Topic: Disaster and disaster management. Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment
3) The recent floods of catastrophic dimensions have ravaged many states in the country, don’t you think this has proved the rejection of Gadgil panel report to be a costly error for people and environment? Critically analyse.(250 words)
Why this question:
Gadgil panel report on rapid erosion of Western Ghats is back in focus amid floods.
Demand of the question:
The answer must analyse the key findings of the report and in what way the recommendations of the report were ignored and such an ignorance has actually led to intensification of the disasters marring the western Ghats.
Critically analyze – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgement.
Structure of the answer:
Explain what is the issue.
First explain what was Gadgil report all about? What were its key recommendations? Why was the report rejected and on what basis?
Then discuss its implications. Relate it to the current conditions of the western Ghats and associate it with the causative factors of the recent floods.
Conclude with solutions and way ahead.