India Social Forum Turns Focus on New Issues

Author: Praful Bidwai, Inter Press Service, Published on: 15 November 2006

...Issues [that] figured prominently [at the India Social Forum in Delhi included] forms of labour servitude...displacement of vast numbers from city centres, villages and forests;...continuing exploitation of women...defence of the rights of the Dalits (former Untouchables) and Adivasis (indigenous people). The international themes that attracted large numbers of activists [included]...:...WTO vs. fair trade;...privatisation of water, electricity and forests; global warming...; growing movements for rights and entitlements in healthcare, education and women's empowerment in the face of stiff opposition from corporates and governments.

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