The last three years under the Modi government have seen the transformation of the environment from being a field of relative stability and inactivity, to functioning as an active instrument of capital accumulation. The sharp polarisation between extremely positive initiatives (like India’s assertive global position on climate change, ambitious forays into renewables and bills institutionalising water for life) and negative anti-people actions (especially decisions regulating natural ecosystems like coasts, forests and wetlands, and the eroding of people’s rights), is based on the government rationale to endorse everything that bodes well for business, new technology and international acclaim, even if this is achieved at the expense of the protection of ecosystems, conservation, people’s livelihood and well being.
Business development in the environment
The erosion of people’s rights caused by the government’s ‘development’ (or business development) initiatives, has been the most recurrent bone of contention over the last three years. Arguably, this mode of regulatory-business development is based on a command-and-control model whereby claims made by local community to the environmental commons are considerably eroded. Resources like land, air and water have come to be defined less by local ownership of ‘environment management practices’ and more by post-facto participatory public consultations. Read More…
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