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Dr. Vandana Shiva, did her Ph.D on the Foundations of Quantum Theory on the topic ”Hidden Variables and Non Locality in Quantum Theory” from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. After spending three years doing interdisciplinary research at the Indian Institute of Science and Indian Institute of Management, in 1982 she left an academic career to start the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and ecology (RFSTE), a public interest research organization focusing on critical ecological issues of our times.
She has, over the past 35 years dedicated her life to the protection of nature and defense of people’s rights to nature’s resources – forests, biodiversity, water, land.
Dr. Vandana Shiva combines the highest of holistic,systems science with activism; she combines resistance to giant corporations seeking to privatise and own seed and water with building alternatives so that the basis of life stays in the commons and supports all life. 2 Her passion for the protection of biodiversity began in the 1970’s with the Chipko Movement (the hug thetrees movement started by the women of Uttarakhand). Chipko also became the ground for seeing the links between nature’s protection and provisioning of basics needs of food, water and energy for the poor, as well as the links of women and ecology. This led her to develop her philosophyof ecofeminism and founding the movement “Diverse Women for Diversity”. Her contributions to women and environment have been globally recognized. She was identified as one of the top ten feminist of the world by Forbes magazine in 2010 and one of the 100 most influential feminist by Guardian of U.K in2011. She was honoured by the State of Uttarakhand on 8th March, 2011 (International Women’s Day) with a State Award. In 1984, as a result of the tragedy of Punjab (extremism took the life of 30,000 people) and the tragedy of Bhopal (a gas lead from Union Carbides’ pesticide plant killed 3000 people in one night and30,000 since then) Dr. Shiva focused her attention on the violence of industrial farming (also called theGreen Revolution) and the need to build non-violentecological alternatives. She questioned the paradigm of the Monocultures of the Mind, and created diversity centered paradigm for though and action.
Vandana is the author of over 10 books.