We the members of Food Sovereignty Alliance, seek your support to take forward our campaign Theatre for Life.
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Smallholder farmers of Badampet village in Telangana, India, like thousands across the country, have lost control over their resources and food, resulting in crippling debt and suicide amongst people in rural areas.
During the final months of 2017 twenty farmers from Badampet village, cutting across diverse ages, genders castes, communities and religions worked together to devise a play depicting their crisis.
The theatre performed in the village, created a space for dialogue that is already bearing fruit, with farmers envisioning collective ways to regain control of their land, food and lives. Families who have felt isolated in their struggles for too long, are recognising the power of collective action.
Performances in more villages, is crucial for widening this dialogue amongst farmers, towards changing their lives. Your support will make this possible.
Amidst the intensive corporate agriculture, saffronisation of food culture, monoculture of crops, sanction of GMO trials , and the continued onslaught on the resources, land and local markets, we members of the FSA, in Medak, Sangareddy, Adilabad, East Godavari, Srikakulam and Chittoor districts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are involved in a deep reflection, at the family, community and village levels to enquire into the roots of why our food and agriculture systems have changed, the strength of our traditional food cultures, and ways to organise and envision collective actions to reclaim and recover our sovereign agricultural systems and food webs. The dialogues at the family were collectivised at the community level and finally several villages met to deepen discussions for actions.
Medak and Sangareddy District
East Godavari and Srikakulam
Chittoor – Kalahasti
Chittoor – Madanapalli
The Bovine Politics public lecture and dialogue by Sagari R Ramdas, was held on 15th and 16th September 2017, in Bengaluru. The event was organised at the Azim Premji University (PG Campus and UG Campus), and the Baduku Community College.
The talk sparked off critical debates, unpacked the reality of markets, the key role of slaughter in sustenance of the cow, and enumerated the growing nexus between corporates, religion and state. The dialogue in Baduku Community College, was an interaction with youth from rural Karnataka, students, professors, ecologists, artists , animal rights activists and activists from other movements. The youth corroborated the negative effect of the ban on sale of cattle and buffalos in animal markets, on farmers. This rendered a very vibrant, debate that is critical in today’s context and political climate.
People expressed interest in being involved in the ongoing actions and enquiry into the politics of beef and were keen to organise further such dialogues.
Vibrant debates and dialogues at Baduku Community College
Sparking minds at Azim Premji University, UG
We strongly condemn the recent threats to Prof Kancha Iliah, and the continuing attacks on the freedom of speech and expression, manifesting in the form of defamation cases, death threats, threats to register FIR and the violent promotion of crude measures such as capital punishment.
The constitution of India upholds the democratic tenets of every citizen to freely express their opinions, thoughts, and ideas. If you have a difference of opinion wield the pen to express your counter opinion and register your disagreement.
Self-appointed protectors and rakshaks of everything from cows to their limiting idea of India, are emboldened to act today, with complete impunity under the current political dispensation, in complete violation of India’s Consitution.
No more Gauris, Dabholkars, Pansares, Kalburgis !
We the members of the Food Sovereignty Alliance condemn the fascist forces that led to the unjust death of Gauri Lankesh, another martyr in the long list of people who relentlessly fought for justice, truth and freedom.
Johar Gauri Lankesh
Sagari R Ramdas from the Food Sovereignty Alliance, in a panel discussion on NDTV 24X7, on the recent notification by MOEF banning the sale of cattle for slaughter in Animal Markets.