Dr Ramanatham Memorial Meeting 2008

Peoples' Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) invites you for the

Dr Ramanatham Memorial Meeting 2008

6th September 2008 (Saturday)
INDIAN LAW INSTITUTE (opposite Supreme Court, Bhagwan Dass Road)
3.30 pm to 6.30 pm

Each year, PUDR has been conducting an annual public meeting in honour of Dr Ramanatham, Vice President of the Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee
(APCLC) and popular medical doctor, who was killed by the police in 1985.
This year, we are organizing a meeting on


The decade of the 1990s witnessed anti-poor economic reforms,
'globalization', greater contractualization and casualization of labour in
India, changing production practices, an attempt to undermine labour laws
and frequent physical attacks on struggling workers. This was accompanied by
a series of judgements and orders by the Supreme Court and lower courts -
including on the right to strike and to call for a bandh - that taken
together constitute the most serious political attack on workers' rights in

Our speakers will share their experience in their own areas, what how
workers and unions have coped with and responded to this assault by the
judiciary. The presentations will be followed by a discussion.


1. SUDHA BHARADWAJ, CMM (Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha)
2. SANJAY SINGHVI, TUCI (Trade Union Congress of India)
3. ANIMESH DAS, IFTU (Indian Federation of Trade Unions)
4. NGR PRASAD, Advocate (Labour Lawyers Practioners Association, Chennai)

The meeting will be chaired by
KAMALA SANKARAN, Faculty of Law, Delhi University.

Please do attend and pass the word around.

In solidarity,

Nagraj Adve, Harish Dhawan
Secretaries, PUDR

Prem Chowdhry: A brief biographical note

A product of Delhi University ; Ph. D from the Jawaharlal Nehru University; taught in Miranda House, University college for women from 1966 to 1988 ; a senior fellow of the Indian Council of Social Sciences, 1983-85; a University Grants Commission fellow at Jawaharlal Nehru University from 1988-1994; a fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti, New Delhi from 1994- 2006; author of Contentious Marriages, Eloping Couples: Gender, Caste and Patriarchy in Northern India, Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2007; Colonial India and the Making of Empire Cinema: Image, Ideology and Identity, Manchester University Press, Manchester, 2000; The Veiled Women: Shifting Gender Equations in Rural Haryana, 1880-1990, Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1994; and Punjab Politics, Vikas Publications, Delhi, 1984; Other publications include research articles on politics, society, popular culture and gender both in colonial and contemporary India, in edited works and reputed national and international journals.

Introducing Rishabh Sancheti

Rishabh Sancheti is presently an Associate at the Office of Assistant Solicitor General of India at the High Court of Judicature for Rajasthan. He is also a part-time faculty of law at the National Law University, India where his teaching portfolio includes Company Laws, Corporate Restructuring & Governance and Securitization laws. He has been a Law Trainee-cum-Research Assistant to Hon'ble Justice N. Santosh Hegde, at the Supreme Court of India. He completed European Master in Law and Economics with a full scholarship from the European Union as an Erasmus Mundus Scholar. He received LL.M. from University of Hamburg, Germany, Diploma di Master Universitario di I livello in Law and Economics from University of Bologna, Italy and LL.M. from University of Vienna, Austria. He graduated cum laude from the National Law University, India with S.R. Bhandari Memorial Gold Medal qualifying for B.B.A.-LL.B. (Hons.) with a specialization in the area of International Trade and Investment laws.