Nature's Nation: Ecology, State and Society in India, 1939-89

The idea that the attainment of political independence was the first not the last step towards self-reliance in a democratic framework was widely held as the goal in the year before and after 1947. Yet political and economic transformations also had profound and deep-seated consequences for the natural world, not only the fauna or flora but the rivers, plains, coasts and mountains. Given the rich tapestry of debates on the form Purna Swaraj was to take, it is no surprise that the specific economic model and technological choices were subject of intense debate.Whereas the terms 'environmental' or 'ecology' did not come into vogue till the end of the 1960s there were as we shall see significant concerns about the relation of nature in material as well as symbolic sense to the idea of the nation

Mahesh Rangarajan teaches history and environmental studies at Ashoka University. He has studied at the universities of Delhi and Oxford and taught at Cornell, Delhi University and the National Centre for Biological Sciences. He also served as Director of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library 2011-15.His first book Fencing the Forest was published in 1996. Recent works include Nature and Nation (2015) and the co edited works Shifting Ground (2014), Nature without Borders (2014) and At Nature's Edge (2018)

Awadhendra Sharan is Professor at Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.


Friday, 26 April 2019

5 p.m, CSDS Seminar Room,

29 Rajpur Road, Delhi 110054