Roy and Shankar Singh
Roy and Shankar Singh, two of the founders of the Mazdoor Kishan Shakti
Sangathan (MKSS) of Rajasthan, came to Ann Arbor to talk about their
Freedom to Information campaign as well as the communal violence that
has devastated Gujarat. The MKSS Freedom to Information campaign has
been responsible for changes in legislation in 8 states. The new regulations
allow for villagers to finally have access to the governments that claim
to represent them. In the past, villagers would have no right to the
information passed from one government official to another regarding
their fate. Now, because of the MKSS efforts, they do. Arunaji and Shankarji
also gave heartfelt testimonials about the communal violence in Gujarat.
They showed the very emotional "Hey Ram", which is a movie
that documents firsthand the carnage and devastation that are a result
of communal violence. Ann Arbor was only one stop on their tour of America.
They stopped in countless cities, talking about the conditions in India
as they see them. The picture above is from a street theater performance
that Arunaji and Shankarji did in Jackson Heights, New York City.