‘No crackers’ goes the message everywhere in schools. My kid comes with the message saying we won’t use crackers this time.
I felt proud. On Holi also, he had said we won’t waste water for Holi. But I wonder why teachers never teach him ‘No ACs’ or ‘No Papers’? Why they never say that let’s stop using air conditioners in summers. Why they never make them learn plant saplings around which can grow up to give them shade under scorching sun?
I also wonder why they ask them to submit tonnes of projects on paper sheets and why they never argue that let’s preserve paper!
I also wonder why they keep making choices according to their comfort and not go calculative! I see entire nation pleading for no crackers, but why no one is going to the root cause of forest depletion, drying rivers, soil erosion and so on?
Is the goal of sustenance only meant for a day or a two or is it meant for each day? I think we are confused! and I remember Mansoor Khan, Bollywood producer, who produced QSQT and JJWS, opining that schools are teaching delusions these days and here lies the problem.
It might be because growth is of paramount importance to us and this is why we are asked to compromise on certain parameters.
And so we obediently compromised and allowed the growth to progress at the cost of lush greenery, forest depletion, drying of rivers, depleting natural resources and vanishing soil components from ground!
But is this real growth? Are we really growing by killing our own natural resources? Should we genuinely follow this growth model?
At a time when the brain starts asking such questions, I suddenly remember my discussion with Mansoor.
Speaking to him for one of my stories in Rail Bandhu, Rural rustic Charm, he said, “Cities form centres of cancer and tumour. They build nodes of cancer, suck everything like salt, water etc and pollute the surroundings! By killing everything, these cities take us on developed path.”
It was twenty three years back, this man left the life of Mumbai to start his living in lush green surroundings of Coonoor.
Here he is indulged in organic farming and teaches cheese making to his guests off from the city life, he has hills surrounding his residence.
According to him, it’s interesting to share knowledge, encoring people to shift ideas. His opinion is that dwelling in village life is like imparting a real education. By leaving no water, no soil, no resources, no relationships, what are we leaving for our future generations?
On present education system, his views were quite surprising. “Schools are teaching madness, we are running after growth model and this model has failed everywhere. Name any country and see how far it has been able to sustain this growth model.”
So don’t you think it’s the time to think for long-term sustenance of resources. Let’s build eco-friendly measures not for one or two festivals but for each day or else we are going to be big losers. Let’s not allow growth to take us on de-growth path.
We need to learn from tribals who have preserved their resources despite all challenges. A time to think seriously!