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Refugees of Development: India and Multinationals

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With the country’s 1991 economic reform package, India significantly reduced trade barriers, moving away from a model of self-sufficiency. The World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund have loaned India money to promote economic growth. Anti-corporate globalization activists warn that this trend towards liberalization has given multi-national corporations, like Monsanto, Dow, Unilever, and Coca Cola too much power at the expense of the people. On this edition, we take a close-up look at a small town in Southern India and their struggle against Coca Cola. We also hear about the impact of multi-national corporations in India.

Featuring:

CR Neelakandan, member of the Anti-Coca Cola Struggle Committee in Plachimada, India; Plachimada Villagers; Mylaama, Plachimada resident who suffers health affects; V. Venugopal, chairman of the Plachimada Anti-Coca Cola Struggle Committee; Nityanand Jayaraman, journalist, volunteer with the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal.

For more information:

The India Resource Center/Global Resistance

Campaign to Stop Killer Coke – New York, NY

Author: Sabine Blaizin

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