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Survival within Constraints

Being Tribal by Shereen Ratnagar (New Delhi: Primus Books), 2010, pp xiii, 111; Rs 825.

Tourism Processes and Gender Relations

Tourism processes, as this article argues, like other processes and relations in society are gendered. The gender bias is built into the discourse of tourism practices, images, and activities, which, by and large, privileges the male viewpoint. Researchers, academics and social activists have questioned the hegemonic male view of tourism at different levels, although their voices are still weak. In light of the fact that tourism processes are expanding rapidly in the globalising world, there is a need to strengthen these voices, both at the local and global levels. For a start, the agenda of women's movements everywhere must include the demand for greater participation of local people in tourism planning and development, especially if rights and interests of people in tourist destinations in the third world are to be protected. Only then can they share equitably in the benefits that result from tourism.

Scheduled Tribes Bill, 2005

Conservation is believed to be most effective when people, who depend on a particular resource, are made partners in managing that resource. Instances have favourably recorded the involvement of local people in forests or wildlife after they were accorded a stake in the protection or propagation of the same. The scheduled tribes bill, being currently debated by the government, promises to be the first step in laying the foundation for a more democratic management of forests, essential for both forests and forest communities to survive.

Patrick Geddes: Sociologist, Environmentalist and Town Planner

Patrick Geddes' pioneering work in applying sociological understanding of environmental concerns to town planning did not get due recognition during his own lifetime and also subsequently. But, with the quest for seeking inter-linkages between various specialised streams of knowledge gaining momentum of late, Geddes' interdisciplinary inquiries into natural and social sciences have gained significance within contemporary academia.

Remembering A R Desai

Indra Munshi Denzil Saldanha A R Desai's concern did not stop at theoretical analysis, but extended to include expression of solidarity and support to groups ana people struggling against injustice. With energy, enthusiasm and courage, ... which could only come from a deep commitment he addressed meetings, attended workshops, participated in demonstrations till the last days of his life. So while we mourn his passing, it is a time also to celebrate a life which was so creative and purposeful.
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