Exclusion of people, the ideas and identity by beliefs, communities and the system respectively – Is it growing with the progressive times? How do a ‘forward looking’ Indian society argue for the exclusion. The gaps between policies and practices at different verticals in the society, culture, governance are the most stark; What is the justifier for the growing inequalities based on differential access to natural resources and limited access to social and economic opportunities?
Is the social exclusion argument only a rights argument?
Bezwada Wilson is an Indian activist and one of the founders and National Convenor of the Safai Karmachari Andolan (SKA), an Indian human rights organization that has been campaigning for the eradication of manual scavenging. He is well known as one of the leading figures of the Dalit movement in India. His work at SKA, a community-driven movement, has been recognized by the Ashoka Foundation which has nominated him a Senior Fellow.
Over three decades of working for and with international development agencies, national civil society and community-based organisations and citizens’ groups, she has developed sector-leading expertise and experience in shaping and leading inclusive development approaches. As head of South Asia for Christian Aid, the leading British and Irish development agency, Belinda works in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to deliver development programmes alongside 100 local partner organisations.
N.Paul Divakar is A Dalit activist, at present, he is the General Secretary of National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR) based in New Delhi. He was formerly the General Secretary of the Dalit Bahujan Shramik Union, a Dalit-Bahujan rights organisation in Andhra Pradesh.
Hansal Mehta is an Indian film director, writer, actor and producer. Mehta started his work with television and later moved onto movies like Jayate (1999) and Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar (2000). He is best known for Shahid for which he won the 2013 National Film Award for Best Direction. He then went on to direct City Lights.
Shoma Chaudhury is an Indian reporter-journalist-editor. Currently she is the Editor-in-Chief of Catch News, a multi-media digital platform. Winner of numerous media awards, including Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism for Film and Television, Chameli Devi Jain Award, Shoma is known for her work on human rights writings.
Stalin K. is a media and human rights activist, with 20 years experience pioneering new models of participatory media. He is a teacher, trainer and an internationally acclaimed documentary filmmaker. He is one of India’s leading exponents of community radio, campaign design and community video. In 1991, when he was 23 years old, he co-founded a media and human rights organization based in Ahmedabad, India and was its Director till September 2008. He currently leads Video Volunteers, whose mission is to empower the most marginalized with a voice by enabling them to produce their own content on development and human rights issues.