World Social Forum 2004
The fourth World Social Forum (WSF) will be held in Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) India from January 16-21, 2004. Organizers expect 100,000 delegates from all over the world to attend. Although they come from different backgrounds and work in different areas and realities, the one thing they all have in common is the convinction that another world is possible!
Alternatives has been very active in the WSF since the beginning and this year is no different. Click here for background articles, analyses, pictures, and details of what is happening on the ground. This section will be updated frequently, so make sure to bookmark this page.
Paul NICHOLSON , 12 March 2004
After four years, both the World Social Forum (WSF) development and the coordination of struggles and movements have put on the table the need for reflection on the WSF itself and its relation to the social movements.
Gustavo MARIN, 9 February 2004
World civil society is no longer the same following the WSF at Mumbai in India, and whatever the case, the movement started by the first WSF at Porto Alegre has undergone radical change and become considerably stronger. Henceforth, Mumbai has its place on the civic agenda initiated at Seattle, though others may say that this agenda kicked off in South Africa with the fall of apartheid in 1994.
Feroz MEHDI, 27 January 2004
Five days after the closing ceremony of the world social forum 2004 in Mumbai where over 100 000 people marched for world peace, yesterday on 26th January the Indian government celebrated its 55th anniversary of the Republic day by a massive show of its military might.
Yuri PRASAD, 19 January 2004
"STOP PRIVATISATION". "No war in South Asia". "Dalit [untouchable] rights". "Debt domination is human rights violation". "Power to the people". "Another world is possible". "Free Palestine". "A socialist world is possible". The succession of banners with chanting crowds behind them fills every pathway in the exhibition ground which hosts the fourth World Social Forum in Mumbai.
Darren SHORE, 15 January 2004
Here in Mumbai, amidst a city of tumultuous yet functional disorganization, with no street lines and more smog than oxygen, the fourth World Social Forum is set to begin - an event well-suited to the atmosphere of the location.
8 January 2004
As part of the World Social Forum (WSF), taking place in Mumbai (Bombay) India from January 16 - 21, Alternatives is organizing numerous activities and conferences. To find out how to participate, or just to learn what we have planned, please click on the link.
Pierre BEAUDET, 6 January 2004
India’s governing party, the BJP, is a master at the tactical game of dancing between seduction and blackmail, governance and repression. Prime Minister Atel Behari Vajpai’s and Interior Minister Lal Kishan Advani’s are promoting a profoundly reactionary vision of India that threatens a long-term cycle of war and oppression. But the opposition, weakened by internal quarrels, provides little hope as its own legitimacy is being called into question by the emerging social movements.
Matthew RIEMER, 6 January 2004
The State of Israel is currently seeking to bolster its national security as well as its Eurasian influence through burgeoning bilateral relations with India. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon visited New Delhi in early September to meet his counterpart, Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee; the common foe of militant Muslim extremists and arms and technology sales were the topics of greatest interest.
Vinod RAINA, 5 January 2004
At the risk of sounding repetitive, one needs to reassert that the methodological problem of identifying and defining a social movement is fairly difficult. The problem becomes particularly complex when we focus on the Asian region. Given its multi-ethnic, multi-lingual and multi-political reality, the bewildering multiplicity and diversity of social movements in the region should not come as a great surprise. After all, social movements necessarily must, and firmly are embedded in the social, cultural and political realities of a nation.
K Gajendra SINGH, 8 December 2003
In Delhi state, the government obviously won credit for better governance because of Supreme Court-led efforts to control pollution in India’s capital, traffic disarray and other such issues as rape. Which begs the question, why have a government in Delhi state when it fails to discharge its functions?
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