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Environmental Issues in India by Mahesh Rangarajan

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INTRODUCTION

A WORD IN ADVANCE

It is difficult to avoid mention of environmental issues in India today. Newspapers warn of impending water wars. Television stations beam news broadcasts of the state of the tiger or the rights of tribals. Big dams divide people, from film stars to commoners, into groups that deify and those that oppose them. Over two decades ago, environment seemed an idea whose time had come. Time magazine even made earth ‘The Planet of the Year’ in 1989, in place of their usual choice of a man or a woman. Today, environment is still a critical issue. What drives the salience of such issues? Just what do they mean? This Reader is an attempt to help find clues to the answer, or rather, to suggest ways to pose this question. ...

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