New York City – Sanhati at Left Forum, June 9

Political Ecologies of Developmental Terrorism: Neoliberalism and People’s Resistance in India

Pace University, New York City
Room: W609, Time: Sunday, 9th of June 12:00pm-01:50pm

Summary: Since the early 1980s, India has experienced economic and ecological destruction wrought by global capital and has been the site of increasing people’s resistance. This year’s Sanhati forum will discuss recent developments in this neoliberal and state-sponsored aggression on peoples’ livelihoods and its ecological impact, which often appear in the guise of “economic development” and “attracting foreign investment.” In particular, Sanhati will discuss large scale development projects by the Indian state, in conjunction with multinational corporations, such as construction of nuclear power plants and the people’s resistance in places such as Koodankulam; expropriation of precious land and forests for the benefit of mining corporations and the resistance by indigenous peoples in places such as Niyamgiri and Malkangiri; and the US-sponsored plan to transform Indian agriculture in the name of the “second green revolution”, which would facilitate profiteering by multinationals such as Monsanto and Walmart.

Chair, Speakers:
Ramaa Vasudevan — Sanhati
Partho Sarathi Ray — Sanhati
Rajeev Ravisankar — Sanhati
Siddhartha Mitra — Sanhati

Left Forum is the largest annual meeting of the broad Left in the United States. Each year, thousands of participants come together to discuss pressing local, national and global issues; to better understand commonalities and differences, and alternatives to current predicaments; or to share ideas to help build social movements to transform the world.