“…even as we speak of great development, we need to ask ourselves, “What is development?” Development to me may be the ability to communicate to the world using my Apple Mac laptop built and bought in California, while I stretch on the divan in my seaside home in Cuddalore in South India. Development to the fisherman, who is my neighbour, may on the other hand, mean the ability to feed his family every day. That would mean catching fish that are not bloated and poisoned by the many Chemical factories that have made Cuddalore, formerly a thriving fishing hub, one of the post polluted towns in the country. My neighbour may never want to sell his fish. His family, however, needs to eat and he cannot afford the tinned salmon I buy from the air-conditioned store in Pondicherry 20 minutes away. Who polluted this man’s resource? Not he, but a famous Chemical factory that has grown unrestrained in the last decade.
This indicates the existence of a patriarchy in globalization – something that Vandana Shiva characterizes as an extension of the “White Man’s burden” – a desire to develop, similar to the desire, in past years, to civilize. I, however, see it as a “teacher’s burden”. The family with the Mac Book sees themselves as superior to the fisherman who has not finished school and he in turn sees people like the Koya and the Zapara as less than he. Each wants to teach the one on the “lower” rung of the ladder to “be modern.” This is only a microcosm of the world scenario, where, despite much talk about inclusivity, decisions are made top-down based on one definition of “development.”
I am able to follow the costs of development and the different things development means to different sections of people.I cannot follow how this whole evil has come about because of masculinization or patriarchy unless she means that if the resources continue to be owned by men this is what will happen-skewed development .She further makes the woman a victim and by extension,the Mother Earth herself who is supposed to be another female victim herself.