A book ‘Colonisation of the commons’ released at CTC
Mokokchung, Oct. 26 (EMN): A book titled ‘Colonisation of the commons: Re-imagining tribal earth ethics,’ written by Dr. M Zubenthung Humtsoe, faculty at Clark Theological College (CTC), was released by the principal of CTC, Professor A Temjen Jamir on October 26 in the presence of faculty, staff and students of the college.
In the book, the author elucidated that colonisation of the commons has always been a strategy of the dominant to amass wealth by destroying the sacred communion between nature and ecological ethnicities. The dominant doctrines propagated the view that centralised regulation of commons by governments or corporations was inevitable to protect the commons.
The book was an attempt to re-examine the human–earth relationship in the light of contemporary environmental crisis, to develop a vision of common life marked by ecological integrity and social justice from a tribal perspective. The emphasis was on the impact upon the common life of the people and its natural resources through the oil spill, resulting in frustration among the people by the government’s policies of colonising of the commons.
The researcher’s intent was to promote inclusive participative strategies that enhance the struggle of the earth’s voiceless poor for justice and integrity and it also illustrated the role of the community in building coalition politics and sustainable world.
In his foreword to the book, Prof. George Zachariah said, ‘this book is an invitation to all of us to become part of this movement of planetary solidarity’ stated in a press release from CTC.