Comments on: Environmentalists cheer news of scrapping of power project Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 By: DaraIndia Thu, 20 May 2010 06:12:16 +0000 I think it is essential to take the middle path, bearing in mind that you cannot make an omelet without breaking any eggs. There will always be somebody or group that is adversely affected but that has to be then set off against the greater good, whatever that may be.

I think that what is primarily required is the need to have more comprehensive dialogues from the very beginning and for those involved not to take an uncompromising stand. Left only to the environmentalists, we would probably have to regress to the stone age and start living in caves again. Everything else either pollutes, or has a carbon signature, or displaces people or creates some problems for some people. I think awareness is spreading, albeit slowly, and that such problems very often get politicised and then there is simply no solution in sight.

Why not make a rule, that if something essential cannot be located somewhere, then those opposing or refusing permission to operate must also have a suitable alternate site.