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NMML Public Lecture on ‘Rescuing Nature from Growth and Equity’

NMML Public Lecture on ‘Rescuing Nature from Growth and Equity’

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The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) invites all interested to a Public Lecture in the ‘Science, Society and Nature’ series on ‘Rescuing Nature from Growth and Equity’. Abstract: The importance of restoring extensive natural landscapes with full complement of wild species is now well-recognized as an integral part of any development process hoping to maintain planet earth in a state conducive to human existence in the long run. Such natural diversity of plants and animals includes many species that can be wisely harvested for human uses, tolerates human impacts or even thrives under them. However, there are also animal and plant communities that are ecologically fragile in the face of human impacts or come into serious conflict with human interests, leading to their rapid ex
NMML Invite to Public Lecture on Science, Democracy & Ecology in Contemporary India

NMML Invite to Public Lecture on Science, Democracy & Ecology in Contemporary India

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The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library invites all interested to a Public Lecture on Science, democracy and ecology in contemporary India' by Prof. Madhav Gadgil. The public lecture is being organised as part of NMML's ‘Science, society and nature’ series. Today’s environment- development debate is cast in inappropriate terms of just two choices. This is a false contradiction; the real issue is not whether India can afford the so-called luxury of worrying about environment, but whether India can afford to slide into a lawless, tyrannical society that abuses the liberating spirit of science. Economics, properly interpreted, tells us that any country should aim at ensuring a harmonious development of the sum total of nation’s capital stocks of natural, man-made, human and social capita
NMML to Host Day Long Workshop on Ecology and Society

NMML to Host Day Long Workshop on Ecology and Society

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The environs of Delhi Ridge: now getting infested with polythene and other waste material. The Nehru Memorial Museum & Library invites all interested to a day long workshop on 'Ecology and Society'. The workshop will bring together historians and biologists, conservationists and ecologists, scholars of rivers and forests, animals and coastlines. The reviews of ongoing work will help open up new questions and stimulate a fresh look at old ones. Date: 24 May, 2013 (Friday) Time: 9.00 am Venue: Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building, Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (NMML), New Delhi For long it was assumed that there existed a hard ‘dividing line’ between nature and culture and consequently between the scientific and humanistic disciplines. Scholarship, in recent
Public Lecture on Elephant, Empire and Ecology in Ancient India at NMML

Public Lecture on Elephant, Empire and Ecology in Ancient India at NMML

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The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library invites all interested to a public lecture on 'Elephant, empire and ecology in ancient India' by Prof. Raman Sukumar of the  Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. The elephant rose from the status of a supreme animal, Gajatame, in early Buddhist India to that of a supreme God, Ganesha, in Hindu India by about the 4th or 5th century. In spite of a rather turbulent relationship with people through history, the elephant has also been widely revered across the cultures of South and South-east Asia. Date: 1 May, 2013 (Wednesday) Time: 3.00 pm Venue: Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building The talk will trace the unique elephant-human relationship from the ancient Harappan civilization when it is believed to have been first tamed, through t
Diwali and the Threat to India’s Biodiversity

Diwali and the Threat to India’s Biodiversity

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The temperature has slowly dipped in Delhi in the last week and one can already smell winter in the air. The most widely celebrated and awaited festival of the year Diwali, is around the corner. Children in the colony have already started burning firecrackers and the smell emanating from it, sends a shudder down my spine. I have always dreaded the day only because of the air and noise pollution it causes. But now it has added another horrifying element: the owl population in the country being sacrificed during the festival. The recently launched TRAFFIC India's report entitled 'Imperilled Custodians of the Night' states that the usage of owls in black magic and sorcery driven by superstition during Diwali is the primary cause of illegal owl trade in India. And the reporting of cases...
YETI 2010 Conference Concludes in Bangalore

YETI 2010 Conference Concludes in Bangalore

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Participants of the 'Young Ecologist Talk & Interact' conference at IISc, Bangalore Organised with an objective of serving as a friendly and inspiring platform for ecologists early in their careers,  YETI or the Young Ecologist Talk & Interact conference recently concluded in Bangalore. The conference had invited participation from ecology students and researchers in India to present and discuss their work, exchange ideas and strike up collaborations with contemporaries across the country. The YETI conference is held with the specific goal of addressing ecological concerns for professionals across the country through: Providing a forum to discuss ecological issues, both academic and applied Discerning ways to influence policies in conservation related matters Dissemin
Asian Citizens Assembly 2010 Concludes in Bengaluru, India

Asian Citizens Assembly 2010 Concludes in Bengaluru, India

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The Asian Citizens Assembly (ACA) 2010 concluded recently in the South Indian city of Bengaluru and succeeded in bringing together citizens from across Asia to share and discuss the challenges, hopes and aspirations of the people inhabiting the largest landmass on the face of the Planet. The ACA was themed on the 5 Es of Ethics, Equity, Economy, Education and Ecology and included workshops on these to spell out the contemporary status of these indicators and the need for action for peace and sustainable development in the region. Citizens’ Assemblies gather women and men, association and organizations that would want to participate in renewing democracy and act in significant changes in their society and at global level. The Assemblies are not a kind of new parliaments or new ins
Conference Invite at IISc, Bangalore: Young Ecologists Talk & Interact

Conference Invite at IISc, Bangalore: Young Ecologists Talk & Interact

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Young Ecologists Talk & Interact (YETI) is a first-of-its-kind conference for students and researchers working in the discipline of ecology in India. YETI is unique in being organized entirely by student volunteers from across the country. The event is meant to serve as a friendly, inspiring platform for early-career ecologists to present and discuss their work, exchange ideas and strike up collaborations with contemporaries from across the country. Following the success of first YETI last year, the 2010 YETI (Second Conference) is also being organized in Bangalore and it is hoped that the YETI conference will travel to other parts of the country. Date of Conference: 5 - 7th October, 2010 Venue: Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore Who can participate: Researchers pursu
Invite: Talk on Wetland Ecology and Yamuna Biodiversity Park

Invite: Talk on Wetland Ecology and Yamuna Biodiversity Park

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The India International Center invites all concerned citizens to a talk on "Wetlands Ecology and the Yamuna Biodiversity Park", as the fourth lecture in the series on 'Water: the stuff of life". The talk will be delivered by Professor C.R. Babu, Emeritus Professor, Center for Environmental Management of Degraded Ecosystems (CEMDE), University of Delhi, and Project Incharge, Yamuna Biodiversity Park. The session will be chaired by Prof. Ramakrishna Ramaswamy of the School of Physical Sciences, Jawaharlal Nerhu University. Date: 12th April, 2010 (Monday) Time: 6.30 pm Venue: Conference Room No. 1, Indian International Center, 40, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi The Yamuna Biodiversity Park has been an innovative project, an open laboratory for the students of environmental and biol
City Needs Trees?

City Needs Trees?

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An earlier blog talked about exotic species of trees that have been planted in Delhi as a result of planned actions by British. Subsequently trees planted by MCD (Municipal Corporation of Delhi) on minor roads are not so well planned. Do these trees have any use in cities? Here is my observation. Delhi as a city has these very interesting weekly phenomenon, like all major cities in India. Every locality has a dedicated day of the week where there is a weekly market held that usually starts around 5 pm and goes on till 8.30 or 9 pm. It usually coincides with the special day dedicated to the local deity to be visited by the local communities. On this day the formal shops selling things are closed and the footpaths and sides of the roads are occupied by the informal traders selling

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