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Ecological Journeys: The Science and Politics of Conservation in India

Madhav Gadgil (Author)
Synopsis This book brings together Gadgil's best essays. They deal with many facets of the natural world and the world of humans, and how the two impinge on each other. In some of these he asks and answers playful-sounding questions: 'Why are blackbucks black? Are some ants creatures of restraint and forward planning?'

In others he exposes how ruthlessly man over-exploits natural resources. He talks of the need to upset the cold logic of man-made objects relentlessly replacing living organisms.

His thoughtful explorations of the lives of path-breaking scientists such as Salim Ali and M.K. Prasad show how a few exceptional people can change the accepted course of things.

Finally, he argues passionately against directing energy, water and raw materials towards intensive agriculture and urban development at the cost of the rural poor. He calls for radical changes in order that people are not denied basic information and prevented from participating in development.

This book provokes serious thought about the natural world and our relationship with it, urging us to take a hand in shaping it.

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About the author

Madhav Gadgil

For over three decades, Madhav Gadgil has been a crusading scientist with a broad range of interests, from conservation biology and ecological history to human ecology. He is also one of the few scientists in India to have successfully demystified science, making it accessible to non-specialists.

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Bibliographic information

Title Ecological Journeys: The Science and Politics of Conservation in India
Author Madhav Gadgil
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Permanent Black
Language: English
isbn 8178240157, 9788178240152
length xi+257p.; Illustrations; 22cm