Yet another addition to the series of industrial accidents and disasters plaguing India during the trying times of a global pandemic- recently dubbed ‘The Anthropause’. The Assam blowout that happened in May and the subsequent fires in June has claimed several lives apart from causing gross damage to the environment and the livelihood of the locals. This comes at a time when environmentalists are continuing to raise concerns about the draft Environmental Impact Assessment norms 2020. The current incident is presenting itself to India as a test of its ability to learn from its mistakes and prioritize what’s important in the long run.
Recently Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the world’s tallest statue (182 meters) of Sardar Vallabhai Patel in Gujarat. Although Sardar Patel’s valuable contribution towards Indian National Movement and Post-independence consolidation is commendable, building such a colossal statue with really huge investment (around Rs. 3000 crore) in just a few years raises serious political, economic and social concerns.