Remembering the people of the upper himalayas
This will bring tears to your eyes, my mother’s post on the value of populations in the beautiful Upper Himalayas- “Any debate between environment and development which does have the participation of the real players, the people, is bound to lead to future disasters. And this participation should not be through the ballot, but on a level playing field where all the parties are equally well informed. “
I have to only shut my eyes and I can still hear the roar of the Kali River – furious and gushing in its normal course during a usual monsoon day in August last year. Nothing that the multiple briefings given by the ITBP officers prior to departure prepares you for the sheer brute force of this river. You have to walk a full day on the narrow path along its side – the most challenging part of the KM yatra. We did this stretch on day 6 – starting at Gala and ending at Budhi.
Along the way, there are the small settlements (few families only) at Lakhimpur and Malpa where we had breakfast and lunch stops. These are temporary summer settlements, I am sure, that cater to the yatris and other locals.
What is really amazing is that this trecherous path is the only connectivity of…
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