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Afforestation A Long and Difficult Haul

and reaction, India will provide you with a natural habitat. The authorities have one great advantage; they are incapable of taking the long view. Once the message spreads that religious obscurantism is the password for advance inthis land, any number will get into the act. Competition will ensue between different groups over how far they could slide back into dark, darker, darkest eras. Outrageous concepts will come to enjoy a political premium. The paraphernalia high technology bequests will be put to use to propagate deviant causes of increasingly outrageous proportions. With every day, new sects and tribes will emerge, vying with one another to win the badge of the most reactionary order. Till as long as the authorities are bashful about ditching adult suffrage, each such sect will need to be placated. There will be little prospect in this climate of much economic development, most of the nation's resources will have to be deployed in the pursuit of this or that far-out target. Soon, resources will be under tremendous strain, and it will be impossible to satisfy I KEEP coming back to this theme. In fact, I keep coming back to Udaipur and talking of the environmental problems of Rajasthan as if what is happening in the countryside in Udaipur district is typical of the entire state. This is obviously not correct. But, Udaipur has the largest tribal population in Rajasthan, and parts of this beautiful district continue to be incredibly poor. Even if not wholly representative

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