Dates: March 7th to 10th, 2014
Venue: Hotel Katriya, Raj Bhavan Road, Hyderabad, India
Organisers: Telangana Vidhyavantula Vedika (Telangana Intellectuals Forum), Centre for Dalit Studies and the Democracy Dialogues of ActionAid India.
The participants are representatives from social movements, left and progressive parties, trade unions, civil society, dalit, women and human rights groups.
Agenda: To deliberate on issues concerning understanding contemporary capitalism and its possible future trajectory in the midst of questions like;
- Can democracy and socialism become viable allies, and provide an alternative to capitalism for the 21st century?
- What can we learn from the experience of new experiments of ‘socialism with Latin American characteristics’?
- What are the new visions that can dynamically and organically become part of the idea of a new world?
Session 2 - Telengana and its future trajectory
M Kondandram (India), S Sudhakar Reddy (India) , Syed Amin Jafri (India), Zaheeruddin Ali Khan (India), Ch. Hanumantha Rao (India)
Rama Melkote (India) - Chair
Part 1 and 2
Session - 1 - The Welfare State, Federalism and Participatory Democracy
Gustavo Codas (Brazil), Fred Hendricks (South Africa), Prabhat Patnaik (India), B Sudharshan Reddy (India), K S Chalam (India)
K Raju (India) - Chair
DAY - 3
Session 4 - Democracy under capitalism and socialism
Michael Lebowitz (Canada/Venezuela) ,Praeep Gyawali (Nepal), Ravi Sinha (India)
G Haragopal (India) - Chair
Session 3 - Living Well: Towards social and sustainable development
Marta Harnecker (Canada/Venezuela), Pablo Solon (Bolivia/ Thailand), Leo Saldanha (India), Aditya Nigam (India)
Sudha Vasan (India) - Chair
Session 2 - The Class and Caste Question: Ambedkar and Marx
Anand Teltumbde (India), V Krishna (India), Subhash Gatade (India)
Rajasekhar Vundru (India) - Chair
Session 1 -Struggle for Socialist Alternatives
Marta Harnecker (Canada/Venezuela, Daniel Chavez (Netherlands), Yannis Almpanis (Greece) , Aditya Nigam (India)
Ravi Sinha (India) - Chair
Day - 2
Session - 4 - Lessons from the Arab Spring: Dialogue
Soha Ben Slama (Tunisia), Gilbert Achcar (Lebanon/UK)
Mamdouh Habashi (Egypt)
Seema Mustafa (India) - Chair
Highlights - Day 1 - Inaugural Ceremony
(Chief Guest - S. Jaipal Reddy, Minister, Science and Technology, GoI)
(Courtesy: Benny Kuruvilla/ActionAid)