Fighting Injustice in Polepally SEZ

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Southern Regional Strategy Meeting on SEZs

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Date: 13th – 14th September 2008

Time: 9.30 am – 6 pm

Venue: Arutkadal Aikiyalaya 136, Santhome High Road, Chennai – 600 028

(opposite MRC Kalayan Mandapam, near Santhome Church)  


We request groups to follow the suggested outline for their sharing, so that the presentation is focused and effectively highlights the issues-

–         Brief introduction to the project (SEZ)

–         Issues (acquisition of land, impact on local economy, social, livelihoods, landless peasants, response of state/local administration, human rights violation, legislative violations etc)

–         Community response/strategies

–         What kind of support is needed regionally/nationally for strengthening and highlighting the local struggle



Day 1: 13th September, Saturday


9.30-10.15 am:  Introductions and welcome – Geetha Ramakrishna/Gabriele Dietrich  

10.15 -10.30 am: Brief overview/update on SEZs in India – Manshi Asher 

10.30-10.40 am: Profile of SEZs in southern states- Yamini Atmavilas 


10.40 am-12 pm: Sharing from States Andhra Pradesh 

11-11.10 am:  TEA BREAK

12 -1.30 pm: Sharing from States Karnataka 

1.30 – 2.15 pm: LUNCH BREAK 

2.15-3.30 pm: Sharing from States Kerala 

3.30-4.45 pm: Sharing from States Tamil Nadu

4.45-5 pm: TEA BREAK 

5-6 pm: Open Discussion 


Day 2: 14th September, Sunday 

9.30-10 am: Political Economy of SEZs – Aseem Srivastava 

10-10.30 am: SEZs and legislations – Adv Balagopal

10.30-11 am: Discussions 

11-11.15 am: TEA BREAK 

11.15-11.30 am: Consolidation of Day 1’s sharing/discussion leading into Strategy Session – Benny Kuruvilla 

11.30-5 pm: Moderated Strategy Session – Ulka Mahajan/Nityanand Jayaraman


We have organized your accommodation (basic dormitory) at:

Diocesan Pastoral Center

25, Rose Mary Church Road

Santhome, Chennai – 600 028 (near Santhome Church)

Ph: 24641639.

(Note: The meeting venue and accommodation are close by, not walking distance but a few bus stops away. We will be there to get people across)

For more details please contact:

Madhumita Dutta

42 A, F.F., 5th Avenue

Besant Nagar, Chennai 600 090

Tamil Nadu

Phone: 09444390240

Email: madhu.dutta(AT)


Written by dilkibaatein

September 3, 2008 at 12:45 pm

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