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PUBLIC LECTURE: Another India: Land, Water and Rural Poverty

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Discussion of India in the public sphere in Australia often focuses on the growth of the Indian economy, trade relations, and the emergence of India as a powerful economic and political actor within the international system. Less present in media and public discourse on India is consideration of social and environmental challenges, or even what could be described as crises, that are experienced most acutely by citizens located in the urban periphery and in rural areas. Questions of access to land for maintaining livelihoods and the legitimacy of land acquisition for development projects have emerged as arenas of local political conflict in India.

Water resources and their distribution are also not just a question of policy but of politics in urban and rural India, and will be ever-more so in the context of global climate change. The long-standing social crisis of rural poverty in India also remains unresolved, as attested by the disturbing phenomena of farmer suicide.

Three speakers, each of them distinguished experts and public commentators in India, will discuss these questions in this special lecture.

About The Speakers:

*P. Sainath is India’s most highly-awarded journalist. He is the Rural Affairs Editor of 'The Hindu'. Sainath was the first Indian in 25 years to win the Ramon Magsaysay Prize in 2007 for his “passionate commitment as a journalist to restore the rural poor to India’s national consciousness.”

*Swapna Banerjee-Guha is Professor of Development Studies in the School of Social Sciences, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. From 1981-2006 she was Professor of Human Geography at the University of Mumbai. She is the author of six books and over a hundred academic articles.

*Dr Anjal Prakash is Senior Fellow and Director of the Peri Urban Water Security Project at the South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies, Hyderabad, India. He has worked extensively on the issues of ground water management, gender, natural resource management and water supply and sanitation in India.

This lecture is free and open to the public, no RSVP required.
Location University Club Theatre, UWA
Contact Institute of Advanced Studies <[email protected]> : 6488 1340
URL http://www.ias.uwa.edu.au/lectures/india
Start Thu, 02 Feb 2012 18:00
End Thu, 02 Feb 2012 19:30
Submitted by Audrey Barton <[email protected]>
Last Updated Thu, 12 Jan 2012 16:36
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