NYC
2019
Event Type: 
Panel
Room: 
H215
Timeslot: 
Session 5: Sunday June 30th, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
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Description/Abstract of your Event: 

In recent years the fascist movement in India has been growing. Led by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), their electoral wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and sponsored by the big corporate houses in India, this fascist movement has sponsored and carried out viscous attacks on Muslims, Dalits (the so-called "untouchables"), women, Adivasis (indigenous people), religious minorities, and national minorities. All this has been coupled with extractive neoliberal policies aimed at maximizing corporate profits while undercutting the most basic and meager social welfare programs that still exist in India. Recently, a series of poets, human rights lawyers, professors, and civil liberties activists have been arrested on trumped-up charges and accused of terrorism. This is all part of the government's plan to forcible evict 800 million people from their land and move them from the countryside to the city by 2050. When coupled with draconian laws like the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (which give the state legal cover for arresting and killing activists with impunity), it clear that the people of India face a very dire situation. This panel will examine the growing fascist movement in India, speak on the dire situations that people face, and highlight the courageous resistance being waged across the country. We will also examine the role of US imperialism in supporting and sponsoring the fascist movement in India and the associated neoliberal extractive policies.

Participants

Mamatha is Human Rights Activist. She will be speaking on the oppression of indigenous people in the forest of India, particularly in Jharkhand

Ryan is an anti-imperialist organizer in the Boston area. He has been organizing for the release of Professor G.N. Saibaba for a number of years. He also organizes more broadly against the rising tide of fascism in India, as well as doing other anti-imperialist work, in particular in opposition...

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Chance is an anti-imperialist organizer at Boston University. He is a founding member of BU Students Against Imperialism, and has organized a series of protests on campus against the university's role in US imperialism and various wars abroad.

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