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Relevance of Gandhian environmentalism

Mahatma Gandhi never used the words environment protection, but his writings are replete with remarks on the excesses of industrial society

 
By Kaushik Das Gupta
Last Updated: Monday 30 January 2017
Credit: Jay Galvin / Flicker
Credit: Jay Galvin / Flicker Credit: Jay Galvin / Flicker

In the post-Gandhian era, environmental problems surfaced at a breakneck speed with large-scale and indiscriminate industrialisation leading to environmental hazards and degradations. Mahatma Gandhi’s critique of modernity reveals his concern about the emergence of a social order that exploits nature for short-term gains. He had written widely about the need for human beings to exercise restraint with respect to the use of natural resources. His “counter-thinking” is now increasingly becoming a mainstream thought with greater awareness of the environmental problems.

Troubled by unrestricted industrialism and materialism, Gandhi had foreseen a time when the resources of the earth will not be enough to meet the growing demands of the people. On the 69th death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Down To Earth tries to understand the man and what value his vision brings to the contemporary discourse on environment conservation.

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