5th April, Patna
Kabeer ke Log, Patna University, A N Sinha Institute, co organized this consultation with MAUSAM on the occasion of jayanti of ShKarpoori Thakur. ShSharad Joshi, Ajay K Jha, and Din Bandhu Vats participated in this Consultation. ShShushil Kumar Modi, Deputy Chief Minister, Bihar speaking on the occasion said that Bihar Government has been consistent with its effort in promoting the interests of weaker sections, mahadalits and women through a variety of measures and remain committed to the cause of affirmative action and social justice.
He also suggested that discussion on the SDGs should focus few priority goals rather than taking entire set of goals. ShSanjay Paswan, Former Union Minister, said that if SDGs have to succeed in India they have to succeed in states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Putting the discussion in the context he referred to massive rallies of dalits in several states recently (as a protest against SC decision), he reckoned it as a big milestone in Dalit assertiom. Ajay K jha, said that despite limitations, the SDG framework puts unprecedented emphasis on the development of the poorest 40% of population. Explaining poverty and inequality in the global and indian context, he also added that in the evident failure of trickledown theory of development, strong commitments and effective measures are required for social, political and economic empowerment of poorest sections of the society including dalits in India. He underlined that it’s about justice to these groups who have faced systemic and historical oppression, rather than states dole. Other speakers included, Dr. Sunil Ray (Director, ANSinha Institute), Prof. Pal (Patna University), Com. RavinderRai and MLA Gayatri Devi.