About the Book :
The Cartesian view of man being the controller of nature has generated an economic system, whether capitalist or Marxist, which exploits nature to produce more and more goods and services to meet the material needs of society. The pursuit to this style of development has led to certain negative impacts which are now posing threat to the survival and development of humanity. Thirty Seven Experts from all over India and the U.K. analysed the problems of accelerating economic development without impairing environment, from regional and local perspectives and debated these issues in April, 1994 at the LBSNAA, Mussoorie in April 1993, and explored the possibilities that lie ahead of us. This book is an outcome of that deliberation. It contains authoritative papers by acknowledged experts in their respective fields, on Changing Perception of Development; Environmental Issues of Energy, Water and Land Pollution; Analysis of Natural Resources Management Systems, River Basin or Valley and Environment; Tourism, Human Settlements and Environment; Culture and Environment; Sustainable Development; Environmental Policies and Environmental Ethics. This book would be an invaluable and up-to-date applied reference book for scholars and students of environment and development, who seek to approach at the problems from regional and local perspectives.
About Author :
Amitava Mukherjee had a distinguished academic career, educated at Ranchi University, Houston, University of South Florida, Tampa. Department of Economics and the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, Stanford, USA; the School of oriental and African Studies, University of London, London, and the London School of Economics and Political Science, London. Dr. Mukherjee held the chair in Economics and Planning, and co-ordinated the Faculty in the Centre for Micro Planning & Regional Studies at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie; was Advisor and Project Head of the planning Commission Project on decentralized planning. He has been a consultant to various international and UN agencies including FAO, Rome; UNDP UNESCAP. He is currently the Chief Technical Advisor, Pro-Poor Public Private Partnership, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the pacific, Bangkok. He is a life member of the Indian Econometric Society, the Regional Science Association of India the Indian Economic Association, and of the Royal Economic Society, England. Dr. Mukherjee has numerous papers and over thirty books to his credit. His contribution to decentralized planning and participatory development is internationally recognized.
V.K. Agnihotri, an IAS officer of 1968 batch, belongs to the Andhra Pradesh Cadre of the Service. Born on 25 August 1945, he obtained his Masters degrees in English Literature and Political Science from the University of Allahabad, Allahabad. He obtained his Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis and Design from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi Before Joining the IAS, he was on the Faculty of English Studies at University of Allahabad. He was recipient of several awards and honours during his distinguished academic career, and has been a Visiting Fellow at the Queen Elizabeth House. University of Oxford, in 1991-92. Among several responsible Positions with the State and Central Governments, Dr. Agnihotri has held Posts of Collector of Visakhapatnam District, Director of Handlooms and Textiles, Government of Andhra Pradesh and Development Commissioner for Handlooms (Minisitry of Textiles), Government of India. He was with the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie from 1992 to 1998, initially as the Joint Director, and later as Professor of Public Administration. Currently, he is Additional Secretary in the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions), Government of India. His areas of Specialisation are public service Quality, public policy, administrative reforms, e-governance, rural and cottage industries, panchayati raj and primary education. He has several publications to his credit, including books entitled Environment and Development , Skills for Effective Administrators, Public Policy Analysis and Design and Dimensions of the New Economic Policy.