[act-ma] 3/23 Medha Patkar (India): "People's Movements" (Mon)
James in Cambridge
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Fri Mar 20 17:08:05 PDT 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
People's Movements : The State and Civil Society
Speaker: Medha Patkar
Known and loved by millions of villagers and urban poor throughout India and the world over, Medha Patkar 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, 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 inquire on the water, power and alternative issues, related to dams, across the world.
Web site: http://www.aidboston.org/MedhaPatkar2009/boston.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Association for India's Development - MIT, The South Asia Forum at MIT
For more information, contact:
857 928 5463
nmittal at mit.edu
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