Deba Prashad Chatterjee

Globalization, Human Rights, and Agrarian Movements in Contemporary India

Globalization for India has two opposite implications. While it has opened up new possibilities of economic and social development despite infrastructure bottlenecks, the problem of distributive justice seems to be intensifying. Besides the rise of a sizeable middle class and the concomitant robust economic growth promises, the feeling of relative deprivation is mounting among the underprivileged sections of the population often resulting in sustained protest movements of the agrarian population in different parts of the country. Post-colonial state’s response to such movements is also creating newer instances of human rights violation and injustice at times.

Following the lecture will be a PERFORMANCE entitled “Singing the Rural: India Meets America in a Cross-Cultural Agrarian Song Swap” at 7:30 P.M., 325 Pyle Center. Environmental sociologist and Bengali folk singer Deba Prashad Chatterjee will swap rural songs with Madison folk musicians. A number of Madison musicians have been invited to trade tunes with him.

These events are free and open to the public and are co-sponsored by the Department of Agroecology and the Development Studies Program.