Land-grab, Law and Capitalism in India discussed by Medha Patkar and David Harvey, land speculation versus industrial production. Renowned Indian social activist, Medha Patkar is founder convenor of the National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), founding member of the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA; Save the Narmada Campaign), awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 1991 and served as a commissioner for the World Commission on Dams between 1998-2001. David Harvey is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). A social theorist of international standing, he is widely known for his critique of global capitalism and neoliberal development.
Land has become a key issue for both neoliberal capitalism and for people’s movements. Land Acquisition Act of 1894 is used to take over land of indigenous and rural peoples today in the name of the common good. India has had 55 million people displaced by large dams.
Event April 23, 2011 at Alwan for the Arts, sponsored by Association for India’s Development – New York Chapter, Sanhati, South Asia Solidarity Initiative, The Center for Place Culture and Politics (CUNY)
Camera, audio Joe Friendly