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Environmental Conflicts and Public Interest Science

Interest Science Vandana Shiva J Bandyopadhyay The emergence of public interest science is critical to a just resolution of conflicts over natural resources since, in its absence, partisan science is given the status of a neutral value-free, and independent tool for resolving con- flicts. However, since partisan science is cognitively rooted in special vested interests, it tends to bias public policy decisions in their favour and against public interest. In support of this argument, the authors review the role of public interest science in environmental action in the Boon Valley and in the forest struggles.

Eucalyptus in Rainfed Farm Forestry-Prescription for Desertification

Eucalyptus in Rainfed Farm Forestry Prescription for Desertification J Bandyopadhyay Vandana Shiva IN the countries of the South desertification is becoming an increasingly severe threat to human survival. The recently published UNEP report on desertification gives the estimate that about 3.5 million hectares of productive and fertile rainfed land is being lost to this ever-expanding threat. The contemporary food crisis in Africa is the most vivid experience of what desertification entails in human and economic terms. It is also a reminder of the fact that the economic problems of the poorest of mankind are rooted in the ecological destruction caused by the excessive resource demands of the elites of the world who manipulate the pattern of natural resource utilisation in the advancement of their economic privileges.

Planning for Underdevelopment-The Case of Doon Valley

Planning for Underdevelopment The Case of Doon Valley J Bandyopadhyay Vandana Shiva 'Economic growth' and 'development' are categories that are class-based, and their operation within a society leads to improved well-being for a minority while simultaneously denying the majority the access to basic resources for basic needs satisfaction, thus rendering them, underdeveloped. Underdevelopment is therefore one of the final states created by development plans and not an initial state on which such plans act.

People and Forests Crucial Fight Ahead

People and Forests: Crucial Fight Ahead Vandana Shiva People and Forests by Desmond EVER since the. management of the forests in India went out of the hands of the forest dwelling communities and into the hands of the British rulers, there has been a continuous abridgement of the local people's rights to the forests.1 It was expected that the Forest Bill drafted for the first time in free India would take a different course. However, social activists working among the forest dwelling communities saw in the new Forest Bill, 1980, an increased threat to the life-support system of these communities. Several organisations in the country, as a result, organised a conference in Delhi in April 1982 to discus the ways and means for altering the content of the proposed Forest Bill. The monograph under review is a product of that meeting. It is therefore proper to view the monograph in the perspective the people's mobilisation against the repressive aspects of the proposed Forest Bill and not independent of it.

Political Economy of Technological Polarisations

earlier draft of the paper. Above all she wishes to acknowledge the unstinted help given by several of her colleagues and friends at different stages in the preparation of this paper She alone, however, is responsible for the errors that remain.] 1 K N Raj, "Prospective Changes", Seminar, December 1979; S L Shetty and K A Menon, "Savings and Investment without Growth", May 24, 1980 and N A Majumdar, et al, "The High Saving Phase of the Economy, 1976-79" RBI Occasional Paper, June 1980.

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