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Not pontificating. Only trying to bat on the side of the environment. And ethics. And simple living. And slowing down. (And trying to learn and practise before preaching or teaching...)

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Oorj Swaraj: how very sane, how very possible

During the freedom struggle a century ago, Tilak's slogan “Swaraj is my birthright and I shall have it” inspired millions of Indians. I felt somewhat the same way on reading Justice VR Krishna Iyer's vision of Oorj Swaraj.
Who will not be inspired by these words "Energy sovereignty, or oorj swaraj, for India is no idle dream but a realisable target."
As a nation have we become blind? Can't we read the writing on the wall? In plain and simple language Justice Krishna Iyer says "The neglect of India's energy resources and the failure to adopt a scientific approach to maximise their use are unforgivable, and the simultaneous pursuit of exotic treaties is unfortunate". Unfortunate, yes, and unless we get rid of this handicap of zero vision, we will end up with "tragic feudal-colonial energy illiteracy".

We have rich alternative energy potential, we should think a hundred times before running after fancy treaties and getting into the supplier-dictates-all trap.
So how about a 21st century slogan - "Oorj Swaraj is my nation's target, and I shall work at achieving it"

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5 Comments:

Blogger Indrani said...

I read the article in The Hindu, it was a good read. In this mad rush of life, lot of discipline is required to switch over to alternate methods.

I liked the slogan you coined. :)

06 June, 2008  
Blogger Swarna said...

Thanks, Indrani.
What a reality can spring out of that dream!

06 June, 2008  
Blogger Pradeep said...

Very good thought... I only wish people just adopt it in their own little way... I am a great believer of "little drops of water...." principle.

11 June, 2008  
Anonymous Mrena said...

Good for people to know.

11 November, 2008  
Blogger Swarna said...

Thanks, Pradeep, Houston Nash PN

11 November, 2008  

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