Economics and an Ecology of Being

Economics and an Ecology of Being

24 Oct 2015
Faculty:
Shri Aseem Shrivastava

An exploration of Tagore and Gandhi by Shri Aseem Shrivastava

Can modern technology be disentangled from its socio-political context of competitive economics? What might sustainable/renewable technology look like? What is the kind of society that such a technology could support?

What are the conditions in which life has been given to humanity? Is modern industrial society ecologically ill-fated from its inception? If so, does the problem arise from the consequences of organised greed and predation, or is it on account of what Tagore described as “the dominion of the machine?

Would the freedoms (and conveniences) that modern humanity is now accustomed to be available under these conditions? Is globalisation as we know it a viable way for humanity to live? What is our place, as a species, in the scheme of things? What is our responsibility to other beings, and to creation at large? What meaning must this give our lives as human beings?

These are some of the questions that Aseem Shrivastava’s talk will focus on through the ecological visions of Tagore and Gandhi.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) and Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) lived and died well before the environmental age, many of whose main contours emerged only after the enormous damages of the Keynesian war economy became obvious by the 1970s. Yet, both Tagore and Gandhi were prophetic about the ecological perils of our time and had much to say both in terms of diagnosing the ills of the industrial machine age as well as by way of suggesting ways to face and overcome the predicament into which it has lured humanity. The differences between their outlooks have been remarked upon by many observers. But the similarities in their visions have been overlooked. From our 21st century perspective, these af?nities become strikingly important.

Date: 24th October 2015, Timings: 9:45 AM – 12:45 PM

Programme Fees

Free Event. Contributions to cost are welcome.