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Document Type(s):Book Chapter
Book Title:Ethical Perspectives on Environmental Issues in India
Article/Chapter Title:Environmental Protection in the Hindu Tradition
Editor(s):James, Geroge A
Author(s):Dwivedi, O P
Publisher Name:A.P.H. Publishing Corporation
Place of Publication:New Delhi
Date of Publication:1999
Annotation:Arguing that ancient Hindu religion and culture “enshrined a respect for nature” and developed an ecological code of conduct aimed at preserving and protecting the environment, Dwidvedi and Tiwari compile evidence for this characterization by reviewing various doctrinal and scriptural sources. Explaining that Hinduism has not been able to avert ecologically destructive trends because of external, foreign influences (e.g., Muslim and British) that suppressed and replaced ancient Hinduism, the authors suggest that India should “rekindle the ancient respect for nature” exemplified by the Hindu tradition.
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