As the 15th General Elections were round the corner, the South Asian Peoples’ Initiatives (SAPI) and the Indian Social Institute (ISI), New Delhi organized a three day workshop on "Preparing People's Manifesto" at Indian Social Institute, New Delhi, February 3-5. Over 110 participants from all over the country participated in this workshop, that primarily attempted to prepare a "people's’ manifesto" to be circulated prior to the elections. Following this general National Level Manifesto, many states and also districts of some of the states took it up and prepared their own localized version of the manifesto in their own vernacular languages. Some of the publications that came out are here.
Download the entire National Level People's Manifesto in English, in Hindi
PM of Jharkhand in Hindi
PM in Santali for Dumka District of Jharkhand
PM in Tamil for Madurai and Ramnad Districts
PM prepared in Tamil for Chennai Area
PM in Hindi for Bihar
PM prepared in Tamil by the People of Kodaikanal
PM by the people of Kandhamal in Orissa
Election Analysis written by Jerry Rozario titled "Usupidave" (meaning To Awaken)
Right to Information: Expanding Public Space is a booklet to help ordinary people to understand the Right To Information Act 2005. This will enhance the capacity to ask questions and demand answers from government and private on issues of governance and development.
The booklet has 3 parts: a) Bare Act, b) Act simplified in question - answer form and c) Success stories.
Dalit Vision for a New India: Campaign for a National Dalit Policy(both in English and Hindi) is a document born out of a series of deliberations by over 300 civil rights groups, Ambedkarites and grassroot activists in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Raipur, Patna, Madurai and Secunderabad for over 2 years. It is not an academic exercise, but rather a document that captures the deepening pains, agonies, aspirations and hopes of millions of poor dalits.
Rising from the Ashes: Voices of Courage and Inspiration, is a compilation of narratives of negation, assertion and sacrifices of individuals and groups. This booklet is a result of a training given to SAPI members on narrative writing skills which would become a tool for social transformation. It is a ray of hope that says "We can Build another world, a better world". The narratives are both in Hindi and English.
Another World is Possible: SAPI-WSF 2004 is a DVD / VCD documentation of SAPI intervention during the WSF - Mumbai 2004. The WSF - Mumbai was a historic moment for all the struggling masses in India. Around 1650 people from various peoples' organizations and movements were mobilised under the banner of South Asian Peoples' Initiatives (SAPI).
A Movement in the Makingis the DVD / VCD documentation of the participation of SAPI in the WSF V, held at Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2005. Thirty one representatives of SAPI from India and Srilanka participated in this event and the delegates also participated in the Pan Amazon Social Forum of the Indigenous people at Manaus.
In Search of Identityis the DVD / VCD documentation of the India Social Forum held at New Delhi in November 2006, where SAPI mobilized around 1,150 participants from all over India and also the Sixth World Social Forum held at Nairobi in January 2007, where 64 member delegation participated from India and Srilanka.