“They give some money to petty politicians and their henchmen. And they kill us on the hill,” said Janua Majhi, an old man of seventy from Dandapat village.
It was evening when we climbed down the hill and returned. I saw a woman - Annapurna was her name - fetching water from a near-dead stream. “What will you do with the water?” I asked her. She said, “After bauxite mining started here, all the steams have dried up. After a few more days, these company people will not allow us to collect firewood in the forest. To keep us away from the danger, these places will be declared prohibited area. Baphlimali is in the catchment area of Indravati reservoir. If you can, go and see how the water of Indravati has become toxic and tell it to the government. Why did they invite a bloodthirsty Capitalist Dracula to this hill?”
Her words resounded in my ears. I was reminded of Irish author Bram Stoker’s 1897Gothic horror novel that introduced the character of the vampire Count Dracula.
This development is akin to Dracula model development. In the near future this Draculanian development shall bite into the entire foundation of our democratic system. We need not forget the scary prospect of Dracula multiplying after biting anyone. If our democratic system will convert into Dracula’s development then we can only lament the plight of human civilization.
In the event this Dracula is allowed to go berserk then the end-result would be nothing less than devastation. This Dracula’s model of development has already attacked our five elements of life. Now we will have to decide whether to exterminate or to accept this Dracula model development.
I felt as if the blood-thirsty Dracula is advancing towards Indravati river and Rajani was requesting me please go and see the plight of Indravati river and in the name of this so-called development how the Dracula dance there. Please tell to the government to save our river Indravati.
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