If the Refinery benefits the common people, they will definitely give credit to
the governments. And if the people feel the 'dedication to nation' ceremony is
so important, people will definitely attend the function on their own. We hear
that both BJP and BJD are driving lakhs of people from across the state to show
their strength before their leaders. Is it really necessary?
Indian politics, to my opinion, really needs to change from such mindsets to a
new era altogether. The people need more progressive ideas and alternative
politics. In this regard, keeping in mind the landmark day for Paradeep, may I
request you to please look into the following suggestions?
1. If the IOCL has so much money for such a massive propaganda for this event,
they should have invested in their CSR initiatives with investment in mangrove
protection, wind energy and solar energy promotion, irrigation assurance to
2. Many IOCL retail outlets have poor facilities for customers such as sheds,
drinking water and good toilets. They could have prioritized to invest in
improving all these.
3. If the political parties can save on the fuel and pollution from the vehicles
that would drive lakhs of party workers to Paradeep, that can be invested in
better works like supporting the farmers in distress, so on and so forth. I am
sure that would fetch more votes than showing strength before party leaders.
4. Each street light pillar in Paradeep now has posters of BJP or BJD or both.
It would have been so beautiful had they invested the same amount of rupees in
giving solar street lights.
We really expect a modern era of politics from both of you, Mr. Prime Minister
and Mr. Chief Minister, to promote realistic and alternative politics that
promotes people centric development, including alternative energy, and limited
expenses on propaganda.
Hope these words reach you and reasons prevail!
Writer is a noted environmental activist of Odisha and the convenor of Water
Initiative Odisha (WIO)