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Economic Democracy Seminar, New Delhi

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A lively seminar on the theme of Economic Democracy was organized by Proutist Forum on 7th October at the Nehru Yuva Kendra in New Delhi. 130 participants attended the presentations and discussions which lasted more than four hours. 
As a result of the program requests came to arrange similar programs and presentations on Prout in various parts of the country.
A complete video of the proceedings, in both English and Hindi, can be viewed at:


NOTE: The program begins at 13:50 into the recording so please jump ahead to the opening remarks by Rajesh Singh, one the key organizers.

The program was opened by Dr. Gunjan Kumar, Assistant Prof. Economics, Ramjas College, Delhi University and Advocate Amitabh Verma, Lawyer High Court Supreme Court

Guest speakers included: Dr. Onkar Mittal, a senior social activist; Shri Satyaprakash Bharat, social reformer; Shri Anuj Agarwal, General Secretary, Maulik Bharat Advocate D R Nigam, Lawyer par excellence High Court & Supreme Court; Mr Nishikant Mohapatra, political analyst; Shri Kalyan Anand, social activist; Ms Dipali Sharma, Director, Action Aid

(more details on each of the speakers below)

A PROUT Panel on Economic Democracy was presented by: Mr. Rajesh Singh, Mr. Antarang Anand Yogi, and Mr. Niranjan Kumar

Details about Guest Speakers:

Dr. Onkar Mittal – MBBS, worked with DFID (Government of U.K), and then in social service for more than 35 years. Has been working extensively for health, wellness, primary medical care and sustainable livelihood most recently in villages in Ludhiana and Moga district of Punjab affected by drug related issues, and in Jharkhand by alcoholism; working to raise awareness of status of women in distress especially widows of Vrindavan,  and various issues with NGOs such as *Bhartiye Jan Parshad Manch and as President of Society for Action in Community Health, Civil Society Network – Delhi , as well as UNICEF, DFID.

Shri Satyaprakash Bharat – National Leader starting from participation in the Baba Amte’s Bharat Jodo Abhiyan Nationwide Cycle March from Kanyakumari to Kashmir. He is strength behind establishment of so many National level People’s movements such as Azadi Bachao Andolan and Yuva Bharat amongst so many others. He is Motivation behind thousands of Youth towards Universal Human Values

Mr. Anuj Agarwal – Editor & Publisher of Dialogue India; National General Secretary of Maulik Bharat; prolific journalist, writer, educationist and motivator. He is keenly associated with various social activities and recipient of Karamveer Chakra by International Confederation of NGOs, affiliated to United Nations.

Adv. DR Nigam – A practicing lawyer in Delhi High Court & Supreme Court, ‘par excellence’; recognized face of TV debates where he is called for his opinion on complex legal and social issues.

Mr. Nishikant Mohapatra – RTI Activist, Poltical  Analyst  and Research Scholar at JNU

Shri Kalyan Anand – General Secretary of Lokshakti Abhiyan, 2017 Green Nobel Prize winning Organisation; National Coordinator of Jan Sangharsh Samanvyaya Samiti; NAPM…National Alliance of People’s Movenent Odisha State Convener,  Yusuf Meherally Centre’s National Relief Coordinator and Odisha State Incharge; Editor of Indus Valley Times, 1st English fortnightly of Odisha

Ms Dipali Sharma – Director, Organizational Effectiveness in Action Aid; 20 years of experience in the social development sector for rights and entitlements for the most poor and the marginalized, women’s empowerment, child rights, land and water campaigns etc. Also supporting youth engagement programs in colleges and universities for  social justice and equality; looking after Corporate Social Responsibility of Action Aid.

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