Pradnya Garud contributed to 5th and final This Is Not A Gateway Festival - 2014.
Pradnya Garud’s interests lie in reading and following the thoughts of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, Mahatma Phule and Periyar to dismantle the hegemonic nexus between the natural hazards and oppressive social systems. Her body of work involves incorporating essential amendments in the Disaster Management Act 2005, and studying the impacts of Climate Change on the Livelihoods of Dalits in India. She worked with a Delhi based organisation National Dalit Watch which operates in disaster situations, monitoring caste and gender based discrimination in the processes of rescue, relief and rehabilitation.
From the This Is Not A Gateway Programme
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SUNDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2014 / 1:00PM – 2:30PM
Social Exclusion and Disasters
Caste is a pervasive system in India. It has created graded hierarchy and has deep rooted notion of 'untouchability' attached to it. This has led to extreme forms of social exclusion and violence on the Dalits. The rigidity of Caste practices are even aggravated more during disaster situation which has led to indignities of Dalit bodies in disaster affected areas. The limited preview to look at the disaster sites has failed to look and recognize the issues which Dalits face. The social evil that exists in the form of caste system, its origin as explained by Dr. Ambedkar and how it creates multiple level of vulnerabilities during disasters will be presented in the talk.
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SUNDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2014 / 5:00PM – 7:00PM
The Tragedy of Progress
Olin Tezcatlipoca (Founder of Mexica Movement), Benny Wenda (West Papua independence leader and former political prisoner), Pradnya Garud (Disaster Researcher and End Caste Activist), Ward LeRoy Churchill (Sacked Professor, Author and Indigenous Activist), David Bedford (Author and academic). Chaired by Awqapuma Yayra Colque and Nemequene Aquiminzaque Tundama
This remarkable conversation will focus on Bedford and Churchill’s thesis that the Marxist notion of ‘progress’ as understood and utilised by ‘the left’/ ‘progressives’, continues to undermine the lives of the majority world, particularly the indigenous populations still under occupation. Were Marx and Engels’s ideas rooted in myths of white supremacy? Have readings of their work that argue there are ‘phases of progress’ enabled those with a vested interest to allow, participate or turn a blind eye to genocide, globalisation, land theft and the subsequent speed of urbanisation? What are the consequences or experiences of criticising ‘the Left’? Importantly, the panel will also discuss resistance and the struggle for self-determination.
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Photos of Pradnya Garud - 2014 This Is Not A Gateway Festival
Visit the archive to access:
A biography of Pradnya Gurad
Digital Videos of Pradnya's contribution to The Tragedy of Progress talk
Audio recording of Pradnya's Social Exclusion and Disasters talk
Transcripts of both talks
Festival programme information - date, time, registration names etc
Personal reflection from Pradnya about her This Is Not A Gateway experience