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The Value of Nature: Ecological Politics in India

Smitu Kothari (Editor) Helmut Reifeld (Editor) Imtiaz Ahmed (Editor)
Synopsis Despite widening awareness about the adverse effects of human activity on our natural environment, there are multiple perceptions of what needs to be urgently attended to and by whom. Whose reference point defines the value of nature? For a vast majority of Indians, nature continues to be the source of life, it provides subsistence and meaning, and it contributes to their self-definition of who they are. It is also brutish and unpredictable, often bringing starvation, conflict, and strife. For others who predominantly live in urban areas, priorities encompass pollution of air, water and land, loss of vegetative cover and diversity of flora and fauna, destruction of the ozone layer, and destabilisation of climate. There thus exist complex and vastly differing relationships with nature in these two domains. How nature is 'valued' in each domain and how the dynamics in one impacts on the other frames ecological politics. This book explores the different approaches to the environment as well as examines the emerging international framework of coming to terms with the environmental crisis.
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About the authors

Smitu Kothari

Smitu Kothari (1950-2009) was one of India’s leading scholar activists. He was director of Lokayan, New Delhi, and co-editor of the Lokayan Bulletin, a journal of political, cultural and ecological struggles in South Asia. He founded Intercultural Resources, a forum for research and political intervention on the impacts and alternatives to destructive development. He was a visiting professor at Cornell University and at Princeton University.

Imtiaz Ahmed

Imtiaz Ahmed is currently the Executive Director of Centre for Alternatives. His works include State and Foreign Policy : India's Role in South Asia and The Efficacy of the Nation State in South Asia: A Post Nationalist Critique.

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Title The Value of Nature: Ecological Politics in India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st. Ed.
Language: English
isbn 818696262X
length x+286p.