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The politics of Endosulphan: A mockery of humanity?
In case of health of people, we should not go by statistics but by conscience. If a chemical has shown toxic effects and has been banned in one country we should take steps to prevent its entry to India.
ENDOSULPHAN is once again making prominent headlines in national newspapers especially in view of the ensuing Stockholm convention at Geneva. Even though this chemical is used across the country under varied trade names. It is the pathetic situation of villages in Kasargod district of Kerala where many abnormalities in the human population have been reported that it has gained prominent space in media. Politicians, however, are playing a dirty game for the sake of publicity. The government of Kerala is criticising the centre for not banning the chemicals and the union minister without any regret replies that complaints from just one or two states are not enough for him to ban the chemical.
May be when all the states lodge complaints and all the people of the country including his grandchildren are affected he may think of banning the same?
Analysing the sequence of events starting from seventies, it is clear that neither the ruling party nor the opposition has genuine interest in environmental issues. For the politicians, these issues are their daily bread and butter, if there are no issues in the society the life of a politician is without any meaning. So they always try to keep the problems alive for years. Crores of public money is spent for cleaning of waterways, flooding in the urban areas, afforestation etc. But every year we see wake up calls from different quarters for sake of environment.
In the current agitation against Endosulphan this is most evident. The toxic chemical is being sprayed by the state owned Plantation Corporation of which the state agriculture minister is the main controlling authority. Why can’t the state government issue orders to prevent spraying this chemical in that locality? Since late seventies when the spraying was started to present day, the state of Kerala has seen many governments of which many are present day ruling and opposition leaders. So politicians of all parties are answerable to this. In reality no political leader is sincerely concerned with the hardship faced by the people of the locality.

It’s a fact that all chemicals are toxic. It’s also a fact even if Endosulphan is banned in Kerala or Karnataka it will surely enter into our food chain through the food articles cultivated in other states. Most of fruits and vegetable that are available in market are coated with an armour of pesticides. Can any one see fruit flies in the grapes kept in open space? No. It is the simple proof of the occurrence of toxic chemicals in our daily life. Even though we speak of organic farming, those making hue and cry have not lead any agitation to promote organic farming.

The scientific community especially the ICAR scientists are also relentlessly using this toxic chemical for their experiments. Of course they will keep away from the chemicals but the poor technical staff has to  bear the burden.

The politicians interest will be over when they get a new and bigger issue, and the peoples perils will continue. A healthy population is the lifeline of the nation. The members of political parties, scientific community and NGOs should sit together and find a solution from the problems that we are going to face from chemical toxicity not alone Endosulphan but all such toxic chemicals.
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