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India: Crucial Issues


Gupta is director of the Stop HIV/AIDS in India Initiative. She said today: “As a physician and human rights lawyer who worked in the slums and rural areas for 18 years, I want legal and policy changes that would make medicines more affordable and accessible to poor people, especially those suffering from HIV/AIDS. U.S pressure on India is making that goal farther.”
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Author of the forthcoming book Violent Gods: Hindu Nationalism in India’s Present, Chatterji can address the socio-economic situation in India as well as globalization.
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Makhijani is president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research. He can address the Indian nuclear program.
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Tangri is Asia/Africa Organizer for the Center for Economic Justice. He said today: “Obviously, the U.S. right and the Hindutva right like the idea of a joint war on Islam, but it even predates 9-11. The U.S. is turning India into a regional military satrap as a counterbalance to China. Of course, India, with $140 billion in foreign exchange in its coffers, is also a plump target for U.S. military contractors. It’s also important, from an Indian perspective, to note how this visit is the capstone to the complete domination of neo-liberalism [corporate globalization]. Even as it appears to be on the wane in Latin America, in India it’s becoming even more dominant, in large part because the educated classes have seen financial benefits from the opening of the economy in the last 15 years, and they identify the U.S. as the source and symbol of their new wealth.”
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Managing director of the Sambhavna Medical Clinic in Bhopal, Sarangi also works with the Bhopal Group for Information and Action. He is accompanying 50 survivors of the 1984 Bhopal disaster on a 450-mile march from Bhopal to New Delhi. He can address the Indian government’s refusal to re-submit an extradition request for Union Carbide (now Dow Chemical) executives from the U.S. as well as issues of site cleanup, second-generation health effects and compensation.
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Bodanyi is coordinator of Students for Bhopal.
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For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167