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Book Discussion of “Indira Gandhi – A Life in Nature”

July 14, 2017

Book Discussion of “Indira Gandhi – A Life in Nature”
authored by Jairam Ramesh
Chair and Moderator Krithi Karanth
Organised by Bangalore International Centre (TERI Initiative)

About the Book
Indira Gandhi. prime minister of India for sixteen years. was as charismatic as she was controversial—at once admired and criticized for her political judgements and actions. Yet beyond such debate. what has not been fully understood is her life-long communion with nature and how that defined her very being. Weaving personal, political and environmental history. Politician-scholar Jairam Ramesh narrates the compelling story of Indira Gandhi, the naturalist. He tells us why and how she came to make a private passion a public calling, how her views on the environmenta remained steadfast even as her political and economic stances changed how her friendships with conservationists led to far-reaching decision to preserve India’s biodiversity; how she urged. cajoled and persuaded her colleagues as she took significant decisions particularly regarding forests and wildlife, and how her own finely-developed instincts and beliefs resulted in landmark policies, programmes, initiatives, laws and institutions, that have endured. Drawing extensively from unpublished letters. notes. messases and memos. Indira Gandhi: A Life in Nature often a lively, conversational narrative of a relatively little known but fascinating aspect of Indira Gandhi’s tumultuous life. Equally, the book acts as a compass to India at a time when the country faces the formidable challenge of ensuring ecological security and sustainability in its pursuit of high economic growth.

Mr.Jairam Ramesh
Jairam Ramesh was born in Chikmagalur He was a Member of Parliament representing Andhra Pradesh state in the Rana Sabha. He was the Minister of State (Independent Charge) at the Ministry of Environment and Forests from May 2009 to July 2011.

Ramesh was strongly infruenced by the personal life of Jawaharlal Nehru since he was very young. He was fascinated by Nehru’s modem approach to life, his bringing change in a traditional society and his liberal, humanist rational approach to life, religion, men and civic matters. He considers himself a product of the Nehruvian era in many ways. An additional influence was Mahatma Gandhi whom he originally saw as anti-modem, anti-science and anti-West. As he grew older and read Gandhi more and viewed him in the political and historical context in which he operated, he came to appreciate and acknowledge Gandhi much more. He has also studied Rabindranath Tagore deeply.

Dr. Krithi Karanth
Krithi Karanth is Conservation Scientist with Wildife Conservation Society. Faculty at Duke and NCBS and Explorer with National Geographic Society.

For the past 19 years, her scientific and conservation efforts in India have examined mammal extinctions, voluntary resettlement of people, tourism trends, human-wildlife interactions, resource and land use change around Indian parks. She has published > 85 scientific and popular articles and has been honoured by World Economic Forum as Young Global Leader and is a INK Fellow.

Book Discussion on Saturday | 15th July 2017 | 6.30 PM

Bangalore International Centre,
TERI Complex,
4th Main, 2nd Stage,
Domlur II Stage,
Bangalore – 560 071.

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