Claude Alvares

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Claude Alvares
Nationality  India
Occupation Environmentalist, Author, Editor, Lawyer
Known for Editor of the Other India Press

Claude Alvares is a renowned environmentalist based in Goa, India. He is the editor of the Other India Press, an alternative publication based in India. The Director of the Goa Foundation, an environmental monitoring action group, Claude Alvares got his PhD from the Technische Hogeschool, Eindhoven, in the Netherlands, in 1976. He lives at Parra, Goa with his wife Padma Shree and environmental lawyer Norma Alvares and three children, Rahul, Samir and Milind.

He is a member of the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF). He is also a member of the Supreme Court Monitoring Committee (SCMC) on Hazardous Wastes constituted by the Supreme Court of India.[citation needed] He wrote the famous article 'The Great Gene Robbery' in 1986.



  • Homo faber : technology and culture in India, China and the West from 1500 to the present day, The Hague [etc.] : Nijhoff, 1980, New edition: The Hague [etc.] : Nijhoff, 2007 - Indian edition: De-Colonizing History: Technology and Culture in India, China and the West: 1492 to the Present Day, - The Other India Press, Goa, 1991 - Paperback Edition: Decolonizing History: Technology and Culture in India, China and the West 1492 to the Present Day, Apex Press, 3rd edition 1991, ISBN 0-945257-40-6
  • Article "Science" in: The Development Dictionary, ed. by Wolfgang Sachs, London and New Jersey: Zed Books, 1992, pp. 219–232
  • Science, development and violence. the revolt against modernity, Delhi [etc.]: Oxford University Press, 1992
  • Goa may be worse than Bellary Deccan Herald, Bangalore, October 2, 2011


  • Another Revolution Fails: Investigation into How and Why India's Operation Flood Project Went Off the Rails, Ajanta Publications 1987, ISBN 81-202-0118-3
  • Unwanted guest : Goans v/s Du Pont, Mapusa : Other India Press, 1991
  • (with Merryl Wyn-Davis), The Blinded Eye: 500 Years of Christopher Columbus, Other India Press, 1993
  • Organic Farming Source Book, Other India Press, 1996
  • Fish Curry and Rice - a source book on Goa, its ecology and life-style, 4. rev. ed., Mapusa : Goa Foundation, 2002, ISBN 81-85569-48-7
  • Multiversity: Freeing Children from the Tyranny of Schooling, Other India Press, 2006, ISBN 81-85569-64-9

Websites associated with Claude Alvares[edit]

  1. Claude's Blog - [1]
  2. Goa Foundation - [2]
  3. Other India Bookstore - [3]
  4. Multiversity - [4]
  5. Green Goa Works - [5]
  6. Organic Farming Association of India - [6]