A World Without A Roof: Stories Of Pastoralism From India – Sarita Sundar


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“A World Without A Roof” transports us into the hidden world of Indian pastoralists, sharing with us their challenges and opportunities. It is a world that is far removed from the lives of urban Indians, a life that is both in tune and in struggle with nature, an existence in which animals and their welfare outweigh human comforts, and that is embedded in complex social structures and cultural practices.
Pastoralism is ancient in India, but in a sense it is also ultra-modern. For it represents an alternative to the energy intensive and careless consumption patterns that are causing unpredictable climate change, unprecedented biodiversity loss, as well as pollution of soils, air, and water. Pastoralists “live lightly” on the land and in balance with natural resources. They are givers, not takers, providing the food, fibre and fertiliser that sustain India’s urban populations, without any policy support what so ever.

The four stories in this book provides glimpse into the life of pastoralists and illustrate both the pressure they experience as well as the potential that is inherent in their way of life.
– Ilse Köhler-Rollefson

Ilse is a native of Germany but has been partly based in Rajasthan since she met the Raika camel pastoralists during a research fellowship in 1990. Her academic background is in veterinary medicine and anthropology.

About the Publisher

Since the last 26 years, Sahjeevan has been inspiring a supporting marginalised communities to revive their traditional ecological knowledge systems, engage with relevant technologies and scientific methods to conserve their ecological resources, and strengthen their livelihoods. Based in Kachchh, the organization has influenced local governance institutions, communities and the region as a whole to conserve biodiversity, regenerate tradition water systems based on local geo hydrological solutions, revitalise pastoralism, promote indigenous livestock breeding practices, and strengthen resilience through rain fed agriculture.