BHOPAL : Social activist Medha Patkar talked to students at the Bhopal School of Social Sciences (BSSS) on Tuesday. A large gathering of students was cheerfully listening to her. She spoke at length on issues pertaining to socio-economic development of India.
Patkar was critical of the present day government on various accounts. Students were rapt as she discussed land acquisition bill proposed by the Union government and issues related to rights of farmers, Dalits and tribal communities in India and particularly in Madhya Pradesh.
Patkar touched upon many burning issues on the governance. She exposed how corruption takes place in Indian political system and how students of BSSS can confront it to make society more just and equitable.
While answering to one of the questions rose during question -answer session, Patkar also made students aware of the nexus between land and sand mafia and politicians across the country, and appealed students for being little more vigilant and vibrant in order to fight corruption in the country. She was accompanied by Roli Shivhare who is working with Vikas Samvaad- a Bhopal based NGO dedicated to promote dialogue on governance among Indian intelligentsia- who also shared few of her experiences of working with tribal communities of Madhya Pradesh and appealed BSSSites to be with them for a constructive change.