Philosophy and Religion

Religion Visiting Scholar Talk by Dr. Nalini Bikkina

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Lecture Title: Development-Induced Displacement: Case Studies of Impact and Community Engagement from India

Dr. Nalini Bikkina, Associate Professor and Director of School of Gandhian Studies at GITAM University, Visakhapatnam, India. At present Dr. Bikkina is a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Nebraska, Omaha (August 21, 2017 to March 4, 2018).

Thursday, January 25, 5:00 pm

G010 HBS Building

Lecture Abstract:
The principle of the greater good for the larger numbers is often cited in an argument by a school of thought that believes that displacement is an unintended but essential consequence of initiatives for development. Approximately 10 million people each year are being displaced due to projects including dams, transportation, and other infrastructural development. Based on the magnitude of the project in question, the overall impacts may be on individuals or on families and at times entire communities, and result in economic, social, psychological, and environmental impacts, involving human rights, governance, accountability, self-determination, legal and policy issues, despite concerted efforts by the state and non-state agencies. The risks when left unmitigated may generate newer forms of poverty than the form of poverty suffered prior to displacement, and the especially vulnerable to these forms of impoverishment are the indigenous peoples. This presentation will share the lived experience of the displaced and the about to be displaced from several regions of India, and community engagement programs post-displacement will be presented.

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