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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.

Table of Contents:

Scholarly Indexes and Databases
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/3169
    References principally western-language articles and book chapters on all parts of Asia. Emphasizes materials published since 1971, but has some materials dating from as early as 1779. Currently covering about 825,000 citations, it is broad, emphasizing the humanities and Social Sciences, but not comprehensive.
  • JSTOR
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/2670
    Full texts of articles in academic journals covering the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. JSTOR provides backruns from the date of each journal's initial publication to recent issues. In some cases there may be a backlog of several years. JSTOR also increasingly offers the full texts of complete monographs, including books on music.
  • Sage Journal Package
    http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/14778
    Scholarly articles from Sage journals in the social sciences and humanities, the life sciences, biomedical sciences, neuroscience, pharmacology, engineering, and material sciences.
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Journalistic web sites
  • India Environmental Portal
    http://indiaenvironmentportal.org.in/
    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
    http://www.indiatogether.org/
    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
    http://infochangeindia.org/
    InfoChange News & Features (www.infochangeindia.org) 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
    http://kafila.org/
    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.
  • Sanhati
    http://sanhati.com/
    Aims to provide a platform for evolving news, analyses, debates pertaining to the political economy of India and the world
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Government and International Organization web sites
  • DevInfo India
    http://devinfo.info/devinfoindia/
    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
    http://www.labourbureau.gov.in/
    The Labour Bureau site provides access to official reports and statistics related to employment, labor, wages, working conditions, etc.
  • Government of India NGO Partnership System
    http://ngo.india.gov.in/
    Includes a searchable database of Voluntary Organizations (VOs)/ Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), as well as schemes they might apply for.
  • UNDP: India
    http://www.undp.org.in/
    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
    http://go.worldbank.org/63DY8HX2R0
    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
    http://www.achrweb.org/
    Focus on India and the other countries of South Asia. Annual Human Rights Reports in .pdf format are available for download.
  • Barefoot College
    http://www.barefootcollege.org/
    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 Science and Environment
    http://www.cseindia.org/
    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
    http://www.csa-india.org
    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.
  • Fabricated.in
    http://fabricated.in/
    National campaign against fabrication of false cases in India.
  • Forest Rights Act: A Weapon of Democracy in the Forests
    http://www.forestrightsact.com/
    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
    http://www.narmada.org/
    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.
  • Independent People's Tribunal on the World Bank in India
    http://www.worldbanktribunal.org/
    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 Resource Center
    http://www.indiaresource.org/
    India Resource Center works to support movements against corporate globalization in India. We provide timely information on transnational corporations to Indian movements.
  • Intercultural Resources
    http://icrindia.org/
    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
    http://www.bhopal.org
    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
    http://www.kalpavriksh.org/
    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
    http://www.macroscan.org/
    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
    http://www.manthan-india.org/
    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
    http://www.mkssindia.org/
    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
    http://www.otherindia.org
    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
    http://www.swaraj.org/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)
    http://www.pria.org/
    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
    http://www.sristi.org/
    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)
    http://www.sandrp.in/
    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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Blogs
  • Gurgaon Workers News
    http://gurgaonworkersnews.wordpress.com/
    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.
  • Nandini Sundar's blog
    http://nandinisundar.blogspot.com/
    She is a Professor, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics.
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Related Research Guides
  • South Asian Studies
    https://www.lib.umn.edu/subjects/rqs/195
    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:
  • David Faust
    mailto: faust011@umn.edu
    Librarian for South Asia


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