Diluting Environmental Regulations Under the Guise of Good Governance

In this episode, we speak to Kanchi Kohli and Manju Menon about India's environmental regulations. 

In 2012, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India reported in Parliament that the government inefficiently allocated coal blocks and caused a loss of revenue to the tune of Rs 1.8 lakh crore. The period from 2010 to the national elections in 2014 was when “the allocation of natural resources to mainstream economic sectors, especially mining, was politicised like never before.” What did this process of politicisation involve? How was it different from before? In what ways has environmental regulation changed since 2014?  

These are some of the questions that researchers Kanchi Kohli and Manju Menon will help address. We will be discussing their article titled “Narratives of Natural Resource Corruption and Environmental Regulatory Reforms in India.” Their article was a part of a specially commissioned series of five papers for EPW’s annual Review of Environment and Development

Menon is a senior fellow at CPR, where she undertakes research, writing and community projects on environmental justice and the politics of resource rights. Kohli is a senior researcher at CPR. Her policy research and practice explore the links between law, development, sustainability and environmental justice.

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