By: Vasdev Hemnani
Being a resident of Tharparkar it’s good too see, once forgotten, this area being discussed in mainstream media after a long interval of ignorance. From news bulletins of leading news channels to the largest circulating news papers of the country the issues concerning this area have been given a considerable space at every medium and also the manhandling of the area by Sindh government has been exposed at great length.
Ranked as the largest populated desert of the world with the population of over 2.2 millions of people , unfortunately, this part of the world is still always talk of the town for all the wrong reasons throughout the year. Be it the death of infant children due to the lack of medical facilities coupled with their undernutrition caused by frequent droughts, impure water and deaths of peacocks, one of the rare and precious breed among the birds, easily every breaking news from Tharparkar is usually heart breaking, until it rains there.
Scenes change so dramatically, almost magically, that barren land, which caused our faces turn into yellow, becomes lush green after the rain and that’s how the life of rural people, sucked by so many problems, is breathed in with happiness, joy and prosperity by every drop of rain.Therefore, paving the way for agricultural activities. No wonder that all of sudden people, who used to switch the channel of their television screen with remote control owing to the uncomfortable scenes of our life, are tempted to visit this place and realise how rain changes things here almost remote controllably. Given that, comparing Tharparkar with Kashmir in terms of natural beauty during rainy days will be no exaggeration at all.
However, being aware of the deadly effects of coal upon atmosphere this beauty, unfortunately, might soon fall prey to the corporational progress as Thar coal project is going to be operational by June 2019. Although we were concious of this loss ever since Thar coal project was first established in 2016. But in these rainy days and greenish sorroundings the sense of deprivation has grown more intense. Once this project becomes operational, undoubtedly, Tharpakar will never be same ever after and with this rare good news from this part will also become history.