In December of 1989, an international pharma conference and exhibition was held on campus. The organisers went on a rampage – wanton felling of trees and burning of undergrowth – to provide parking space for the participants. Anguished by this, some students photographed the massacre and put up posters all over the campus. The next day, a spontaneous morcha originated in one of the hostels. More students joined it along the way and about a hundred students, carrying these posters, marched silently into and out of the Convo during the inauguration of the conference.
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“I love nature very much and if you know how much I love it, come to my home and I can show you 142 types of cacti which I have been growing in my backyard,” says one industrialist cum nature lover. “My whole family loves ecology and wildlife. We have a number of animals on our farm and we all love them”, says another man who is a big social worker cum industrialist.
Some people thus try to prove their love for nature, ecology, wildlife, etc. when you question their actions that are quite damaging to the environment just beyond their farmhouses and backyards. You go to these people with all the sorrow and anger and you see these people proclaiming how much concern they have for trees and animals. But you can actually see that their love is not genuine. They try to somehow evade the issue and pacify us. In order to kill time, they talk about the technicalities of lawmaking, the difference between micro and macro environments.