MEDIA WORLD
@ The India Social Forum 2006

‘Building another World: Visions for the Future’ 9-13, November, 2006

at Exhibition Ground, Jawahar lal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi

The World Social Forum unfolds its magic yet again in India

About World Social Forum (WSF) and the upcoming India Social Forum (ISF) 2006

The WSF is not an organization, not a united front platform, but "…an open meeting place for reflective thinking, democratic debate of ideas, formulation of proposals, free exchange of experiences and inter-linking for effective action, by groups and movements of civil society that are opposed to neo- liberalism and to domination of the world by capital and any form of imperialism, and are committed to building a society centered on the human person".

The WSF-India process aims to be widespread and inclusive by allowing for a space for workers, peasants, indigenous peoples, Dalits, women, hawkers, all minorities, immigrants, students, academicians, artisans, artists, the media as well as parliamentarians, sympathetic bureaucrats and other concerned sections from within and outside the state. The WSF process brings various mass organizations, new social movements and NGOs on one platform, and staged the Asian Social Forum meeting in Hyderabad in 2003, and subsequently the Global Forum (World Social Forum) in 2004 and further to organize and co-ordinate activities related to globalization in the country.

The upcoming India Social Forum (ISF) 2006 meet is to be held this year in Delhi at the Exhibition Ground, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi from the 9th to the 13th of November, 2006 has the proposed theme of BUILDING ANOTHER WORLD: VISIONS FOR THE FUTURE .It focuses on engendering dialogue; optimism and hope, by creating a space that will enable a greater mobilization of resources for an alternative future – within India, Asia, and Africa.

ISF HIGHLIGHTS:

An estimated 60,000 people are expected to participate and represent diverse movements and organizations from India, Asia and Africa.

Opening ceremony would have all women panel by renowned activists, thinkers and famous personalities like Medha Patekar,, Ruth Manorama, Subhashini Ali, Tulsi Mai Munda, Radhika Kumaraswamy (Sri Lanka), Hannan Ashrawi (Palestine), Shubha Mudgal, etc.

United Platform: More than 1000 conferences / seminars / workshops are expected to take place. From Porto Alegre to Nairobi via India, Kisan Panchayat, Adivasiyon Ki Duniya, Youth Forum, Jal, Jungal aur Zameen, Labour and World of Work, Faces and Visions of Children, Minority Rights, New Nepal, Women's World,Building African-Asian? Solidarity, Media and Democracy

Cultural Expressions @ ISF : Popular artists will endorse the WSF concerns. Presence of singers of Kabir ( Chhattisgarh) , Hela ( Rajasthan), Punjab folk artists, India Ocean Band and diverse protest ‘art’ forms will strengthern the issues of India Social Forum. Street/ Proscenium Theatres, Travelling Films and Exhibitions, Poster Competitions. Collaborative and Installation Art Forms, Living Newspaper, Songs, Puppets, Dance, Pantomime, History Wall are other visual activities during the event.

Closing ceremony would highlight Asia-Africa? solidarity and other cultural expressions

Invitations for Media and Communication Practitioners:

The last date of registration of Journalist and press is 25 October, 2006.

Registered press and media/ communication practitioners will able to interact /interview renowned social activists, educationists, academicians and eminent Indian and International personalities.

Media Centre access on basic facilities of communication like, computers, Internet connection, and telecommunication.

Media Friends for India Social Forum 2006

The event will be covered by International, National and vernacular press and media agencies. Media houses like Prasar Bharati, Lok Sabha, Jyan Vani, Inter Press Services, Broadcaster's Club of India, Tribune, Hindu, CNN – IBN, UNI etc are covering the event.

Community Radio stations of Vannvil ( Tamil slum dwellers) Jamia Millia Islamia College and Indian Institute of Mass Communication will broad cast the event.

Media Seminars have been organized at Sarai, India Institute of Mass Communication are part of communication campaign.

Media Coordinator: Papiya Sarkar (papiya.sarkar@gmail.com) 9811340695