This is a book on the environment crisis that is rapidly gathering momentum in India, as a result of a development paradigm that is neither people friendly nor environmentally benign. The book is based on real life experiences. It is a critique of the present day political economy of the country that has created an enormous space for rent seeking and inequitable exploitation of the natural resources that belong to the people at large. The sparrow in this book symbolises the country's ecology that has come under a severe threat.
This is a compendium of letters/ articles that have a direct and indirect bearing on India's future options on energy. India can no longer pursue an energy strategy based largely on coal and oil, as coal projects displace the people and pollute the surroundings, while enhanced oil use further increases India's dependence on imports from localised sources in the middle east, with the accompanying stress on its foreign policy options and an increasing demand on its limited foreign exchange resources.
Some basic questions about the safety of Nuclear Technology: Do we need nuclear energy at all?