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The sixth in the series of Ramin Jahanbegloo's interviews of prominent intellectuals who have influenced modern Indian thought, Talking Environment is based on Jahanbegloo's conversations with Vandana Shiva, one of the leading environmental activists of our time. The book addresses issues encompassing nature and spiritualism, the Chipko Movement and the birth of Navdanya, ecofeminism, 'earth democracy', 'seed globalization', functioning of the neoliberal paradigm in India, swadeshi and village governance, corruption and poverty in India, the future of Indian farmers, among others. The dialogue flows effortlessly from Shiva's descriptions of her early life, influence of her parents and teachers, her affinity with the Himalayas, love for quantum physics, and experiences in the University of Western Ontario to the role of technology and science, the relevance of Gandhian philosophy in the contemporary world, and 'eco-imperialism'. Engaging and thought-provoking, this book is a journey into the life and work of one of the leading thinkers of our time.
Ramin Jahanbegloo, well-known Iranian philosopher, is a professor of political science and a research fellow in the Centre for Ethics at University of Toronto and a board member of PEN Canada.
Vandana Shiva, philosopher, environmental activist, and author, is well-known for conceptualizing 'ecofeminism'. In 1982, she initiated Navdanya, a programme of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology (RFSTE), a participatory research initiative to provide direction and support to environmental activism. Recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, she was also decorated with the Global 500 Award of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Earth Day International Award of the United Nations (UN).
Table of Contents
Introduction PART I: FROM DEHRADUN TO WESTERN ONTARIO Affinities with Nature An Interconnected World The Gandhian Influence Einstein and Love of Physics Canada and Quantum Physics The Chipko Movement and the Birth of Navdanya PART II: NEW PERSPECTIVES ON GANDHI Globalization and Nonviolence Gandhi Today The Ecology of Transformation Are there any Gandhians Left? PART III: THE DIVISION OF INDIA What is left of Gandhi's India? The New Liberal Paradigm in India What Happened to the Indian Democracy? Swadeshi and the Village Governance An Atomistic Society The Corporate Greed Do We Need a New Gandhi? Contemporary Insecurities The War against Nature The Economy of Death PART IV: THINKING ECOFEMINISM The Reductive Nature of Scientific Reasoning The Conquest of Human Beings The Two Levels of Reductionism Gandhi: Conservative or Reformer? Gandhi and Modernity Gandhi and the Spiritualization of Politics What is the Role of Techno-Sciencein our World? A Care for Life Biodiversity and the Plurality of Knowledge Corporations and Scientists The Feminism of Ordinary Women The Future of Poverty in India How Could Indians Fight Corruption? The Sacredness of Life PART V: SAVING THE ECOSYSTEM Staying Alive The Polarization of Gender Going Beyond Capitalist Patriarchy What is Earth Democracy? The Seed Globalization Knowledge as a Public Good Anti-globalization and Public Awareness PART VI: ENDING WITH ECO-IMPERIALISM The Indian Cow The Green Revolution in India and Its Responsibilities Is the Indian Identity in Danger? Building Resistance Looking Back After Forty Years The Future of the Indian Farmers From Party Politics to Freedom of Thought