In 42nd amendment to the constitution of India (1976), article 48A and 51A(g) were added inter alia. Article 48A talks about the “protection and improvement of environment and safeguarding of forests and wildlife” and Article 51A(g) talks about one of our fundamental duty i.e. “to protect and improve our natural environment”. These two articles were added in the aftermath of the Stockholm convention (UN conference on Human environment, 1972) which provided for 26 principles and 109 recommendations. These principles serves as the “Magna carta” of environment protection.
The SARS-CoV-2 ravaged the whole globe, however “differential treatment” is offered by the virus to the unprivileged sections of our societies. Those who were at lowest rung of the societies faced the most brunt of it with some of the families even losing their sole breadwinner. There is a substantial hue and cry among the opposition parties as well as people regarding the mishandling of pandemic by the government. However, we all are more or less responsible for this havoc. Not just because we haven’t followed the COVID appropriate behavior religiously but because we as a human race failed to respect, “The Precautionary Principle”.
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