Delhi : Development — Maladies and Remedies National Seminar, October 18-19

October 17, 2010

Forum for Promoting lnclusive Growth

On 18 October – Auditorium, India International Centre (IIC), 40, Lodhi Estate, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi – 110003
On 19 October – Speakers Hall, Constitutional Club, Rafi Marg, New Delhi

Forum for Promoting Inclusive Growth which has been addressing issues pertaining to the inclusion of the remotest citizen of the country into our economy. We, through this Forum, aim at reaching the benefits of good governance to the remotest areas. The proposed two day National Seminar on Development – Maladies and Remedies addresses the question of sustainable and inclusive growth.

The recent times are marked by upsurges across the country on different issues. People across the country having lost faith in the system had been resorting to such methods that find them instant justice and completely ignoring the present system of governance. The resentment towards the government policies has often turned violent. In this whole milieu the most used and abused word is the idea and practice of what we know today as development. Increasingly, development denotes prosperity for a few and misery for the multitudes.

Bhagat Singh and his colleagues had declared their reason for hurling a bomb into the Constituent Assembly as an effort to make the deaf ears of the British colonial regime hear the voice of India. The present violent resentment seems to indicate at the deafness of the people at the helm of affairs of our system.

It is high time that the learned and responsible citizens of our country from all walks of life come together and conduct an audit of the four pillars of our democracy and do an honest revision of the system. Let us spend together sometime to deliberate upon the root cause of the problems that we confront today, as what reflects at the surface are only the symptoms of the disease infested in the system. Hence a careful study is essential to diagnose and find remedies to treat the system. Symptomatic treatment can not cure systemic disorders.

Therefore, the intended deliberations in this seminar are an effort in evolving at least guiding principles for the democratic life of our society, formulating strategy to place safety net for all the economic activity, lest further impoverishment of masses do not happen.

We request you to kindly spare your valuable time on 18 & 19 October 2010 at INDIA INTERNATIONAL CENTRE, New Delhi and share your knowledge and expertise for finding a way towards solution of these issues that our society at present confronts. This National Seminar will be attended by academicians, personalities from industrial houses, bureaucrats, political personalities and members of judiciary and media.

Local hospitality includes tea, snacks, lunch, dinner and other arrangements. For out station participants we will be happy to provide accommodation.

Forum for Promoting Inclusive Growth



First Day

* Inaugural Session – 11 am to 12 noon

Development — Maladies and Remedies

Welcome: Muzaffar Shah

Chair: M Krishna Prasad

B D Sharma, Former National Commissioner of Scheduled Tribes and Castes
S Sen, Principal Adviser, CII
Agnivesh: Social activist and Government appointed interlocutor to initiate talks with the Maoists
Shoma Sen, Professor, Department of English, Nagpur University and Committee Against Violence on Women on Contemporary anti-displacement struggles and women’s resistance

* Second Session, 12 noon to 1:30pm

Industry – Perspectives

Chair: Muzaffar Shah

H M Nerurkar, Managing Director, Tata Steel
Rana Som, Chairman & Managing Director, NMDC
Verma ji, SAIL
Partho Sen Gupta, Vice-President, Tata Steel
B G Roy, President, Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, East India
Yogesh Kocher, Director, Microsoft
Partho Sarothi Ray, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata on the Political Geography of Special Economic Zones in India
S Parushuraman, Director, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
Prof Chalapathi Rao, Institute for Studying Industrial Development (ISID)

Discussion: 1.30pm – 2pm

* Lunch: 2pm – 2.30 pm

* Third Session, 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Development – Political Perspectives

Chair: Prof K R Chowdry

N. K Bhattacharya, Professor (retd.) University of Delhi on Planned destruction of Tribals and National Resources of India to Enrich a Selected Few.
Anirban Kar, Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
K Keshav Rao, Member, Rajya Sabha
Justice Rajender Sachar, Former Chief Justice, Delhi High Court
Mani Shankar Aiyer, Member, Rajya Sabha
Madhu Yaski, Member, Loksabha
Rajkishore, General Secretary, Revolutionary Democratic Front
Kobad Ghandy, Maoist Ideologue, Prisoner, Tihar Jail
Suraramvaram Sudhakar Reddy, Deputy General Secretary, CPI
Harvinder Ahuja, Editor, Political and Business Daily
V.B.Chandrasekaran,Social Activist, Andhra Pradesh

Dscussion: 4.30 pm – 6pm

Second Day

* Fourth Session, 11am to 1:30pm

Development – People’s Perspectives

Chair: P K Vijayan, Astt. Professor, Hindu College, University of Delhi

Amit Bhattacharyya, Professor, Department of History, Jadavpur University
Prashant Bhushan, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court
Shoma Chowdhuri, Managing Editor, Tehelka
Seema Mustafa, Editor, News X
Sujato Bhadro, Senior Civil Rights Activist, APDR, Kolkata
Biswajit Mohanty, Asst Professor, Deshabandu College, Delhi University
C. Lakshmanan, Asst. Professor, Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai on Special Economic Zones and Resistance of the Marginalized People in Tamil Nadu
Saroj Giri, Faculty, Department of Political Science, Delhi University
K R Chowdry, Professor (Retd.), Agro Economist

Discussion: 1.30 pm – 2pm

* Lunch: 2 pm – 2.30 pm

* Fifth Session, 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Development – Alternative Perspectives

Chair: Prof Amit Bhaduri, Economist, Professor Emeritus, JNU

Karen Gabriel, Associate Professor, Department of English, St Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, on Development, Media and alternatives
G N Saibaba, Asst. Professor, University of Delhi
M Krishna Prasad, Secretary, Forum for Promoting Inclusive Growth
Ajay, Visthapan Virodhi Jan Vikash Andolan
Sumit Chakravarty, Editor, Mainstream, English Weekly
Rajiv Dhawan, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court
PK Vijayan, Astt. Professor, Hindu College, University of Delhi on Development, Violence and Alternatives

Discussion: 4.30 pm – 5pm

* Sixth Session, 5pm to 6pm

Concluding Session

Proposals, Resolutions, further discussions