National and international activists to attend Peoples Forum on BRICS

PANAJI: Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar, anti-nuclear activists Vaishali Patil and Dr SP Udaykumar, one of the world’s leading economists Jayati Ghosh, eminent economist Prabhat Patnaik, POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti spokespersonPrashant Paikray and South African academic Patrick Bond among others civil rights activists from BRICS countries, will descend on the state for the People’s Forum on BRICS 2016, next month, to raise critical voices on social ecological, political and economic concerns that are often ignored at large international summits such as BRICS. Scheduled to be held on October 13 and 14 at the Xavier Centre of Historical Research, Porvorim, in the run up to the 8th BRICS Summit, the forum with people centered development as its theme will provide space for progressive trade unions, social movements, academia and civil society from various BRICS countries to share analysis, struggle notes and build solidarity in the resistance against, neo-liberalism and corporate globalization.
The discussions at the forum will revolve around the impact of tourism on environment and livelihood, climate justice, nuclear power plants, labour issues, trade, international financial institutions and development finance, food and agriculture, civil and human rights and race, caste ethnicity, and are expected to analyse the contradictions within policies of the BRICS governments, put forth alternatives and create solidarity with struggles and groups of other BRICS countries, Wilfred D’Costa member of Indian Social Action Forum (ISAF) one of the organizers of the People’s Forum on BRICS 2016, told TOI on Wednesday.
The BRICS forum will focus on infrastructure investment on roads and dams where displacement will be a big issue, he said, adding that it will put forward constructive suggestions and development alternatives to the BRICS governments in order to realise a just and equitable world.

This article originally appeared in Times of India on 30 September 2016. 

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