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‘India’s Risks’ book launch
19th February 2015 @ 6:00 pm
Book launch: ‘India’s Risks: Democratizing the Management of Threats to Environment, Health and Values’
With Professor M V Rajeev Gowda, Honorable Member of Parliament and Professor Ian Scoones, STEPS Centre, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex UK
Thursday 19 February at 6.00 – 7.30 pm at The British Council, New Delhi
Live streamed video coverage (starts 6.30pm Delhi time)
Prof M V Rajeev Gowda will be introducing his new book, co-edited with Raphaelle Moor, in conversation with a range of eminent panellists:
- Professor Shiv Visvanathan, Professor and Vice Dean, Centre for the Study of Science, Society and Sustainability, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy, O.P. Jindal University
- Mr Keshav Desiraju, Secretary, GOI Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
- Dr Nafees Meah, Director – Research Councils UK, India
In association with the British Council.
About the book
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 challenge many 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.