The book clarifies the concept of sustainable development, mentions its underline principles, describes the nature of current concern, discusses the essential ingredients and outlines the format of an action agenda. It argues a case for value based development which not only retains the positive social values mankind cherishes but also protects and promotes essential unity of mankind despite differences. Sustainable development, it avers, is a myth if it shuns and shatters social values which are held dear universally.
The book also carries forward the sustainability issue to the realm of the development debate on technology in terms of its ecological and environmental implications. It introduces the population dimension as to how rising numbers have to be viewed with extreme anxiety and how inter-linkages between environment and development are to be examined. Unbridled growth of population not only cancels the gain of development but perpetuates poverty and pauperize environment.