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.
1 Andhra and Telangana Vikalp Sangam 17-19 Oct. 2014 at Ananthapur, Telangana Telugu version of this Vikalp Sangam Report 2 Tamil Nadu Vikalp Sangam 14-17 Feb. 2015 at Madurai, Tamil Nadu 3 Ladakh Vikalp Sangam 20-24 Jul. 2015 at Leh, Ladakh Vikalp 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 4 Maharashtra Vikalp Sangam 27-30 Oct. 2015 at Wardha, Maharashtra Press Note in Marathi for this Vikalp Sangam 5 Bijali Vikalp Sangam 3-6 Mar. 2016 at Bodh Gaya, Bihar 6 Kachchh Vikalp Sangam 27-30 Jul. 2016 at Bhuj, Gujarat Article Grounded in Communities: People-powered alternatives spark hope in Kachchh 7 Western Himalayas Vikalp Sangam 20-22 Aug. 2016 at Palampur, Himachal Pradesh 8 Food Vikalp Sangam 17-20 Sep. 2016 at Muniguda, Odisha Article on Local Knowledge Systems and Video on the event 9 Youth Vikalp Sangam 3-5 Feb. 2017 at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh Annexures: 1 Participants and 2 Discussion Points on Alt. Framework Note 10 Kerala Vikalp Sangam 10 – 12 Apr. 2017 at Bodhigram, Adoor, Kerala Photostory on the Vikalp Sangam 11 Second Vikalp Sangam on Food 6 – 9th Oct. 2017 at Bajju, Rajasthan. Article on the same – A confluence of Food Alternatives“ 12 National Vikalp Sangam 27-29 Nov. 2017 at Udaipur, Rajasthan Article National Vikalp Sangam at Udaipur: A Confluence of Alternatives 13
Health Vikalp Sangam 12-13th June, 2018 at Sitttilingi, Tamil Nadu Concept note for this Health Sangam and a rejoinder to the report by Suhas Kolhekar 14 Vikalp Sangam for Peace in Central India 8-10 June, 2018 at Tilda, Chhattisgarh About Peace March (Central India) Proposed to begin on 2 Oct. 2018 (in Hindi and English) 15 Western Himalayan Vikalp Sangam II 11 to 14 Nov. 2018 at Rakkar, Himachal Pradesh 16 Wellbeing and Justice Vikalp Sangam 7 to 10 Feb. 2019 at Bangalore, Karnataka 17 Second Youth Vikalp Sangam 8 to 11 Jun. 2019 at Bangalore, Karnataka 18 Peace Justice Wellbeing Vikalp Sangam 18 to 20 Oct. 2019 at Bir, Himachal Pradesh 19 Vikalp Sangam On Democracy 5 to 9 Oct. 2019 at Bhim, Rajasthan Hamara Paisa, Hamara Hisab (Hindi) A comic by Poorva Goel on the Jan Sunwayi (Public Hearing) that was organized with the Democracy Sangam. 20 Third Youth Vikalp Sangam 27 Nov. to 5 Dec. 2020 held on-line (due to the Covid 19 situation) 21 Ladakh Vikalp Sangam on Food and Agriculture 19 to 20 Sep. 2021 held at Saboo village near Leh, Ladakh 22 Western Himalaya Vikalp Sangam III 21 to 24 Oct. 2021 held at Devalsari in Tehri-Gadhval, Uttarakhand हिमालय में प्रेरणा का संगम (in Hindi) by Baba Mayaram 23 Vikalp Sangam Dialogue on Spirituality in Social Justice and Well-Being 18 to 21 Jul. 2022 held at Fireflies Intercultural Centre, Bangalore 24 Youth Vikalp Sangam Ecology & Politics of Ecological Movements 10 to 13 Sept. 2022 held at Bangalore, Karnataka 25 Celebrating Nas (Barley) 17-18 Sept. 2022 held at Ranbirpur, Ladakh किचन से संभव है सेहत का ख्याल़ (IN HINDI) by Baba Mayaram 26 Indigenous and Community Worldviews Vikalp Sangam 6-8 Nov. 2022 held at Dharmavaram Andhra Pradesh