Publications of Intercultural Resources
1. Dissent, Self-Determination and Resilience: Social Movements in India
(Eds.) Smitu Kothari, Savyasaachi and PT George
It’s a rich body of documentation on social movements in India. The book attempts to learn and strengthen linkages among various movement constituencies and widen the awareness and appreciation of the role and issues that social movements bring to the political debate in our societies. This collection of essays represents the following: Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha, Koel-Karo Anti-dam struggle, Movements opposing uranium mining, Movement against AFSPA in the state of Manipur and the Indigenous Peoples struggles against displacement in Orissa.
2. Social Movements Calendar: Conceptualised by Smitu Kothari.
The Social Movements Calendar attempts to present the vast research and documentation available on social movements in India as well as bring together references to articles, books and other literature within the realm of social movements and people’s struggles in India.
Published editions are:
Social Movements Calendar – 2009,
Social Movements Calendar – 2010
Social Movements Calendar – 2011 Peoples Struggles against International Financial Institutions in India (IFIs)
Social Movements Calendar – 2012 Labour Struggles in India
Social Movements Calendar – 2014 on the Ongoing Struggles in India
Social Movements Calendar – 2015-16: 30 Years of Narmada Bachao Andolan (published in collaboration with DSG, NAPM and NBA) in collaboration with Delhi Solidarity Group, a calendar documenting the 30 years of Narmada Bachao Andolan
Social Movements Calendar 2017: Dalit Struggles in India – Calendar and Resource Book
3. A Citizens’ Report Card on Special Economic Zones
State Governments across the country, instead of initiating a public dialogue, have used the force of the state machinery, coercion and fraudulent means to subvert and suppress peoples’ resistance to SEZs. The report brings out a critique of the (un)democratic functioning of the SEZs, struggles of the affected people, lack of transparency and public accountability and how hundreds of SEZs mushrooming all over the country have become a tool for a land grab.
4. Parliamentary Scrutiny over International Financial Institutions (IFIs)
The need for a parliamentary scrutiny over stems from the lack of democracy that pervades all levels of the international financial institutions (IFIs), especially the way they work in developing countries. This small report reiterates the fact that the parliamentarians should be the final arbiters of economic decisions even in the case of IFIs.
5. Rejecting the World Bank’s Country Assistance Strategy (2005-2009): A Civil Society Critique
The World Bank’s Country Assistance Strategy for India is a blueprint for its role in India which provides the rationale for its operations in the country. Civil society organisations after analysing the strategy report have vehemently opposed the adverse impacts of World Banks strategies in India. This critique explicitly rejects the World Banks document and call upon the Government of India, the Parliament and the state Assemblies to reject the IFIs push to override democratic practices in the country.
6. Insidious Financial Institutions in India’s North East
International Financial Institutions have been playing insidious roles in developing countries and it is no different in India. The ADB and the World Bank have been promoting a particular set of development priorities in such a way that benefits few corporations and political interests. This is in contravention to the aspirations of the people of Northeast India. This report attempts to energise the relationship between the communities in the Northeast India, people’s organisations and the elected representatives of the states so that they can collectively exercise accountability of the IFIs.
7. A Paradise Lost: Tribes of Jharkhand fight against Uranium Mines
The Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL), a subsidiary of the Department of Atomic Energy, is the sole authority that supplies uranium (yellow cake) to nuclear power plants in the country. It mines and processes uranium at seven mines in Jharkhand’s Jaduguda area. Careless and unscientific disposal of uranium mine waste and, sludge which are radioactive substances could lead to environmental havoc and could be hazardous to human beings and animals. The report unearths the effects of uranium mining in the areas around the mines. UCIL’s irresponsible dumping in the vicinity of Jaduguda village (in Purbi Singhbhum district) is extremely worrisome as continued exposure to radiation will lead to increased cases of cancer, leukaemia and several other diseases.
8. People’s Struggles in India – Compendium
Intercultural Resources has been publishing a series of case studies entitled under the series – “People’s Struggles in India.” The series began in 2010, has been documenting a variety of facets of social movements in India, set in different regional contexts are a reflection of the plurality of struggles in India.
Online publication at http://www.ritimo.org/mot456.html#pagination_recherche_dossiers
9. Fractured Forest: The Political Ecology of the Delhi Ridge – Thomas Crowley
The report, after giving a brief introduction to the Ridge, provides a historical analysis of the Ridge’s ecology and its relationship with Delhi’s urbanisation in the pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial periods. The report then analyses the current status of the Ridge, including its ecological functions, as well as the ongoing conflicts over the use of Ridge land. Considering this historical and ecological context, the report discusses the challenges facing Ridge advocates, both in Delhi and in the larger National Capital Region, which is facing intense environmental and social pressures. The report concludes by suggesting ways forward given the complex challenges of forest conversation in the midst of a booming mega-city.