Get serious about cleaning up Ganga
Apropos of the recent edit “Ganga remains maili”, the cleaning of Ganga must begin with the radical overhaul of the municipal sewer systems all along the river to prevent the entry of human wastes and agro-chemical run-off into the river. Illustrious water champion of India Rajendra Singh laments that post-Independent India is still clinging to an idiotic order of one Hawkins, the British Commissioner of Varanasi in 1932, to link sewer lines to the Ganga. The abysmal ecological sensitivity inherent in colonial bureaucrats is of course only fully understandable, but to see the netas and babus in free India, continuing the same is highly condemnable. Secondly, shunning votebank politics, the rehabilitation of the openly polluting leather and textile industries ought to be done. Wastewater and effluent treatment plants must be set up and farmers must be made to practice only natural farming. The riverside communities should be consulted and given a role in the protection of the river.
— CV Krishna Manoj, Hyderabad
Assessing GM crops
Apropos of the report ‘Kerala govt opposes commercialisation of GM Mustard’ (FE, May 20), the resolution unanimously adopted in the Kerala Assembly should trigger an earnest pursuit for clarity. In fact, Kerala has the least stake, as mustard cultivation in the state is not significant. It is discerned GM seeds allow the establishment of monopoly of the multinationals. Monopolistic market structures lead to excessive prices for Bt seeds, resulting in lower farm profits and restricted technology access, especially for resource-starved farmers. Kerala minister for agriculture claimed the crops attracted new insects, secondary pests not controlled by Bt turned into primary pests.
— By Haridasan Rajan, Kozhikode