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The Cultural Dimension of Ecology

Urbanization. Industrialization. Market Economy. Technocentric Lifestyles. Degenerated Consumerism. Air, Water and Land Pollutions. These are some of the tell-tale expressions, recurringly surfacing in the concerns about ecolog....read below

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Urbanization. Industrialization. Market Economy. Technocentric Lifestyles. Degenerated Consumerism. Air, Water and Land Pollutions. These are some of the tell-tale expressions, recurringly surfacing in the concerns about ecological disturbances across the continents. Today, however, as we are headed for an ecological disaster, there is not only a growing awareness against the "cornucopian technocentrism", but also a far-stretched disillusionment with the one-way exploitative, economic development. And even the national planners are being questioned: Can the law of a nation supersede the Law of Nature? Should the rights of the people be allowed to be destructively manipulated by the rules of power? Must the wisdom-tradition of our ancestors be shelved to accomodate the flagrant hypocrisies of the Planning tradition?

 

As a part of the Unesco Chair activities at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, a Conference: 13-16 October 1995, New Delhi, involved some of the highly reputed scholars in a stimulating dialogue on the "Cultural Dimension of Education and Ecology". Its presentations are now offered in two volumes: setting out independently the Cultural Dimension of (1) Education, and (2) Ecology.

Focussing on the ecological systems in the mountains, forests and islands vis-a-vis the hitherto-adopted modes of aggressive development, the 15 articles here underscore the urgency of changing the modern lifestyles, of befriending Nature and, above all, of returning to 'wisdom-tradition'. Also included here are case-studies highlighting the aspects of culture that are being lived in the day-to-day lives of people -- even today!

 

This collection is invaluable to environmentalists, social activists, economic planners, policy-makers, and cultural scholars working for the revival of traditional wisdom.

  • Foreword By : Kapila Vatsyayan
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124601020
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 812460102X
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 1998
  • Pages : xviii, 202 p.
  • Bibliographic Details : 20 Colour illustrations
  • Size : 25 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 750 gm

Foreword

-- Kapila Vatsyayan 

Prologue

-- John V. Kingston

Introduction

-- Baidyanath Saraswati

1. Environment and Education

-- Sunderlal Bahuguna

2. Subsistence Strategies and Environmental Management

-- R. S. Negi

3. Traditional Knowledge and Management of Natural Resources

-- A.S. Mishra

4. Ecological Degradation Due to Exploitation of Natural Resources and Development

-- Ramkar Pant

-- Rakesh Khanduri

5. Water Resources and their Management in Kashmir

-- B. L. Malla

6. Sacred Response to Environment : The Gaddi and His Mountain

-- Molly Kaushal

7. Ecology and Traditional Wisdom

-- P. S. Ramakrishnan

8. The Nature-centric Culture of the Nepalese

-- D. S. Rasaily
-- R. P. Lama

9. The Brahmaputra's Changing River Ecology

-- A. K. Das

10. The Warlis and the Dhangars : The Context of the Commons

-- Ajay Dandekar

11. Cultural Dimension of Ecology : A Case Study of the Oraons

-- Virginius Xaxa

12. Ecological cultivation in the Karanpura Region : A Case Study

-- Sachchidananda
-- Rajiv Ranjan Jha

13. Ecology, Culture, History and World-view : The Andaman and Nicobar Islanders

-- T. N. Pandit

14. Moral Education for Environmental Protection : The Sarvodaya Model

-- H. M. D. R. Herath

15. African Modes of Transmission of Traditional Knowledge

-- Charles S. Makari

List of Contributors
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