Environmental justice struggles in India: extractive industries, marginalized communities, and the law
Informed by the notion of ‘environmentalism of the poor,’ my project looks at two environmental justice movements of marginalized population groups against extractive industries in India. I study these by enquiring - What are the socio-political, economic, and legal histories of these movements? Who are the actors leading these resistances: what roles do they play, and what vocabularies, resources, and tactics do they employ? What forms of legal and bureaucratic responses does the state employ and what role does violence and repression play therein? In studying the interactions of marginalized population groups with the law in a postcolonial state, I intend to comment upon the constitutionally guaranteed idea of justice - Do some groups experience it in fleeting, tenuous, and precarious forms, and what does this tell us about the nature and constitution of a state-corporate complex in India.