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India needs to have its moment of environment racism as Tribal groups and many other vulnerable sections of the society have been facing the brunt mostly. Comment.

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.

5. India needs to have its moment of environment racism as Tribal groups and many other vulnerable sections of the society have been facing the brunt mostly. Comment. (250 words)

Reference: Down to Earth

Why this question:

Debates and discussions on racism splashed on social media and new channels following the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man who died of police brutality in Minneapolis in May, 2020. The incident served as a springboard for conversations on other aspects of racism. While it emboldened protests in the United States, the racism experienced by people in the North East India also came under scrutiny. But environmental racism did not get its moment.

Key demand of the question:

One must discuss the various dimensions of Environmental Racism affecting the various vulnerable sections in India. The fact that the environmental laws like FRA, Indian Forest Act, Environmental Impact Assessment and others are not able to serve Environmental Justice to all has led to discrimination of the sections like Tribals, urban poor, migrants etc. Thus, discuss the measures to tackle the ill-effects and wipe out the environmental racism in India.

Directive word:

Comment– here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion there upon.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Give a brief definition of environmental racism, its origin and its applicability in India.

Body:

Discuss the various dimensions of environmental racism in India.

  • Tribals – displacement due to hydro-electrical projects, declaration of national parks etc.
  • Urban poor – air-pollution, drinking water and sanitary issues etc.
  • Migrants – slum living, ghettos etc.
  • And so on.

Discuss in brief how the laws have failed to stop the environmental racism.

Provide measures to overcome the side-effects and measures to eliminate Environmental Racism.

Conclusion:

based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.