26 September, 2012

And the Bamboo Flowers in the Indian Forests : What Did the Pulp and Paper Industry Do?

And the Bamboo Flowers in the Indian Forests : What Did the Pulp and Paper Industry Do?

By- Manorama Savur

Published in association with
Indo-Dutch Programme on Alternatives in Development

The  book is on Indian forests. In natural formations bamboo flowers at long intervals. But in the post-World War II era, especially in India after 1959, flowering of bamboo began to portend disaster. This study explores not only how and why the pulp and paper industry (PPI) caused the death of the bamboo forests that were an inexhaustible source of its raw material; it also investigates the impact that cultivation of alternate raw material has had upon the forest eco-system. In this context the negative role of the prestigious UNFAO is emphatically explored.

Clues to many of these issues are found in the natural and social history of the forests. The indigenous people are viewed as a part of the forest eco-system. The political economy of the forest-based industry has made the study many layered, into which is woven the intrigues of the FAO.

The industry’s four decades of shadow boxing with the state and its antipathy against the ‘Licence Raj’ followed by its fears upon opening up of the Indian economy need not have occurred. The profit generating private sector, the PPI did not care to modernize like the late emerging public sector newsprint industry had done. The latter has raw material saving technology and pollution free techniques for the production of newsprint. Incidentally, the study also touches upon the destruction of the timber forests by the ply and veneer industry.

Manorama Savur’s initial training was in natural sciences and later in social sciences and later in social sciences. She was awarded her Ph.D. in 1962. As a Professor of Sociology for over twenty years, she taught Sociology of Development and Rural Sociology at the University of Bombay. In early 1980s her interest shifted to forests and the forest question. The present study is her post-retirement project involving six years of research and extensive field work. She has three books and over thirty papers to her credit.

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