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Summer School: NAYI DISHAYEIN on Deconstructing Development

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Background
‘Development’ is the defining agenda of our times. All that goes on in its name receives an uncritical nod from citizens as diverse as the ‘savvy metropolitan’ to the ‘struggling villager’. Political parties are increasingly using it as the most effective rhetoric to win elections. Meanwhile, as a country, we continue to grapple with issues of poverty, inequality, marginalisation and conflict, and fail to understand why this ‘development’, which is the promised solution, is increasingly becoming problematic.
About the Summer School: Sambhaavnaa Institute, has for the last five years been organising a participatory, reflective and experiential program series, called Nayi Dishayein. In this program we work with young participants to:

Deconstruct, i.e., critically examine the notion of development
Re-examine our belief systems, worldviews and privileges around power structures of caste, gender, religion, class
Assess possibilities of change through exposure to a range of contemporary interventions/initiatives/movements towards…

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