‘Pahar Aur Hum: Rethinking Development in the Himalayas’ is a short journey which ties people in one common thread called the ‘Himalaya’. Program after program has explored our common as well as unique cultural, social and ecological heritage of the ‘pahars’. The program looks critically at our failures as a society and our struggles to break free from various kinds of oppression.
This Program embarks on this journey once again with a new set of fellow travellers from the Himalayan region, irrespective of state and national boundaries. The format of the program includes talks, discussions, activities, field visits, theatre, manual labour, open spaces and silence.
The key themes that will be explored are:
Discussing our histories and exploring our collective cultural identity.
Understanding Mountain Geology and Ecology-State of our Rivers, Forests, Land
Politics of Development.
Re-imagining Mountain Economy and Society.
Conflict Zones in the Himalayas.
If you are a young person from the mountains and are looking to explore your ‘pahari’ identity as well as be a part of a collective journey with other youth to build a perspective on some of the above issues facing the Himalayan region today, then join this program.
Who can participate
Individuals of the age group 22 to 35, from (living or/and working in) the Himalayan region (Himachal Pradesh (including Lahaul-Spiti), Kashmir, Ladakh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and Pakistan.) Preference will be given to youth who already work or wish to work with communities/issues in the Himalayas.
Sambhaavnaa hopes that participants could make a monetary contribution towards registration for the program (please select the option in the application form). If there are participants who need support (towards registration or in some cases travel) they could mention so in their application form along with the reason for the same.
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