Monday, 24 June 2019

Corbett Tiger Reserve tourist footfall decreases by 1000, Officials concerned!

Written by A Bisht

Tourist footfall in Corbett, Rajaji sees decline first time in four years

The decline in tourist footfall is problematic for any state which sees tourism a major source of its income.

But how much decline in such income requires a probe?

Will you, being the concerned authority, order a probe if the decline in the annual tourist footfall is from Rs. 2.84 crore to Rs. 2.83 crore?

The answer will be NO. Even when such a decline is seen after five years.

Why? .... Because the decrease is of just 1000 tourists!

The Wildlife Officials concerned in Uttarakhand seem to think otherwise.

According to this news article, the marginal dip in the tourist footfall in the Corbett Tiger Reserve and Rajaji National Park, the two premier tiger habitats in Uttarakhand, from 2.84 lakh to 2.83 in Corbett Tiger Reserve and from 61,507 in 2017-18 to 55,091 respectively in Rajaji National Park in 2018-19, is a matter of concern for the officials.

What reasons they can think of for the decline?

The Uttarakhand high court orders of limiting the number of vehicles entering the parks and ban on
night stay (which was later relaxed by the Supreme Court).

If these are the reasons they can think of, then as Wildlife Officials they must be Happy. If they are pressed by the question of tourism income, then they can sit back. The probe into 1000 less tourists cannot yield any results.

The news article doesn't serve any purpose. It seems just another piece of paid article.

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Sunday, 26 May 2019

"Batti Gul, Meter Chalu" | Very Bad movie!

Written by A Bisht

Amidst the hustle and bustle of election coverage on TV News Channels, websites, blogs and online social networks, I stumbled upon the movie -- "Batti Gul, Meter Chalu" with Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor ,Yami Gautam in lead roles.

The movie is about a group of friends based in Tehri Garhwal starting a small business (Start-up) and facing systemic corruption (UPCL). Hence the name "Batti Gul, Meter Chalu".

I found the movie extremely bad. I found it offending as well.

All the movie offers is stereotyping Uttarakhand Hill people as stupids, who cannot complete one single sentence WITHOUT USING THE WORD "Bal". The movie makers are so obsessed with this stereotype that the viewer gets simply irritated by it.

What is interesting though is that the movie managed to make Rs. 66 crore. Who spent that kind of money on such a bad movie!

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Wednesday, 10 April 2019

3 Problems Uttarakhand faces Today | Lok Sabha Elections 2019

Written by A Bisht

Tomorrow, Uttarakhand will vote for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019.

How the people of Uttarakhand will vote is their personal choice.

There are certain issues which the voters of Uttarakhand are facing at present.

These issues will remain there irrespective of how the people of Uttarakhand choose to vote tomorrow.

3 Problems Uttarakhand faces Today before going to Lok Sabha Elections 2019 tomorrow

  • For majority of Uttarakhand youth --- The biggest issue is the unemployment. 
The problem of unemployment is so big that they have started ignoring it. A large section of Uttarakhand youth doesn't see unemployment as their demand anymore.

Instead of discussing the high levels of unemployment among them, they choose to consume their time on emotive issues of nationalism, patriotism, army, surgical strikes, content unrelated to their lives, propaganda etc.

The fascination for Armed Forces can be understood. 

But having too much fascination for Armed Forces jobs doesn't help the unemployment problem because compared to the number of applicants, there are not enough Armed Forces jobs.

The problem of unemployment among Uttarakhand youth becomes more serious when high unemployment levels and high literacy rate are seen together. The unemployment levels among well educated youth in Uttarakhand is also very high.

It will be difficult to say when Uttarakhand will vote on the question of unemployment. But one thing is for sure --- Sooner than later, the Uttarakhand youth will have to acknowledge the unemployment problem among them.
  • Inability of youth to connect education with future employment : This specially applies to the first time voters in the state (18-24 year olds). Majority of them don't have a clear idea of how their education will get them a job. In other words, as students they don't think much about their future employment prospects. It is a surprise but they seem to be focusing on issues which have no impact, whatsoever, on their own lives. Politicians understand this weakness among youth, that's why they tell them to vote in the name of surgical strikes.
  • Giving too much importance to the highways, flyovers, airports etc. : This is a broader problem among most of us. We give unnecessary importance to the highways, flyovers, airports etc. 
Let I explain why. 

Highways, flyovers, airports and other such public infrastructure is good. 

But it is good only when people have money and real purpose of using such public infrastructure.

With high rates of poverty and unemployment among the people of Uttarakhand, majority of such infrastructure becomes less useful for people.

Take for example, an airport. How many people in Uttarakhand will be able to buy an air ticket? ... Very few. 

All weather roads, four-lane highways, flyovers, airports etc. are good when people are able to use them to improve their lives. In states where majority of people are poor, such infrastructure mainly helps the rich ONLY.

At present, Uttarakhand people give too much importance to such infrastructure which is not helping them. Their other problems such as unemployment, lack of affordable healthcare, too low wages, no job guarantee must be addressed first. Or there must at least be some balance in the Govt. spending on infrastructure and on people.

To conclude, irrespective of how you see your vote. Do vote.

And DO NOT PRESS NOTA. Vote for the best among the lot.

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