Interview with Indu Vashist for bilaterals.org 24:48 min / June 2012
Listen to an interview with Indu Vashist, a queer feminist, community activist, and an independent scholar, speaking on current negotiations toward an India-Canada bilateral trade agreement. In this interview for bilaterals.org, the moves toward a Canada-India FTA is put into context, examining the push by Canada's Conservative government to establish support for an FTA agreement via cultural events in Canada labeled 'A Year of India in Canada'.
Also in this interview Vashist outlines already established India-Canada cooperation agreements, on nuclear power, on mining practices and on education. What are the impacts of Canadian mining corporations, such as Rio Tinto Alcan operating a massive bauxite mine in India, on the environment and human rights of adivasi (indigenous) people living in the mining area?
Additionally in this interview Vashist reflects on the ways that a bilateral trade agreement with Canada would boost economic injustice in India and enforce a neo-liberal model of economic growth and 'development' that has lead to major waves of repression against social movements in the country.
For alternative and grassroots perspectives from India visit http://kafila.org/
This interview was produced for bilaterals.org by Stefan Christoff who is at http://www.twitter.com/spirodon/