As the country put on 3D glasses, seated in luxurious multiplexes, engrossed in visuals of a forest fire raging in Mowgli and his friends’ home, a real forest fire in the northern part of the country is putting several lives and ecosystems in danger.
According to locals, large tracts of forests in the hilly regions of Uttarakhand are burning. The fires, according to them, have been set off by paid agents of the timber mafia and the land mafia. Many claim to have noticed that in areas where fires have been put out, burnt trees are being marked and cut for sale.
National media has been strangely silent on the issue (as it has been on many cases of importance of late).
Uttarakhand governor has ordered almost 6000 personnel to tackle the situation on the ground. Various departments of the state machinery have been directed to coordinate with one another.