From modifying the EIA to suit corporations and industries to boasting of a record of granting the quickest clearances to environmentally sensitive projects, MoEFCC Chairman Prakash Javadekar has made India's environment ministry a laughing stock. And all we have done so far is watch and laugh, without thinking of what this joke's practical repercussions could be.
After recent fiascos like a fudged EIA by the Wildlife Institute of India to sell out Dibang Valley, and the Dehing Patkai mining sanction, the heat is on the MoEFCC. It is time we account for responsibility from this ministry, and demand that its Chairman either perform or resign.
Comic from my column with The Hindu, best read in a David Attenborough voice.