Saturday, March 5, 2011

Jan Sansad Mumbai Session-Mumbai, 4th & 5th March, 2011

Jan Sansad Mumbai Session

Mumbai, 4th & 5th March, 2011


Dear friends,

Zindabad !

India today is perhaps facing the worst of the crisis amidst numerous scams, rampant corruption in all walks of public life, high inflation and an unholy alliance of politicians, business tycoons and bureaucracy. Each one of us are being affected by this but those at the margins of the society the farmers, dalits, adivasis, working class populations in the cities and fast growing metropolises are feeling the heat much more than a small minority which is enjoying the fruits of neo-liberal reforms and contributing to the ongoing crisis. From every nook and corner of the country the voices of despair, disgust, protest, struggle are calling for complete transformation of public life and institution of true people’s power.

Today the government, bureaucracy, judiciary and every other public institution is under the scanner of people’s power. The growing repression on the people’s movements, increasing inequity and rising corruption are all a manifestation of the neo-liberal reforms and the path of growth obsessed development pursued by the political class since 19990s. Our land, water, forests and other natural resources are all being now handed over to the corporations for a pittance and the government has become their agent relinquishing its responsibility towards the working class and marginal citizens. The probity in public life today demands the need for creating an alliance beyond the current format of the self-centred political parties and true representatives of the people’s power.

In backdrop of this unfolding crisis Jan Sansad is the process aimed at bringing together of struggling masses, their concerns, establishment of the people’s power and paving the way for complete transformation of public life. The Jan Sansad will be joined by the representatives of the communities in struggle from across the country, intellectuals and other professionals who have stood by the struggle of masses for their right to livelihood and protection of natural resources and for people's development and representatives from different ward sabhas. It will be witnessed by thousands of people who will converge from different bastis from Mumbai, other cities and struggle areas. After presentation on each of the themes it will be debated by the members of the Sansad and action plans formulated for action in the times to come by the movements and communities who are struggling to build a better world and habitable and equitable cities.

Mumbai Jan Sansad will be held on March 4, 5 at Tata Institute of Social Sciences and hosted by Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan and National Alliance of People's Movements at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. This session is being held in the city where a strong movement against uprooting of slum dwellers; land grab by city development authority and mafia builder lobby; and for housing rights of the working class is going on.

Jan Sansad will also focus on the issues of equity and accessibility to the resources like food, water, housing, employment, health, education for everyone who lives in the city and not for few who pocket the maximum resources. A blueprint for modern cities will be evolved which will secure dignity for everyone and not at the cost of livelihoods of those who build and run the city – the working class. Lavasa and Adarsh Society can't be the future of cities and urbanisation in a country where 70 percent of people still live in villages and survive on less than a dollar a day.

We do hope you will be able to join us for this important session of the Jan Sansad and help us take another step forward in our collective struggle towards total transformation and for creating a better country and world. After two days of discussion, on March 6th some of the Jan Sansad members will visit Jaitapur in the nearby district of Ratnagiri where a strong movement against 10,000MV Nuclear Power Plant is going on. You are invited to join us for the Jaitapur visit too and so please make necessary bookings accordingly.

March 4-5, 2011 [Friday - Saturday]

Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Deonar, Mumbai. Nearest local train station is Govandi.

Suniti S R 9423571784 | Simpreet Singh: 9969363065 | Vivek Pandit: 9324544548 | Madhuresh Kumar: 9818905316

For details please phone us or write to us at or or Fax : 020 2425 1404

In Solidarity,

Simpreet Singh, Vivek Pandit, Sumit Wajale , Madhuri Variyath, Pervin Jehangir, Prerna Gaikwad, Santosh Thorat, Umar Bhai, Santosh Daundkar, Edel Morena, Mohan Chauhan, Medha Patkar, & all others from Mumbai Organising Committee.


National Alliance of People’s Movements, 29-30, Haji Habib Building, Wing ‘A’, Naigaon Cross Lane, Dadar East, Mumbai – 400 014

Working Committee Members

Medha Patkar, NAPM; Dr. Banwari Lal Sharma, Azadi Bachao Andolan; Dr. B.D. Sharma, Bharat Jan Andolan; Swami Agnivesh, Bandhua Mukti Morcha; Dr. Sandeep Pandey, NAPM; Arvind Kejariwal, Parivartan; Ulka Mahajan, Sarvahara Jan Andolan; Alok Agrawal, Narmada Bachao Andolan; Radha Bhatt, Gandhi peace Foundation; Dr. Shamsher Singh Bisht, Uttarakhand Vahini; Gautam Bandopadhyay, Nadi Ghati Morcha; NAPM, Rajeev Lochan Shah, Uttarakhand; Prof. Rajendra Chowdhary, Haryana; Lingraj, Samajwadi Jan Parishad; Janak lal Thakur, Chattisgarh Mukti Morcha; Vivekanand Mathne, Sarv Seva Sangh; Madhuresh Kumar, NAPM and others.

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