17 January, 2021

Prakash Javadekar, 63

Environment minister 4/10

Prakash Javadekar, 63

Given that PM Modi publicly debunked climate change as something that happened as “people’s ability to bear cold becomes less as they age”, and dubbed the UPA’s environment ministry as “Jayanthi tax”, this ministry was always going to be a political hot potato under the BJP. Javadekar quickly set the stage by saying he did not want this ministry—that covers everything from wildlife, forests, pollution to climate change—to be a “roadblock” or a “speed-breaker”.

Reportedly, the ministry has cleared a record 240 projects over the past six months, including some controversial thermal and hydro-power projects and opening up of forest land. Not to mention the clearance for Adani Ports’ Mundra SEZ. Has he been overzealous or efficient? While the UPA could be credited with the Forest Rights Act, (and later on trying to dilute it at the state or local level), this government seems to follow the development agenda as an over-arching principle.

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