Industrial Pollution and People’s Movement: A Case Study of Eloor Island Kerala, India

Rasheed A. Charuvilayil (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 351
EISBN13: 9781466641297|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2842-7.ch012
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Abstract

Industrial pollution is one of the largest environmental and livelihood issues faced by developing societies. It has led to the mobilization of people to protest against it, in various forms, in accordance with their socio-political landscape. The case of Kerala State in India is no different. A number of studies related to environmental issues, dams and displacement, deforestation, et cetera have appeared in the recent past. However, regarding environmental movements against industrial pollution in India, studies are limited. The social problems related to industries had generally led to mobilization of affected people in various parts of the country. One such mobilization of the people affected by industrial pollution is the focus of this chapter. Even though Kerala is a less industrialized state in India, the industrialization model adopted by the government of Kerala was not sustainable and subsequently it has failed on many fronts. In this chapter the researcher has explored work on the issues related to the contemporary development practices of industrialization. This study is an attempt to underline the problems of unsustainable development and people’s protest against it.
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