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Environment and Development

Some Thoughts for the New Government

There are some worrying signals from the new government in New Delhi that it could compromise on environmental concerns in the pursuit of more rapid growth: clearances could be given quickly (i e, environment protection requirements will be loosened), the Land Acquisition Act could be diluted and more. It may be more useful if we shake ourselves free of the obsession with GDP growth rates and try instead to make India a caring, humane, compassionate, equitable, just and harmonious society.

With the advent of the Narendra Modi government, there is much talk of a quick approval of projects held up for environmental clearances. The big corporates, their champions among the economists, and those who believe that gross domestic product (GDP) growth and “development” ought to be our over-riding goals, are convinced that among the impediments to growth and development “green clearances” are the worst.

One View of ‘Clearances’

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