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  2. Uttam at |

    A relevant piece written with great care and empathy. Yes, we have killed Professor Agarwal In the name of ‘worshiping’ the river, everyday we are damaging what sustains our civilization. The alliance of contractors, politicians and bureaucrats loves to indulge with the madness called ‘development’. It destroys the Himalayan eco-system; it damages the river; and with all sorts of hydro-electric projects it reduces the river into a mere resource for electricity. Professor Agarwal was not just another IIT professor; possibly, he took the lessons of environmental studies pretty seriously; he united theory and practice. But then, neither the ‘left’ nor the ‘right’ came forward to walk with him. And we–the urban middle class–chose to remain indifferent to his struggle. Possibly, with our ‘pragmatism’ we thought that he was foolish–a typical idealist! We told ourselves that the ‘system’ could not be changed by this sort of ‘Gandhian conscience’. And then, there is an insensitive state for which everything is just a slogan, a piece of election manifesto without any substance. The inevitable happened. He died. Or is it that you and I killed him?

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