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History of the Present: From peasant movements to food sovereignty

Authors: Ritika Shrimali*, Huron University College, University of Western Ontario
Topics: Development, Rural Geography, Environment
Keywords: India, Peasant Studies, Rural Social Movements, Food Sovereignty, Neoliberalism
Session Type: Paper
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Peasant movements like Chipko (northern India) that started in 1973 and peasant protests since then reveal how policies of ‘economic development’ or ‘modernization’ formulated at the top levels of states, corporations and international financial institutions are often experienced by peasants, rural women, and laborers – as exploitation. The neoliberal policies of the Indian State have yet again unleased in the countryside a host of very powerful social movements. In this paper I will provide a background on brief history of peasant movements in India and their contemporary forms and how they are organizing, evolving, and changing in the current global neo-liberal context.

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