Reddy had encouraged “development” in that area to boost fish production threatening the livelihood of the fishermen in the area as also increased food runoffs into the water system from commercial aquaculture farms. The SC verdict delivered a slap to Reddy saying that any development of the present should not compromise the capability of future generations to sustain their livelihood. This, they lectured AP, is “sustainable development.”
The SC demanded that the state not only dismantle all the fish farms illegally and thoughtlessly created but also arrest the transportation of inputs for these farms which are usually done in motorized boats that spew oil. However, the court wanted to ensure that fishing in traditional form that does not adversely affect the environment is not stopped with this order.
Increasingly, the youth are detached from their traditional practices of agriculture and sustenance and absorbing trash from Indian and Hollywood movies that are depicted as “cool.” In a recent case in Karnataka, some politically connected youth thought it was more effective to catch fish using dynamites and mimicked a Hollywood movie depicting a deranged socially mal-adjusted Australian “wildlife strongman” catching fish using similar means and getting away with it.