What follows is meant to give insight into some current movements and development work in India. I have transcribed the talks from video recording of the sessions of the AID-India conference that took place in Chennai, 2 & 3 January, 1999. Not all sessions were recorded and some are incomplete due to technical difficulties. Aside from some light editing, the following transcript is faithful to the spoken original. I hope the “live” quality is conveyed.
Note on online edition (2016): The 1999 AID India conference was a formative moment in helping AID take root in India and connect with frontline workers in a range of grassroots movements. Those who spoke at that conference have continued to do cutting-edge work in the field and AID has stayed in touch with many of the organizations and movements they represent. We also note that two of the key speakers, Ramaswamy Iyer and Sanjay Sangvai have passed away and treasure the contributions they have made to the issues of water policy and human rights.
Aravinda Pillalamarri, October 2016