CONTENTS:- Acknowledgement; Preface; 1. Ecology as Culture; 2. Concept of Forest in Kautilya and its Significance for the Emergence of Land Use Pattern in India; 3. Some Aspects of Indian Ecology in Arab Accounts; 4. Portuguese Sources and new World Plant Introductions in India; 5. Light, Sand and Thermal Damage to Archaeological Monuments; 6. Nature Dependent Water Management: A yet Functioning Medieval Underground Canal at Burhanpur (Madhya Pradesh); 7. Centralized and Decentralized Paradigms of Development: Case Study of Water Management in Medieval and Modern Delhi;
The book in hand is a collection of unpublished papers presented to various seminars during 1980-1990. The thread running through all the papers is the understanding that all problems of ecology and environment faced by India today have arisen for the simple reason that man and his culture have been left out of the basic vision of contemporary ecology.