SAPI organizes National Workshop on Governance, Accountability and Movement Mechanism
To build an understanding of the dynamics of the people’s movements, the situations affecting these and to formulate and strategize a collective course of action.
A three day National workshop on People’s governance, State accountability and Movement mechanism was organized in New Delhi by South Asian Peoples’ Initiatives (SAPI) in collaboration with Indian Social Institute, New Delhi and Delhi Forum (DF).
The workshop was designed to build an understanding of the dynamics of the people’s movements, the situations affecting these and to formulate and strategize a collective course of action.
The framework for the workshop was contextualised in the socio-political significance of voices of the people captured in the popular slogans reflecting their aspirations, experiences and understanding on Governance and Accountability issues related to their struggles, the movement dynamics and strategic mechanism devised by people to engage with government.
The workshop was attended by a little more than hundred grass root activists from Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgharh, Delhi, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal. Over a period of three days participants and resource persons engaged in deep discussions with relation to their lived experiences and the attempt at building a common platform for strengthening movements.
The inaugural session set the tone for the workshop and gave a preview to the issues related to people’s governance, state accountability and movement mechanism. The words movement mechanism were changed to movement dynamics for further use at the workshop since it was argued by many that the former gives a sense of a predetermined plan, which can be institutionalised whereas, movements work with a dynamics.
While giving the welcome note, Fr. Christopher Lakra, Executive Director, Indian Social Institute, New Delhi spoke about the inequalities which were very evident in Indian society and the factors contributing to these were reflected upon.
The skewed development agenda which the government of India along with international agencies is promoting was also discussed. The inaugural addressed was delivered by Fr. Edward Mudavassery, President of JESA/SAPI who highlighted the troubles of the people living on the margins and the basis of the collective action to facilitate the course of struggle.
Fr. Tom Kavala in his key note address made an important point regarding the reason behind this unison at Delhi and the theme of slogans for this workshop which brings us together in solidarity. While delivering the keynote address Mr. Ashok Chowdhury raised the issue of the very ethos of development and the continuation of the colonial mindset which informs our laws and administration.