Annual Lecture 1993, Mahatma Gandhi and the Environmental Movement by Ramchandra Guha

Ramchandra Guha



Ramachandra Guha is an eminent Indian sociologist and historian who has previously held appointments at the Indian Institute of Science and Yale University. His research work has focused on human interactions with the natural environment, in the past and present. Aside from his work on environmental history, he has written a number of essays on environmental ideas in India and the West, which have been widely anthologized and translated. In this lecture he explores the idea of Mahatma Gandhi being and early environmentalist, considering the influence his ideas have had on environmental movements in India like the Chipko Movement and Narmada Bachao Andolan. He also speaks about the famous Nehru vs Gandhi , Development vs Environment debate in some detail.