Author: Mahesh RangarajanSeveral Contributors/Translator(s)/ Edito: Mahesh RangarajanPublisher: Pearson LongmanYear: 2007Language: EnglishPages: 570ISBN/UPC (if available): 8131708101
There is more to environmental issues than vanishing tigers and denuded hillsides, pesticides and pollution. Endangered ecologies or despoiled landscapes are but a small part of a whole spectrum of issues that affect the quality of our lives. So often, these issues are about the way we do or do not live.Nowhere in the world are environmental issues as glaring as in India today. One among the dozen countries with the most diverse array of life forms, India is also home to one of every six humans on the Earth. Because of population pressure, the often-flawed state policies, and the disconnect between the need of development and local understanding of issues, significant sections of the population, many of whom are underprivileged, enter into conflict over a range of basic environmental concerns. This also gives rise to a host of responses to these multiple crises. How these crises are resolved will have consequences far beyond India’s borders.Environmental Issues in India brings together 33 essays by seminal environment scholars, thinkers and activists from within India and abroad. The volume is divided into five thematic sections: the first three explore the pre-colonial and the colonial contexts, and move on to independent India. The last two sections examine environmental movements and how India relates to global environmental concerns.This book will provoke, educate, stimulate and inform the lay reader and specialist alike. Students will especially enjoy the diverse sample of lucid essays by some of the best-known names in the field. Anyone keen to know more about the why and how of India’s environment will find this volume an invaluable resource.
List of tablesPrefaces and AcknowledgementsIntroductionSection I: PRE-COLONIAL INDIASection II: COLONIAL INDIASection III: INDEPENDENT INDIA’S ENVIRONMENTSection IV:MOVEMENTS AND ALTERNATIVESSection V: GLOBAL ISSUESFurther ReadingsAbout the Editor and Contributors