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India: Development, Globalization and Contestation

Some of the most important issues in India today relate to contestations around environment, development and globalization. Some key sites of ongoing struggle include Economic "Liberalization," Rights to Information and to Livelihood, Special Economic Zones (SEZs), Urbanization, Environment, Dams, Water Supply and Sanitation. This page will help you enter these, and other debates, via access to scholarly articles, journalistic reporting, and the output of organizations.

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Scholarly Indexes and Databases
  • MNCAT Discovery
    Searches some of our key collections of journal articles (including JSTOR, Cambridge, Oxford, Sage), as well as books, ebooks and films.
  • Academic Search Premier Authentication Required
    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies (EBSCO) Authentication Required
    Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) contains nearly 900,000 records on all subjects (especially in the humanities and the social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide from 1971 to the present.

    The most important 100+ periodicals in Asian Studies or on Asia as identified by the BAS staff are indexed as soon as they are published for immediate inclusion in BAS. The total number of indexed journals is many times that amount. Selected Asia-related citations from many other journals are also included when applicable. In addition, various special projects have contributed numbers of additional records to the database (among them journals on Southeast Asia dating as far back as 1779).

    BAS also includes citations to Western-language chapters in edited volumes, conference proceedings, anthologies, Festschriften, and more.

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Journalistic web sites
  • Down to Earth
    India's only science and environment fortnightly, Down to Earth critically covers the full range of issues related to the relations between humans and their environments.
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  • India Environment Portal
    The India Environment Portal is initiated and managed by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) promoted by the National Knowledge Commission (NKC), Government of India. The India Environment Portal is seeks to be a one-stop shop of all that you want to know about environment and development issues. The India Environment Portal employs a unique and built thesaurus of environmental and geographic terms. Each topic is classified and sub-classified.
  • India Together
    India Together is an electronic publication devoted to coverage of public affairs, policy, and development in India, providing news in proportion to the country's broad development experiences. India Together provides in-depth information & news on the issues that matter covering 15 major topics and over 15 states.
  • InfoChange India News & Features
    InfoChange News & Features ( is an online resource base that provides news, views, perspectives and debates on crucial issues of sustainable development and social justice in India and South Asia. It seeks to bring into sharp focus agents and avenues of change.
  • Kafila
    Kafila is a team effort of concerned individuals – scholars, activists, writers, journalists – to create a space for critical engagement on a wide range of issues of the contemporary world.
  • P. Sainath - Rural Reporter
    Sainath is an award-winning reporter who has been covering rural India since 1993. His book Everybody Loves a Good Drought (Penguin India, 1996) has remained a non-fiction bestseller and is in its 34th printing.
    • People's Archive of Rural India (PARI)
      Sainath founded PARI, an archive to capture the labour, languages, livelihoods, arts, crafts and many other aspects of rural India. The platform combines video, audio, still photography and print.
  • Sanhati
    Aims to provide a platform for evolving news, analyses, debates pertaining to the political economy of India and the world
  • is an independent news, information, and entertainment venture, which aims to add critical perspectives to these stories through rigorous reporting, objective analyses, and expert commentary.
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Government and International Organization web sites
  • DevInfo India
    This is a database of official statistics originating from various Government of India ministries and departments, providing statistics on a wide range socio-economic variables. Users can drill down through levels of disaggregated data at national, state, district and sub-district levels, and extract information to present the statistical measures of the indicators in the form of maps, graphs and tables using the built-in wizard.
  • Government of India: Labour Bureau
    The Labour Bureau site provides access to official reports and statistics related to employment, labor, wages, working conditions, etc.
  • NGO Darpan
    Includes a searchable database of Voluntary Organizations (VOs)/ Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), as well as schemes they might apply for.
  • UNDP: India
    UNDP (United Nations Development Program) is the UN's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. Site is a rich source of information on programs, projects, and statistics.
  • World Bank India page
    The World Bank is a major player in India, in terms of producing knowledge about development and in terms of promoting and funding particular programs and projects.
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Organization web sites
  • Asian Centre for Human Rights
    Focus on India and the other countries of South Asia. Annual Human Rights Reports in .pdf format are available for download.
  • Barefoot College
    The Barefoot College began in 1972 with the conviction that solutions to rural problems lie within the community. The College addresses problems of drinking water, girl education, health & sanitation, rural unemployment, income generation, electricity and power, as well as social awareness and the conservation of ecological systems in rural communities. Site has extensive documentation and links. The College benefits the poorest of the poor who have no alternatives.
  • Centre for Equity Studies
    Produces working papers, reports, other publications, policy proposals, etc. on the nature and causes of social injustice and inequity that befall the poorest sections of India to find ways to move towards a more equitable, humane and peaceful society.
  • Centre for Policy Research
    The Centre is a non-profit, independent institution dedicated to conducting research that contributes to a more robust public discourse about the structures and processes that shape life in India. Focus on Economic Policy; Environmental Law and Governance; International Relations and Security; Law, Regulation and the State; Urbanization
  • Centre for Science and Environment
    Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) is an independent, public interest organisation which aims to increase public awareness on issues at the intersection of science, technology, environment and development.
  • Centre for Sustainable Agriculture
    Centre for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA) is a technology and policy research organization with a vision to make agriculture productive, environmentally/ecologically sensitive, and capable of preserving the social fabric of rural communities.
    National campaign against fabrication of false cases in India.
  • Forest Rights Act: A Weapon of Democracy in the Forests
    Across the forested tracts of India, forest dwellers are struggling to protect their rights to the forests on which their lives depend. The Campaign for Survival and Dignity has constructed this website to report on and assist in this struggle.
  • Friends of River Narmada
    The construction of large dams on the River Narmada in central India and its impact on millions of people living in the river valley has become one of the most important social issues in contemporary India. Through this website, the friends of the Narmada valley and its people hope to present the perspective of grassroots people's organizations on the issue.
  • Housing and Land Rights Network
    Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN), India, works for the recognition, defence, promotion, and realisation of the human rights to adequate housing and land, which involves securing a safe and secure place for all individuals and communities, especially marginalized communities, to live in peace and dignity. HLRN was established in 1999 in New Delhi to address the growing need for research, education, and advocacy on housing and land rights in the region. A particular focus of our work is on promoting and protecting the equal rights of women to adequate housing, land, property and inheritance. HLRN aims to achieve its goals through advocacy, research, human rights education, and outreach through network building at local, national, and international levels.
  • Hyderabad Urban Lab
    Produces reports, training, video, maps, and more on a number of themes such as transit, housing, sanitation and gender in the urban context, focusing on the South Indian city of Hyderabad
  • Ideas for India
    Ideas for India is an economics and policy portal that is intended to be this common platform and source for ideas and evidence on policy issues in India and will be a complement to the print media.
  • Independent People's Tribunal on the World Bank in India
    This Tribunal focused upon the actions of the World Bank Group, as it is the most active and influential of the International Financial Institutions (IFIs) in India. The Tribunal attempted to expose the nature and degree of coordination between the World Bank Group and other IFIs, as they often act in concert. This was the first people's tribunal of its kind which looked at the: 1) Sectoral as well as regional impact of the World Bank projects in India 2) Impact of World Bank loan policies on the sovereignty of the country 3) Extent of the World Bank's involvement in India's policy making and legislation 4) Infiltration of the Bank within the government using government policies 5) "Revolving door" which links the World Bank, government agencies and consultants 6) Policies pushed by the Bank to facilitate the neo-liberal model of growth.
  • India Resists
    An online platform for news and comment on ongoing struggles for dignity, justice, equality and sustainability in India.
  • India Resource Center
    India Resource Center works to support movements against corporate globalization in India. We provide timely information on transnational corporations to Indian movements.
  • Indian Institute for Human Settlements Knowledge Gateway
    The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) is a national education institution committed to the equitable, sustainable and efficient transformation of Indian settlements. The IIHS Knowledge Gateway is a repository for all IIHS-based research, practice, and pedagogy, which aggregates the published and in-progress content at IIHS.
  • Intercultural Resources
    Intercultural Resources is a forum for research and political intervention on issues related to the impacts and alternatives to destructive development. Our effort draws upon the social, cultural, material and intellectual resources that have been generated in the course of dialogues between people of different cultures on questions of social justice, development and self-rule. The site contains news, articles, editorials, alerts, photos, and related links.
  • International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal
    On the night of Dec. 2nd and 3rd, 1984, a Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India, began leaking 27 tons of the deadly gas methyl isocyanate. None of the six safety systems designed to contain such a leak were operational, allowing the gas to spread throughout the city of Bhopal. Half a million people were exposed to the gas and 20,000 have died to date as a result of their exposure. More than 120,000 people still suffer from ailments caused by the accident and the subsequent pollution at the plant site. This is the site of a campaign for justice for the people of Bhopal and to prevent future Bhopals.
  • Kalpavriksh
    Kalpavriksh was established in 1979 and works on environmental awareness, campaigns, litigation, research, and other areas. The NGO has continued to participate in mass movements challenging the state and its policies, while episodically supporting elements of the state that have moved progressively on environmental and development fronts.
  • Macroscan
    MacroScan is a website managed by the Economic Research Foundation, New Delhi, seeking to provide an alternative to conservative and mainstream positions in economics. It undertakes and disseminates analyses, by professional economists, of the Indian and global economy
  • Manthan Adhyayan Kendra
    Manthan Adhyayan Kendra is a center to monitor, analyze and research water and energy related issues, with a special focus on the latest developments resulting from the liberalization, globalization and privatization of the economy in India.
  • Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathana
    Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS) is a grassroots organization that was formed in 1990, working in rural Rajasthan. Its objective was to use modes of struggle and constructive action for changing the lives of its primary constituents -- the rural poor. They have been one of the leaders in the right to information and right to livelihood campaigns.
  • OtherIndia
    There are 2 Indias. The first India is the India of shopping malls, of Special Economic Zones, of ever-increasing consumption, of fast growing GDP, the India of rich and beautiful people rubbing shoulders with the 'best' and the 'brightest' of the world, the India where the 'free' market ideology reigns supreme. This website is not about this glitzy India. This website is about the India inhabited by 90 % Indians. It is about their struggles against the depredations of predatory corporations greedily eyeing and ravaging their land and their only means of sustenance. This website is an attempt to expose and indict a reactionary and collusionary state, which has not only receded from its primary responsibilities of providing a dignified living for each of its citizens, but criminalizes any attempts by its citizenry to resist its brutal onslaughts.
  • Shikshantar
    Shikshantar is an applied research institute that works with educational systems to facilitate self-reliant development throughout India. This work derives from Gandhian concepts of swaraj (freedom) and the education appropriate to the country. Site has extensive documentation and links.
  • Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA)
    International nonprofit organization based in New Delhi for learning and promotion of participation and democratic governance, promoting initiatives for the empowerment and development of the poor, marginalised and weaker sections of the society. Pria utilizes and documents participatory research and people centered development in areas such as civil society and participatory development, local self governance, environmentally sustainable industrial development and women and marginalised sections of society. The site includes abstracts of publications, newsletter "Pria news" (.pdf, .html; archived since July 2000) and annual reports since 2001.
  • Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions
    SRISTI is a non-governmental organization set up to strengthen the creativity of grassroots inventors, innovators and ecopreneurs engaged in conserving biodiversity and developing eco-friendly solutions to local problems. On this site, you can read about its activities and participate in them, download its newsletter and research papers and more.
  • South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People (SANDRP)
    SANDRP is an informal network of organizations and individuals working on issues related with water sector. SANDRP's areas of interest include all issues related with water sector, with special focus on issues associated with large dams, mostly in India but including South Asia regional issues.
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    An initiative by the Alliance for Sustainability and Equity that attempts to widen and deepen understanding of intertwined social and environmental challenges in India
  • Gurgaon Workers News
    Gurgaon Workers' News is an independent project seeking to support workers' self-organization in their struggle for a better life. It documents development and workers' struggles in and around Gurgaon, one of the current boom regions adjacent to Delhi, India.
  • Raiot
    Raiot is a webzine from Meghalaya,
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Related Research Guides
  • South Asian Studies
    This subject covers: the study of India, Pakistan, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Burma/Myanmar, Tibet and Afghanistan.
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For More Information:
  • Ames Library of South Asia
    Social sciences and humanities in English, vernacular and European languages from or about Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

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