Friday, July 18, 2008

Where are the mountains ?



These are not just another pretty travel pictures..There is a murky tale behind these waters..The mountains are shredded by greedy corporations and governments looking for gold , iron ore and other minerals and as they are battered and broken down, the result is this. I am not against mining or development per se, but definitely not at the cost of our environment

34 comments:

Anu said...

India should have stricter rules on environmental protection.. every leader or politician thinks of the time, till his death, not for the future generations after that.. where are these mountains?b

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Priyank said...

We the consumers are also to blame partly. Our appetite for marble floors and granite countertops has increased like there is no tomorrow. Stone is being used for decorative purposes too :)

Where are the mountains?
They are in your homes :P

PS: nice title btw ;) hehehe!

Jeevan said...

Yes I agree. For more the mountain rocks cut for constructions. Many small hills near to cities are lost for our homes and offices, but there is any other way to stop or reduce them in future, hum… we have to face the price rice then in demand.

Ropi said...

Cool, it is like there are 2 mountains.

Bendtherulz said...

Yikes ...sad very sad. I agree with Anu we should have more stricter rules about these things. I am sorry I am not very familiar with Karnatka -which hill this is which is getting mined ruthlessly. Isn't there a Green peace movement which can raise the petition and atleast get the movement going so that authority start looking at situation little bit differently then just making money !!

vishesh said...

hmm...at what cost? i would at humanity's cost....but moving things which don't require to be,we are wasting our strength for exploiting our so called "gifts"

Maria Sondule said...

Absolutely stunning pictures!!

HOBO said...

God made Universe.
We made boundaries.
:(

I am said...

Cannot be the waters of Narmada dam but am sure its one of those rivers in South or central India extracting resources to feed a neighboring state..

Solitaire said...

Sigh!! One day this world will come to an end and we will have no one to blame but ourselves.

*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

Beautiful pics!

That's sad to know.

sukku said...

Well I guess it is the same everywhere...greed gets to them...

Reeta Skeeter said...

:( sad

Reeta Skeeter said...

:( sad

Nomadic Matt said...

That's a real shame. As such a rising power, I wish india had stricter environmental rules and regulations. it can have such a positive impact if it put the effort.

Indrani said...

The pictures are beautiful. Didn't realize they have such a story behind them till you mentioned.

AJEYA RAO said...

I wonder how does nature manage to look so beautiful even after such brutality by man?

indicaspecies said...

It looks like a place which has been quarried of granite rock. What makes it doubly sad is that sometimes children are hired to work in quarries. Sad!

Kamini said...

Oh, this is sad. Will you be giving us more details?
Kamini.

mitr_bayarea said...

Lakshmi-

even after such destruction by the corps and govt. these mountains look so beautiful, can't iamgine how much better they would have looked before being tortured.

Wendy said...

This same photo taken from above must be an odd site--the earth I imagine would look injured and scarred.

Shantanu said...

Ah, the price of progress! You should see the new Pixar movie, Wall-E. Paints a pretty dispressing picture of the Earth and humankind in the future.

Pallavi said...

Like the reflection..

dharmabum said...

its a tough call. i think, that in our craze for development, and its very western connotation, we have stopped thinking. and that comes with a price to pay.

i guess it is also heavily consumer driven - people are obsessed with marble and granite floors and what not - there seems to be no limit to our wants.

Stephanie said...

Saddly of course a World problem....

the photographs are lovely in the reflections in the water.

Sayani said...

thats so true....we are overlooking the nature's gems and jewels
good stuff there

Dee Dee said...

Lakshmi...long ago in my country, America, strip mining for coal was ruining beautiful mountains...regulations have been placed on the miners and now they have to repair and replenish the areas mined...a good thing. I wish the best for your beautiful country my friend.

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Gargling Garbage said...

Barren and bare, yet beautiful...

Mridula said...

That was a sad site!

ceedy said...

sorry for being late...have not been around..

its sad - progress, greed and business are anti environment...

Lakshmi said...

Anu - So true..but the law enforcers themselves are so corrupt

Priyank - Thanks for the title..To a certain extent I agree..even I as a consumer is guilty of the same..but what choices do we have - wood or stone ? And as long as these are available in the market, consumers will buy .

Jeevan -Thats right..most of us are so used to granite and marble that we are depleting our natural resources

Ropi - :)

BTR - This is a quarry site..not a famous range as such..but just an indication of whats happenning in the country today

Vishesh - I agree..Gifts are meant to be used not exploited

Maria -Thanks

Hobo - So well put

I am - This is not a river..just a quarry site

Solitaire - Thats true..everything will be depleted soon

Sameera - Thanks..yes, its sad

Sukku - Greed has no limites unfortunately

Reeta - :( true

Matt - There are organisations working towards it, but it still needs to be enforced

Indrani - We pass these beautiful sights most of the time and dont realize it very often

Ajeya - Thats the tragic part of it..silently suffering and yet looking majestic

Celine - Thats even worse..havent seen any workers, but am sure child labour comes cheap and they must be using kids

Kamini - Its sad :( I was just passing by ..dont have much details to offer

Mitr -Thats tragic , isnt it ?

Wendy - Your perspective is so right ..we are injuring ourselves in the process

Shantanu - Should see the film..thanks

Pallavi - Thanks..:)

Dharma - The right balance is required

Stephanie - Thanks ..Sad but true ..its a global issue today

Sayani - yes..Its tragic

DeeDee- I hope that happens here soon

Samir -Thanks for the comment..will get in touch..all the very best

lalli- So well put..sad but true

Mridula - Its tragic that we will seeing more such sites these days

Ceedy - True..a right balance is required

shamala kittane said...

So agree with Priyank ! our population and our negligence and ignorance about our environment is a disastrous combination.