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Socio-environmental impact of idol immersion: dimensions and directions

Avvannavar, Santosh M and Kumar, Nanda BS and Surathal, Shrihari and Are, Raghunath Babu (2009) Socio-environmental impact of idol immersion: dimensions and directions. In: 5th International Conference on Environmental Engineering and Management, September 15-19, 2009, Romania.

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India possesses a diverse and rich cultural heritage and is renowned as a 'land of festivals'. These festivals attract massive community involvement paving way to new materials such as 'Plaster of Paris' being used for 'modernizing' the representation of idols with very little thought given to the issues of toxicity and environmental impacts. Another dimension to the whole issue is the plight of the artisans and the workers involved in the trade. Owing to the unorganized nature of the industry there is minimal or no guidelines pertaining-to the worker safety and health risks of the people involved. This paper attempts to address the complexities of the inherent hazards as a consequence of these socio-environmental issues and trace the scientific rationale in addressing them in a practical and pragmatic way.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Publisher: GH Asachi Technical Univ Iasi., Romania
Additional Information: Copyrights of this article belongs to GH Asachi Technical Univ Iasi.
Keywords: environmental pollution;idol immersion;Plaster of Paris; socio-environmental impacts
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Instrumentation Appiled Physics
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2009 14:26
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2012 05:58
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/19982

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