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Green Signals: Ecology, Growth, and Democracy in India

 
Jairam Ramesh (Author)
Synopsis

The debate on whether to privilege economic growth over ecological security is passé. Environmental considerations must be at the heart of economic growth, especially for a country of 1.25 billion people destined to add another 400 million by the middle of the century. Green Signals chronicles the '1991 moment' in India's environmental decision-making, telling the story of how, for the first time, the doors of the environment ministry were opened to voices, hitherto unheard, into the policy-making process. It details efforts to change the way environment is viewed both by proponents of environmental security and those who prize economic growth at all costs. Told from the perspective of a pivotal decision maker, the book addresses the challenges involved in trying to ensure economic growth with ecological security. It takes us through India's coming of age in the global environmental and climate change community to take on a leadership role that is progressive, proactive, and steeped in national interest. Using speaking orders on high-profile projects, notes and letters to the Prime Minister, ministerial colleagues, chief ministers and others, Jairam Ramesh gives an insight into the debates, struggles, challenges, and obstacles to bringing environmental considerations into the mainstream of political and economic decision-making. This collection reveals the story of the author's attempt at the highest levels of governance to introduce effective decision-making, a transparent and accountable administration, and to make environmental concerns an essential component of a nation's quest to accelerate economic growth and end the scourge of poverty and deprivation.

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About the author

Jairam Ramesh

Jairam Ramesh is at present a Member of Parliament representing the Congress Party from Andhra Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha. He has earlier been advisor to two prime ministers and to two Finance Ministers. He has held several key positions in the Government of India during 1983-1997 and has been closely involved with many state governments as well. He has won several awards and is associated with various public institutions as well. He has had a varied education in leading universities in India and the USA.

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Bibliographic information

Title Green Signals: Ecology, Growth, and Democracy in India
Author Jairam Ramesh
Format Hardcover
Date published: 03.04.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 0199457522, 9780199457526
length 604p., 23cm.