The e-platform, counterview.org, is an attempt to fulfill a long-standing desire — the need to interact. There are a large number of issues in society at large on which there has been little or no discussion. Call it indifference or whatever, the result of it is, there is lack of clarity on what should be done to resolve issues facing vulnerable sections of society.
As life becomes ever more complicated with unprecedented changes all around, the need for a viable action plan, too, requires a fresh look. Hence the need for an interactive website in order to raise people’s issues such as caste and class disparities, empowerment of weaker sections of society, role of civil society and people’s organisations, socio-economic and cultural factors influencing life, problems related with health and education and how these affect the poorer groups, and so on.
Our focus is to understand these problems in the context of livelihood and related issues of tribals, Dalits, women, socially and economically backward sections, and religious and linguistic minorities.
We seek to raise issues in order to make readers think towards viable solutions, think in a way that would help evolve a common minimum programme. Evolving such a programme, undoubtedly, is the need of the hour, as it entails not just understanding present but also past, even as connecting it with future.
It entails understanding solutions offered at various stages of history starting with Gautam Buddha. At the same time, we propose to look at solutions offered by great minds such as Mahatma Gandhi, Dr BR Ambedkar, Jyotiba Phule and others. One need not necessarily agree on everything these great minds had to offer, yet one can really draw a common thread — fight against poverty and oppression.
While our site is supported by several voluntary organisations, Navsarjan Trust, Dalit Shakti Kendra, Janvikas, and Centre for Social Justice, all Gujarat-based, anyone who is concerned about the need for change, whether belonging to civil society, the academia, the student community, or private individuals, is invited to participate, write and analyse ground realities, and suggest solutions.
Our Gujarati e-platform can be accessed at dalitshakti.com.
The e-platform has much in parallel with Conflictorium, a museum on conflicts set up in Ahmedabad with the idea to involve communities to bring about conflict resolution.
We invite social workers, experts and socially-concerned individuals to voluntarily write to us about their experience of ground realities and analysis of the current socio-economic realities as they see them. The articles should be free from political propaganda, written in a language that ordinary readers understand, and should be backed up with facts and figures.
Email id for sending articles, other communications is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edited and coordinated by Rajiv Shah