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Predatory Growth in India: Critique and Alternative

Aseem Shrivastava

 Sunday, October 6th, 5PM

Room 26-168, MIT


About the talk: Taking its cue from the recent Uttarakhand flash-floods ​disaster ​ in northern India, the talk will examine the socio-economic and ecological impact of globalization in India. The mind-set of globalized developmentality that India’s elites have now come to believe in can only worsen, in the long-run, prevailing conditions of poverty, unemployment, inequalities and environmental devastation. Do Indian elites have the courage and vision to suspend an unsustainable business-as-usual and build a new India, respectful of nature and the urgent needs of hundreds of millions? India is uniquely placed by the facts of history and destiny to serve as the world’s ecological pioneer – if only it would surrender its present “corporate nationalism” and stop misunderstanding its role in the world as an aspiring superpower.

About the speaker: Aseem Shrivastava is a Delhi-based writer and ecological economist. He wrote his doctoral thesis in Environmental Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has taught economics for many years at college and university level in India and the US. Most recently, he taught philosophy at Nordic College, Norway. He has written extensively on issues associated with globalization. He is the author (with Ashish Kothari) of Churning the Earth: The Making of Global India (Penguin India, 2012,


Sponsored by: Association for India’s Development (Boston and MIT chapters) and Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia.


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