“Green and Blue”: Caste, Dalits and Indian environmentalism" by Mukul Sharma, Lecture Hall, NIAS, 1600hrs



National Institute of Advanced Studies

Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bengaluru 560012


Invites you to a Public Lecture in the 

Changing India Series




Mukul Sharma

 Professor, Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi




“Green and Blue”: Caste, Dalits and Indian environmentalism


Chairperson: Ms. Shruti Ragavan, PhD Scholar, NIAS


Date:               Friday, 16th November 2018

Time:               4:00 (Coffee/Tea at 3.30 PM)

Venue:             Lecture Hall, NIAS


Abstract:  Indian environmental politics has been vivid and vibrant in articulating voices of women, tribals, poor, marginal, vulnerable, displaced, environmental refugees and migrants. However, there is a relative silence on questions of caste and Dalit positions on ecological politics. Such perspectives, if taken into account, can complicate our understanding of environment, and can bring to light new arenas of dissent and difference. This lecture will underline the interrelationship between caste, nature and Dalits in India by deploying diverse materials from Dalit writings and initiatives, environmental movements and civil society organizations. It will deal with ‘Eco-Casteism’ – the contemporary politics of caste in the realm of nature -- and how we can glean a new ecological universe and a visible Dalit environmental public space, which is often outside the dominant environmental frame.


About the Speaker:  Mukul Sharma is a Professor in Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi. He was an award-winning professional journalist (1983-1998) and worked with several international developmental organizations, networks and forums (2000-2014). He has published 16 books and booklets in English and Hindi, the latest being, Caste & Nature: Dalits and Indian Environmental Politics (2017), Green and Saffron: Hindu Nationalism and Indian Environmental Politics (2012), Human Rights in a Globalised World: An Indian Diary (2010) and Contested Coastlines: Fisherfolk, Nations and Borders in South Asia (co-authored, 2008). His forthcoming book is Dalit aur Prakriti: Jati aur Bhartiya Paryavarn Aaandolan (in Hindi).


About Changing India Series: M.N. Srinivas, a major sociologist of modern India and a key figure in the history of NIAS, was deeply invested in understanding how the Indian social and political landscape developed after Independence, sometimes taking unexpected turns. Building on the social thought of Prof. Srinivas, the ‘Changing India’ series of lectures, events and workshops will host key academics, writers, public intellectuals, artists and social justice activists to reflect on some of the pertinent questions of our time.


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All are cordially invited


For further information, please contact. Ms. Savitha Suresh Babu savithasureshbabu

Friday, November 16, 2018