Wednesday, November 3, 2010

13th Annual NEST conference invitation


(N E S T)

Email: ne_st @ rediffmail.Com

(ESTD: 1994)

13th Annual Conference

Green Movements,

Red Politics & The Blue Planet

on 17th, 18th & 19th DECEMBER 2010


Banda- Vapoli Road,

Banda, Sawantwadi-Taluka, Border Town Near Goa

Sindhudung District, Maharastra.

Phone: 02363-270046. Mobile: 09421248455.

& Postal Communication:

  1. 3rd Floor, Nizmar Centre, Near E.D.C.Build., Atmaram Borkar Road

Panaji- Goa – 403001, INDIA. Mobile -.09764108540

  1. 269, Pandavaddo, Chorao, Tiswadi, Goa - 403102

NEST is a non funded voluntary organization completing 15 years of its activities. It was founded by late Prof. Bikram Das Gupta, Department of Chemistry, Goa University. After serving the NEST for 14 years he passed away on 9th of January 2010.

The theoretical focus is holistic and interdisciplinary. NEST as an organization is an interface between the Academicians, Professionals, Activists, Workers & Common People to enhance and consolidate the understanding of the pressing problems. The group is also involved in solidarity meets with different groups of people threatened by development paradigm. Annual commemorations of Hiroshima Day, May Day and Environment Day etc. are other NEST activities. The NEST annual conference of 2009 did not take place due to deteriorating health of Dr. Dasgupta. The following are the themes of last 13 years:

1. “Nature Society & Transformation” at Peaceful Society, Madkai, Goa in 1997

2. “Development and it’s consequences” at Peaceful Society, Madkai, Goa in 1998

3. “Development and it’s consequences” at Govt. School, Mencurem, Goa in 1999

4. “Institutions, Ideologies & Knowledge Systems”, at Zantye College, Bicholim, Goa in 2000

5. “Science & Education in Historical Perspectives”, Kamaleshwar High School, Korgaon, Goa in 2001

6. “Dynamics of Order & Disorder in Nature & Society; Chaos, Systems Theory & Chaocomplexolgy”, at New Lead Trust, Kalyanpuram, Tamilnadu in 2002

7. “Peoples Resources & Resistance”, Madras Christian College, Tambram, Tamilnadu in 2003

8. “Indigenous People”, at SDC, Ranchi, Jharkhand in 2004

9. “Political Economy”, at Liberty Library, Mananthabadi, Kerala in 2005

10. “Women, Workers & Humanism”, Shikshak Bhawan, Pune, Maharashtra in 2006

11. “Translational Corporations People & the State”, Mahale Hall, Chorao, Goa in 2007

12. “Protected Areas & Heritage”, Kulgi, Dandeli Wild Life Sanctuary, Karnataka in 2008


This annual NEST Conference is dedicated to the memory of late Prof. Bikram Das Gupta, Founder of NEST who left us on 9th January 2010, he was the founder and an active Philosopher-Guide of NEST. Almost all the programmes of NEST were possible because of his active intellectual and organizing capabilities.

Main Theme:



1. Green Philosophers: Early Greek Philosophers, Goutam Buddha, Mahavir Jain, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Martin Heidegger, Bhima Bhoi, Hanah Arendt.

2. Green Academicians–Activists: Chief Seattle, Henry David Thoreau, Rachel Carson, Chiko Mendes, Verdansky, V. Shaubeger.

3. Green Communities: Indigenous people, Bishnoi, Alekha, Tinai

4. Radical Feminist perspective: Vandana Shiva, Chipko movement

5. Pachakuti: Indigenous perspectives, degrowth and ecosocialism - Bob Thomson

6. Environmental issues, TNCs & the People: Politics of land, water, forest & climate.

7. Environmental issue: NGOs and the State.

8. Politicization of the Green Movements.

9. Greening of political parties.

10. Exploring the viability of a Green Party.

11. In search of Alternatives

12. The role of the Green movements to Red politics

13. Red political understanding of green movements

14. Marx’s ecology

15. The dichotomy of Red politics and Green movements

16. Radical politics and the Social and Political (ecological) history of Goa – in light of its Golden Jubilee year of liberation.

Any person is free to make a presentation on the main theme of the conference apart from above suggested sub-topics. The title and core arguments of the paper are to be informed to the organizers on or before December 01, 2010.


This venue is essentially a farm house with lodging facilities. There are plenty of plants and trees with chirping birds perched on its branches covering 2.2 acres of land. The ambient atmosphere is conducive for such meetings

It is only 1km away from Banda on the Banda- Vapoli road tucked in a calm and cool environment. Telephone number of the venue is 02363-270046. Mobile contact: 09421248455.


■ Clad with dense forest and valleys of Western Ghats the Banda Town is situated in Sawantwadi taluka of Sindhudurga district of Maharastra near the border of North Goa and while coming from Goa to Banda, Subhedar Farm House Resort is 1km away from Banda Bus Station on Vapoli Road.


Banda town Bordering North Goa is situated on the foot-hills of the Western Ghats which are historically recognized for its rich wildlife population.

More than 75% of the hill is covered by thick forests. These are preyed upon by mining companies, nuclear plants, and currently stiff resistance is offered in this Konkan region in Maharastra.

Weather : Temperature in the month of December: in Banda is around 24 to 280C.

Approach to the venue: From the south, Pernem (Goa) is the nearest railway station which is about 12 kms away. From the north, Sawantawadi (Maharastra) is the nearest railway station which is 10 kms away from Banda.

Konkan Railway Trains from Mumbai moving southwards to Goa, Karnataka and Kerala come through Pednem and Sawantawadi. Local transportation from Goa and Sawantawadi are easily available.

Nearest Airport: Dabolim Airport (GOA) 70 kms, towards Banda.


1. Includes lodging boarding, local transportation, sight seeing and registration fees.

2. Rs.1000/- (Rupees One Thousand only) to be paid on or before 1st December 2010. Spot registration will also be accepted.

3. The amount may be deposited in the DENA Bank Account no 049910031172 (Jatin Naik) Verem, Reis-Magos Branch, Verem, BARDEZ, Goa. PIN 403114 OR in AXIS BANK, Account no 180010100001991 (Vilas Porab) . Mapusa Branch at Mapusa, Bardez, Goa PIN 403507. After depositing please notify the organizers at

4. No provision for TA.

5. Email the registration form in the following format:

Name: ___________________________

Sex ______ Age _____

Postal address with email id & mobile no.




Registration Amount deposited _______

in words _________________________

Date & time of arrival _______________

Coordinators of this conference:

Jatin Naik

S-41, Sonarbhat, Verem, Reis-magos, Bardez, Goa,

Mobile: 09764108540

M.C. Arunan

D-3, Gurukul, Sophia College Campus, Bhulabhai Desai Road,

Mumbai- 400 026, India


Mobile: NIL

Phone: (Res) 91-022-23512560

(O) 91-022-2507 2224

Rajendra Gad

Department of Physics,

Goa University,

Goa 403 206

Mobile: 09423883169

Vilas Parab,

3rd Floor, Mathias Building, Near the Court, Mapusa,

Goa. 403507.

email: , Mob. 09823994745

Sebastian Rodrigues

31/A, Marna, Siolim, Goa. 403 517


Mob: 09923336347

Abstract of the paper must be sent by 1st December 2010. Paper contributors are requested to send soft copies of their papers to

Abstract: The abstract (100-150 words) should contain all the substance of the methods and the results achieved. The abstract should be presented in such a way that it must be able to stand alone. References and non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should therefore be avoided.

Paper: The contributors are requested to send in the soft copy of their completed paper by 10th December 2010 to the organizers at

Contributors of papers should avoid lengthy introduction, unnecessary ornamentalisation and peripherals. Views and counter views are encouraged.

Let a hundred flowers blossom, and a thousand thoughts contend.

Please mention the required time slot for your presentation (which may be changed upon situational exigencies).

Confirmation regarding participation, abstract as well as full paper may also be emailed to,


NEST encourages participants to present their papers orally and discussions thereafter. However those who need a LCD projector for their presentations are requested to intimate the organizers in advance.

Time table of the conference will be circulated to those who confirm their participation by December 10, 2010.

Note: All participants are requested to attend the conference activities for the full three days.

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