I have been reflecting in my own way on Dattopant Thengadi Ji's Third Way. I present these small "ripples" that it has caused in my mind in a series. I am glad it has found its resonance in many thinking minds alike. I hope the readers have read the earlier article in the series before moving ahead.
Also Read: Ripples A Reflection On Dattopant Thengadi's Third Way - Part 18
(This paper was circulated and discussed among intellectuals in October 1992)
As a result of industrialization, ecology is disturbed and even society too, is seriously affected. Natural resources are depleted, polution reached a level where it threatens 'all life forms'. Nonrenewable energy, materials and resources are overused. This system doesn't give space to local technological and managerial skills.
The developed countries have already used the natural resources. Now when developing countries will be fully industrialised, the polution level will be very high. The resources like minerals and metals may not last probably for more than 100 years.
He notes that though the world has a fair record of safe nuclear power use, the concerns and apprehensions persist. And in spite of many advantages afforestation too, it is not accepted fully in some quarters.
In the country, though awareness about saving environment is gradually created, many movements like chipako started but environmentalists and developmentalists are not on the same side. Forest degradation makes life of vanvasis difficult. Extensive public education is essential, only legal measures will not help.( Dattopant has always been making this point of social acceptance for the effective participation by society to ensure the desired result.)
Of course the legal agencies will have to conduct their task meticulously. It cannot be a formality,there has to be a provision for the verification too.
We need development in many sectors no doubt. The state government machinery ought to work with motivation to safeguard the interests of society and support development too. The loopholes in the laws are to be plugged. The guidelines are to be followed and not be allowed to get manipulated. Adequate provisions are to be made in laws too.
It is acknowledged that indiscriminate industrialisation has been the cause of pollutions. In 1899 the first legislation was passed in USA but our society is conscious of the issue from Vedic period. We need to emphasise importance of ecological balance which is in our own interest. The norms ought not to be tweaked and ignored for short term benifits. Increase in cost is to protect environment for the future generations. S Afforestation is to be seriously implemented. ( He gives many points to be considered on this issue.)
Man and nature together form a cohesive picture , our technology has to be 'nature protective'. We cannot afford to make it nature destructive. We will have to go back to our roots on this issue.