7aug:: report of CSS planning meeting

ERI and CSS 2009: Small group meeting ISI, 7 august
0 Context and Introduction
i Background
Following the meeting on 3 August 2009, it was decided to have a meeting of a smaller group to make a draft of the programme to be circulated for wider discussion.
Accordingly, the following met at ISI on 7 August:

1. AID Pushpa,
2. CERI Archana
3. Context India Pradeep
4. OpenSpace Anita, Edwin
5. REDS Raj
6. Sangama Akai,B. Kumar
7. Samara Sadeeq

ii The logic
The idea was to make the programmes of CERI and CSS into one integrated, logical flow. It was also felt that given the number of topics to be covered, we would need an extra day.

1. Accordingly, it would be a four day programme in total.
2. Day one and two (10,11 November) would be for CERI.
3. CSS would start at 6pm on 11 November, and go on till 4pm on 13 November.
4. CERI starts a day earlier, since Ambedkar Bhavan, the preferred venue for CSS is not available on Saturday so working backwards these are the feasible dates.
5. Day 3 (12 November) would be mainly to discuss ‘governance’ per se, following which specific instances/areas of governance would be taken up.
6. The sessions on media, information technology and climate change would be ‘half-sessions’ of 45 minutes each. This is both due to the technical nature of the subjects and the paucity of time.
7. Other sessions would be of about 90minutes. The first speaker would get about 5minutes, followed by others with 3minutes. So the presentations would take about 25-30minutes. 30minutes for discussions. A cultural programme of about 10-20minutes. There would be a 10minutes buffer.

iii Other considerations
We kept in mind the following while choosing the topics, and the suggested speakers. There is still some way to go in this! Some of the considerations will need to be ensured in the final programme.

1. A blend of ‘recognised’ and yet to be recognised.
2. At least one affected person in each panel (voice from the grassroots)
3. A mix of theoreticians (academics/intellec tuals) and practitioners (activists)
4. Geographical and representative distribution of speakers.

iv The feedback
The framework is given for feedback. Please remember that it is the first draft. Going by experience, in css2007 the first draft changed about 60-70% depending on the availability of the speakers and the interests of the organisers. So please give your feedback which would make the summit rich with combined experience and wider ownership.
Please feel free to suggest

1. Another framework, if you very much disagree or have a different idea to widen ownership and relevance.
2. Topics which were left out.
3. Better clustering of sessions and topics.
4. Speakers and Moderators
5. Present day freedom fighters to be honoured.
6. Names of comrades who have passed away, to be remembered.

1 Inaugural (Keynote) (6pm, 11 November)
This would be followed by the recognition and honouring of present day freedom fighters. There will be freedom songs/concert/ cultural programme.

2 Changing faces of democracy (9am, 12 November)
i Militarisation
ii Dissent
Speakers from: Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Tibet, Burma, Pakistan

3 Citizenship and the state (Who is a citizen?)

4 Governance through repression

5 Land, displacement and governance

6 Electoral systems, reforms and governance

7 Indigenous governance

8 Women and governance (13 November)

9 Health

10 Agriculture and food security

11 Media and communication

12 IT

13 Climate change

14 Concluding rally (4pm on 13Nov)
A rally from Ambedkar Bhavan to Vidhan Soudha carrying pictures of the freedom fighters would be an appropriate way to end the summit. We could involve more groups (environment/ cycling club) that work on rights issues.