Indian activist

Ecology is Permanent Economy: The Activism and Environmental Philosophy of Sunderlal Bahuguna bookcoverThe most visible exponent of a grassroots, nonviolent movement that saved Indian's mountain forests from commercial exploitation is the subject of Ecology is Permanent Economy: The Activism and Environmental Philosophy of Sunderlal Bahuguna (SUNY Press) by George James, professor of philosophy and religion studies. James spent a decade following Bahuguna, whose work resulted in legislation protecting the trees for local hill people. James was researching influential environmental movements in India when he came across Bahuguna, who was inspired by Gandhi.

"I had an instant rapport with Bahuguna and felt his story needed to be told," he says.