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Talking Environment
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‘Eco-feminism has always been the feminism of ordinary women I have never seen eco-feminism as an issue of essentialism in biology. I do not say that women are genetically wired to be closer to nature but we are culturally wired because the patriarchal system pushed us out. It also told women that men had all the rights and the control. The men operated the military and pocketed all the profits. But who looked after life? The women. Where does life come from? From biodiversity, from the forest. Therefore, women became experts of life because they were entrusted with the responsibility of becoming sustainers.

 

About The Book

From eco- feminism and biodiversity to the Chipko Movement, swadeshi and village governance, corruption and poverty in India, and the future of Indian farmers among others, in this book Vandana Shiva unravels her heart to address many critical issues India is negotiating with.

The dialogue moves effortlessly as Vandana talks about her early life, influence of her parents and teachers, her affinity with the Himalayas, love for quantum physics, role of technology and science, ‘earth democracy’, ‘seed globalization,, relevance of Gandhian philosophy in the contemporary world, and ‘eco-imperialism, candid, lively, and personal, Talking Environment, the sixth book in the series of Ramin Jahanbegloo,s interviews of prominent intellectuals is a journey into the life and work of one of the finest thinkers of our time.

 

About The Author

Vandana Shiva, Philosopher, environmental activist, and author, is well-known for conceptualizing ‘eco-feminism,. In 1982, she initiated Navdanya, a programme of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology (RFSTE), a participatory research initiative, to provide direction and support to environmental activism. Recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, she was also decorated with the Global 500 Award of the UNEP, and the Earth Day International Award of the UN.

Ramin Jahanbegloo, well-known Iranian-Canadian philosopher, is an Associate Professor and York-Noor Chair in Islamic Studies at York University.

Born in Tehran, Iran in 1956, Ramin Jahanbegloo, an Iranian-Canadian philosopher, has worked extensively to foster constructive dialogue between divergent cultures. In his efforts to promote argumentative tradition, he has interacted with scholars and intellectuals from all over the world: the Dalai Lama, Noam Chomsky, Ashis Nandy, and George Steiner among others. In recent years, he invited Richard Rorty, Timothy Garton Ash, Antonio Negri, and Michael Ignatieff, and many intellectuals to Iran.

In late April 2006, on his way to an international conference in Brussels, Ramin was arrested by the Iranian authorities. On 19 May, more than 400 prominent intellectuals, including Nobel laureates, scholars, and human rights activists, in an open letter demanded his immediate release. Among the undersigned were: Noam Chomsky, J.M. Coetzee, Shirin Ebadi, Umberto Eco, Jurgen Habermas, Timothy Garton Ash, Leszek Kolakowski, Antonio Negri, Richard Rorty, Krzysztof Zanussi, and Howard Zinn. On 30 August he was released from prison after four months of confinement.

In 2006 and 2007 Ramin was Rajni Kothari Professor of Democracy at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) in New Delhi, India. He won the peace prize from the United Nations Association in Spain for his extensive academic works in promoting dialogue between cultures and his advocacy for non-violence. He is also on the advisory board of PEN Canada.

A film buff, Ramin is a bibliophile. He is presently an Associate Professor and York-Noor Chair in Islamic Studies at York University. Talking Environment is his sixth book with OUP.

 

Contents

 

Acknowledgements IX
Globalizing Dissent XI
PART I: FROM DEHRADUN TO WESTERN ONTARIO  
Affinities with Nature 1
An Interconnected World 2
The Gandhian Influence 3
Einstein and Love of Physics 5
Canada and Quantum Physics 6
The Chipko Movement and the 9
Birth of Navdanya  
PART II: NEW PERSPECTIVES ON GANDHI  
Globalization and Non-violence 14
Gandhi Today 18
The Ecology of Transformation 22
Are There Any Gandhians Left? 23
PART III: THE DIVISION  
What Is Left of Gandhi,s India 26
The New Liberal Paradigm in India 28
What Happened to Indian Democracy? 31
Swadeshi and Village Governance 32
An Atomistic Society 35
The Corporate Greed 36
Do We Need a New Gandhi? 38
The War against Nature 41
The Economy of Death 43
PART IV: THINKING ECO-FEMINISM  
The Reductive Nature of Scientific 46
Reasoning  
The Conquest of Human Beings 47
The Two Levels of Reductionism 49
What Is the Role of Techno-science 51
in Our World?  
A Care for Life 52
Biodiversity and the Plurality of Knowledge 54
Corporations and Scientists 56
The Feminism of Ordinary Women 57
The Future of Poverty in India 62
How Can Indians Fight Corruption? 64
The Sacredness of Life 66
PART V: SAVING THE ECOSYSTEM  
Staying Alive 67
The Polarization of Gender 69
Going Beyond Capitalist Patriarchy 71
What Is Earth Democracy? 72
The Seed Globalization 75
Fighting the Industrial Patents 79
Knowledge as a Public Good 81
Anti-globalization and Public Awareness 83
Tools of Violence 85
PART VI: ENDING WITH ECO-IMPERIALISM  
The Indian Cow 88
The Green Revolution in India and Its 90
Responsibilities  
Is the Indian Identity in Danger? 92
Building Resistance 94
Looking Back after Forty Years 96
The Future of Indian Farmers 98
From Party Politics to Freedom 104
of Thought  
About the Author 105

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Talking Environment

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‘Eco-feminism has always been the feminism of ordinary women I have never seen eco-feminism as an issue of essentialism in biology. I do not say that women are genetically wired to be closer to nature but we are culturally wired because the patriarchal system pushed us out. It also told women that men had all the rights and the control. The men operated the military and pocketed all the profits. But who looked after life? The women. Where does life come from? From biodiversity, from the forest. Therefore, women became experts of life because they were entrusted with the responsibility of becoming sustainers.

 

About The Book

From eco- feminism and biodiversity to the Chipko Movement, swadeshi and village governance, corruption and poverty in India, and the future of Indian farmers among others, in this book Vandana Shiva unravels her heart to address many critical issues India is negotiating with.

The dialogue moves effortlessly as Vandana talks about her early life, influence of her parents and teachers, her affinity with the Himalayas, love for quantum physics, role of technology and science, ‘earth democracy’, ‘seed globalization,, relevance of Gandhian philosophy in the contemporary world, and ‘eco-imperialism, candid, lively, and personal, Talking Environment, the sixth book in the series of Ramin Jahanbegloo,s interviews of prominent intellectuals is a journey into the life and work of one of the finest thinkers of our time.

 

About The Author

Vandana Shiva, Philosopher, environmental activist, and author, is well-known for conceptualizing ‘eco-feminism,. In 1982, she initiated Navdanya, a programme of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology (RFSTE), a participatory research initiative, to provide direction and support to environmental activism. Recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, she was also decorated with the Global 500 Award of the UNEP, and the Earth Day International Award of the UN.

Ramin Jahanbegloo, well-known Iranian-Canadian philosopher, is an Associate Professor and York-Noor Chair in Islamic Studies at York University.

Born in Tehran, Iran in 1956, Ramin Jahanbegloo, an Iranian-Canadian philosopher, has worked extensively to foster constructive dialogue between divergent cultures. In his efforts to promote argumentative tradition, he has interacted with scholars and intellectuals from all over the world: the Dalai Lama, Noam Chomsky, Ashis Nandy, and George Steiner among others. In recent years, he invited Richard Rorty, Timothy Garton Ash, Antonio Negri, and Michael Ignatieff, and many intellectuals to Iran.

In late April 2006, on his way to an international conference in Brussels, Ramin was arrested by the Iranian authorities. On 19 May, more than 400 prominent intellectuals, including Nobel laureates, scholars, and human rights activists, in an open letter demanded his immediate release. Among the undersigned were: Noam Chomsky, J.M. Coetzee, Shirin Ebadi, Umberto Eco, Jurgen Habermas, Timothy Garton Ash, Leszek Kolakowski, Antonio Negri, Richard Rorty, Krzysztof Zanussi, and Howard Zinn. On 30 August he was released from prison after four months of confinement.

In 2006 and 2007 Ramin was Rajni Kothari Professor of Democracy at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) in New Delhi, India. He won the peace prize from the United Nations Association in Spain for his extensive academic works in promoting dialogue between cultures and his advocacy for non-violence. He is also on the advisory board of PEN Canada.

A film buff, Ramin is a bibliophile. He is presently an Associate Professor and York-Noor Chair in Islamic Studies at York University. Talking Environment is his sixth book with OUP.

 

Contents

 

Acknowledgements IX
Globalizing Dissent XI
PART I: FROM DEHRADUN TO WESTERN ONTARIO  
Affinities with Nature 1
An Interconnected World 2
The Gandhian Influence 3
Einstein and Love of Physics 5
Canada and Quantum Physics 6
The Chipko Movement and the 9
Birth of Navdanya  
PART II: NEW PERSPECTIVES ON GANDHI  
Globalization and Non-violence 14
Gandhi Today 18
The Ecology of Transformation 22
Are There Any Gandhians Left? 23
PART III: THE DIVISION  
What Is Left of Gandhi,s India 26
The New Liberal Paradigm in India 28
What Happened to Indian Democracy? 31
Swadeshi and Village Governance 32
An Atomistic Society 35
The Corporate Greed 36
Do We Need a New Gandhi? 38
The War against Nature 41
The Economy of Death 43
PART IV: THINKING ECO-FEMINISM  
The Reductive Nature of Scientific 46
Reasoning  
The Conquest of Human Beings 47
The Two Levels of Reductionism 49
What Is the Role of Techno-science 51
in Our World?  
A Care for Life 52
Biodiversity and the Plurality of Knowledge 54
Corporations and Scientists 56
The Feminism of Ordinary Women 57
The Future of Poverty in India 62
How Can Indians Fight Corruption? 64
The Sacredness of Life 66
PART V: SAVING THE ECOSYSTEM  
Staying Alive 67
The Polarization of Gender 69
Going Beyond Capitalist Patriarchy 71
What Is Earth Democracy? 72
The Seed Globalization 75
Fighting the Industrial Patents 79
Knowledge as a Public Good 81
Anti-globalization and Public Awareness 83
Tools of Violence 85
PART VI: ENDING WITH ECO-IMPERIALISM  
The Indian Cow 88
The Green Revolution in India and Its 90
Responsibilities  
Is the Indian Identity in Danger? 92
Building Resistance 94
Looking Back after Forty Years 96
The Future of Indian Farmers 98
From Party Politics to Freedom 104
of Thought  
About the Author 105

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