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York University
Operations Management and Information System
OMIS 2010
Henry Kim

11. Throughout the course we have seen various examples of states (or governments) displacing segments of their populations. On what grounds do states do or justify this? What important questions does such displacement force us to ask? Draw on examples from both within and beyond Asia. Introduction: The displacement of segments of different populations has been a much debated issue causing problems throughout Asia as well as many other world regions. Thesis: States/governments justify the displacement of segments of their populations due to the benefits that are created for them through this process. By displacing segments of the population, there are often economic, social and political advantages (??) for the government. Point #1 – Economic Advantages: Often, displacing a population is done for a specific reason, such as accommodating a new government project. Dams are often a source of national development and are built to control floods, used as shipping hubs (ie. Chongqing at the Mouth of the Yangtze River), produce hydroelectricity (ie. Three Gorges Dam) and control irrigation of crops (ie Sardar Sarovar Dam). However, the building of dams often interferes with the people inhabiting areas close to the dam and people are forced to relocate. For the government, the benefits of a dam creating economic prosperity (income created through the producing hydroelectricity, being able to grow crops year round, and the dam becoming a center of commerce) for the country outweigh the harm caused to people living in areas where dams are to be built. Some questions that arise from this displacement are, should certain people be forced to sacrifice their land for the sake of national development, and are they not entitled to protest since they own the land? Overall, the government feels they are justified in displacing segments of the population based on the economic growth caused
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