Report on - All India Consultative meeting of World Forum held on 15th and 16th March in Delhi

Report on - All India Consultative meeting of World Forum held on 15th and 16th March in Delhi at Indian Social Institute Lodi Road deliberated at length various efforts and ways to revive and deepen the World Social Forum process in India.

After the self introduction of the participants, P. Chennaiah, Anju Manikoth and Anil Mishra presented the report of the proceedings of Hyderabad meeting on the “Peoples Movement and Relevance of World Social Forum” held on 18th and 19th February 2016. After the presentation of the report Vijay Pratap initiated the discussion on the present political context and the relevance of World Social Forum process. Amit Sen Gupta, Dr. Sunilam, Subhash Lomte, Om Thanvi, Manimala, Rita Kumari, Ambrish Kumar, P. Chennaiah, Rajni Tilak, Gautam Modi, B.R. Patil, Ashok Bharti, Sandeep Chachra, Bipin Kumar, Chandan, Ravi Bhatia, Balkishan Rao, Abhay N Jha, D.K. Copra, Raghupati, Ravindra Kumar Pathak, Shahid Kamal reflected on the various dimensions ranging from the great success of 2004 Mumbai World Social Forum to the causes of the decline and weakening of the process in India in the subsequent years. However, every participant emphasized the need and urgency to revive the process as the subjective condition for the revival are quite challenging.

Ms Carminda from Canada one of the coordinators of ‘Montreal WSF process, recalled the great success of 2004 Mumbai World Social Forum and shared the on going preparatory experiences of Montreal World Social Forum to be held from 8th August to 13th August 2016 in Montreal .

Endorsing the suggestion of Hyderabad meeting, it was decided to hold two days National Convention on Democracy. Diversity and Dignity on 25th and 26th June or 1st and 2nd July 2016.

Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Patna emerged as the possible venue for the convention. Members from the respective states are requested to hold the meeting in their states and make a final proposal in this regard at the earliest.

A working group was suggested to coordinate, communicate and facilitate preparatory process of the National Convention. The names suggested for working group are: Kodan Ram, Vijay Pratap, Meena Menon, Rajni Tilak, P. Chennaiah, Subhash Lomte, Anil Mishra, Chandan, Anju Manikoth, M. Laxmaiah, Jitender Kumar Singh, Rajni Kant Mudgal as Coordinator.

The next All India Consultation meeting of WSF Process should be held in the city of Venue of Convention once it is decided.

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