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A Triangular Playing Field

A Triangular Playing Field

The Social, Economic, and Ethical Context of Conserving India's Natural Heritage

Chapter:
(p.331) 23 A Triangular Playing Field
Source:
Ignoring Nature No More
Author(s):
Vivek Menon
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226925363.003.0023

This chapter considers India's success in protecting wildlife despite rampant poverty. Its success can be attributed to a triangular playing field in which social, economic, and ethical factors figure into the equation of conserving nature. India has a strong historical component for the preservation of nature based on the principles of ahimsa and the spiritual, ethical, and moral code of dharma. Thus, protected areas for wildlife had increased to 5 percent of the country's surface area by the year 2000, a tribute to the strong yet visionary policies and laws of the land.

Keywords:   nature conservation, poverty, ahimsa, dharma, wildlife protection, environmental policy

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