Vikalp Sangam Reports

PostedonFeb. 24, 2020in Uncategorized

Sangams or physical gatherings bring together organizations, individuals, networks and movements who have worked at practical or conceptual levels on alternatives to mainstream development. These are organized either regionally (at State, district or ecoregional level) or thematically (e.g. energy, food, health, democracy for example) and to date 20 Sangams have been held. During these confluences, there is a lot of sharing of experiences, perspectives, dialogue and collective visioning.

At the first Sangam in 2014, Kalpavriksh – an environment action group – introduced a note “In Search of Alternatives: Key Aspects and Principles” for discussion. This note, which has been discussed and inputted into almost all the subsequent Sangams, is evolving and is a synthesis of the understanding of the key principles and strategies emerging in a myriad of grassroots initiatives. Thus, it provides a framework of overlapping spheres of transformation that these initiatives embody.

1Andhra and  Telangana Vikalp Sangam17-19 Oct. 2014at Ananthapur, TelanganaTelugu version of this Vikalp Sangam Report
2Tamil Nadu Vikalp Sangam14-17 Feb. 2015at Madurai, Tamil Nadu 
3Ladakh Vikalp Sangam20-24 Jul. 2015at Leh, LadakhVikalp Sangam Shukpachan (follow up to Ladakh VS) report and Let’s Re-visit Ladakh 2025- Vision Document and article Despair and Hope on the Roof of the World
4Maharashtra Vikalp Sangam27-30 Oct. 2015at Wardha, MaharashtraPress Note in Marathi for this Vikalp Sangam
5Bijali Vikalp Sangam3-6 Mar. 2016at Bodh Gaya, Bihar 
6Kachchh Vikalp Sangam27-30 Jul. 2016at Bhuj, GujaratArticle Grounded in Communities: People-powered alternatives spark hope in Kachchh
7Western Himalayas Vikalp Sangam20-22 Aug. 2016at Palampur, Himachal Pradesh 
8Food Vikalp Sangam17-20 Sep. 2016at Muniguda, OdishaArticle on Local Knowledge Systems and Video on the event
9Youth Vikalp Sangam3-5 Feb. 2017at Bhopal, Madhya PradeshAnnexures:  1 Participants   and  2 Discussion Points on Alt. Framework Note
10Kerala Vikalp Sangam10 – 12 Apr. 2017at Bodhigram, Adoor, KeralaPhotostory on the Vikalp Sangam
11Second Vikalp Sangam on Food 6 – 9th Oct.  2017at Bajju, Rajasthan.Article on the same – A confluence of Food Alternatives
12National Vikalp Sangam27-29 Nov. 2017at Udaipur, RajasthanArticle National Vikalp Sangam at Udaipur: A Confluence of Alternatives

Health Vikalp Sangam

12-13th June, 2018at Sitttilingi, Tamil NaduConcept note for this Health Sangam and a rejoinder to the report by Suhas Kolhekar
14Vikalp Sangam for Peace in Central India8-10 June, 2018at Tilda, ChhattisgarhAbout Peace March (Central India) Proposed to begin on 2 Oct. 2018 (in Hindi and English)
15Western Himalayan Vikalp Sangam II11 to 14 Nov. 2018at Rakkar, Himachal Pradesh 
16Wellbeing and
Justice Vikalp Sangam
7 to 10 Feb. 2019at Bangalore, Karnataka 
17Second Youth Vikalp Sangam8 to 11 Jun. 2019at Bangalore, Karnataka 
18Peace Justice   Wellbeing Vikalp Sangam18 to 20 Oct. 2019at Bir, Himachal Pradesh 
19Vikalp Sangam
5 to 9 Oct. 2019at Bhim, RajasthanHamara Paisa, Hamara Hisab (Hindi) A comic by Poorva Goel on the Jan Sunwayi (Public Hearing) that was organized with the Democracy Sangam.
20Third Youth Vikalp Sangam27 Nov. to 5 Dec. 2020held on-line (due to the Covid 19 situation) 
21Ladakh Vikalp Sangam on Food and Agriculture19 to 20 Sep. 2021held at Saboo village near Leh, Ladakh

22Western Himalaya Vikalp Sangam III21 to 24 Oct. 2021held at Devalsari in Tehri-Gadhval, Uttarakhandहिमालय में प्रेरणा का संगम (in Hindi) by Baba Mayaram
23Vikalp Sangam Dialogue on Spirituality in Social Justice and Well-Being18 to 21 Jul. 2022held at Fireflies Intercultural Centre, Bangalore
24Youth Vikalp Sangam Ecology & Politics of Ecological Movements10 to 13 Sept. 2022held at Bangalore, Karnataka
25Celebrating Nas (Barley)17-18 Sept. 2022held at Ranbirpur, Ladakhकिचन से संभव है सेहत का ख्याल़ (IN HINDI) by Baba Mayaram
Ladakhi Story in a Grain by Arnaz Khan
26Indigenous and Community Worldviews Vikalp Sangam6-8 Nov. 2022held at Dharmavaram Andhra Pradesh
27Pluralities Dialogue 202319-22 July, 2023held at Fireflies Intercultural Centre, Bangalore
28Alternative Visions of India Course29 Jan-1 Feb 2024held at The Hidden Oasis, Pune
29World Social Forum15-19 Feb. 2024held at Kathmandu, Nepal

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