Last Thursday night he made an appearance on the UNC Asheville campus to discuss his book with those who have read it, and educate those who have not.
I attended the lecture due to my interest in the environmental aspect of his book.
"Churning the Earth" goes beyond the statements that India is poor and in trouble; it explains why they are economically hurting, how the peoples' hurt is then transforming into the planet's pain, and how this cycle is not going to end anytime soon.
A lot of people know India is in trouble, but not a lot of people know why and better yet how to fix it.
I believe that coming to speak on the UNC Asheville campus was a great opportunity because we are a campus full of curious students and faculty wanting to learn about the issues and figure out how to solve them.
The lecture was packed to say the least.
People filled the chairs, the floor, and leaned against the walls...
All gazing towards the front to hear Shrivastava's words.
The economic majors mixed in with the environmental majors, along with others of different fields, all coming together in one melting pot of a discussion.
But these two predominant majors of economics and environmental are what Shrivasatava kept emphasizing for collaboration.
If one group is not aware of the other, or is arrogant of them - nothing will change.
All of the principles spoken of that night are not only confined to India, they reach to anywhere that wishes to make a change.
Speakers such as Shrivastava allow UNC Asheville to be proud of the fact that we are a liberal arts school, and we are aware of the world outside of our own bubble.
Shrivastava's visit was much appreciated and allows Asheville to now become a part of this "churning of the Earth" journey.