And Quiet Flows the Filth


I am more a back-room worker. I am not much of an activist when it comes to urban environmental issues though I  give voluntary technical support to causes of tribal, rural & marginalised populations. The only time I tried to raise a voice some years back was when sewage and Industrial effluents flowing around my home affected my children’s health.

A TV channel helped with the citizen journalist show ( linked here) and miraculously the problem disappeared for a few months. The TV channel also happened to get a huge advertising contract from one of the suspect industries named in the show immediately after they raised the issue. After a while the problem started again.

The Municipal Commissioner as well as his staff keep saying “These people build houses there because the land is cheap. what can we do?” implying that the Municipality cannot protect residential areas where the land is cheap.  Well the Commissioner and his department approve the development and collect taxes in cheap areas as well. Sadly this problem still threatens my house and I had to vacate my only home and have moved to a rented flat. And the filth continues to flow…


About Gunasekar C Rajaratnam

Social Entrepreneur, Guna has been working 28 years with market research and social research agencies and as an independent research consultant. Volunteers most of his time on social and public causes and has travelled extensively within India and has visited Africa. Trained as a barefoot manager, Guna leads a de-cluttered life of simplicity and personal Integrity and aims to be a 'Karmayogi'. He works with marginalised and rural communities and helps them set up sustainable enterprises in rural and urban areas. He holds these Positions: Director - Methodlabs Services Private Limited Co-Founder - Coworking Chennai Started as a freelance field data collector in 1985, grew up to a Senior General Manager in 1998 working for professional research agencies and as an Independent Research Methodology Consultant since 1998. He has designed and played a role in implementing a variety of research and analytic projects in retail markets, consumer behaviour, health, environment, social development, hard to reach communities and indigenous people. Specialities: Research Methodology, recruiting, training and managing large research teams, online collaboration tools, open source software, qualitative and quantitative research techniques, clinical and laboratory research practices and Knowledge management. Domain knowledge in Industrial diversification, marketing, retail markets, appropriate technologies, social development, health, sexual health, environment, urban wildlife, communities and indigenous people

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