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Paribesh O Nitibidya by Nirmalya Narayan Chakraborty


Paribesh O Nitibidya by Nirmalya Narayan Chakraborty

Reviewed by

Piyali Ghosh

State Aided College Teacher, Category-1

 Department of English

Mahadevananda Mahavidyalaya

Kolkata, West Bengal, India 


Paribesh O Nitibidya | Educational Book | Nirmalya Narayan Chakraborty


 West Bengal State Book Board, pp. 150

ISBN: 978-81-24707-69-2


At the very outset of my review I need to state that this book is a compendium of environment ethics and relevant issues with possible solutions. The writer has shown a rare insight and in–depth analysis on the subject of the environment and relevant issues from all possible angles and placed detailed views.

In the 1st chapter of the book writer has discussed about the origin or source of applied and environment ethics which is very well depicted at the beginning of 1st paragraph. The writer has drafted that every consistent theory has two aspects. The first is theoretical and 2nd one is applied. But I believe that theoretical framework is a study which is based on existing theories. It attempts to gather knowledge about a phenomenon or idea where conclusions may not have any immediate or instant real world application. The applied framework tackles a ‘Real World’ question and attempts to solve practical problems. So in this context, I am with the opinion that every consistent theory doesn’t have two aspects. We are aware that some topics of metaphysics has no practical framework-there is no practical implementation in real life because we don’t find any reasonable way of thinking and so it has reduced its importance day by day. But antagonistic to the above it is highly important to all those who believe in Metaphysics firmly. So my point is that every existent theory has no two aspects as it is not possible to explain some topics of Metaphysics with application.

Going forward within the first chapter of the captioned book, we can see that how aptly the writer has elaborated the source of applied ethics and its expansion. The writer has shown the union of Sociology, Science, Philosophy and Economics. According to the writer Philosophy doesn’t solely discusses about the environment but different branches like Sociology, Science and Economics have also reflected concerns and connections with the environment. In this way writer has represented the connections, links and collaborations of the above mentioned different branches about the theory of Environment Science.

In the 3rd chapter of the book there is an explanation about the land ethics and how does the relation between land and man comes under ethical periphery? It is really appreciable that the periphery of ethics has drastically enhanced to a limit that Earth, Water, Trees, Animals have been included under its boundary. The writer has also mentioned about the land ethics of “Leopold”.

As a reviewer I can’t stop myself to appreciate that the writer has enlightened the importance of well established connection or relation between land and man and the same has priority over the need of economical and business aspects. It is also described that we cannot establish the relation between land and ethics without love, respect and value based education towards land. In modern days the value based education about land ethics can solve many disputes of our society. So the writer has projected that land ethics can give a ray of light to enlighten the darkness of our society.

The 10th line from the 1st paragraph of the 7th chapter, the writer has drawn an image that environment is generous and the same has been transformed in nature. But the idea of environment is not at all generous in nature because it’s conservative indeed and hasn’t turned out different from time to time. We can’t think nature will be chased under any mastery. The idea of environment is a transformation of dual structure which is made of both conservative and progressive traits. That’s why in spite of having conservative nature progressive intention rays out from it. We can never ever suppress it and the same develops gradually.

It is really appreciable that how logically the writer has articulated a connection between women and nature, which is called Ecofeminism. The term ‘Ecofeminism’ is used to describe a feminist approach for understanding Ecology. In the book the writer has drawn our attention towards the basic feminist tenets of equality between genders, a revaluing of non-patriarchal or nonlinear structures, and a view of the world that respects organic processes, holistic connections, and the merits of intuition and collaboration. His notion about Ecofeminism adds both commitment to the environment and an awareness of the associations made between women and nature. Specifically, this philosophy emphasizes the ways both nature and women are treated by patriarchal or male centred society. The ideas brought out by the writer reflect about his developmental strategies towards society for its betterment.

In the 10th chapter the writer wants to say about the future generation and the responsibility of present generation towards future generation and the environmental conservation for future genesis. It is really appreciable that the writer has given importance to the existence of future generation and for that the present generation has some responsibilities and obligations. And here I want to mention the importance of environmental conservation which is comparable to umbrella. It signifies anything we do to protect our planet and conserve its natural resources so that every living thing can have an improved quality of life .So the discussion about environmental conservation makes the book rare and valuable. It describes a person as a writer who has forward progressive notions and ideas and he thinks about the upcoming future episodes of our earth and civilisation.

As a reviewer I want to mark out one thing that writer has brought the notion that the present generation has some responsibilities towards future generation. But the writer didn’t mention which or what type of responsibilities will be taken by the present generation. If we draw an analogy with trekking to the peak of Mount Everest we can say that reaching the helm of the peak is like the responsibilities of present generation for the sustenance of future generation. But the trekking route to the peak hasn’t been described by the writer. There may be two aspects; either a discovery of trekking route or a fatal scenario may be derived during discovery of route. Similarly to understand the uttered responsibilities of the present generation, reader needs some self imagination, innovations, inventions, discoveries etc. Although it has pros and cons effect also. Positive side is that it increases the thinking power of a reader and the negative effect is that it can decrease the interest of a reader.

In my opinion I have highlighted the pros and cons of the book ‘PORIBESH O NITIBIDYA’. Here we can see the respected writer said that our society is followed by some rules and regulations and environment ethics is correlated with it. Although at the beginning it is said to follow some rules and regulations but at the end there has been a chaotic figure regarding rules and regulations. So my point is that there should be consistency, only then people will take it as a nature of our society and the same will be coped up with time and situation for making a systematic and disciplined society.

This book is very well composed but some lyrics didn’t come out with a melodious tune. The book teaches about the ethics of environment. I am of the view and opinion that this book is a guide to the future of environment and different facets of environment. The book has emphasized on the sustenance of civilisation in future era to come and the responsibilities of modern generation towards the conservation of future environment.

I give the book 4 stars out of 5 stars as I think it’s important for to correlate ethics with environment.