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"Conservation" and the human cost...

As a "conservationist", I am constantly worried about human encroachment, and when I visited Pulicat Lake, near Chennai, I was happy that the backwaters had been preserved as a bird sanctuary.

But just now, a post on a mailing list I belong to, made me think. Here's what cheeni had to say:

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/cheeni/6715593627/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cheeni/6715606213/in/photostream/

Pulicat Lake, India, a glorious mammoth brackish water bio-preserve is
a deliberate economic dead zone thanks to the high profile rocket
center at Sriharikota only ~15 kilometers away. It's cheaper to keep
away prying eyes through poverty; an economic firebreak that claims a
few villages for the greater good of the nation.

India for all its democratic noises is a fascist colonial power when
it uses the institutions of state power to expand its aura at the high
table while consigning the lives of the 3 villages in the lake shore
to stunted growth. I'd like environmentalists and scientists alike to
consider that sometimes their pet causes can come at a great cost. If
this place were not an economic dead zone this man and the people of
the neighboring villages would have a way of reclaiming their lives.


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Yes, I do wonder now, what is the human cost of conservation....
Tags: conservation, difficulties, lake, people, tamil
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