High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Palagummi Sainath (1957 - ), the 2007 winner of the Ramon Magsaysay award for journalism, literature, and creative communication arts, is an award winning Indian development journalist - a term he himself avoids, instead preferring to call himself a 'rural reporter', or simply a 'reporter' - and photojournalist focusing on social problems, rural affairs, poverty and the aftermaths of globalization in India. He spends between 270 and 300 days a year in the rural interior (in 2006, over 300 days) and has done so for the past 14 years. He is the Rural Affairs Editor for The Hindu, and contributes his columns to India Together, where they are archived. His work has won praise from the likes of Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen who referred him as "one of the world's great experts on famine and hunger".
Globalization of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) has posed an unprecedented threat to the existence of an Indigenous Knowledge system. There is an increasing amount of appropriation of indigenous knowledge, whereby corporations from rich countries are claiming proprietary rights over knowledge that has belonged to cultures and people of indigenous communities for hundreds of years. IPRs have been inappropriately utilized hindering development and perpetuating poverty within indigenous knowledge holding communities. This book attempts to frame the current debate at the intersection of IPRs and indigenous knowledge, bringing in the case studies on the appropriation of traditional Yoga of Hindu and the Zia sun of Zia Pueblo of New Mexico. By bringing two case studies on appropriation, this project employs legal critical scholarship to analyze how the current IPR regime supports commodifying traditional knowledge and artifacts such as Yoga and the Zia sun, and recommends for customary law as a viable alternative to the IPRs.
Environmentalism has been criticised as being excessively science oriented and bureaucratic. This view has developed largely due to a lack of engagement with cultural, philosophical & religious aspect of societies in the context of environmentalism. For example, lived experience and innate environmental values as expressed &conserved in the form of religious rituals have not been elaborated in detail. In response to this gap, this work considers the popular Hindu rituals performed by lay persons centred around Peepal tree (Ficus religiosa) . The work examines the impact of globalization & urbanization on rituals around Peepal, for which scientific evidence exists to show it s beneficial influence on the environment. The study was carried out in urban, semi urban & rural location in an Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Research methods like interview, participant & non participant observation were used. Significant amount of protection of Peepal tree due to its religious and ritualistic importance was found and there is an increase in the ritual activities due to influence of astrologers & media. This may have both positive and negative effects on both the tree & rituals.
This book is an attempt to propose new directions for Christian theology in India in the present context of globalization and militant Hindu nationalism. In recent years, Christians have been the target of violent attacks by militant Hindu nationalists. Critically analyzing the history of Christianity and militant Hindu nationalism in India, this book contends that militant Hindu nationalism originated in the context of Western colonialism, which brought about a crisis of religious, cultural, and national identity among Hindus. Moreover, contemporary globalization is perceived as recreating colonization-like situations, only now at a staggering speed and on a global level.The contemporary attacks on Christians by militant Hindu nationalists must be understood within the dynamics of globalization. The Church in India needs to respond to this crisis. The author proposes that through a renewed theological initiative based on the three traditional areas of focus of Indian theology inculturation, interreligious dialogue, and social justice - the Church can become genuinely Indian and address the crisis arising from globalization and militant Hindu nationalism.
'Worldwide globalization' has become one of the most famous and also most important catchwords of the beginning of the third millennium. There seems to be no doubt, however, that this topic will also be very urgent in the near future, if we are willing to avoid bigger disasters and breakdowns concerning political, social, economical and, of course, ecological matters. The word 'globe' itself points to the problem and task of dealing with this challenge in a common alliance, discussion and cooperation. In other words, the unstoppable progress of globalizing human lifes, behaviours and surroundings calls for common answers given by people of different religions, colours and nationalities. Bringing such various meanings and feelings into dialogue and interchange is the primary concern of this book, written by scholars of different subjects from India and Austria. Contents: K. Pandikattu/A. Vonach: Introduction by the Editors - G. Fischer: How can rich people love the poor? Old Testament suggestions for our present day economy - M. Preglau: Disenchantment and re-enchantment of the world: Inescapable dialectics? - M. Jayanth: Ecology, economics and ethics: Sustainable development as a framework for a planetary ethics - W. Guggenberger: Worry, time and the spirit of social systems - B. Repschinski: Of mice and men and Matthew 2 - N. Sheth: Conflict and reconciliation between the Hindu Deities Visnu and Siva - A. Vonach: In the name of God: The theological and social components of Ancient Israel's wars and their relationship to some of today's struggles - R. A. Siebenrock: Christian witness after Christianity: John Henry Newman's life as an example of theological resposibility in a changing society - K. Pandikattu: Indian Paradox: Scientifically forward, economically backward, spiritually inward - L. Fernando: Socio-economic and political context of India in a pastoral perspective - E. Monteiro: Hindu nationalism and women in India - M. Doss: Jains and Entrepreneurship: Interplay of religion and society towards economic progress - W. L¿ffler: Financing the churches: Some european systems in comparison - W. Palaver/R. Schwager e.a.: September 11, 2001 and a theology of the signs of the time - M. C. Abraham: Religious Fundamentalism: A psycho-social perspective.