It describes the beauty of the earth as poetic, mystical, and very real. Its hymns give praise to medicinal plants, to inter-human relationships, and to Mother Earth. Reader will witness the striking photographs from around the world that accompany each verse which depict the Hindu tradition of reverence for nature and other forms of life. This book represents a powerful tradition that needs to be nurtured and activated in our contemporary context.
O. P. Dwivedi, Ph.D., Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, is University Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada, where he has taught since 1967. A specialist in environmental ethics and development administration, he has published/edited/co-authored 36 books such as Protecting the Environment (1974); Environmental Crisis and Hindu Religion (1987); Public Service Accountability (1988); World Religions and the Environment (1989); Environmental Ethics (1994); India’s Environmental Policies, Programmes and Stewardship (1997); Sustainable Development and Canada (2001); and Managing Development in a Global Context (2007); and over 145 chapters or articles in professional journals and scholarly books. He was a visiting professor at three Canadian universities, and at Loyola Marymount University as well as at the University of South Florida, Tampa, USA. He has been consultant to the World Bank, UNESCO, WHO, UNO, UN-ESCAP, IDRC and CIDA. He is a past president of the Canadian Political Science Association, and a former president of the Canadian Asian Studies Association. In 1988, the University of Lethbridge, Canada, awarded him with the honorary degree of LL.D.; and in 2008, the University of Waterloo (Canada) bestowed on him the honorary degree of Dr. Env.S. In 2005, he was awarded by the Government of Canada its highest civilian honour, the Order of Canada for his contributions which “span continents and culture.”