This Fissured Land, first published in 1992, presents an interpretative history ecological history of the Indian subcontinent. It offers a theory of ecological prudence and profligacy, trying out this theory around the wide sweep of South Asian history. The book especially makes a speciality of the use and abuse of forest resources. In Part One, the authors present a general theory of ecological history. Part Two supplies a fresh interpretative history of pre-up to date India together with an ecological interpretation of the caste system. In Part Three, the authors draw upon an enormous wealth of supply subject matter of their socio-ecological analysis of the modes of resource use introduced in India by the British. This book is the Hindi edition translated from English.