Category Archives: Globalization

“India is seen as an emerging major player in the global economy, but this progress has not yet reached the country’s tribal people. They comprise eight percent of the population.” – Santal educationist Boro Baski in “Long-term success of non-formal Adivasi school in West Bengal”(Development and Cooperation 7-8/2009)

“By the impact of globalization, free trade and the communication revolution non-tribesmen are gradually invading the indigenous areas and intrude into their spiritual realms by introduction of their Gods, Goddesses and deities. They systematically and surreptitiously exploit their economy and devalue the indigenous culture. They clandestinely deprive their traditional spiritual culture and fervour making them vulnerable to external oppressive, exploitative forces.” – S Davidson Sargunam & S Suja in “Eco-Spirituality and Climate Change with Reference to the Kaani Tribe of Kanyakumari Forests” (Tribal Foundation Nagercoil, 4 July 2015)

“The challenges to their civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights [i.e. of India’s ‘Scheduled Tribes’ (STs)] have been critical today, insofar as they perpetuate extreme form of deprivation in many ways. […] The instruments of globalization have not rendered any positive impact in achieving the intended objectives of social security to the indigenous people.” –  Celine Sunny (Report “Impact of Janamaithri Suraksha Project on the Safety/Security of the Tribal People in Kerala, submitted to the Home Department, Govt. of Kerala, accessed 4 July 2019)

“Now in the present age of globalization the world has shrunk into a village as the society has advanced in technology. But the tribes, who are the custodians of Indian culture in real sense, are far behind in this race of advancement. In order to rescue them from the present plight, the university has put before itself the following aims and objectives [such as] providing more opportunity for the tribes.” – Indira Gandhi National Tribal University Amarkantak (Madhya Pradesh), 2011

“The seeds [for right livelihood] are still alive in many a tribal societies which cannot be allowed to be extinct. They have to say “NO” to plundering their natural capital and cultural wealth if the world is to behave. Bows and arrows will not help.” – Acceptance speech by Medha Patkar and Baba Amte (Narmada Bachao Andolan), Laureates of the 1991 Right Livelihood Award (“a courage-powered community for social change committed to peace, justice and sustainability for all”)

“We have become a civilization based on work [yet] engaged in utterly meaningless or counter-productive activities [This may explain why] we rankle with resentment that there may be others out there that are not in the same trap.” – Anthropologist David Graeber quoted by Richard Swift in “Living Well” (New Internationalist #534 November-December 2021, p. 34)

“[T]he Adivasi is the owner of the land rather than an imperfectly integrated cultural fragment. Hence, it links the story of the Adivasi with the global story of oppression and dispossession of indigenous populations at the hands of outsiders.” – Anshul Trivedi (PhD candidate at the Centre for Political Studies, JNU) in “The silent erasure of Adivasiyat” (The Hindu, 4 December 2021)

“Land conflict, intensive farming, and marginalisation have resulted in worsening socio-economic indicators including malnutrition, child deaths and food crisis linked to land alienation and the loss of their traditional agriculture in tribal communities, the government has noted.” – Mahima Jain reporting on Kudumbashree which mobilises community-based networks in “Kerala’s attempt to revive traditional farm practices puts tribal women at the forefront” by Mahima Jain (, 19 April 2020)

“Hundreds of millions of people today are highly impoverished and disadvantaged by virtue of ethnic or gender identity. These and other forces render them highly vulnerable to false offers by human traffickers.” – Interview titled “Quick, cheap and vulnerable: Siddharth Kara on the persistence of modern slavery” (Harvard Kennedy School, 12 October 2017)

“Broadly, trafficking is the exploitation of people, most often for sexual exploitation or forced labour. The different elements are captured within the UN ‘Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children’, adopted in 2000 and implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).” – Anna Tsalapatanis (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford) in “An uncertainty of terms. Definitional and methodological concerns in human trafficking” (IIAS The Newsletter 87 Autumn 2020)

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. […] Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.” – Eleanor Roosevelt quoted by the United Nations in “Human Rights Day 10 December”

“Economic growth in contemporary India is marked by considerable disparities of region and class. The Nobel-prize-winning economist Amartya Sen worries that, as these inequalities intensify, one half of India will come to look and live like California, the other half like sub-Saharan Africa. [Quoted in an interview in India Today, 20 February 2006]”
Ramachandra Guha in India after Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy (Picador India, 2011), p. 711

“The issue is not whether the world’s economy is governable toward ambitious goals like promoting social justice, equality between countries and greater democratic control for the bulk of the world’s people, but whether it is governable at all.” – Mogobe B. Ramose quoting Globalization in question by Hirst, P. and Thompson, G in “Globalization and ubuntu” (The African Philosophy Reader), pp. 732-6 p. 750

“The tribals’ life is a clean slate in the face of globalisation and it is interesting to see how they are adapting to modernisation, which is changing their life and culture.” – Jitendra Vasava (a lecturer at Adivasi Academy, Tejgadh) in “Symposium held on Gujarat tribal literature, culture” (Indian Express, 28 February 2010)

“Bring your know-how from your countries and communities. Air, water, earth… They have no borders.” He continues. “We cannot think about nations. We can’t think about national borders… Do not turn Slow Food into a church. Do not turn Slow Food into a political party. Do not turn slow food into a bureaucracy. There is no charity here.” – Carlo Petrini, co-founder of the Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN), quoted in “Eat, pray, love” (The Hindu, 10 November 2012)

“The cash crop economy is an integral part of Third World ‘Development’ and a major cause of deforestation. The best land is taken to earn export income, which is very often used to pay the foreign debt. Farmers are forced onto marginal lands, resulting in deforestation, land degradation and poverty.” – Manoj Kumar Hazarika in “Deforestation in Garo Hills and its impact”, The Echo: An Online Journal of Humanities & Social Science, Volume I, Issue IV, April 2013 (Karimganj College, Assam)

“The problem is twofold: on the one hand economic development is a necessity for India; on the other hand the attitude of the Indian government towards the adivasis in an increasingly connected and competitive world, ignores the minorities.” – Anjana Singh (“Inheemse volken” in Groniek 213, University of Groningen)

“The concept of a mixed economy as envisaged in the Indian constitution gave way to a modern free market economy. As a result, the ground gained over the previous two decades in the fight against poverty began to slide out from under them. Accordingly, they are not taken in when they are told again and again that globalisation is good for all of us but that we must go through the belt-tightening phase even if eating less means malnutrition or death for the poorest women and children.” – Stan Thekaekara (Co-founder, Just Change India) in “Humanising globalisation” (FEASTA REVIEW Number 2, 2018)

The Power of Self-Interpretation: Ideas on Starting a Community Museum

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Audio | The Muskoka Summit on the Environment – Canada

Restoring our relationship with nature from lake beds to treetops Indigenous peoples have all around the world have principles and values that we can learn from, that will help us to understand what our responsibility is here. (9:33) What’s emerging … Continue reading

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eBook | Solutions that preserve the diversity of cultures and ecosystems: “The only two factors that ensure life on the planet”

About the Author […] Dr. Rÿser has contributed to policies and laws affecting American Indians and indigenous peoples internationally, contributing for more than 25 years to the development of the UN declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the UN … Continue reading

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Video | Professor James Anaya: Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples – United Nations Human Rights Council

James Anaya – Regents’ Professor U Arizona James Anaya is a Regents Professor and the James J. Lenoir Professor of Human Rights Law and Policy at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law (USA), where he teaches … Continue reading

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“The problem is access and availability of nutritious food”: World Food Day (6 October) – United Nations

Although we have made progress towards building a better world, too many people have been left behind. People who are unable to benefit from human development, innovation or economic growth. In fact, millions of people around the world cannot afford … Continue reading

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