Coordinator diploma of community services, RMIT University
Local Government Projects and Mass Relocation.
Struggling Against Inappropriate Development at the Grass Roots
Level in the Indian Context
This presentation will involve a description and analysis
of how grass roots activists struggle against the impacts of
inappropriate development within the Indian context. Facing forced
relocation as a result of municipal development programs, squatting
community members face economic destitution and further social
and political disempowerment. This session will explore how this
community at risk responds to the programs and agendas of the
Sanjay Mitra will reflect, in conversation with Julian Silverman,
on how his vast experience as a left wing militant and tribal
activist enable him to join this and other marginalised communities
in Calcutta in their fight for their land and other human rights.
Sanjay Mitra is a resident of Calcutta and has dedicated
his life to the struggle for human rights. He has gained much
knowledge as well as having experienced hardship as part of his
support for the aspirations of marginalised tribal and other
low status Indian communities.
Julian Silverman is currently lecturing on campus at RMIT
University in addition to facilitating work place based learning
in a range of community service organisations.
30 min. Paper