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Economic Crisis

THE year 2006 will go down as environment's watershed year. This is not because this year we have had extraordinary success in environmental management; there was also no environmental disaster per se. This year must be remembered because the task of environmental management has come to be even more contested and even more challenged. Protests against environmental degradation have grown. But so have efforts to deny environmental concerns or to dilute regulations.

Building another world, announced banners festooned near the entrance of Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. "Yahan mela laga hai kya? (is there a carnival underway here?),' the auto-rickshaw driver asked, as