Theory and Discourse
Environmental Activism in Pune | Santosh Shintre
LA 44
The people of Pune are becoming more aware now than ever of their environment and are leaving no stone unturned in their bid to protect it. With a lot of groups and individuals taking a stand, the city now sees individual activists and groups supporting environmental causes and protesting against uncontrolled development that is detrimental to the environment.
The Penguin dictionary defines the word activism, as 'a doctrine or practice that emphasizes direct vigorous or militant action e.g. use of mass demonstrations, in support of or opposition to a controversial especially political cause.'

The environmental movement in India represents a wide spectrum of social conflicts over dwindling natural resources. The prolific number of voluntary groups working within the environmental movement are mainly concerned with activities that destroy the environment and impoverish local communities - large dams on rivers, mining in the hills, mechanized fishing in coastal regions or commercial agriculture or destruction of forests. However, this vibrant environmental movement is still more of a defensive initiative. It has not questioned the larger socio-political processes responsible for ecological deterioration and has failed to contribute to major debates on development policy. This is reflected in Pune's environmental movement too.

 


ISSUE NO: 44
tribute
The Unsung Hero
Devayani Deshmukh Upasani

notes
About Planting and Saving Trees
Mohammad Shaheer

pune
Pune titheykaiunay: In Pune Nothing in Lacking
Dr Abhijit Natu


Striking Contrasts of Pune's Landscapes
Kiran Kalamdani

How Green is My City? : A Punekar's Perspective
Manjusha Ukidve


Pune University Park
Shankar Brahme


Environmental Activism in Pune
Santosh Shintre


Pune Map
Tanuja Godse and Pallavi Dhomse

Nature Conservators
In conversation with Ketaki Ghate and
Manasi Karandikar


Design | Nature | Art: In conversation
with Jayant Dharap

Shivram Somasundaram

FEED
The Forum for Exchange and Excellence in Design

In conversation with Prasanna Desai
YashadaWagle and Tanvi Savant

pune | landscape practices
Landscape Practices


pune | view from within
Winds of Change: Magarpatta Township
Geeta Wahi Dua


seeing the unseen
Gaitonde: The Spirit of his Painting
Narendra Dengle


book reviews
In Search of the Liveable Indian City
Destination 100 | Volume 1 | The making of
smart cities in India by 2047

Review by Riyaz Tayyibji

know your plants
Amla, Phyllanthusemblica

Green Circus





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