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May 15, 2020
Inaugural Session:
TM Thomas Issac: Minister of Finance, Kerala State
Aruna Roy: Social Activist, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS)
Prabhat Patnaik: Professor Emeritus, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Vandana Shiva: Navdanya
Moderator: Leo Saldanha, Environment Support Group

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May 19, 2020
Topic: Towards a Transformative Political Economy

Speakers:
Medha Patkar, Narmada Bachao Andolan / NAPM
M.G. Devasahayam, former civil servant / People First
Ashish Kothari, Vikalp Sangam / Kalpavriksh
Aseem Shrivastava, Economist
Moderator: Shalmali Guttal, Focus on the Global South

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May 22, 2020
Topic: Asserting Livelihood with Dignity (I): Jal, Jungle, Jameen

Speakers:
Jesuretinam, National Fishworkers Forum
Dr. Sagari Ramdas, Food Sovereignty Alliance
Sukalo, All India Union of Forest Working People
Elango Rangasamy, Kuthambakkam
Moderator: Vijayan MJ, PIPFPD

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May 26, 2020
Topic: Asserting Livelihood with Dignity-2:
Re-Visioning Traditional Knowledge, Artisanal Livelihood & Practices

Speakers:
Ambika Das; Omon Mahila Sangathan
Mohan Rao; National Federation of Handlooms & Handicrafts
Kamesh Salam; South Asia Bamboo Foundation
Moderator: Aashima Subberwal; Programme for Social Action

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May 29, 2020
Topic: Labour Rights and Future of Collective Bargaining

Speakers:
Amarjeet Kaur, All India Trade Union Congress
D Thankappan, New Trade Union Initiative
Vinay K. Sreenivasa, Alternative Law Forum

Moderator: Lokesh, Centre for Education & Communication

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June 02, 2020

Topic: Re-visioning India’s Unorganized Sector

Speakers:
Sujata Mody, New Trade Union Initiative

Moderator: Prof Archana Prasad, Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies, JNU

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June 05, 2020

Topic: Frontline Workers- Claims Reality and Future

Speakers:
Bezwada Wilson: Safai Karamchari Andolan

Rince Joseph: United Nurses Association

Lakshmi Naryanan: Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat

Veena Gupta: ASHA Karamchari Union, CITU

Moderator: Bhargavi S. Rao, Centre for Financial Accountability/ Environment Support Group

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June 9, 2020

Topic: Asserting Livelihood and Dignity- Part 3: Urban Livelihoods

Speakers:

Ritu Dewan, retd Director, Dept of Economics, Mumbai University
Antia Das, National Women Hawkers Federation
S.M. Vijayanand, Former Chief Secretary, Govt of Kerela

Moderator: K..T Suresh, Action Aid India

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June 12, 2020

Topic: Employment Guarantee & The Role of State

Speakers:

Annie Raja, People’s Action for Employment Guarantee / NFIW
Nihkil Dey, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangatan
Kamlesh Uraon, MNREGA Worker/ NREGA Watch, Jharkhand
Radha Devi, MNREGA Worker/ Jan Jagaran Shakti Sangathan, Bihar
Amit Basole, Center for Sustainable Employment

Moderator: Rajendran Narayanan, Azim Premji University

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June 16, 2020

Topic: The Future of Banking and Finance in India

Speakers:
Prof. K.N Harilal, Member, Kerala State Planning Board
Prof. Jayati Ghosh, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Discussants:
J Johnsily Bai, Mahalir Association for Literacy Awareness & Rights
Priya Dharshini, Centre for Financial Accountability

Moderator: Thomas Franco, Former General Secretary, All India Bank Officers’ Confederation

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June 19, 2020

Topic: Digital Economy Outliers of a Future?

Speakers:

Usha Ramanathan, Legal Expert
Benston John, St Stephen’s College, Delhi
Parminder Jeet Singh, IT for Change
Chatar Singh & Vineet Bhambhu, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan

Moderator: Anivar Aravind, Indic Project

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June 23, 2020

Topic: Envisioning An Accountable & Transparent Public Banking System

Speakers:

Devidas Tuljapurkar, All India Bank Employees Association
Anjali Bhardwaj, National Campaign for People’s Right to Information
Yogesh Sapkale, MoneyLife Foundation
Joe Athialy, Centre for Financial Accountability

Moderator: Priya Dharshini, Centre for Financial Accountability

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June 26, 2020

Topic: COVID As A Cover for Enhanced International Finance?

Speakers:

Sreedhar Ramamurti, Environics Trust / NGO Forum on ADB
Leo Saldanha, Environment Support Group
Maju Varghese, Centre for Financial Accountability
Anuradha Munshi, Centre for Financial Accountability

Moderator: Sanjay M.G., National Alliance of Peoples’ Movements

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June 30, 2020

Topic: Urban Sustainability: Practice, Challenges & Way forward

Introduction:
Rajendra Ravi, Institute for Democracy and Sustainability

Speakers:
Prof. Geetam Tiwari, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
Nishant, People’s Resource Centre
Raju Bhise, YUVA / Rights to Cities Campaign

Moderator: Madhuresh Kumar, NAPM / Resistance Studies Initiative, UMASS

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July 3, 2020

Topic: Unfiltered Narratives: Struggle to Reclaim Indigenous Communities Rights over Resources

Agnes Kharshiig, Civil Society Women’s Organisation
Niranta Gohain, Environmentalist / Eco-tourism entrepreneur
Deme Oram, mines mineral & People
Indu Netam, Adivasi Jan Adhikar Manch
Pranab Doley, Jeepal Krishak Shramik Sangha

Moderator: Saswati Swetlena, Environics Trust / Mineral Inheritors Rights Association

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July 7, 2020

Topic: Re-Imagining Education for Equitable Democratic and Inclusive Society

Prof. R. Govinda, Former Vice Chancellor, National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration
Aishe Ghosh, Jawaharlal Nehru University Student’s Union
Ambarish Rai, National Convenor, Rights to Education Forum

Moderator: Annie Namala: Director, Centre for Social Equity and Inclusion / Wada Na Todo Abhiyan

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July 10, 2020

Topic: Universal Health Care: Dream or Reality? Challenges and Learnings on Public Health System in India in Present Pandemic

Dr. Abhay Shukla, Member Core Group on Health, NHRC / SATHI
Amitava Guha, Secretary CITU
Dr. Vandana Prasad, Public Health Resource Network

Moderator: Amulya Nidhi, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan

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July 17, 2020

Topic: Envisioning India’s Energy & Power Sector: Alternatives, Energy Economics, Financing and Equitable Access

Eas Sarma, former Secretary, Ministry of Power
Sreekumar N, Prayas Energy Group
Soumya Dutta, Environmentalist, MAUSAM
Nitin Sethi, Senior Journalist

Moderator: Bhargavi Rao, Centre for Financial Accountability / Environment Support Group

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July 21, 2020

Topic: Online Education: Whose agenda, Whose benefit?

Anil Sadgopal, All India Forum for Rights to Education
Shambhavi Sharma, Collective, JNU
Deepak, Parivartankami Chhatara Sangthan

Moderator: Shilpa Ballal, National Alliance of People’s Movements

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July 14, 2020

Topic: Rebooting Infrastructure and Development Paradigm: Discussing Alternative Frameworks for Inclusive and Sustainable Models

Preeti Sampat, Ambedkar Universtiy
Prem Chandavarkar, Cnt Architects
Rina Mahindra, Citizen Activists
Leo Saldanha, Environment Support Group

Moderator: Gaurav Dwivedi, Centre for Financial Accountability

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July 24, 2020

Topic: Blue Revolution meets Green Revolution; Caste & class dynamics of land-use change

Debasis Shyamal– Dakshinbanga Mastyajibi Forum, West Bengal
Lal Singh & Mukesh Goswami– Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghatan, Rajasthan
Sujatha Surepally– Bahujana Pratighatana Vedika, Telengana

Moderator: Siddharth Chakravarty– The Research Collective

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July 31, 2020

Topic: Rethinking Tourism

Malika Virdi, Founder- Himalayan Ark
V. Ushakumari, President, Vythiri Grama Panchayat, Kerala
Joyatri Ray, Equations

Moderator: Nayana Udayashankar, Equations

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July 28, 2020

Topic: Blue Revolution meets Green Revolution- Modernising Food Production Response by Women in Resistance

Magline Philomena Yohannan, Theeradhesha Vanitha Veedhi
Jagmati Sangwan, All India Democratic Women’s Association
Sreerekha Sathi, International Institute of Social Science, The Hague

Moderator: Savita Vijayakumar, The Research Collective

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August 7, 2020

Topic: Radical Political and Economic Democracy

Ijamsain Katenge, Korchi Mahagramsabha & AAAS, Maharashtra
T.V. Lakshmi, President, Chembilicode Panchayat, Kerala
Shaikh Ghulam Rasool, Kashmir RTI Movement
Aseem Mishra, Homes in the City, Bhuj
Hansaben Vaghela, Sakhi Sangini, Bhuj
Mohan Hirabai Hiralal, Vrikshamitra, Maharashtra
Jarjum Ete, Social Activist & Politician, Arunachal Pradesh

Moderator: Ashish Kothari, Kalpavriksh / Vikalp Sangam

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August 14, 2020

Topic: Towards an Ideal EIA Framework

  • Rajeev Gowda, Ex. M.P., Chairman, AICC Research Department
  • Soumya Dutta, MAUSAM
  • Kanchi Kohli, Centre for Policy Research
  • Anjali Dalmia & Taanika Shankar, Yugma Network

Moderator: Bhargavi Rao, Centre for Financial Accountability

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