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Feb 23, 2012

Praful Bidwai's book The Politics of Climate Change and the Global Crisis: Mortgaging Our Future presents an insightful and stern view on climate change and a corresponding advocacy to prevent this change.

The Politics of Climate Change and the Global Crisis: Mortgaging Our Future

Reviewed by: Mayanglambam Ojit Kumar Singh
Assistant Professor in Zoology, Delhi University

Praful Bidwai
Orient BlackSwan
Pages - 392
Price INR 750


In this book, Praful Bidwai presents an insightful and stern view on climate change and presents corresponding advocacy to prevent this change. The author has succinctly put forward documented facts about the science and politics of global warming, particularly those of climate change. The attempt is to reveal the plight of poverty stricken but biodiversity rich people of the global south led by the leaders who have seemingly forgotten to do their duties under the pressure of economic crisis created by their own whimsical and distantly unrelated probabilities. The book is very timely and extremely thought provoking in many aspects. The author has taken up an issue of great importance and diligently dissected it for us to see the abnormal growth of this metastatic idea of undertaking the same venture of wrong ends by wrong means.

Interweaving personal observation and ideas that came after long experience of active participation, scientific processes and history, The Politics of Climate Change and the Global Crisis, examines the mysteries of the leadership decisions as has been illustrated by the studies done by various authorities. The rationale behind the choice of relevant topics for analysis, like the critique of India’s national action plan on climate change and its low carbon growth strategies, reflects the sincerity, non prejudice, maturity and involvement of the author towards the subject. India, as an ‘emerging economy’, has today become one of the concerned polluters that can potentially aid or obstruct the fight against climate change. The book also discusses in minute details role of the new BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India, China) grouping and proposes a way out of the current threats facing the humanity.

The author has crafted a wide range of themes with additional information and placed for the readers and activists alike to deepen the understanding and add detail to a variety of interrelated ideas and processes. The selection of data, progression of ideas, the arguments and analysis in this book have been governed by their usefulness, accuracy, potential and capacity to bring familiar and unfamiliar facts to life. To those who regularly follow the columns by Praful Bidwai and notice the extreme economy in the use of words by this analyst and thinker, this is the book that will give an ever satisfying dialogue with the author. The book adequately equips its readers with theoretically suggested and scientifically generated numbers, the politics and the situational context behind them.

Wonderfully clear and distinctly direct, this book has the potential to emerge as a scientifically proven, politically justifiable and a fascinating account of the politics of climate change and a wakeup call the present generation. Indeed it is a special treat and a must read for social scientists, environmental scientists, social activists and each one of us who wishes to come to terms with the imminent threat posed by climate change to our survival.

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