The POSCO-India Story: A Teach-In
Tue, November 1, 2011 • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM • Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118)
Discussion to be led by: Dr. Biju Mathew, Professor of Computer Information Systems, Rider University Dr. Snehal Shingavi, Professor of Asian Studies and English, UT at Austin Dr. Robert Oppenheim, Professor of Asian Studies and Director of Center for East Asian Studies, UT at Austin
In 2005, the government of the Indian state of Orissa signed a deal to allow the Korean steel giant, POSCO, to set up a 12 billion dollar steel project in the state. The scale and impact of the POSCO project would be unprecedented: some 22,000 people would be displaced; a fishing community of about 20,000 would lose their livelihood due to a captive port designed to accommodate some of the world’s largest container-ships; the steel plant itself would consume 70 billion litres of water per year in a region already facing a water shortage. Despite even government-instituted committees concluding that the clearances granted to POSCO are in violation of Indian environmental law and Forest Rights legislation, neither the company nor the Indian government have paid any attention. The only thing standing in the way of the POSCO project are the villagers of Jagatsinghpur, who have been opposing the project, fiercely and with every democratic means at their disposal, for the last six years.