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 an environmentalist based in Goa, India.[1] He is the editor of the Other India Press publication based in India.[2] The Director of the Goa Foundation,[3] an environmental monitoring action group, Claude Alvares got his PhD from the Technische Hogeschool, Eindhoven, in the Netherlands,[4] in 1976. He lives at Parra, Goa with his wife Padma Shree and environmental lawyer Norma Alvares and three children,[1] Rahul, Samir and Milind.[5]

He is a member of the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF).[5] He is also a member of the Supreme Court Monitoring Committee (SCMC) on Hazardous Wastes constituted by the Supreme Court of India.[4] He is the author of the article 'The Great Gene Robbery', published in the Illustrated Weekly of India in 1986.[6]



  • 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


  1. ^ a b "Livemint". Livemint. 9 August 2014. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ "About Us". Other India Book Store. 2015. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Goa Foundation". Goa Foundation. 2015. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Green Goa Works". Green Goa Works. 2015. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "India Inspires". India Inspires. 2015. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  6. ^ Claude Alvares (March 1986). "The Great Gene Robbery". Illustrated Weekly of India. 

External links[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]