ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Dynamics of Nature Conservation

Nature Conservation in the New Economy: People, Wildlife and the Law in India edited by Ghazala Shahabuddin and K Sivaramakrishnan, Hyderabad: Orient BlackSwan, 2019; pp xx + 291, `895.


Nature Conservation in the New Economy: People, Wildlife and the Law in India is a compilation of nine papers and an introductory chapter. The compilation is an attempt towards understanding underlying reasons behind unprecedented stresses on air, water, land and wildlife, despite over five decades of stringent conservation laws, policies and programmes. The book presents an in-depth analysis of events post economic liberalisation in the 1990s, a period significant for emergence of federal politics, rights-based legislations and decentralisation on the one hand; and rapid cultural, socio-econo­mic and environmental changes due to rising consumption, population, urbanisation and globalised aspirations on the other.

The book takes a multidisciplinary approach to bridge the gap between largely polarised writings on conservation, so far either focused on nature and wildlife conservation from a purely naturalist point of view or on issues of equity and justice. As the editors explain, “a deeper treatment of the subject of nature conservation necessarily involves dialogues across … ecology, anthropology, history, political science and economics.” The chapters in the book refreshingly bring about an understanding of “nature and wildlife conservation in a way that adequately bridges the biological sciences—social sciences—humanities divide.” The need for such an approach cannot be overemphasised in the current times.

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Updated On : 23rd May, 2021
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