Date: 21st Jan
Name: Prof K Purushottham Reddy
Organization: Mr. Rajesh Mukhija, Vice President - General Counsel & Company Secretary, JCB India Ltd.
Designation:Environmentalist, Academician, Activist
Topic: Environmentalism Today
Eminent Social Activist & winner of Justice Kuldeep Singh Award for his outstanding contribution to environmental protection and sustainable development cause.
Prof. K. Purushotham Reddy is an eminent environmentalist, academician and development activist of India was born in a farmer’s family. A multifaceted personality with many successes, widely known as man of the masses and an environmentalist, Professor’s long public life and activism spans across the environmental and developmental areas such as Sustainable Agriculture, Environmental Policies, and Public Policies on Sustainable Development, Panchayat Raj and Rural Development, Urban Studies, Restoration of damaged Eco-systems etc.
He held various academic positions in Osmania University as Professor, Head of the department, and Chairman Board of Studies in Political Science Department. He was the Director for Centre for Environmental Studies of the University. He remains a source of inspiration for fellow academicians and students. He calls the society as is his lab and most part of his life was dedicated for the cause of society and environment.
Prof Reddy has emerged as one of the eminent environmentalists whose name has become synonymous with environmentalism in the states of Telanagana and Andhra Pradesh. He works with the aim of making Environmental Studies and integrated, interdisciplinary stream, which helps in making the Earth Clean and Green. He swung in to action after Bhopal Gas disaster in 1984. Since then he carried out many land mark environmental struggles, namely against the establishment of a Nuclear Power Plant at Nagarjuna Sagar Damin 1987-88, a struggle against two export oriented mechanized slaughter houses in Medak Districtin 1990, numerous campaigns against industrial pollution, striving to make environmental rights like Right to Clean Air, Right to Clean Water and Right to Livelihood a meaningful proposition based on Gandhian principles.
Prof Reddy is currently working on Public Policies, which would lead to popularizing sustainable development in India, and on alternative development models on the lines of World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED)