staina ilit and limate han e ndia and he                 orld     19.15
     developed countries to be compliant on their              have a direct ‘link’ with the resources we have
     commitments based on historical responsibilities          at our disposal to meet them. If mankind is to
     and the principle of equity and common but                survive and prosper, we need to be aware of the
     differentiated responsibilities.                          repercussions of our activities on Mother nature.12
     ePilogue                                                    12. These virtuous opinions can be seen in a number of
     Hardly anything makes economic sense unless                     contemporary thinkers and writers since 1970s:
     its continuance for a long time can be projected                E. F. Schumacher, ‘The Economics of Permanence’,
                                                                     Resurgence, 3(1), May/June 1970, reprinted in Robin
     without running into absurdities. Growth and                    Clarke, Editor, ‘Notes for the Future: An Alternative
     development can happen to a ‘limited objective’,                History of the Past Decade’ (London: Thames and
     but it cannot be stretched upto an ‘unlimited                   Hudson, 1975. Schumacher invoked Gandhi while
                                                                     advocating for the ‘economics of permanence’.
     extent’. How can the ‘finite’ earth support mankind’s           Jeffery Sachs, Common Wealth: Economics for a
     ‘infinite’ physical needs?—long before this was                 Crowded Earth (London: Penguin Books, 2009, pp.
     postulated by the ‘Club of Rome’ in 1972, exactly               29–35, pp. 55–155.
     the same thing Gandhiji had said in late thirties itself,       Jeffery Sachs, The End of Poverty, Penguin Books,
                                                                     2005, pp. 280-284.
     ‘Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need,             Tim Harford, ‘The Undercover Economist’, Abacus,
     but not for every man’s greed’. Mankind needs to                GB, London, 2006, pp. 90-104.
     introspect not only about its present needs but the             Thomas L. Friedman, ‘The World is Flat’, Penguin
     way those needs are being met.                                  Books, GB, London, 2006, pp. 383-385, pp. 495-504
                                                                     Ramachandra Guha, ‘ The Ecology of Affluence’
          Besides, we also need to ‘differentiate’ between           in ‘The Ramachandra Guha Omnibus’, Oxford
     our ‘needs’ and ‘aspirations’. Our physical needs               University Press,N. Delhi, 2005, pp. 69-97.