Every edition of GT is very informative and interesting. This is the
best way to educate school children. I would like to congratulate
the team of GT. GT-GSP is spreading in every part of India. Offices,
residential colonies as well as homes follow this Green Auditing
pattern. This is little difficult in comparison to school.
I would like to know as to how we can participate in GT-GSP.
The feature on Jhum is extremely well-written. You have covered
almost all the scientific issues to place in the right perspective
the ecological relevance of Jhum. The steep slopes and high rainfall
indicate Climatomorphogenetic significance of this practice. The
steep slopes in high rainfall regions are extremely unstable and are
prone to mass movement (land slide). The mass movement causes loss
of topsoil along with the biotic land cover. In evergreen forests
this loss of wood along with the soil exposes the rocks of the hill
slope to the forces of weathering and denudation thereby impeding
the pedological (soil forming) process. In Jhum, essentially the
topsoil is retained and used for agronomical use replacing the
Silvicultural use intermittently along with temporary fallow. This
helps in causing a balance between soil, slope and biotic cover. If
Jhum is not practiced the loss of the top soil, gentle slope and
biomass cover would be far greater than the loss of biomass being
burnt. As rightly said burning of biomass also provides valuable
micronutrients to the soil.
It may be pertinent to mention that especially in soft rock
(sedimentary) terrain land forming processes cause peneplanation
(lowering of altitude) by vertical retreat of slope. Steeper slopes
dominate and gentler slopes being extremely unstable are available
for short duration before being wasted by the agents of denudation.
Jhum is a unique anthropogenic innovation to utilise the peculiar
landcover-landsystem in a high rainfall and erosion sensitive
I’m Rksinht, MA B.Ed. trained CBSE schoolteacher in Lucknow. I’ve
made an Eco-awareness club in my school. Gobar Times is edited well.
I would like it to be more popular among school children. I would
suggest making Gobar Times multi-lingual, so that the magazine can
reach more and more students. Can I get the magazine via e-mail?
Dear Rksinht Ji,
Thank you for your valuable suggestions. You can access Gobar
Times on our website (www.gobartimes.org). And you may check out
the CSE environment education section at (http://www.cseindia.org/programme/eeu/eeu-index.htm).
The information provided by you about the Environmental Refugees is
very good and you reminded the people about them yet again.
Everything is being done in the name of development, without caring
about the natural balance. Recently, I travelled to Himachal Pradesh
and found numerous and huge concrete buildings coming up on a large
scale. Even if we travel to plains, wherever we used to see green
fields, buildings are being built extensively.
We have incompetent officers and hopeless politicians (mostly) who
permit these constructions without considering their merits and
demerits. Why isn’t the total exercise studied at the inception or
launching stage? My point is that competent people, who can
understand developmental processes in very precise details, should
decide the future of India.