A respected institution is known by the course of its conduct, the goodwill it enjoys in the society, by its deeds, by its ability to generate a positive change and to shape the public imagination. Whether it is a supremely important institute such as the judicial system of a country or a principal education body of a nation, an institute is known not by the power it exercises over its people but by the integrity it commands in the eyes of the people.
And on that count, there are few institutions that are as widely respected as they are fiercely feared in the eyes of all as the honorable Supreme Court of India.
But of all the things that have been said on the subject of Delhi’s pollution, nothing seems funnier and more surprising than the comments made by the Supreme court on Delhi’s pollution.
So what was said by the Supreme Court on Delhi’s pollution, one wonders? Well, this may surprise all of us truth be told.
Taking a bleak view of the steps that are being put into place alleviate the rising menace of the air pollution of the national capital, the comments made by the honorable Supreme Court on Delhi’s pollution appeared as perfect headline-making material when the eminent body said:
“Why are people being forced to live in gas chambers. It is better to kill them all in one go, get explosives in 15 bags at one go. Why should people suffer like this.”
It turns out that the Supreme Court was sharing some observations on the issue of rising air and water pollution in the state of Maharashtra, where much of the country’s national media and private bodies are focusing (as of now) given the intensity of political action going on at the moment.
The scathing remarks, apparently made in understanding the plight of the commoners in the national capital, were actually made by Justice Arun Mishra, who was speaking with Tushar Mehta, the Solicitor-General for the central government.
Justice Arun Mishra also noted that where it stands at the moment, then a blame game is going on in Delhi regarding who’s fault it really is that the quality of air pollution has gone down the drain with great severity.
NDTV elaborated the development and stated, “the two-member bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta was referring to increasing instances of stubble burning in neighbouring states, a major contributor to air pollution in the national capital region, as well as a Bureau of India Standards (BIS) report claiming that water samples collected from 11 places across Delhi failed quality tests on 19 parameters. The Supreme Court has asked the centre and the Aam Aadmi Party government to provide relevant details in this regard.”