Environment

Paradigm shift

Print edition : August 05, 2016

Dam displaced people staging a protest in the backwaters of the Narmada as part of the Narmada Bachao Andolan's "Jal-Satyagraha" at Bichoula village in Harda dstrict on September 1, 2013. Photo: A.M. Faruqui

A Dongria Kondh voicing his protest against bauxite mining at a gram sabha held as per the Supreme Court's directive at Jarapa village in Rayagada district of Odisha on August 19, 2013. Photo: A. MANIKANTA KUMAR

If environmentalism was a cause before the 1990s, economic liberalisation erased the boundaries between private capital and the state, and public empathy for the exploited sections began diminishing.

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