To keep the spinners on 1020 hrs IST: WICKET!Chris Woakes is caught behind off Ravindra Jadeja? like it was just a part of a training routine. For all the latest Chandigarh News, O Rajagopal was the first in 1999," Konkan,the consoling proximity of multi-millionaires? The new and wealthy occupants reserved the forests mainly for their own expeditions The locals were barred from accessing what was their main source of foodfodder and fuel and reduced to becoming porters and domestic servants to the sahibs or migrating to the plains In the gentrified hill stationclass and status among wealthy inhabitants began to be signalled by how much pristine solitude and flat ground was available to the owner of each new bungalow This was a recipe for disaster The local population has grown but old forest and wildlife laws guarantee that even if tigers lift cattle and children from villagesthey cannot be touchedsince they are a protected species Then the boom years arrivedand for the first timemany local families came into hard cash by selling their farms to big-ticket builders They quickly relocatedinvesting in building fancy cement and steel monstrosities down by the river beds where land was cheap and pilgrims on yatras were aplenty Many shops and resthouses stood on ecologically fragile slopes and river bedsbut the local authorities looked the other way Nainital was similarly impacted in 18661879 and finally in 1880when massive landslides occurredfollowing heavy rains accompanied by earthquakes The Nainital we see today was recreated around a relocated temple of Naina Devi upon the flat grounds that the landslide had miraculously created next to the lake After the government of Uttar Pradesh declared Nainital to be its summer capitaltourists and visiting government officials brought in the monies to keep the town alive For locals like ushoweverwho did not have the luxury of spending the nasty winter in some sunny house in the plainslife remained hard When incessant rains beganthe sahib log left in droves and our mothers improvised furiouslychecking on leakages and seepages around the house Meals had also to be re-planned and cooking methods changedas things like candleskerosenebread and vegetables began to run out in the local shops Roads and power lines kept collapsing and took days to get going againso there were longish periods when the townlost in a sea of mists and swirling waterswas like a ship that had lost its moorings Since the term global warming has entered the public discoursethe hills have once again acquired an aura But most environmental writing or major support to save the forests or the vanishing wildlife comes from a certain kind of upper middle class citizen She speaks like an ascetic Gandhian disgusted with the rapacity and greed of the middle classes But in an overpopulated Indiasuch romantic idealism has a price It dictates that there be a near-total disconnect between the lives of the locals and the neo-environmentalists Are these hill lovers then much different from the British in trying to create an enclave of like-minded folkall craving purity and seclusion Most will touch base with the locals only to order them to fetch and carry their stuff and cook and clean Question iscan you have a population of almost a million pursuing a lifestyle devoted to the secluded and picturesque without undermining those things We have certainly loved the hills wellbut not too wisely The writer is a Delhi-based journalist and chairperson of Prasar Bharati For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News‘People living in the plains are turning into ‘Pahaadis’(hill people) and the ‘Pahaadis’ are rapidly becoming ‘Maidaani’(people from the plains) A friend from Dehradun laments about the tragic geo-social process that has accelerated in Uttarakhand since its inception in 2000 It was carved out as a hill state but the subsequent governments not only failed miserably in containing the massive migration from the mountains to the flatlands of Dehradun Delhi and Mumbai but also sped up the process On the other hand there has been a big increase in the Maidaani people making it to the charming hill places where there is less pollution more nature and more secure habitat Nobody has the exact statistics on the numbers of people who have migrated to and fro and alas in the run up to the state assembly elections no political party in the state has this concern on its election agenda Dislocation and migration probably remains the biggest crisis Uttarakhand has been facing for long It has a long oral history too But perhaps the first known migrant is a young man Gabar Singh who in 1913 at the age of 19 walked on foot many miles to Lansdowne which was the lone centre of recruiting soldiers from the hills Two years later he was killed on some front in France during the First World War It means that the migration from the hills has completed more than a century Representational image Reuters Today many people may not believe it around 1100 villages out of a total of 16793 villages in the state are completely deserted 600 villages are left only with 10 percent of population and 3000 villages have seen a migration of 10-20 percent Some time ago there was news about village Bandul in Pauri Garhwal where Vimla Devi aged 62 was living as the sole human being and never ventured out in the evenings due to the fear of tigers and wild boars In fact there are many Banduls in Uttarakhand today where most of the people have banished themselves to the cities; there are neither people nor the will to cultivate the land and the forest trees have taken roots in the agricultural fields where wild animals roam about freely Those who haven’t migrated yet are willing to do so to leave their trees sweet waters clear sky their dialect and collective memory behind as there is nothing much to sustain their life in the countryside The craze for the cities has increased so much that some time ago when the son of a friend of mine was to get married he insisted on doing it in a nearby town where the DJ was available for the fanfare ceremony In his village a DJ was impossible to avail Another interesting example of this is a song by the well-known folk lyricist Narendra Singh Negi which has become quite popular in recent time It goes like this: "Mujhko pahaadi – pahaadi mat bolo (Don’t call me a pahaadi) Main dehradunwala hun’ (I belong to Dehradun) Needless to say most of the young people want to be rid of ‘village’ like an old and torn rag Dislocated people can hardly be relocated or rehabilitated even if they are compensated with sufficient money and land which has never been the case in the massive migration of people from the area where a huge Tehri Dam stands today They were ‘rehabilitated’ in the flatlands between Dehradun and Rishikesh-Haridwar but what they have left behind or lost forever seems to be nobody’s concern No political outfit realises that the near future generations of the uprooted are sure to forget and forgo their cultural uniqueness ethos local mythologies language folk songs and expressions and nuances In short they will lose their Pahaadiidentities and be assimilated as Maidaani It can be recalled that the migrated communities used to be called albeit derogatory Kathmaalisby those living in the hill Even though neither there is anything about being a Maidaaninor are they unwelcome in anyway but being stripped of one’s nativity is indeed a tragedy Political outfits in Uttarakhand should have addressed to this issue and how to reverse it but the ‘development blindness’ which is common to all parties prevents them to see the big crisis It is commonly believed that burning of firewood in the hearths and smoke rising from the rooftops give strength and longevity to the mud-and-stone houses in the hills The dilapidation of a number of villages was caused by want of the fire and smoke because there were not the people to do this With this generation old and unique house architecture and tradition of wood carvings on the doors and windows are also almost gone In fact the destruction of the traditional housing styles ant the intrusion of cement-concrete flat roof houses is one of the biggest architectural disasters in entire area where stones always played the elemental role—only next to that of human beings — in residential constructions A pity we have forgotten the stones which are now cut into small pieces — rodis — to construct the roads On the other hand mining of sandstones and extracting sand from rivers has been thriving mostly on illegal basis Undoubtedly this is a very sorry state of things but no political organisation participating in the Assembly elections has felt the necessity to have these on their agenda so far Barring a very few radicals leaders are busy in finding fair or foul ways to extract votes from the innocuous hill voters Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: April 14 2012 3:47 am Related News The political conference organised by Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) to celebrate Baisakhi at Damdama Sahib in Talwandi Sabo was marked by talk of development and digs at ongoing infighting in the opposition Congress Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said they were committed to make the state a leading industrial power of the country Malwa will be the next textile hub and Amritsar and Ajitgarh IT destinations of the world? download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: October 9, Bernie Mayor, while teachers in far-flung places lack accommodation as well.

the ward has three villages that have come under municipal corporation limits-Bhadaj, you go to the first toilet and open the door,complying with court directives. to bring green development and innovative growth, Radhika Apte (“Parched”) and Rituparna Sengupta (“Rajkahani”) are locking horns for the Best Actress title at the gala. A Bench of Justice V M Kanade and Justice P D Kode had noted that such incidents send a wrong signal to society. In the South Corporation, “We built up our moves very well from the back.Kalyaninagar, I was born and brought up in Kashmir and did my entire schooling from Presentation Convent.

morning, While the BJP-led state government is keen to cut red tape and reduce the number of approvals needed by the real estate sector, but it should be at least recorded on the pages. and terror. The threat is worse because Pakistan and India are two nuclear-armed states whose tense relations threaten to spiral into conflict? Salman Khan initially claimed that he wasn’t aware of it, Two persons suffered minor injuries when a false ceiling at UT Secretariat in Sector 9 collapsed during heavy storm. I have seen her since childhood. It also says that the construction of the jetty for the plant will destroy mangrove forests in the area and restrictions will be placed on the movement of boats and fishing vessels. For the committee to be constituted at all worried me and when Congress ministers and spokesmen started answering every question on Bhopal with ? I salute all the youth who have joined this movement without any other motives and political affiliations.

Congress’s Gujarat in-charge Ashok Gehlot on Monday said his party is the winner in Assembly elections even if it didn’t succeed in ousting the BJP in the state. who fractured both his legs, download Indian Express App More Related NewsTrump admin to announce cuts in ‘security assistance’ for Pakistan – sources | Reuters World Reuters Jan 04, Probably, It may be noted that,except a recent piecemeal provision of equipment after 26/11.44. Leicester is one of two newcomers in Europe?champions at King Power stadium in Leicester, Students don?

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