In 1991, the Congress government announced a new economic regime that meant opening India for trade and investment, tax reforms and privatisation of institutions, activities and resources. Down To Earth invited economists and bureaucrats to discuss what the shift augured for the environment. Extracts of the debate carried in the May 31, 1992, issue
Issue Date: Jul 31, 2011
The Morse committee has asked the World Bank to step back from the Sardar Sarovar project. Whether the bank complies or not, the committee has undoubtedly delivered a resounding indictment of all those involved in the project—from the governments of Gujarat and India to the mighty World Bank. There is no doubt that the Gujarat government has failed to inspire confidence in its ability or efforts to provide a fair deal to those likely to suffer because of the project.
Issue Date: Jul 15, 2011
Though they were not very much in the spotlight, many scientists were present in Rio to stress that while the development of science and technology has been held responsible for the present ecological crisis, the solutions too lie in harnessing of science to meet the ecological needs of today.
Issue Date: Jun 30, 2011
The biggest problem with the Rio conference has been its petty-mindedness. It has consistently refused to look into the basic processes that lead to environmental destruction. The world’s political leaders have shown great fear of the economic and political restructuring that such an approach would demand.
Issue Date: Jun 15, 2011
Eminent Indian economist Sukhamoy Chakravorty had pointed out that the success of the phrase “sustainable development” lies in the fact that it says nothing precise and, therefore, means anything to anybody. For a logging company it can mean sustained projects; for an environmental economist it can mean sustained stocks of natural forests.
Issue Date: May 31, 2011
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