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July 15, 2012

what India must do for US

Letter to editor of The Hindu in response to:
India must carry out “difficult” economic reforms: Obama
Return to frontpage July 15, 2012

Dear Editor:

What this tells us is that any efforts by the people to defend environment, livelihood, rights of oppressed classes, and basic democracy in India are making things “hard” for the US. So these efforts need not only win over an increasingly repressive Indian state, but also the might of the US and its vision of development.

“Too hard to invest in India” means – too hard to do what? Too hard to acquire land, water, forest without people’s consent? Too hard to pollute the air and water without people raising a fuss? Too hard to suppress dissent?

“The President pointed out that India had lifted tens of millions of people out of poverty to create one of the world’s largest middle classes.” — and what about 60+ million displaced to make way for those middle classes? http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-06-04/india/32030869_1_internal-displacement-shivani-chaudhry-land-rights-network

US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has already made clear that her foreign policy rests on three pillars: defense, diplomacy, and development. Development (of foreign countries) aims to feed US economy. How? “Surging U.S. exports to the region are helping drive our economic recovery here at home. And future growth depends on reaching further into Asia’s growing consumer base and expanding middle class.”
Text of her lectures are available here:

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