The SSI facilitated a people to people exchange in March 2014 for eminent socialists and educators Marta Harnecker and Michael Lebowitz to the Indian state of Kerala where they looked at the panchayat level participatory planning process and studied the experience of women’s empowerment at the Kudumbashree initiative. They met with Left leaders, intellectuals, trade unionists, representatives of social movements, panchayat leaders and members of women’s collectives. Three persons from the Basque country also participated. Harnecker & Lebowitz travelled to Delhi where they met with a range of individuals and organisations representing academia, student unions, trade unions and women’s groups. They participated in a well-attended conversation along with Prof. Jayati Ghosh on ‘Rebuilding the Left: Lessons from Latin America’ on March 21, 2014.
Photo by Benny Kuruvilla: Harnecker & Lebowitz with members of the Green Army in Thrissur, Kerala.