Often, tragedies, like what we experienced in Uttarakhand, remind us of the transitory nature of our lives and its experiences. In fact, hindu philosophies advocate life to be maya. Loosely translated, maya means illusion, some thing that “is”, yet that “is not”. Understanding of principles of physics and neurobiology also point towards such illusory nature of things that we consider very real in our lives. Our sensory perception, as well as nature of things that we perceive are not what we think they are. According to hindu philosophy, prime objective of life is to transcend maya. In our fast paced lives, we tend to forget our actual purpose of life and get caught up in our daily grind.
Seat of power in India resides in Delhi. Path to throne is treacherous and often bloody. Every thing is fair to capture power. Historically, here everyone is for his ownself. Son kills father, brother betrays brother, friend turns on friend, all to remain in power, to remain relevant. BJP led NDA realised this when Janata Dal United (JDU), a partner of NDA for seventeen years, led by Nitish Kumar, decided to part company with NDA. This decision effectively delivered a body blow to NDA’s chances of coming to power in next general election, which is barely a year away. Mr. Nitish Kumar declared that Narendra Modi, much anticipated but yet undeclared candidate for the post of prime minister from BJP, was not secular and not an inclusive leader. Mr Kumar also challenged growth model of Gujarat to be a failure.
The month of June every year represents peak summer with mercury touching 40 degree and above. This year was no exception. It was summer vacation time. Many families had moved to the hills with dual purpose of getting out of oppressive heat of the plains and to acquire holy grace by visiting abodes of god. Devout Hindus believe journey through life remains incomplete without vising four holy places – char dhams, namely Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
It is still not clear, why flooding happened. Is it because of unprecedented cloud burst, or the perimeter of a lake caving in or due to opening of flood gates of dam to prevent overflowing. If any one or all of these contributed to flooding and loss of lives, then is it not imperative for state government to intimate susceptible population and regulate tourist inflow? Who gave permission, if any, to open flood gates of a dam, if at all?
There is no dispute India needs a lot of power. Hydroelecticity is a clean source of energy. However, to tap natural resource, should the government have transparent and tough regulation that is implemented unbiasedly?
Shown in the picture, a tunnel being dug for construction of a dam.