Professor Manoranjan Mohanty (b.1942) is a teacher, researcher and writer. A Political Scientist, China Scholar and Peace and Human Rights activist he has many books and research papers on theoretical and empirical dimensions of social movements, human rights, development studies and global transformation. After retiring from University of Delhi he has been with the Council for Social Development (CSD) and is the Editor of the CSD Journal, Social Change published by Sage. He is also Chairperson, Development Research Institute, Bhubaneswar, Honorary Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), Delhi and Fellow at Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, UC, Santa Barbara.
A Ph D. from UC, Berkeley, he was, till 2004, Professor of Political Science and Director, Developing Countries Research Centre DCRC) at the University of Delhi where he taught Comparative Politics and Chinese Politics since 1969. He is a former Chairperson and Director of ICS and a former Editor of China Report. He has had visiting assignments in several universities and research institutes in India and abroad including UC, Berkeley, IFES, Moscow, Oxford, Beijing, Copenhagen, Lagos, UC, Santa Barbara and New School, New York. He has been on the editorial board of many social science journals in India and abroad.
He has been a part of the founding and evolution of institutions such as the ICS, Delhi, the DCRC at Delhi University and Gabeshana Chakra and the Development Research Institute in Odisha. He has also been a part of the People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR), Delhi and the Pakistan-India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPDPF) since their inception. He was part of the founding process of the Boao Forum for Asia in China and REGGEN, the Third World Sustainable Development Network in Brazil.
Our current era can be described as the beginning of a new, historical phase of the ‘Anthropocene’age, where humans are becoming increasingly conscious of the effects of their actions on nature,culture, and human relationships. As the first section shows, this realisation is acquiring greater significance in current development discourse and policymaking, particularly in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The fate of the human species rests on a sustainable collaboration with nature, as is apparent by the impact of climate change on food, energy, and water.
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