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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 Medha Patkar David Harvey
Indian activist, founder of Distinguished Professor,
(Moderated by Biju Mathew) Narmada Bachao Andolan City University of New
(Save the Narmada York, author of The
campaign), and Convenor, Enigma of Capital and the
followed by National Alliance of
Peoples' Movements.
Crises of Capitalism and
other books.

Talk by Medha Patkar :

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, DAVID HARVEY is the Distinguished Professor of Anthropology
Maharashtra, as Narmada waters rise behind Sardar Sarovar dam. at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York
From left: Geetanjali Chavan, Medha Patkar, Kamala Yadav. (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
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resonance among left circles across the world grappling with
neoliberal politics. His writings  are widely appreciated
Sponsors : internationally and  in India. His close associations with activist
Association for India's Development - New York Chapter groups and concerns like the 'Right to the City' movement in
Sanhati New York and others  make his analyses particularly relevant to
South Asia Solidarity Initiative questions of right to housing, gentrification, dispossession and
The Center for Place Culture and Politics (CUNY)
other neoliberal malaises.