Jury Findings World Bank TribunaI--Independent Peoples Tribunal on the World Bank Group in India, New Delhi, Jawaharal Nehru University, September, 2007
Jury Findings World Bank TribunaI: The four day Independent Peoples Tribunal (IPT) on the World Bank in India concluded after hearing numerous depositions indicting the Bank's policy and project interventions in India. Over seven hundred people from communities, social movements, research institutes, NGOs and universities attended the proceedings. The Tribunal, supported by the Jawaharlal University's Teachers Association and Students' Union was held in the university premises. The Tribunal itself was held from 21-24 September 2007 at Jawalharlal Nehru University, in New Delhi India. Over 150 deponents presented testimony, 200 students volunteered their time to make the event happen, 13 members sat on the Jury, and over 700 people attended. The Tribunal process quickly inspired similar events in The Hague, Netherlands,in Pakistan, and in Bangladesh. For more information: http://www.worldbanktribunal.org/index.html Download Booklet on the Tribunal and Findings: http://www.worldbanktribunal.org/WB_Tribunal_Jury_Findings.pdf
The 'jury' of the Tribunal who met and deliberated to frame the findings, included, besides the author: Arundhati Roy, Novelist, author and activist who has worked in the Narmada Valley struggle as well as many others. She won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her first novel, The God of Small Things; Justice P.B. Sawant, Former Justice in the Supreme Court of India. Chairperson of the Press Council of India in 1995-2001. President of the World Association of Press Council in 1996-2003; S.P. Shukla, Former Secretary of Finance, for the Government of India and India's representative at the GATT talks; Justice H. Suresh, Former Mumbai High Court Justice, a leader of India's People's Tribunal movement; Romila Thapar, Emeritus Professor in History at Jawaharlal Nehru University, she was elected General President of the Indian History Congress in 1983;Chief Justice Mrs. KK Usha, The first woman to be appointed to the position of Chief Justice in Kerala High Court. She was a member of the division bench which recently rejected the infamous appeal that curbs should be imposed in press reporting of Court cases; Aruna Roy, Social activist, she was instrumental in the passing of the Indian Right to Information Act in 2005. Co-founder of the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (Workers'-Farmers' Unity Union) in 1990; RamaswamyIyer, Former Secretary of Water Resources for the Government of India and Honorary Research Professor for India's Centre for Policy Research; Alejandro Nadal, Professor of Economics at the Center for Economic Studies, Author and Coordinator of the Science and Technology program of El Colegio de Mexico. He is a journalist for La Journada and advisor to the World Conservation Union; Amit Bhaduri, An economist and social activist, he has authored many books and been Professor Emeritus at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. He his currently a Professor of Political Economy at the University of Pavia, Italy; Meher Engineer, Physicist currently studying climate change, member of the Teachers and Scientists Forum, and former Director of the Bose Institute; Sulak Sivaraksa, Founder and director of the Thai NGO “Sathirakoses-Nagapradeepa Foundation”. Initator of a number of social, humanitarian, ecological and spiritual movements and organizations in Thailand, and is one of the fathers of INEB (International Network of Engaged Buddhists). Awarded the Alternative Nobel Prize (Right Livelihood Award).