Conclusions of the Workshop on Socio-Political Analysis
(December 14-16, 2018 at ISI, Bangalore)
- Forty-six Jesuits representing 17 Jesuit Provinces and Regions of the Jesuit Assistancy of South Asia (including Bangladesh, Nepal & Sri Lanka) gathered together at the National Workshop on “Socio-Political Anaysis” at Indian Social Institute, Bengaluru , on December 14-15, 2018.
- Expressed their deep and sincere gratitude to the Jesuit Conference of South Asia for their recent visionary statement on the current realities in South Asia and the fact that they “have mandated to themselves and to the Assistancy, commitment to effectively respond to the forces of fundamentalism through all their ministries”.
- Urge the Provincials to ensure that the JCSA Statement is internalized, mainstreamed and owned by all the Jesuits of their respective Provinces .
- Further, the delegates also stressed the urgency of IMPLEMENTING the recommended strategies and wish to add the following:
- a focus on gender equity;
- empower and accompany sub-altern groups particularly the Dalits, adivasis and the ethnically discriminated;
- work together and build alliances with minority and marginalized communities;
- promote electoral literacy - particularly that we ensure that names of all eligible voters are on the electoral rolls, exercising their franchise;
- deepen our intellectual capacities and credibility to dialogue, drawing on from humanistic thinkers like Gandhi, Tagore, Ambedkar, Marx, and other South Asians, as well as going into the socio-cultural roots of the people;
- promote an ecological community for sustainable, restorative, people-centred and integral development;
- promote the processes of “democratization" by focusing on procedural and substantive democracy to create a critical and alert citizenry.
It is hoped that all this will create a new narrative for South Asia drawing on its rich liberative cultural and religious heritage.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018