The 7th edition of the Vibgyor International Film Festival, held between 22nd- 26th February 2012 in Thrissur, Kerala, was a lively event with screening of films on important socio-political issues inter-spread with conferences ranging from issues like migration, nuclear energy and the ongoing struggle at Koodankulam (Tamil Nadu), and the question of climate change. The theme of the festival this year was focussed on “Lives and Livelihood”.
P. Sainath, the well known journalist (The Hindu Rural Affairs Editor), most famous for his reports on peasant suicides in India, spoke at the inaugural ceremony of the Vibgyor Film Festival (22nd Feb, 2012) held recently in Trissur, Kerala. Going with the theme of the festival – ‘Lives and Livelihood’, Sainath gave an inspiring speech on the topic “Inequality, livelihood and agrarian crisis” facing India.
A Living Minimum Wage of Rs. 20,000 to all
An immediate stop to the Bosses HIRE & FIRE policy.
Right of Employment for all.
Abolition of Contract & Casual Labour Permanent and Secure employment for all.
Re-nationalise all Industries and Public utilities.
Trade Union & Political rights to all the workers in Public and Private Sectors.
The following article is written by Tony Kurien, a student activist from TISS, Mumbai. The article focusses on the disparity that exists in India today at many levels and the scant regard shown by the government to these concerns, which is solely focused on achieving its target growth rates.