Book Digest: The battle for Bihar, rumor and reality of COVID-19 and more

Accounts of evolution of animals and human realationship with the environment, DTE tracks contemporary books on environment and development from leading authors

By DTE Staff
Published: Saturday 31 October 2020
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The Battle for Bihar: Nitish Kumar and the Theatre of Power | Arun Sinha | Penguin | September 21, 2020

At the centre of India’s social churn and high political drama is Bihar, a state with great untapped potential. After bursting on to the scene in the late 1980s and becoming Bihar’s uncrowned ruler, Lalu Prasad Yadav was challenged by his erstwhile comrade Nitish Kumar. Unable to oust Lalu from power with his small, new party, Nitish made an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

A quiet but canny politician, Nitish Kumar, as the chief minister, brought back law and order, roads, education and health to the fore of governance, aspects sorely lacking during Lalu’s long rule.

But the entry of Narendra Modi into the national political scene in 2013 rocked the alliance’s boat. Nitish’s switching of alliance between the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the BJP around that time cost him enormously in terms of political goodwill.

Darwin’s Tree of Life | Michael Bright | Wayland | November 12, 2020

Follow the evolution of plants and animals, from the first living things six billion years ago to the animals living in the world today. This book shows how the incredible diversity of life on earth came to be. 

God’s Earth | Michael P Wright | RWG Publishing | October 27, 2020

This book is a message for humanity to save our way of life on Earth. Everyone needs to be “All In” to repair the damage of caused by climate change. It is a call to understand the nature, and to not underestimate the backlash.

COVID-19 Rumor and Reality: COVID-19 Rumor Surpasses the Reality Assigning a Complex Pandemic |Kishore Nath | October 23, 2020

This is a book written to broadly examine the rumour and reality of the the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.

This book says where the pandemic itself might require to be redefined; where everything represents signs of crushing the lot of the global population under the imaginary feet of the giant coronavirus.

The Bird-Friendly City: Creating Safe Urban Habitats |Timothy Beatley |Island Press | November 5, 2020

The author takes readers on a global tour of cities that are reinventing the status quo with birds in mind. Efforts span a fascinating breadth of approaches: Public education, urban planning and design, habitat restoration, architecture, art, civil disobedience and more.

Ecodramaturgies: Theatre, Performance and Climate Change | Lisa Woynarski|Palgrave Macmillan | December 14, 2020

This book addresses theatre’s contribution to the way we think about ecology, our relationship to the environment, and what it means to be human in the context of climate change.

It offers a detailed study of the ways in which contemporary performance has critiqued and re-imagined everyday ecological relationships, in more just and equitable ways. 

The Elephant Tourism Business | Eric Laws, Professor Noel Scott, Professor Xavier Font | CABI Publishing | November 23, 2020

This book draws attention to the need for a comprehensive and rigorous focus on local solutions to improve the welfare of captive elephants, their mahouts and local residents, and to enhance tourists' experiences of elephant tourism. 

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