we are still advised to follow the nursery rhyme. ( In Malayalam )
- ആ കാട്ടിൽ പോവരുത്
- ആ പുല്ലിൽ ചവിട്ടരുത്
- ആ വെള്ളം കുടിക്കരുത്
- ആ പൂവ് ചൂടരുത്
All such prohibitions are imposed for the interest of the power structure, but they would say it is to protect the goddess of nature. By a simple touch you pollute the sacred ecosystem. You cannot touch. You cannot approach.
It is the thesis of un-touchability and un-approachability regenerated in post modern epithets. It is only a semantic change. We had similar but greater dread that Mullapperiyar would fall and wash off districts within a few days it was some five years back. Nothing happened. Eco-panic syndrome is another game played by the vested interests.