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Conflicts of Interest: My Journey through India’s Green Movement

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India's foremost environmentalist Sunita Narain gives a personal account of her battles as part of the country's green movement. While outlining the enormous environmental challenges that India faces today, Narain talks about how corporate lobbies and political interests often scuttle their effective resolution. She recounts some widely reported controversies triggered by ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published December 4th 2017 by Viking India
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Chaitanya Sethi
'Conflicts of Interest' is a collection of 7 essays on the environmental movement in India and the challenges that Ms. Narain faced as someone at the forefront of environmental journalism in India for over 30 years now. My introduction to Ms. Narain's work was through Down To Earth, the fortnightly magazine that CSE(Centre for Science and Environment) publishes on environmental, social, and developmental issues in India.

What's great about these collection of essays is the level of experience and
Rishi Singhal
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Climate change related thoughts never seriously bothered me until 2016. That's when the movie Before the Flood by Leo DiCaprio came out. Sunita Narain was interviewed for the movie and she scared me with some data about consumption patterns of Indians and Americans. In this book she puts into perspective a lot about Pollution, urbanization problems, government mismanagement, water woes, etc. She is able to do this because of her long experience in solving above problems. I believed some things p ...more
Ashutosh SHUKLA
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Definitely Recommend as the best non-fiction read for the youngsters in India..
The book is so full things that everyone should know but have been oblivious to. It is more important than ABC for the us...the habitants of this planet first and that of India.
It ranges from Climate Change to wildlife protection and everything in between.
Few important pointers that I got to know from this -
1) Climate Change is the reality and the developed world is pushing onus on the developing countries to mitigate
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
A good book on the history and present nature of environmentalism in India - covering air pollution, food safety, water and waste recycle, forest conservation, protection of tigers - mainly focused on sustainable development.
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
TLDR: a must read. I may write a longer review of this book but you don't need that. Just read it. ...more
A clear, hard-nosed, and incisive look into environmental issues and battles fought. This is a book anyone concerned with the environment in India or more broadly in relation to the developing world must read. Sunita Narain's is one of the most informed and compelling voices in the world and the work she and her organisation, the Centre for Science and Environment, have managed to do, against immense pressures and push-back, is remarkable. This books tells all in that same compelling voice, shar ...more
Rajiv Chopra
“Conflict of Interest” by Sunita Narain is a passionate book. She covers a lot of ground in the book. She clearly does illustrate the conflicts that arise when problems of environment clash with business.

Sunita writes with passion. She has been in several battles, and has lived to recount the tale. Along the way, she has cast some reputations into the mud.

Sunita highlights several problems that plague India, and does recommend, in a broad sense, what should be done. Sadly, she does not offer a
Abbhilash M
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's a wondering book on Sunita Narain's journey of Environmental Activism in India. You'll be shocked to know a lot of happenings and the kind of lawsuits you'll face from corporations if you go against them for social good. It has a lot of information on the environmental problems faced by India. Though I loved the book, the written could have been better. It lacks structure (there are a lot of points in the book, which you'll have a hard time connecting to its source). If you are an aspiring ...more
Shuvam Dam
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Covers a wide range of topics from air pollution to water problems, from Brexit to climate change deliberations and how it affects all of us. The style of writing is simple and the fact that it is a personal account differentiates it from evs lessons and makes it highly relatable. The solutions also have an interesting take. All in all the book is a must read.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
always have been a fan of down to earth and sunita narain maam. In this book she chronicles her journey tackling india's environment problem through cse. she provides solutions and emphasises on the most neglected aspect of india's environmental debate of development vs conservation, i.e the local communities .
a must read for anyone interested in india's environment journey
Bharti Singhla
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book takes you into the reality of pollution in India and the world. It is not just a must-read for those who believe in the need to change, but also for those who do not - because it will open your eyes.
Arun Thayalan
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Compelling read for people interested to know about the issues taken up by CSE and the environmental challenges ahead of the nation and the world.. Written in a lucid and precise style. Not a compendium or bible for all environmental issues. Worth your time.
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A brilliant book on CSE and Sunita Narain's journey of fighting for a forgotten cause: the environment and health of India. I have learnt so much from this book. I truly appreciate her efforts in a country where environment is never part of the discussion, unless its pollution is literally killing people. ...more
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