4 min read.Updated: 01 Jun 2016, 10:39 AM ISTVarad Pande
Everywhere, the human impact of environmental pollution is surfacing starkly
In his 1991 budget speech, finance minister Manmohan Singh made an emphatic declaration: “We cannot deforest our way to prosperity and we cannot pollute our way to prosperity". These were prescient words. While India had strong environmental legislation even in the pre-1991 era – the Wildlife (Protection) Act of 1972, Water Act of 1974, Forest (Conservation) Act of 1980, Air Act of 1981, and the Environment (Protection) Act of 1986 – this ‘Environment vs Growth’ debate has become much more salient in post-reform India.