[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”CACIM Forum Fellows 2007-08″ font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]MAMATA DASH based in New Delhi is a Steering Committee Member of National Forum of Forest People and Forest Workers (NFFPFW) working for protection of resources and livelihoods of forest dwellers in India and an active member of Kashipur Solidarity Group engaged in human rights issues and contributing to the movements on the ground in various ways. Her proposed study is placed in the present Indian context where the State is facilitating the capitalist agenda in new packages and the voices of resistance are mounting high on many quarters. The broad objective is to enquire the NATURE AND EXTENT OF ENGAGEMENT IN THE PROCESS OF WSF BY VARIOUS CATEGORIES OF SOCIAL GROUPS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. The study would also attempt to understand the overall dynamics of the WSF and the responses it has got so far in the socio-political framework. It will also critically analyze the concept of ‘open space’ the WSF claims to have provided and the impact on socio-political movements and processes in the region. This research will focus largely on documenting how various groups have viewed the process of the WSF, their experiences in participating and not participating in it, how it has helped in furthering their causes and their expectations from such a vast Forum. Read More (external link)

MAYUR CHETIA, pursuing M Phil in modern Indian history from Delhi University would like to study WSF AND THE INDIAN LEFT : RESPONSES AND EFFECTS. Despite variations of attitudes of the various sections of Left in India, one thing is certain – all of them have accepted WSF as a great force, and it is not altogether possible to ignore it. How far and in what terms the ‘new politics’ of the WSF made an impact on the Indian left, (at individual level, at party level and the Indian left politics as a whole) would constitute a part of the research question. The research would also try to understand and document the diverse ways through which the Indian Left tried to come to terms with the WSF. The study would document the criticisms and suggestions made by the Left on WSF and would try to explore – how far, (if any), it made an impact on the politics of the WSF itself. In other words, how far the specific configuration of the Indian left shaped the WSF in India. Read More (external link)

SUSANA BARRIA, an intern with Focus on the Global South, has interned and participated actively with WSF processes in Porto Alegre, Barcelona, Geneva, Karachi, and India. Her study would highlight the MAJOR CONTROVERSIES SURROUNDING THE WSF 2004 PROCESS IN INDIA AS WELL AS THE MUMBAI EVENT AND AFTER. Her study would aim to engage with the criticisms of the process which could be constructive for the continuation of the WSF process in India. Read More (external link)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]