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Thursday, March 06, 2008

Peaceful co-existence?

India, poised to firmly establish itself as a world power, is all about development and being on the cutting edge of things. In this process of "developing", it pains me to say that the land and its denizens are being laid to waste. The particular victim I refer to, is the harmless tree.

We don't know what to do with trees. Should we plant them so that they give us shade? Or should we cut them down to give us wood? Should we use them to adorn our parks and gardens? Or should we milk them for all they're worth?...putting them into production from the time they first bear fruit. Now, cities like Bangalore and Hyderabad are having to deal with trees that "get in the way" and complicate road-widening efforts; just one more worthless attempt aimed at easing the insurmountable traffic. The trees that get in the way, or in this case, "get on the road", are just cut down. How about that, eh?

But, not in this picture. Nope. Not here. This is about taking the care to preserve what sustains life, and to allow it to flourish under our nurturing care. Alright, so this isn't as romantic as all that, but it sure put a smile on my face. Thank you Chennai City Traffic Police for showing us all that you're doing your bit for the environment. :-D

Or are we all just waiting for some other "department" to come and "take care of it"? :-(

Wait. Wait. How about this? Should we just leave them alone, and enjoy their beauty and their life-giving gifts?


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