Valedictory Plenary: Re-Imagining the Future: People’s Agenda for a Post COVID Economu

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Date: September 15 (Tuesday), 2020
Time: 11 AM to 2 PM


Arundhati Roy, Author

Prof Arun Kumar, Economist

Ashok Chowdhury, All India Union of Forest Working People

Kavita Krishnan, Communist Party of India (ML)

Moderator: Ashish Kothari, Vikalp Sangam / Kalpvriksh

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The unprecedented health, economic and livelihoods crises triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the failures of the neo-liberal corporate led model of economic governance across the world. In India, despite a brutal 45-day lockdown of the economy, COVID-19 cases continue to mount and newspapers are rife with reports of stranded migrant workers, millions of job losses and rising cases of hunger and malnutrition. Rather than respond to these urgent requirements, the current regime refuses to release the money to state governments, invest in public healthcare and is instead further de-regulating labour and environmental laws at the behest of corporate India.

An urgent course change is required if we are to adequately deal with this pandemic and other imminent challenges in store such as the climate crisis. This panel will attempt to explore the elements of a progressive response not just to the COVID pandemic but beyond; in terms of a peoples agenda for the economy that address the multiple crises facing India today; undermining of public services, lack of decent jobs, agrarian distress, environmental degradation and most importantly the crisis of democracy where democratic institutions including the parliament and state governments are being completely sidelined.


Other sessions (twice every week, Tuesday and Friday) will be on Loss of Jobs, Employment & Livelihoods; Labour: Informal, Formal and artisans; Disability, large; Infrastructure; Banking, Finance and Financial Markets; Mineral Extraction; Energy; Urban Sustainability; Public Sector Units; Agriculture; Fisheries, Forest and Pastoral Economy; Environment and Economy. Details can be seen at .


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All India Union of Forest Working People | BIRSA | Centre for Financial Accountability | DASAM | Delhi Forum | Environment Support Group | Financial Accountability Network India | Focus on the Global South | Indian Social Action Forum | Institute for Democracy and Sustainability | Kalpavriksh | Let India Breathe | Mahalir Association for Literacy Awareness and Rights | MAUSAM | mines, minerals & People | Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan | National Alliance of Peoples Movements | National Confederation of Officers Associations | New Trade Union Initiative | People’s First | People’s Resource Centre | Pakistan-India Peoples Forum for Peace and Democracy | The Research Collective | Vikalp Sangam | YUVA | more to join