The inaugural issue of Down To Earth (May 31, 1992) coincided with India opening up its economy. We carried a debate on how economic liberalisation would impact the country's environment. Participants in that debate voiced the fear that liberalisation could marginalise environmental concerns. Twenty-five years later, the debate has become shriller. Has liberalisation threatened the livelihoods of the underprivileged and put our natural resources at stake? Have imbalanced trade-offs between the economy and ecology become the new norm?
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