Green Signals: Ecology, Growth, and Democracy in India

Hardcover | March 16, 2015

byJairam Ramesh

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The debate on whether to privilege economic growth over ecological security is passe. Environmental considerations must be at the heart of economic growth, especially for a country of 1.25 billion people destined to add another 400 million by the middle of the century. Green Signals chroniclesthe "1991 moment" in India's environmental decision-making, telling the story of how, for the first time, the doors of the environment ministry were opened to voices, hitherto unheard, into the policy-making process. It details efforts to change the way environment is viewed both by proponents ofenvironmental security and those who prize economic growth at all costs. Told from the perspective of a pivotal decision maker, the book addresses the challenges involved in trying to ensure economic growth with ecological security. It takes us through India's coming of age in the global environmental and climate change community to take on a leadership role that isprogressive, proactive, and steeped in national interest. Using speaking orders on high-profile projects, notes and letters to the Prime Minister, ministerial colleagues, chief ministers and others, Jairam Ramesh gives an insight into the debates, struggles, challenges, and obstacles to bringingenvironmental considerations into the mainstream of political and economic decision-making. This collection reveals the story of the author's attempt at the highest levels of governance to introduce effective decision-making, a transparent and accountable administration, and to make environmental concerns an essential component of a nation's quest to accelerate economic growth and end thescourge of poverty and deprivation.

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The debate on whether to privilege economic growth over ecological security is passe. Environmental considerations must be at the heart of economic growth, especially for a country of 1.25 billion people destined to add another 400 million by the middle of the century. Green Signals chroniclesthe "1991 moment" in India's environmental ...

Jairam Ramesh is Chair of the Future Earth Engagement Committee, a research platform on global sustainability. Formerly he was the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment and Forests, Government of India. He is also a member of the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of the Parliament of India.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:596 pages, 8.7 × 5.59 × 1.69 inPublished:March 16, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199457522

ISBN - 13:9780199457526

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Table of Contents

List of TablesA Note of ThanksThe Running Thread1. Expanding the Public Space2. The Trade-offs3. The Choices4. Beyond Clearances5. The Science Anchor6. The Executive Awakes7. Gross to Green8. The Coal Saga9. Energy Dilemmas10. Repositioning India GloballyA Final WordIndexAbout the Author