Namrata Poddar writes fiction, cultural criticism, and teaches postcolonial literature at UCLA. Her non-fiction on coastal cultures, global migration, environmentalism and tourism have appeared in anthologies on the Caribbean, Pacific, and Indian Ocean across the world. Her creative work has appeared in The Feminist Wire, The Margins, The Caravan, The Aerogram, Transition, Necessary Fiction, Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly, Hayden’s Ferry Review (forthcoming), and elsewhere. She holds a Ph.D. in French Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, UCLA Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Transnational Cultures and an MFA in fiction from Bennington Writing Seminars. Website: www.namratapoddar.com.
By Namrata Poddar, Resilience.org
What I find interesting—and infuriating—about a self-proclaimed “global media” and its storytelling about Indian eco-awakening is a myopic diagnosis of and solution to global environmental crisis, aka climate change, through a perception of time seeped in historic amnesia.