Penguin India today announced that it has acquired Sunita Narain’s Conflicts of Interest: My Journey through India’s Green Movement. The book is a personal account of India’s foremost environmentalist’s battles as part of the country’s Green Movement.
While outlining the enormous environmental challenges that India faces today, Dr. Sunita Narain will talk about how corporate lobbies and political interests often scuttle their effective resolution. She will recount some widely reported controversies triggered by research undertaken by her along with her team at the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), such as the pesticides in colas report, air pollution research in Delhi, endosulfan research in Karnataka, among others. The book includes an ‘environmental manifesto’ in which Dr. Narain lays out a blueprint for the direction India must take, if it is to deal with the exigencies of climate change and environmental degradation.
Author’s Statement: “This book is personal. It is about my struggles to push for a cleaner environment, from battling the cola giants to diesel interests to mindsets that do not accept different ways of doing business, to managing forests, wildlife, even water. The book is also about the ideas I have learnt, about what will succeed. What can be a blueprint for a cleaner and more secure tomorrow? Today, when the world looks at an uncertain future because of climate change, and we, in India, look at the poison in our water or our food or our air, we need to know how to move ahead. What can we do? What will we do? The book is finally not about me, but about you. Because, without clean air to breathe, there is no tomorrow.” Dr. Sunita Narain
About the Author: Sunita Narain is an environmentalist and political activist, and a major proponent of the green concept of sustainable development. She has been with the Centre for Science and Environment since 1982 and is currently its Director General. She is the publisher of the fortnightly magazine, Down To Earth. For her tireless struggle for a cleaner environment in a fast growing economy, Dr. Narain was included in Time magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People in April 2016, where her profile was written by Amitav Ghosh. Hers’ was a compelling voice in Before the Flood, a feature-length documentary presented and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, released in October 2016.
Commissioning Editor’s statement: “I think of Dr. Sunita Narain as a ‘rockstar environmentalist’ because she is compassionate, engaged, and completely fearless in calling out vested interests and lobbies that are the worst environmental offenders. She has spearheaded some of the most hard-hitting campaigns of recent times to bring our collective attention to pressing environmental issues. I look forward to working with her on her first book for a popular readership, where she will talk about her most famous battles, and unveil an environmental manifesto for India’s future.”- Swati Chopra, Penguin Random House India