[act-ma] 3/23 Medha Patkar @ MIT, Boston: People's Movements: The State and Civil Society

M. Mandal monamandal at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 25 08:00:55 PST 2009

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Medha Patkar : LIVE in MIT [March 23, 2009]
Goldman Environmental Prize
Amnesty International's Human Rights Defender's Award
BBC Green Ribbon AwardTALK TITLE: People's Movements : The State and Civil Society 
DATE: Monday, March 23, 2009 (10:30am)
LOCATION: MIT, Earth Sciences Building, Building 54, Room 100 
21 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA 02142 [MIT Map]][Google Map] 
Lecture is Free and Open to the public. 

We would like to invite you to a very special talk by Medha Patkar, India's leading social activist and an authentic hero of India's downtrodeen. Leading the the struggle against the Sardar Sarovar Project, she founded the Narmada Bachao Andolan and the National Alliance For People's Movements dedicated to alternative developmental paradigms. She has worked for the marginalized communities in slums and tribal areas and served on the World Commission on Dams, and on water and energy issues across the world.
 About Medha: 
Known and loved by millions of villagers and urban poor throughout India and the world over, Medha Patkar, 54, is the founder of the Save the Narmada Movement and the National Alliance of People's Movements. After earning an M.A. in Social Work, she worked with voluntary organizations in Bombay slums for 5 years as well as in the tribal districts of Gujarat state. She left her position on the faculty of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, as well as her unfinished Ph.D., to found an alliance with the millions of villagers who are uprooted and made homeless by the Sardar Sarovar Dam and other large dams along the Narmada River of Central India. Among India's most dynamic activists, Medha knows the Narmada Valley village by village. Veteran of several fasts, protests and campaigns on the banks of the rising Narmada, her uncompromising insistence on the right to life and livelihood has compelled the post-Independence generation in India and around the world
 to revisit the basic questions of natural resources, human rights, environment, and development. Despite many police beatings and jail terms, she continues to believe in the inherent goodness of people and the democratic system. She has served as a Commissioner to the World Commission on Dams, the first independent global Commission constituted to enquire on the water, power and alternative issues, related to dams, across the world. 

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Association For India's Development, MIT and Boston Chapters [Website]
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