[Marxism] Ecological awareness in ancient India

Marla Vijaya kumar marlavk at yahoo.com
Mon Aug 20 10:40:00 MDT 2012


Karen wrote:
Capitalist exploitation of
the environment won't be ended by a return to old religious practices, 
but an understanding of the ways in which those
practices have preserved nature may help us
in the struggle for socialism and a more
sustainable way of life.
I think I had failed to convey my idea properly. I was not advocating any kind of a return to old ways of living. I was only highlighting the centuries old ecological awareness.
The bard's song "philosophical musings" made me realise that a few centuries ago, they could convey the concept of interdependence in nature so succinctly to un-educated masses, where as with all the modern tools, we are still finding it difficult to spread the message of Ecological balance. Mine is a lone voice in many party meetings, where they patiently go through my talk on Marxism and ecology and finally say that : "Comrade, we agree with what you are saying, but right now, we have to concentrate on urgent day-to-day issues". Which means my 15 minutes talk simply evaporated in to thin air. Where are we failing?
Vijaya Kumar Marla


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