Impact of Uttarakhand Forest Fire

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

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A few weeks back I had written a poem on Forest Fire.  Here is a following  write up by Reshma Gandhi, elaborating upon the impact of the Forest Fire and the related environmental concerns.

A fierce forest fire blazed across the state of Uttarakhand in May. Ruthless and punishing it created havoc and disaster. Several viewpoints emerge to get us thinking. Was it the aridity of the forest that prompted it? Did the combustible chir pine trees attract it? Political greed too seems to be the motive behind this relentless destruction.

What triggered the Uttarakhand fire is yet unanswered. Read more

Forest Fire

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

Wildfire

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A raging forest fire
Since the past few months
Burns the green cover
In the state of Uttarakhand
The worst of its kinds
In the recent times
Natural or motivated?
Several theories transpire –
Combustible chir pine trees or
The greed of mafia and lobbies-
What stoked the fire
Remains yet unknown
Meanwhile the disaster spreads
Agony unfolds

 

© Somali K Chakrabarti

 

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