|If only the so-called Kerala intellectuals had heeded his advice ..|
We only have ourselves to blame ..
The watered down version of the WGEEP report (submitted in 2011) called the "The Kasturi Rangan Report" was prepared in 2012 to placate the warring groups from the church and mainstream political parties, diluted the recommendations of the Gadgil committee report. The Gadgil Committee report was accepted by the UN and accordingly Western Ghats was declared part of the world heritage site. The new diluted Kasturirangan committee (headed by former ISRO Chairman K Kasturirangan) to balance the concerns of ecological protection and development, instead of declaring 67% of the Western Ghats as Ecologically Sensitive area (ESA) zones as per Gadgil Report, brought it down to 37% ESA zones.
No amount of dilution to placate the public and the church will be tolerated by mother nature. What is happening in the state presently is very tragic .. Taking advantage of the piety of the average literate Keralite, both within and outside the state, religions and religious organisations are in top gear out to squeeze him even more to offer help to the suffering brethren, not taking a penny from their already overflowing resources. The churches inn Kerala are already overflowing with funds, still they want to squeeze the common man. The government machinery in the flood affected areas has totally collapsed as the devastation is unimaginable !