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Humans are a product of evolution of increasingly intricate community of beings; and are happy, and at peace in a biologically rich milieu. Human societies, are grounded in reciprocal altruism, and have prospered helping each other. 

Sharing information is a key component of human cooperative behaviour. People are hungry for and devour information, and have elaborated knowledge – a unique, non-depleting resource that is the key to human domination of the biosphere. 

People viewing themselves as members of a community of beings (including vales and dales, rivers and hills, birds and beasts, bees and trees), recognize that it is their duty to establish reciprocal relationships with these other beings and have  come to revere nature. 

This appreciation of imperatives of reciprocation with entities in the natural world along with knowledge of consequences of human actions has ensured that humans are the only known “prudent predator” on the earth.

Humans are at once selfish and cooperative, prudent and profligate. As knowledge and knowledge based technologies have progressed, human societies have seen growing economic inequalities; but at the same time growing levels of equality in access to information and knowledge. Environmental concerns have been a major force behind demands for Right to Information.

Science is a stream of knowledge characterized by its openness, transparency and by its rejection of all authority other than that of empirical facts and the imperative of logical consistency. It is therefore the most democratic of all knowledge streams and therein lies its strength that has resulted in an ever-accelerating rate of accretion of scientific knowledge.

The Wikimedia movement and emergence of citizen science are two of the most hopeful signs of the power of cooperation and ecological prudence in human affairs.

This website will be dedicated to building upon these strengths and furthering the causes of well-being of the nature, and of the people, and of growing and sharing pertinent knowledge.

Its main focus will be an attempt to catalyse development of an Indecopedia, a new kind of reliable information source on issues of vital concern for citizens of India. This would be an information resource appropriate for our increasingly networked world, delivered free to everyone interested in their own languages, and doing so in a transparent, collaborative, dynamic and open manner.


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Madhav Gadgil, an ecologist and evolutionary biologist, has been engaged in basic and applied, in particular, action research as well as teaching, communication and advocacy. His brand of ecology is notable for viewing humans as elements of ecological systems and in paying attention to the historical context.

As a firm believer in freely sharing knowledge and in power of collaboration in generating knowledge, Madhav Gadgil hopes to make this website an instrument for dissemination of knowledge, and even more importantly in advancing knowledge through collaboration, involving not just experts, but the ordinary citizens of the country.


Subodh Kulkarni has been active on various rural development issues for more than 15 years. Having studied Mechanical Engineering in Govt. College of Engineering, Pune, his areas of expertise are watershed development, appropriate technologies, biogas, improved agriculture, organic farming, community health and women empowerment, tribal development, forest rights, natural resource based employment generation, non-destructive honey harvesting & processing, bamboo management & value addition. He has worked with several organizations across Maharashtra, Chhattisgad, Odisha, Karnataka and Goa.


Prashant Pawar has been working in Information Technology for 20 years with enterprises across US, UK and India. He holds a B.E degree from CoEP, Pune and Masters in Technology Management from the Stevens Institute of Technology, USA.  After graduation Prashant contributed to various Watershed Management projects in rural Maharashtra. He has been associated with organisations like Rural Campus of Tata Institute of Social Sciences and Jnana Prabodhini. Prashant believes that IT will play a key role in environment protection and other social issues we face today.

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  • Spirit of Co-operation Humans, a supremely social species is remarkable for relationships of reciprocation, of mutual aid that go beyond the ties of kinship. The resulting rich social networks have favored the development ...
    Posted Dec 5, 2015, 3:21 AM by Madhav Gadgil
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