The Summit is being organized by a group of institutions led by the Foundation London Story, India Solidarity Finland, Liberal Indian Paris, in partnership with the Indian diaspora. The People’s summit is being organised against the backdrop of the massive Covid-crisis that India is facing.
Starting from May 1 till May 8, a virtual India-EU People’s summit will bring together leading intellectuals, parliamentarians, thinkers and activists from both India and the European Union to discuss issues of shared humanity and build the future roadmap of the EU-India engagement.
The line-up of keynote speakers and panellists include Members of the European Parliament, Members of EU-India Delegation, Members of Parliament from Netherlands and Germany, former National Security Adviser and climate expert Ambassador Shyam Saran, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy Dr Joseph Cannataci, prominent social scientists and economists including Jayati Ghosh, Christophe Jaffrelot, Mukulika Banarjee, and Marie-Caroline Saglio-Yatzimirsky.
The prominent human rights defenders and activists who will address the summit include Aakar Patel, Karuna Nundy, Prof. Apoorvanand, Nodeep Kaur, Kamayani Swami, Gautam Mody.
Other speakers include Nikita Sud, Amir Ullah Khan, Pratik Sinha and N. Ram.
The Summit is being organized by a group of institutions led by the Foundation London Story, India Solidarity Finland, Liberal Indian Paris, in partnership with the Indian diaspora.
The summit has over 60+ speakers and will convene thirty events in English and French, including panel discussions, documentary screenings, workshops and fireside conversations.
Explaining the objectives of the summit, Dr Ritumbra Manuvie from the London Story Foundation said, “The eight days of ideation and brainstorming seek to answer a few of the most pressing questions that humanity is faced with. Challenges around social security nets, health infrastructure, social inclusion, personal freedoms, civic space, urban cultures, digital futures will be discussed through open and candid conversations.”
Alena Kahle, co-organizer of the Summit from Germany, elaborated, “At the end of the Summit, we begin the work of rebuilding India and Europe as multicultural, plural, democratic societies with stronger commitments towards human rights and human security. The Summit will provide a people’s blueprint of a world that is cosmopolitan, cooperative and not divided into narrow walls of toxic nationalism”.
The People’s Summit comes in the run-up to the EU-India Diplomatic Summit on May 8, 2021, which was intended to take place in Porto, Portugal, but will now be held virtually due to the global surge in Covid cases.
The People’s summit is being organised against the backdrop of the massive Covid-crisis that India is facing.
Since last year’s EU-India Strategic Partnership Document in which India and the EU affirmed their commitment to jointly create a safer, cleaner and more stable world, both have collapsed under the weight of the pandemic and witnessed regressive trends in core areas of collaboration, such as internet freedom and democracy.
The People’s Summit will be free of cost and accessible to all.