ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

A+| A| A-

Must the Show Go On?

The exception made for the Art of Living Foundation sets a disastrous precedent.

The show must go on because it is too late to stop it. In effect, that is how the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ruled on a petition filed by former forestry official Manoj Misra challenging the mega-event organised by the Art of Living (AOL) Foundation on the ecologically fragile floodplains of the Yamuna River from 1113 March 2016. If the matter was not so serious, one could view it almost as comedy or farce.

Here we have a god-man approaching a government that believes not just in him but in many others like him. He asks for a few acres on the banks of the Yamuna to hold an event. This is granted without a second thought. In addition, Rs 2.25 crore are released from government funds to defer costs for what is a private function. No questions are asked when the area of land occupied balloons from the 70 odd acresfor which permission was grantedto 1,000 acres. No eyebrows are raised when the footfall of a couple of lakhs a day suddenly becomes a few millions. Additionally, the army is ordered to build pontoon bridges (without payment); apparently no system exists to charge a private party for such favours. And so the show goes on until it is almost tripped by a concerned individual and the NGT.

Dear Reader,

To continue reading, become a subscriber.

Explore our attractive subscription offers.

Click here

Or

To gain instant access to this article (download).


Pay
INR 59

(Readers in India)


Pay
$ 6

(Readers outside India)

Support Us

Your Support will ensure EPW’s financial viability and sustainability.

The EPW produces independent and public-spirited scholarship and analyses of contemporary affairs every week. EPW is one of the few publications that keep alive the spirit of intellectual inquiry in the Indian media.

Often described as a publication with a “social conscience,” EPW has never shied away from taking strong editorial positions. Our publication is free from political pressure, or commercial interests. Our editorial independence is our pride.

We rely on your support to continue the endeavour of highlighting the challenges faced by the disadvantaged, writings from the margins, and scholarship on the most pertinent issues that concern contemporary Indian society.

Every contribution is valuable for our future.