Alessandra Marino on 'Occupy Movement in India' on OpenLearn

By Alessandra Marino · 20 June 2012

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In September and October 2011, thousands of young people occupied the squares of New York, London, Madrid and other major cities across the globe. The waves of protests, including the indignados in Spain and the student demonstrations in Athens all involved claiming back iconic spaces of Western politics; squares being a modern designation of the Greek agora.

Their common denunciation of the economic and social inequalities exacerbated by the system of financial and corporate capitalism led the international press to present local occupations as parts of an interconnected ‘occupy’ movement.

Almost a month after the installation of the camp in front of St Paul’s cathedral in London, a plot of government-owned land was occupied in Jobat, Madhya Pradesh, India. The occupiers were mostly hilly adivasis (indigenous people) ousted from their land by the Sardar Sarovar dam and linked to the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) – an anti-dam movement.

The adivasis were joined by other villagers affected by the Jobat dam. They called for compensation for the more than 150 citizens displaced since 1994 by the construction of thirty large dams along the Narmada valley in central India.

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  • Alessandra Marino

    Research Associate
    Alessandra Marino
    The Open University
    Currently Research Associate at the Open University, I completed my Ph.D in “Post-colonial and Cultural Studies” at the University of Naples “L’Orientale” in 2010. My... Read more

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