SMOG DIARY 2, Finally after 5 days the air seems clearer


SMOG DIARY 2
Finally after 5 days the air seems clearer. Maybe some of the Graded Response Plan helped. Maybe the smog phenomenon just outlived its course. Visibility has improved and the sky is at least a pale blue instead of an invisible nothingness. But the thing is this-we have all suffered damage and visible clarity of air is no guarantee of pollution being under even moderate control. The measures taken, like stopping some traffic, halting some construction and stopping of crop stubble burning are tactical band aids. Will things change for real for good for long? Only if some real change happens at both the level of political will and execution of the rule of law, can we hold out hope for better news, in my view.
Meanwhile the maid’s husband – a construction labourer, is out of work because construction has been stopped at his work site. So he has an income drop and job uncertainty. He migrated from the village as his options there had ended. He has no support net. No training for another job. No hope either. Shouldn’t he be compensated instead of loosing his earnings for his employer’s crimes? I’d love to hear about the flouters being penalised. Why penalise the already marginalised for mistakes they didn’t create? Or should we just again shrug them off as collateral damage? Who is the polluter and who pays for the problem?


Cathie Mcintyre
November 18, 2017

The marginalised become more marginalised. It seems like an endless condition, and it’s depressing.

Colleen Fairclough
November 18, 2017

…and angry!

Pauline Vellaichamy
November 18, 2017

How about curtailing the growth of Delhi NCR and limiting vehicles owned by people and licensing human reproduction? Shifting some bazaars out of town would work wonders.

Pauline Vellaichamy
November 18, 2017

As to the unskilled, uneducated marginalised rural migrants, they are used to seasonal work. I have been studying the issue in Tamil Nadu which is highly literate, the economy is very organised and the unskilled people are fudgeable. They fit in elsewhere. I wonder why labour in the north is not fudgeable

    Kiranjeet Chaturvedi
    November 18, 2017

    Fudgeable?? What is that Pauline Vellaichamy?

Kiranjeet Chaturvedi
November 18, 2017

Fudgeable?? What is that Pauline Vellaichamy?