Living with Disasters: Communities and Development in the Indian Sundarbans Launched



Cambridge University Press unveiled a new book on the Communities and Development in the Indian Sundarbans at the Oxford Bookstore in Kolkata.

The book was introduced by Preeti Hingorani- Head, Brand & PR; Cambridge University Press. The Chief Guest was Shri Tushar Kanjilal, Social Activist and Founder of Tagore Society for Rural Development. The guest speakers and Analysts who attended the event and spoke about the controversial and critical topic included – Prof.Suranjan Das, Vice Chancellor, Jadavpur University, Prof. Ranabir Samaddar, Distinguished Chair, Calcutta Research Group and Prof. Roma Chatterji, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi.


This book is a critical account of the disconnected nature of governance, conservation and livelihood initiatives in the Indian Sundarbans, an active delta that spreads over 25,500 sq. km across India and Bangladesh and lies in the Bay of Bengal. It draws a holistic picture of the disaster-prone delta in eastern India, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also one of the largest tracts of mangrove forests in the world. The author juxtaposes the vulnerable lives and frequently displaced existence of the islanders against the dominant strategies of conservation and development followed by the state.

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