Songwriter’s Notebook: Pivotal Moment in the Green Scare All extreme points of view are usually exaggerated. But I’m discovering a liberal, left-of-centre streak to myself these days, and tend to empathize with the cause of lesser, lighter, less complex existence. One also reads so often about America Inc’s near total control of that nation – laws, policy and vision. Thankfully, India is still a noisy, slow moving economy where a large enough group of noisemakers can shout down changes they don’t agree with. Not that I agree with the Narmada protestors 100%, or at all with those at Singur, but maybe there are things I do not understand and views of “progress” that are flawed. Who’s to say…. And its so true that happiness usually eludes the larger cities, the richer nations and there’s surely an alternative path to progress. India’s possibly poised to discover it better than most, given the basic bent towards “sustenance” and not “growth” (u do have to ask what that growth is for, in a larger context). The earth has finite resources, and massive “growth” at a larger scale – not a personal one – may scar it beyond a level where it can sustain us. When that happens, my belief is we will get violently knocked out. And we may have started to see a little of that already. Am I too leftist at moments ? But I do firmly believe in the freedom of the individual (ok thats liberal in many ways too) and growth – but harmoniously. No point increasing the pitch of the economic cycle to a level where the biggest resource of them all cannot take it anymore, right ?
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