Our over-enthusiastic festive celebrations have brought less bliss and more harm to the people of Delhi. People are breathing poison in every gasp of air. Delhi has topped the list among the most polluted cities of the world. Being the capital of a rapidly growing economy, Delhi has filliped in terms of development and modernization. This growth has come only at the cost of the city’s environment and health of its denizens. 

Environmental issues have been the most debated ones recently. Almost all Global Summits have raised the concerns on environment degradation world-wide. Many countries including India promised their individual contribution to the Global concern of environment degradation during the Paris Summit (2015). These promises also bring with themselves a sense of global recognition which runs in favour of the economic growth of a country. India, in it’s ambition to become a great power, will definitely benefit by such a step. India has been doing its part by promoting such issues in its bilateral meetings and summits. 

However, the curbing of problems like climate change needs going beyond words. India needs a faster mechanism and quick start-up for solutions to its environment related problems. We cannot close our eyes on the wrongs we have done and still doing to the environment. 

Delhi’s air quality had been deteriorating continuously this year when it stopped to extremely poisonous levels this week. Entire Delhi-NCR region was engulfed in smog where some particular regions like Gurgaon had an air quality 10 times worse than permissible. This kind of environment is surely not a liveable one! There’s not one but a plethora of reasons behind this dip in environmental conditions. 

The Northern part of India has reported aggressive stubble burning by farmers especially in Haryana and Punjab. This practice, although an old one, is banned in India. The government charges fine on farmers who engage in stubble burning but even this hasn’t refrained them from practising it. The main reason behind this is lack of incentives and alternatives to farmers. Instead of imposing fines the government should come with solutions to this problem. M.S. Swaminathan who is popularly regarded as father of Green Revolution has come up with many innovative ideas to tackle stubble burning crisis. One solution is to add urea and molasses to paddy straw which makes it suitable to be used as fodder for cattle. Such eco-friendly ways are the key to India’s success as the fastest growing economy. 

There are many protests going on which have fired up the issue of bad air in Delhi. We all aspire for a well-developed nation but for that we first need to get well-immune from such repercussions that development brings along itself. 

The development, which India dream for some 20 odd years back, has got a new definition. Now, it’s “sustainable” development that India wishes and strives for. This development would not only be economic but all-inclusive in character. Where it emphasises on economic advancement, it also doesn’t neglect the people’s welfare and environmental challenges. 

Delhi needs to rage a fight against this environmental crisis as soon as possible. This hold another huge implication for India. Pollution levels in the capital, sky-rocketed lately, raise question on India’s allegiance to its pledged contributions to the climate change redressal programmes. Thus, India’s reputation is also at stake. Pollution is the biggest hurdle to be overcome by India and we as citizens should do our bit. Air pollution crisis has evoked a sense of failure among the authorities. But it is the fear of failure which drives us to success. 

Life is short but we can prevent it from becoming even shorter!