Saturday, April 23, 2011 10:30 am - 1:00 pm Alwan for the Arts

16 Beaver Street  (between Whitehall & Broad, just 1.5 blocks from Broadway) 4th Floor, New York, NY 10004
Subway: 4,5 to Bowling Green. N, R to Whitehall. 2, 3 to Wall Street. A, C to Fulton St. 1 to Rector St.

Medha Patkar in conversation with David Harvey (Moderated by Biju Mathew) followed by Talk by Medha Patkar :

Medha Patkar

Indian activist, founder of Narmada Bachao Andolan (Save the Narmada campaign), and Convenor, National Alliance of Peoples' Movements.

David Harvey

Distinguished Professor, City University of New York, author of The Enigma of Capital and the Crises of Capitalism and other books.

Land-grab, Law, and Capitalism in India
MEDHA PATKAR, renowned Indian social activist, founder member of the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA; Save the Narmada Campaign) since 1989, and founder convenor of the National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM), was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 1991 and served as a commissioner for the World Commission on Dams between 1998-2001. The NBA’s historic resistance to the Sardar Sarovar and other large and medium dams on the river Narmada in India are well documented and have fundamentally challenged the destructive paradigm of development espoused by big dams and unsustainable industrialization. With her immense dedication and commitment to struggles for justice and equitable and sustainable development, she has inspired generations of Indian activists, leading indigenous peoples', workers’ and peasants’ struggles for rights to land, livelihood and ecologically sustainable development.
Sept 3 2002. Satyagrahis in neckdeep water in Domkhedi, Maharashtra, as Narmada waters rise behind Sardar Sarovar dam. From left: Geetanjali Chavan, Medha Patkar, Kamala Yadav.

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DAVID HARVEY is the 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. He has significantly helped bring back social class and Marxist methods as serious methodological tools; his explanation of 'accumulation by dispossession' has found resonance among left circles across the world grappling with neoliberal politics. His writings  are widely appreciated internationally and  in India. His close associations with activist groups and concerns like the 'Right to the City' movement in New York and others  make his analyses particularly relevant to questions of right to housing, gentrification, dispossession and other neoliberal malaises.