Culture & Society Jan-Mar 2016 Issue

Environmental Disasters: What Caused Delhi Smog & Chennai Rains?

One basic way to expand our efficacy is through modern science and technology. But another is through integrated (emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual) growth and enhanced wisdom. This means growing in our sense of connection with nature and one another and learning to live in ways that naturally cultivate our capacity to be human.
– Peter Senge

Science can be quite correct, but real life can’t always afford to act according to scientific “correctness.”
– Rudolf Stein

“Control oil, you control nations; control food and you control the people.”
– Henry Kissinger, 1974 (National Security Study Memorandum 200: Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for U.S. Security and Overseas Interest)

There are three different kinds of sciences. First Good Science, where the truth is pursued for the benefits of the common man irrespective of state’s benefits. The assumption here is that if people benefits then state also will benefit. The second science is Bad Science, where only corporations will benefit either by revealing or hiding the truth. Here the logic is that both governments and people must benefit from what corporations think benefits are from time to time. The third science is Junk Science, mostly promoted for the corporate or corporate style organizations where anything can be shown as scientific or any science can be shown as frivolous just to benefit corporate profits. Concepts like global warming or like some traditionalists argue, that everything that is known to West as science was in India already or as some modern spiritualist say that by doing yoga u can alter consciousness potential between two figures, all fall under junk science category. We are not saying that yoga does not have any benefits or that yoga is not science of consciousness, but the way it is used, misused and abused is the only thing we are objecting. Once in circulation, this junk science is used to hide real ecological disasters caused by corporates or irresponsible governmental actions. For example, everybody knew that state sponsored mining in India and not filling earthen holes created earthquakes in India. But we were made to believe that those areas were situated on earthquake fault zones. On the other hand while many experts warned that Delhi was sitting on shifting plates so no Capital should be built there, why did we pour billions into it; making Delhi as a future scenario of massive human tragedy. GreatGameIndia will bring forth the real causes of disasters that happened and are going to happen in India in this series of articles.

Throughout civilizations for centuries together we have seen many wars; fighting for kingdoms or to push religious ideologies onto people, but they never meddled with ‘nature’ because most of them saw it as a sacred thing. In India since ages ‘nature’ was a part of cultural life, where we saw trees, plants and agricultural crops in their spiritual aspect rather than commercial. That is why even though we had capability to lay roads and build huge infrastructure projects we didn’t pursue such type of development because we saw it as cultural degradation and could foresee the harmful effects of such development later generations of societies would have to suffer.

Beginning of Chemical Warfare – Discovery of Benzene

With the discovery of Benzene the lethal chemical pesticide industry came to boom. Though these chemicals were first used in World War 2 chemical warfare divisions, after the war their alternative application was to convert them into agricultural pesticides. This pesticide solution though initially worked for 20 years after World War 2, started popping more pest resistant bugs and as a result more and more pesticides were needed to solve the problem.

After the war US got war profits and Germany produced brilliant scientists. Both the US and German interests merged to create powerful industrial conglomerates. Between 1914 till date another phenomenon occurred in USA. The British seeking revenge for their defeat in the US War of Independence steadily and slowly tried to undermine American independence by creating banking and industrial conglomerates in USA as opposed to free entrepreneurship, liberty and creative innovation guaranteed by US constitution. This battle is still waged by current senators like Ron Paul (libertarian) and others. This battle of control for the US government between British sponsored banker industrialist elite and US constitutional libertarians saw hundreds of people die including presidents. Since 1975 post the death of President Kennedy, US, slowly but steadily slipped into the control of British sponsored crony capitalist multinational corporations with disastrous effects for the world at large.

At the same time US is also struggling to win the war with Vietnam, a tiny country in South Asia. From 1967-1972 US conducted ‘Weather Warfare’ on Vietnam. This was the first time when reports officially came out about ‘Weather Warfare’. But sadly no Indian media covered it or either military or civil education system taught about this kind of warfare to Indian society.

In developed countries more than dozen academies study about Chemical and other kind of Warfare which the Indian society has never heard off even after more than 60 years of independence.

For instance, on Dec. 10, 1974, the U.S. National Security Council under Henry Kissinger completed a classified 200-page study called the “National Security Study Memorandum 200: Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for U.S. Security and Overseas Interests.” The study falsely claimed that population growth in the so-called Lesser Developed Countries (LDCs) was a grave threat to U.S. national security. Adopted as official policy in November 1975 by President Gerald Ford, NSSM 200 outlined a covert plan to reduce population growth in those countries through birth control, and also, implicitly, war and famine. Brent Scowcroft, who had by then replaced Kissinger as national security adviser (the same post Scowcroft was to hold in the Bush administration), was put in charge of implementing the plan. CIA Director George Bush was ordered to assist Scowcroft, as were the secretaries of state, treasury, defense, and agriculture.

One of the major sources for the study was the Royal Commission on Population, which King George VI had created in 1944 “to consider what measures should be taken in the national interest to influence the future trend of population.” The commission found that Britain was gravely threatened by population growth in its colonies, since “a populous country has decided advantages over a sparsely-populated one for industrial production.” The combined effects of increasing population and industrialization in its colonies, it warned, “might be decisive in its effects on the prestige and influence of the West,” especially effecting “military strength and security.”

The average Indian citizen is left with the impression that the religious wars of Europe are a relic of the past. This erroneous assumption is perhaps critical in preventing him from understanding the political reality of today. The fact is that while the wars of Europe provided motive for the exploitation of India in the past, they continue to do so even today. We hope this article will provide an insight into the sophistication and complexity of the manner in which these are carried out.

For instance we take the case when Britain used Indian troops like guinea pigs to test mustard gas. British military scientists tested mustard gas on hundreds of Indian soldiers in more than a decade of experiments. Indians were sent into the gas chambers wearing no more than “drill shorts and open-necked khaki cotton shirts” to gauge the effect of mustard gas on their eyes. The experiments to determine whether mustard gas damaged Indians’ skin more than British soldiers’ began in the early 1930s and lasted more than 10 years at a military site in Rawalpindi, now in Pakistan. The tests caused large numbers of burns, some of which were so damaging the subjects had to be hospitalized.

During World War II, nearly 2,000 American military personnel participated in experiments conducted by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. They were often promised weekend passes and were not told the nature of the experiments, which included prolonged exposure to mustard gas and Lewisite, a chemical that contains arsenic and can damage the skin, eyes, respiratory and digestive tract.

Still this news was never discussed or debated in Indian media because we had business deals with Britain and America and these countries needed to increase the skill of India by converting agrarian lands into smart industrial lands.

Logically India is the one of the major country which falls in the category of Americas national security threat according to NSSM-200 report because it has a population of one billion and consumes many resources by which their industrialization is obstructed.

Butterfly Effect – Beijing and Delhi Smog

As we know nature is always interlinked all over the globe and is a dynamical system. Disturbances in weather in a tiny little place by actions like cutting trees, occupying lakes, spraying chemicals on plants etc. may cause repercussions in the same place or elsewhere.

Events like Beijing and Delhi smog are one of the setting examples of ‘Nature Chaos’ that may be the result of the ‘Indonesia Forest Fires’. Due to this fire the air has turned ochre and visibility in some cities has been reduced to 30 meters. People are suffering with lung diseases and are choking to death. Species are going up in smoke at an untold rate. It is almost certainly the greatest environmental disaster of the 21st century so far.

And the media in India? It’s talking about who got eliminated from the Big Boss episodes and the idiotic speeches of Donald Trump. Are they really so important for your health and mind?

In Indonesia forest fire has spread out across 5,000 kms of the length of Indonesia. Neighboring countries like Singapore and Malaysia has declared state emergency. Raging forest fires across Indonesia are thought to be responsible for up to half a million cases of respiratory infections in Malaysia and Singapore now being described as a “crime against humanity.” On any objective assessment it is surely more important than anything else taking place today. It should be on every newspapers front page. It is hard to convey the scale of this catastrophic event, but here’s a comparison that might help. It has produced more carbon dioxide than the US economy. In three weeks the fires have released more CO2 than the annual emissions of Germany.

But that doesn’t really capture it. This catastrophe cannot be measured only in parts per million. The fires are destroying treasures as precious and irreplaceable as the archaeological remains being levelled by ISIS. Orangutans, clouded leopards, sun bears, gibbons, the Sumatran rhinoceros and Sumatran tiger, these are among the threatened species being driven from much of their range by the flames. But there are thousands, perhaps millions, more. Moreover, Indonesia is the world’s largest producer of palm oil.

It is suspected that these fires are frequently intentionally lit by some of the multinational companies to clear the lands. Tens of thousands of hectares of forest have been…


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