November 2010 Archives

The Environmental Support Group (ESG) is amongst the foremost proponents in India for the reform of environmental decision making processes, urging that these processes be made more participatory and environmentally and socially just. ESG-initiated or supported campaigns have been largely successful despite the nature of the issues being highly controversial and politically sensitive with national-level implications. In acknowledgment of its influencing role, ESG's services have been sought by a variety of regional, national and international agencies.

Wednesday, November 10

Securing the Commons and Environmental Justice in India
5:30 - 7:00pm
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy,
2104 Stevens Ave South, Minneapolis, MN

Thursday, November 11

Contested Terrains: Securing Environmental Justice in a GDP Driven Economy

12:00 - 1:00pm
JBD Lecture Hall in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Macalester College

What's Happening to Indian Democracy in these Expansionary Times?
Part of the South Asia Seminar Series
4:30 - 6:00pm
1114/1183 Social Sciences Building, University of Minnesota

Friday, November 12

Bangalore, India: The world's "model city" in conflict
12:00 - 1:00pm
531 Heller Hall, ICGC Commons

Sponsored by the Institute for Global Studies,
the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change,
the Institute for Advanced Study,
Macalester College's MDC, MAC CARES, and MASECA,
the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Securing the Commons and Environmental Justice in India

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Securing the Commons and Environmental Justice in India

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 Please RSVP
5:30 - 7:00 pm
2104 Stevens Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

Be it genetic diversity, lakes, urban commons or grazing pastures and forests, there is a dynamic shift currently occurring in Indian law and policy to commodify the commons and make them available for profit. How does India's current path reflect the historic commodification that occurred here in the United States? What insights can we gain for developing socially just environmental policy in the Midwest moving forward?

Join Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy's (IATP's) Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy for a discussion with Leo Saldanha and Bhargavi Rao, directors of the Environment Support Group (ESG), based in Bangalore, India. The Environment Support Group has been raising important questions about the value of community action, law and policy in protecting public interest, considering that the commons are critical to the sustenance of livelihoods of the poor in urban and rural areas, and especially for natural resource-dependent communities. They have worked with local communities to counter mining pressure in Orissa, been part of the effort to instate a moratorium on the release of a new genetically modified organism: Bt Brinjal, conducted analysis to protect national coastal and forest protection laws, and campaigned against unjust infrastructure projects--all in the face of rapidly expanding consumerism and commodification of India's natural resources.
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South Asia seminar this Wednesday - Brendan LaRocque

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Changing Perceptions of Muslim and Hindu Relations

in Bundelkhand under Mughal Rule

Brendan LaRocque
(Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in History, Carleton College)

Wednesday, November 3rd
3:30 - 5:00
609 Social Sciences Tower

Brendan LaRocque's talk will examine the role religion played in the relationship between the Bundela rulers of Bundelkhand (in modern day Madhya Pradesh) and the Mughal empire. He will focus on questions of identity and religious ideology in the rebellion of Maharaja Chhatrasal Bundela (1649-1731) against the empire during the reign of Emperor Aurangzeb. Chattrasal's rebellion has conventionally been understood as being motivated by his desire to protect Hinduism from imperial depradations carried out in the name of Islam. LaRocque will call this view into question through an examination of the ways in which contemporary sources represented the nature and rationale for Chhatrasal's rebellion, and present an alternative theory of the Bundelas' understanding of the uprising.

Brendan LaRocque is Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at Carleton College. His research is concerned with the role of religion and identity in Mughal India, with a focus on the intersection of religion with the political and economic realms. He is currently working on a book manuscript tentatively titled "Islam, Hinduism, and Community Formation in India: Devotional Religion and Social Change in the Mughal Empire."

Selected New Titles in Ames Library - November 2010

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Below you can read a list of selected new titles added to the Ames Library of South Asia in October 2010. Or click here to download a copy.

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