Redefining the Mainstream: Local Government, Inclusive Communities

The Second National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism, Immigration and Human Rights


Julian Silverman
Coordinator diploma of community services, RMIT University
Sanjay Mitra
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 State.

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.


Presentation Type
30 min. Paper

Equipment Requirements:


Deakin Woolstores Campus, Geelong Waterfront
30 November - 1 December 2001