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O. P. Dwivedi, Ph.D., LL.D. (Hon.), Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, teaches environmental policy and law and public administration. He has published twenty-six books and many articles and chapters in books. From 1986 to 1989 he was a member of a judicial tribunal, the Environmental Assessment Board of Ontario, Canada. He is a past president of the Canadian Political Science Association; a former vice president of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration, Brussels, Belgium; and chair of the Research Committee on Technology and Development, the International Political Science Association.

 

Abstract of paper given at Hinduism and Ecology conference:
Ecology and Hindu Religion

This paper emphasizes the Vedic heritage for eco-care, citing as examples numerous passages from sacred writings, including the Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana, Mahabharata, and the Puranas. These scriptures demonstrate the early understanding of the need to treat nature and species with respect and care. Topics dealt with include Vedic heritage, its background, Hindu cosmology, sanctity of life, a special discussion on the Prithivi Sukta, karma and dharma for the environment, and the epic and Puranic heritage. The essay concludes with a suggestion for building an ecological paradigm and strategy based on the concept of Vadudhaiv Kurumbkam, an ethic of environmental stewardship.

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