Book / (OA) Resistance to Ecological Conservation in Idukki

Suresh, Lavanya, and M. Suchitra. Suicidal Resistance: Understanding the Opposition Against the Western Ghats Conservation in Karunapuram, Idukki, Kerala. CDS Monograph Series: Ecological Challenges & Local Self-Government Responses 2. Thiruvananthapuram: Centre for Development Studies, 2021.

ISBN 9788194819547 / ebook / 186 pages / Free (Open Access publication)

About the book: This is the second in the series resulting from the small research projects supported by the Research Unit on Local Self-Government at the Centre for Development Studies on Kerala’s emergent ecological challenges and the preparedness of our local democracy to tackle them.

The study area is situated in Idukki District and seeks to understand how far ecology is included in local governance, in the context of the discourse around the protests against the recommendations of the Gadgil and the Kasturirangan committees.

In this work, a journalist and a researcher collaborate to present the underlying social, political and economic factors that drive local resistance to ecological conservation.

Table of Contents

Nalpatham Number Mazha: A Gentle Rain that Vanished from the Mountains
M. Suchitra

Who Wants to Conserve the Western Ghats? A Study of Resistance to Conservation and its Undercurrents in Karunapuram Panchayat, Within the Cardamom Hill Reserve in Idukki District
Lavanya Suresh

‘Strengthen Democracy: That’s All We Can Do’ (Interview)
Madhav Gadgil / M. Suchitra

CHR on the Verge of Collapse: A Photo Essay
Vidhya C. K., M. Suchitra, and Surendranath C.

About the authors: Lavanya Suresh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani, Hyderabad Campus. M. Suchitra is a senior journalist based in Ernakulam, Kerala, focussing on ecology, climate change, sustainability and equity.

More info and full text (OA): https://cds.edu/wp-content/uploads/Western-Ghats_MonographSeries2.pdf

KSM Editor’s note: Publications in the series are available for free download from the series webpage of the Research Unit on Local Self-Government at Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram.

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