Are we waiting for an #OccupyRajpathAgainstPollution? Stop it before people do!
“We did it against corruption and nothing would stop us from standing against those polluting our home. #OccupyRajpathAgainstPollution might just be what we need to pierce some deaf years"
Same time last year, when the skies were grey and the air was heavy, our beloved leaders promised to end this menace of pollution. A year later, the process is repeating. They all slept on a concrete action plan and are now playing volleyball of accountability. What were our leaders thinking? The farmers would stop burning crop stubble on their own? Cars would stop polluting with a change of heart? Crackers would turn damp and not burn at all? There were hardly any efforts put to stop these factors. And if there were, they were hopelessly inappropriate for the emergency like situation that was destined to come.
And now with the same convenience in which air pollution was ignored, another daemon is being allowed to grow. From a past few years now, pictures of women offering prayers in knee deep foamy toxic water is taking rounds on social media. Chhath puja has been a blessing in that regards. This toxic foam flows in Yamuna throughout the year. Somehow, it grabs its due emphasis only during chhath puja, makes for good photo-op –India letting its people die. Another emergency is knocking on our doors. If the government sleeps on this for another year or two, Delhi might just turn into a graveyard!
It’s easy to make public give up their cars. And the people are obliging. Asking somebody to not use something they have bought with their hard earned money is softly undemocratic but Delhites are placing the environment ahead of everything else and they deserve appreciation for this. But where is the law that prohibits these toxic-dumping factories from polluting Yamuna? How are these suppliers of venom being allowed to function? How can this even be legal? Nobody, no matter how powerful has the right to destroy our resources.
How much ‘out of ideas’ can a government be? Why even after so many years we couldn’t bring a feasible alternative for farmers to curb stubble burning? A simple structure-wise approach of collecting the stubble from farmers and dealing with it at one centralized place in an environment friendly way is not an impossible task. At a time when emergency measures are needed, governments are running eyewash awareness campaigns.
If those in power don’t stop this from happening, the next public revolution might be against pollution! We did it against corruption and nothing would stop us from standing against those polluting our home. #OccupyRajpathAgainstPollution might just be what we need to pierce some deaf years. We don't care if you are from BJP, AAP or Congress, just let us live!