Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Monday, 3 October 2016

Where are we headed ?

In the past 2 weeks , Karnataka Government ( supported by Karnataka Legislative Assembly ) had stopped supply of Cauveri waters to Tamilnadu

Despite Supreme Court twice ordering it to release the waters

Then last evening they decided to release the waters - but only " for irrigation " !

May be they feared that the Supreme Court might hold them in " Contempt of Court " and advise the President to impose Governor's rule in Karnataka ! May be because their counsel , Fali Nariman refused to plead their case any more !

Rising above the theatricals of the present crisis , the larger questions that the country needs to answer , are  :

Does a State have sole / unhindered " rights " over waters of rivers flowing through it , just because it controls the sluice-gates in a dam ?

In this respect , are we employing " Double Standards " while talking about Indus Treaty with Pakistan or when threatened by China constructing a dam on a tributary of Brahma-Putra ?

Or Russia laying claims to oil wealth under Arctic ? Or, USA allowing its citizens to mine minerals on moon / mars ?

I believe , even in case of minerals found entirely within the boundaries of a given State , such rights carry federal obligations !

There was a time when farmers of one State could not sell some of its produce beyond the state boundary

Even this archaic barrier is getting dismantled

If one State refuses to " share " its natural resources across State boundaries , that could set a very dangerous precedent

Tomorrow , Tamilnadu can turn around and say :

" Sunlight falling on Tamilnadu land is our  " exclusive and private "  natural resource .

We will not allow any Solar Power Producer in Tamilnadu , to sell such power beyond Tamilnadu , whether we  ourselves are short of power or not ! "

Can we imagine a situation tomorrow , where each State frames its own rules in respect of utilization of the following Natural Resources , claiming " Exclusive Ownership " ?

       *    Oil / Coal / Shale Gas / Fossil Fuels ( including in sea-basins just 5 km from any State shore )

      *    Ores of Iron / Copper / Zinc / Aluminum etc

      *    Trees ( timber ) that grow in our jungles

      *    Any number of minor minerals / chemicals

      *     Wind that blows freely over our land 

       *    Hydro Power generated along rivers flowing through various states

     *    Tidal Power generated from tides (eg : in Bay of Cambay - Gujarat )

May be 30+ States of India constitute a Federation . But we are NOT 30 + different Sovereign countries !

Let not our GREED break up the unity that Sardar Patel managed to forge in 1947  from 200 + Princely States

Our British rulers tried their best to see that we do not unite

Our current rulers must go out of their way to ensure that we stay united !


04  Oct  2016

www.hemenparekh.in / blogs




#   Tomorrow , if a private sector company ( or a consortium of Indian
      Companies , in joint venture with foreign companies ) , invest Rs 1 Lakh
      Crores , to build the 22 Km long Kalpsar Dam across the Bay of Cambay
      in Gujarat , and generate 10,000 MW of power from Oceanic Tides  , -
     can they be allowed to set any selling price  ? At International price  ?

     I suppose , it would be next to impossible for them to " Export " such
     power beyond the shores of India  !

#   Incidentally , what about the Airwaves ( the 2G / 3G Spectrum )  ?

     Is that also a Natural Resource which belongs to the Nation ?