Ms Anitha deserves kudos for bringing out the problem to the fore in our forum. However it is time we think about the whole issue instead of just jumping into the bandwagon of the campaign against the endosulfan.
As of now there is only a resistance movement against the use of endosulfan in Kerala. In the rest of the country, there is no voice raised against the pesticide. Even in Kerala The problem is reported only from the district of Kasarkod.
It is not that the endosulfan is used only in Kasarkod, but is being used throughout Kerala and also other part of the country. If there is some problem as being shouted by those against the use endosulfan, it should have been noticed in other places also where endosulfan based pesticides are used in Kerala itself and also in other part of the country. No incident is reported from any other part in Kerala or otherwise.
Therefore, just because somebody shouts that the endosulfan based pesticides are to be banned, we should not just follow them. The ruling front is behaving in a strange manner. Instead of attending to the problem they are interested in settling score with the opposition front and the UPA Government.
If the Kerala Government was having genuine interest in the effect of this material, they should have done a through investigation, dispassionately and found out why this is affecting only Kasarkod instead of all the places where the same is used? If it is not endosulfan, what else is causing the tragedy and take steps to stop the cause. Even if it is endosulfan, temporarily ban the same within the state rather than waiting for center to do something. They could declare rice at Rs 2/- a kg before election even though the center has not implemented the same so far. Why this wait for center in this case, if they are genuinely interested in the welfare of the Kerala population?
From our side, we should not jump into conclusion just because some noise is created on the issue. Whatever we do should be on rational and logical basis after a through investigation.
Ramanathan A R