Amulya Reddy: Citizen Scientist by S. Ravi Rajan

By S. Ravi Rajan

Amulya Reddy is an iconic identify on the earth of strength coverage and improvement alternatives.
His paintings has encouraged a number of generations of students, coverage analysts and activists, and maintains to stay vital and appropriate. notwithstanding, his writings are unfolded throughout a wide variety of resources: journals, publication chapters, newspapers and magazines. This ebook selects a few of his such a lot salient contributions into one simply obtainable reader.

The first half comprises six papers on expertise selection and improvement possible choices, together with 3 large conceptual essays on technological know-how, expertise and improvement pathways; 3 papers that offer concrete solutions; and a piece of writing at the global financial institution, seriously analysing the regulations of 1 of the major overseas monetary associations. the second one part addresses Reddy’s paintings on power coverage. This part begins out with a vast evaluate of the strength quandary in India. it truly is via a protracted essay articulating Reddy's coverage making framework, his popular “DEFENDUS” technique. the subsequent articles concentrate on rural contexts, and talk about pursuits, ideas, and layout standards for power provision therein. The part ends with broader papers at the classes of the California strength hindrance, and Nuclear energy, respectively. The ebook is prefaced with an autobiographical essay, and excerpts of an interview he gave to the editor in the summertime of 2002.

Reddy was once a citizen-scientist cause on construction clinical and technological traditions that addressed the “needs of the neediest”. His paintings exemplifies what the famous social scientist, Ashis Nandy, has defined as “alternative sciences”. what's specially outstanding is that Reddy controlled to be a hugely unique and effective scientist whereas defying lots of the conventions of ways wisdom is produced in institutionalised technology in India. both amazing is the way during which he has continuously built-in morality and social imaginative and prescient together with his quest for wisdom making.

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