Sikkim becoming the first organic state of India is a good news. But, the picture for other states of India where population density densities are much higher and problem of mass unemployment is severe may not be similarly rosy. Agriculture has limited potential these days in our overpopulated country, particularly in terms of providing employment. Industrialisation has become costlier compared to what it had been during the days of the first few industrial revolutions of the West, w...hen environmental pollution, cultural destruction and displacement of people were of least concern. Fixed landmass rules out horizontal expansion leaving room for mostly vertical expansion. At the moment only industrialisation seems to fit the bill. But, that too needs some land. This, needless to say, leaves us locked in a bloody battle over growth and development. Planning with an eye for ecological balance and monetary and other modes of compensation often are prescribed as solutions, and these work only if affected people are willing to accept compensation. However, dirty politics creeps into the business right in here. In case of such transactions government of a welfare state is supposed to be backing the people and not the corporate. But, often the government using the old land acquisition act does just the opposite. And, the politicians who are not in power at the moment but hope to get there, sell dreams of impossible rates of compensation and other impossibilities. Time ticks on. Stagnation sets in, but not really. Waterbodies are filled up, trees are felled, illegal mining, quarrying, crushing and, sand and gravel mining from rivers grow at alarmingly increasing rates. Residential buildings get constructed and resorts come up at every last trace of wilderness. Urbanisation becomes rampant and inexorable. instead of being surrounded by villages, cities gobble up them. The local strongmen become wealthier. Youths turn out criminals and criminalisation of society becomes a normality. Rest of the population are forced to live upon largesse with no sustainable future. One just has to go around and see this horrendous tale threatening to become a reality. Not in our state of course - we are close to Sikkim, close on it's heels or hills - but in the rest of India.