Indias Risks: Democratizing the Management of Threats to Environment, Health, and Values

Hardcover | July 19, 2014

byRaphaelle Moor, M.V. Rajeev Gowda

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A prospective superpower, India is still grappling with a host of risks that threaten to hamper its progress. These range from environmental threats caused by GM crops and pollution; dangers to health from HIV/AIDS and maternal mortality; safety concerns about natural hazards, nuclear power,and industrial disasters; and challenges to livelihoods and values. Some of the issues that this volume explores are: what counts as an "acceptable" risk, and who decides? How should divergent perceptions of risks be reconciled? And, where is the line between science and politics? Advocating a more multidimensional approach to managing risks, the authors challengemany of the dominant perspectives in India. The field of risk research, which has emerged over the last 40 years in the West, has been relatively unexplored in India. In an effort to bridge this gap, this volume brings together Indian and Western scholars and practitioners across the fields of psychology, anthropology, law, politics,sociology, public health, philosophy, science, and architecture, who offer insights on the theory of risk, lessons from the West, and the realities of risk in India.

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A prospective superpower, India is still grappling with a host of risks that threaten to hamper its progress. These range from environmental threats caused by GM crops and pollution; dangers to health from HIV/AIDS and maternal mortality; safety concerns about natural hazards, nuclear power,and industrial disasters; and challenges to l...

Raphaelle Moor is a consultant in the area of disaster risk management and climate change adaptation, based in London. She managed the UKIERI's (UK-India Education and Research Initiative) "India at Risk" project at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore for over two-and-a-half years. M.V. Rajeev Gowda is Professor of Economic...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:386 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:July 19, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of Figures and TablesAcknowledgementsRaphaelle Moor and M.V. Rajeev Gowda: Introduction1. Raphaelle Moor: Adopting a Multi-dimensional Lens to Approaching Risk in IndiaEnvironment2. Leo. F. Saldanha and Bhargavi S. Rao: Article 39 and Environmental Decision-Making in India3. Rajeev Gowda and Mathew Idiculla: Integrating Information Disclosure with Indian Environmental PolicyPublic Health4. Asha Kilaru, Shanti Mahendra, Baneen Karachiwala, and Zoe Matthews: The Rise of Institutional Births in India: Are Maternal and Newborn Risks Adequately Addressed?5. Ajay Bailey: Culture in and of HIV/AIDS Risk Management in India6. Ranjani Ramaswamy: Exploring H1N1 Risk Communication in India7. Sema Sgaier: A Business Management Framework for Addressing Public Health Risk: The Avahan Experience in Scaling Up HIV Prevention in IndiaNatural Disasters8. Rohit Jigyasu: Linking Post-disaster Reconstruction to Long-Term Risk Reduction: Challenges and Opportunities in IndiaScience and Technology9. Erik Millstone: Science and Politics in Indian GM Crop Regulation: A U-turn Down a Blind Alley10. M.V. Ramana: Absurd Confidence: Risk and Nuclear Power in India11. Marc Poumadere: Before and After Fukushima: The Many Fronts of Managing the Nuclear Power Option12. Claire Mays: Sustainable Management of Radioactive Waste: What Can India Learn from Stakeholder Engagement in the West?13. Frederic Bouder: Can Health and Safety Regulators Respond to Changing Societal Expectations?About the Editors and ContributorsIndex