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Environmental Issues in India by Mahesh Rangarajan

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INTRODUCTION

India is part of a larger world and more often than not, issues and concerns that exist within its borders as a nation state, have close linkages with the lands and peoples beyond. Part of this is inevitable. The world may be divided into nearly 200 states that vary greatly in military and economic capability, population size and resource endowment. Ecological phenomena do not respect the bounds of territory drawn or contested so fiercely by men and women. The oceanic tides and prevailing winds, the flow of river systems and the migration of birds with the cycle of seasons are but small ways in which nature defies human-made boundaries.

But more than that, India is also a major arena of human-nature interactions, with consequences ...

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