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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 Public Lecture on the Use & Abuse of Science in Marine Conservation in Orissa

NMML Public Lecture on the Use & Abuse of Science in Marine Conservation in Orissa

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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 ‘Wagging the Dog: The use and abuse of science in marine conservation in Orissa’ by Dr. Kartik Shanker of the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. Context: The Olive ridley sea turtles nest en masse at a few sites in the world, including Pacific Central America, and Orissa on the east coast of India.  More than a hundred thousand turtles nest at these beaches each year, but several tens of thousands are also killed in mechanised fisheries, while habitats are degraded by coastal development.  Alongside the various threats that have affected this population over the past three decades, there has been a slew of research and a suite of conservation re
Public Lecture on ‘Dancing With the River’ at NMML

Public Lecture on ‘Dancing With the River’ at NMML

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The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) invites all interested to a Public Lecture in its ‘Science, Society and Nature’ series on the topic: ‘Dancing with the River: Hybrid landscapes and livelihoods of Chars in Bengal’ by Dr. Kuntala Lahiri Dutt from Australian National University, Australia. Lecture Abstract: In their efforts to redefine the physical-human split in geography, a number of geographers have in recent years contested the nature-culture binary in understanding the environment. The ‘hybrid landscapes’ they imagine are where nature is neither entirely autonomous of human endeavour nor entirely a ‘social nature’ in which human agency constructs all environments. Following this line of argument, the Lecture will present the chars, small pieces of low-lying, sandy, all
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
Invite to Public Lecture on “Katyuris of Uttarakhand: Establishing Food regimes in Central Himalayas”

Invite to Public Lecture on “Katyuris of Uttarakhand: Establishing Food regimes in Central Himalayas”

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The Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (NMML) invites everyone to weekly seminar on 'Katyuris of Uttarakhand:  Establishing food regimes in the  central Himalayas from pre-history to circa.14CE' by NMML Fellow Dr. Vasudha Pande. Katyuris are the much celebrated Kings of Uttarakhand. The narrative of the Katyuri state marks the shift from pre-history to history --- with copper plates, inscriptions, architectural works and folklore. Despite the great interest expressed in the Katyuri state system, little attention is paid to the most momentous contribution of the Katyuris—the shift to settled, terraced cultivation and the emergence of petty peasant production.  Since Uttarakhand as defined today is a specific construct, the presentation will not restrict itself to this geographical unit
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
Recovering Nature in a Crowded Subcontinent: NMML Lecture by Dr. Ullas Karanth

Recovering Nature in a Crowded Subcontinent: NMML Lecture by Dr. Ullas Karanth

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The Director, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and The H.Y. Sharada Prasad Memorial Committee cordially invite all interested to H.Y. Sharada Prasad Memorial Lecture on the topic 'Recovering Nature in a Crowded Subcontinent' by Dr. Ullas Karanth, Director for Science – Asia, Wildlife Conservation Society. Date: 15th April, 2013 (Monday) Time: 5:30 pm Venue: Auditorium, Library Building Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti House, New Delhi. Tea will be served at 5.00 pm Image by Ramaswamy via CC  
NMML to Host Seminar on Environmental Governance, Policy and Gender

NMML to Host Seminar on Environmental Governance, Policy and Gender

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The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library cordially invites all interested to a Seminar on ‘40 years of environmental governance, policy and gender studies: Where do we stand?’ by Dr. Seema Arora Jonsson of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden It is now widely accepted, even if not always acted upon, that gender is an important category that needs to be taken account in environmental governance - in policy, practice and academic writing on the subject. Forty years of gender research in the field of environmental management and governance has shown us that women’s work in the environment is often unacknowledged. Feminists have demonstrated the ways in which women’s work is invisibilized and discrimination comes about. A backdrop of 40 years of feminist scholarship and
Public Lecture on How Should India Deal With Climate Change at NMML

Public Lecture on How Should India Deal With Climate Change at NMML

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There is an unequivocal evidence of warming of Earth’s surface on global scale. The primary agent that has led to this warming is the monotonic increase in carbon dioxide during the past 100 years. The contribution of India to this increase in carbon dioxide is small (less than 5%). Hence any policy changes undertaken by India will not have much impact on global warming in the short term (i.e., decades). The path India adopts for generation of electricity will be crucial in the long term (i.e., century) efforts to reduce carbon dioxide by the global community. The impact of climate change on extreme weather events (heat waves, floods, droughts) in India is evident clearly. Regional climate change is not on account of increase in carbon dioxide alone. The large increase in aerosols a