception to it only shows that raid was a closely guarded one that caught his government unawares. Kejriwal’s anger is justified, but his targeting the PM Modi and calling him “coward”, “psychopath” points to the AAP’s brusque brand of politics. The raid has all the bearings of being done on the diktat of ruling political bosses, or such a brazen violation of legal propriety by CBI under the guise of looking for evidence relating to a case would not have taken place. If it was to procure the relevant documents over allegations against the principal secretary to the DCM, the agency should have sought help from Delhi administration. The hurried manner and the urgency with which the CBI tried to get its hand on the files exposes a murky motive behind it.
Prabhu Raj Ram
Making the best use of available options for reducing emission should be the focus of India’s fight against global warming. There is a need to increase dependence on sustainable energy alternatives like hydropower, wind and solar. One energy source that is relatively clean but carries a threat to human safety is nuclear, which is why it often gets swept under the carpet when sustainable alternatives to hydrocarbon fuels are being discussed. Policymakers need to convince constituents that with adequate safeguards, nuclear energy can be a significant source of power in the coming years. The discourse on nuclear, therefore, has to be informed of the risks and the potential.
Learn from the Chennai floods
It is sad that the entire city of Chennai is a picture of gloom. Rains have wrecked Chennai, throwing the city out of gear and people are in a hapless state. What is not understood is that a near-similar situation was witnessed a week back in Chennai again and there were reports that authorities were warned of a similar fury in terms of “a heavy to very heavy” rains again, and yet the local authorities did not prepare themselves to deal with such situations. That is pathetic, leaving the people high and dry. Why should we wait for the things to happen first and, then rush? NGOs, RSS volunteers, many social organisations, the armed forces all came forward in a big way to provide supplementary relief to the affected people who were in a helpless state. Indian disaster management is not well-equipped to face such emergency situations. Ill-planned and lopsided urbanization is another matter of concern. We must also consciously preserve nature, as we have taken it for granted and are not allowing it to take its elements to take their due course by the strength of urbanisation push. We also deliberate extensively on the climate change and global warming up in various fora, but that is not translated into concrete measures on the ground.
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