India with a 6000 year of long history had been a very obedient citizen of NATURE.
Indians accepted, adapted and adjusted themselves in a variety of ways to their environment.
The colonial imprint and the mindset brought about a lot of change in the thinking of the masses.
Colonialism more than anything else, tries to bring about a change in the way colonised people think, it dents their psyche, makes them feel inferior,convinces them to be inferior in terms of their language culture, lifestyle, their identity itself so much so that they become slaves in their mind
The environmental management followed in India after independence was based on the thinking of the colonising countries and represented a western European mode of thinking.
The Western European countries had not had enough experience in managing their resources and environment largely on account of low biodiversity, short history of development and insufficient trail and error through which they have gone for.
Western countries thinking about the use of words was the product of thinking of a society not rich in terms of values, education (not information) towards environment, consequently they did not attach much significance to the choice of words and semiotics. The use of the words was careless.
India abandoned its traditional wisdom, local genius, and adapted Nehruvian ideas of resources management whose mind, psyche, lifestyle, thinking, management was heavily, under the British influence. Indians used to describe the nature and natural phenomena sedated by colonial injection heavily influenced by Nehruvian thinking,
A heavily sedated person of colonial injection, Nehru followed everything that was western ignoring and sometimes insulting the availability of local wisdom and genius. Everything was copied and against Indian thinking and whatever India had learnt.
As a first lesson and ‘solution’ to any environment related aspect, and also as the first step to solve the problem if it is, what we require is the change in the perception of the people about their surrounding and their nature, about mother Earth and all the components of environment. People must be prompted to correct their perceptual distortions, or else nature over which no one can win will continue to be viewed wrongly. In essence, in spirit, in form it is NATURE that knows best. Environment is our life, It must be our love.
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