When public weal is subject to private greed facilitated by the imbecility of government, people have no option but to suffer.

We have witnessed how people suffer the annual tragedy inflicted by flood. After seeing the comprehensive coverage of flood in Bihar, I  felt teased when Bihar’s Chief Minister was lulling his conscience by passing blame on to Nepal wherefrom heavy flood swirls devastatingly into Bihar  as  a cruel act of nature beyond control. I would quote the last paragraph of  the Chapter 1 of my book On the Loom of Time, the first edition of which   came out in 2011, and the second in 2014.  You can read this Chapter on my website shivakantjha.org { at http://www.shivakantjha.org/pdfdocs/on_the_loom_of_time_2nd_edition/15_loom_01.pdf]. I  deem it worthwhile to quote from this chapter for our readers to jolt them into action as deemed fit and proper in a democracy.

“The plate on which the Mithila region exists is hyperactive and is constantly drifting north causing frequent earthquakes. A whimsical friend once told me with reference to Mithila : while the subjacent earth of the region is hyperactive the superjacent biomass (he meant human beings) is almost inert! He made a veiled reference to seismic activity under the Earth crust, and the indolence which had overtaken the people of Mithila. But the most devastating calamity that visits this land annually is Flood. We are told that the over-flooding is a punishment for playing imprudently with the ways of nature through rapacious deforestation, and our ‘foolish’ meddling with the courses of the rivers descending from the Himalayas in Nepal. Massive destruction of forest in Nepal has led to massive over-flooding in Bihar causing criminal soil degeneration, inundation, erosion and heavy siltation of the rivers raising every year the levels of the river-beds. It is high time to enter into an understanding with the Government of Nepal that the growing deforestation of the Himalayas and their foothills must end. The problem of annual devastating floods cannot be tackled unless there is a close co- operation between the two Governments as most of the rivers flow from the Nepal Himalayas. It is hoped that Nepal would behave as a good neighbour obedient to the ‘Standard of Economic Good Neighbourlines’, now considered a norm of public policy under international law9 [.G. Schwarzenberger, Manual of International Law p. 111].

 

 

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