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How Secularization leads to Ecological Degradation

Secularism is a western notion that historically arose in response to European problems. It is not only alien to Indian society, it is highly unsuitable as it completely ignores Indian ethos that are rooted in the notion of ‘dharma’ (duty/righteousness). Hence, the secularization of Indian life and society that has been carried out in the last many decades has resulted in disastrous consequences. One such area where secularization has distorted the issue and has caused enormous damage is ecology and environment.

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Bonding to the Land: A Pagan view of Ecology

In deep ecology, bonding to the land is the first condition for an ecologically sane society. “The first thing to do is to choose a sacred place and live in it.” So advised Pawnee tribe elder, Tahirussawichi, to writer Dolores LaChapelle. The Pagan pact with the land can be regarded as what is today called bioregionalism. Relation to a place perceived as sacred is not, however, possession of place; in fact, such relationship impedes the drive to possess. Native Americans frequently insist that they belong to the land, the land does not belong to them.

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Dharma, Nature and Agro-Ecology – 1

Apr 19,20by admin

In this first part of a series, agro-ecologist Dr. Aditya Dhopatkar explains the origin of life on earth and how everything is interconnecetd. He tells us the interconnectedness and the functions of not only the living beings but also the part that the inanimate material plays in the greater ecological scheme.

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