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Debating Conservation

Battles over Nature, Science and the Politics of Conservation edited by Vasant Saberwal and Mahesh Rangarajan; Permanent Black, Delhi, 2005; pp 412, paperback, Rs 395.

The View from Vevey

Most writings on globalisation exemplify technological globalisation by referring to the importance of computer technology in international trade. In this paper, the focus is on the technology of genetic engineering. A recurring issues in the debate on globalisation is the question whether globalisation leads to homogenisation. This paper attempts a closer look at the nuances within the 'social movements' protesting globalisation, especially the farmers' movements and the Indian farmers' Inter-Continental Caravan (ICC) and the processes accompanying the resistance to globalisation, including perceptions of new technologies such as biotechnology.

Globalisation, Demystification and Schism in Tibetan Buddhism

For Tibetan Buddhism the exile in India and the west has meant not only survival, but the possibility of gaining followers from around the world. Globalisation, has however, accentuated internal weaknesses and contributed to demands for reform. The dispute relating to the appointment of the 17th Karmapa, reincarnate head of the Kagyupa sect, shows the difficulties of accommodating all Kagyupas under the same hat, IN 1959 Tibet's theocratic polity was shattered and the Tibetan people were subjected to a tragic confrontation with Chinese communism. According to the Tibetan exile government, more than 1.2 million Tibetans died as a direct consequence of the Chinese take-over while some 6,000 monasteries and temples were demolished [Office of Information and International Relations 1990:5 and 71 ]. These figures may be an exaggeration [Sethi 1993], but there is little doubt that Tibetans have had their share of suffering.
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