Welcome to Lokayat!
Lokayat is an activist group based in Pune, India. We
organise numerous activities, including public awareness
campaigns, seminars, film screenings, cultural programs
and protest rallies-dharnas, on various
social-cultural-economic-political issues. The aim is to
reach out to common people, especially students and
youth, make them critically question all that is
happening around us, create the spirit that society can
be changed through collective action, motivate them to
take some time out of their daily routines for social
causes, and thereby build up a people's movement.
Such small initiatives and movements are taking place
all over the country. We believe that in the future,
these small movements will unite to build a countrywide
mass movement that will challenge the neo-liberal
policies being implemented in the country by our ruling
classes, whose sole purpose is the profit maximisation
of giant corporations, both foreign and Indian.
We strongly believe that a united people can build a
different kind of society, where economic activity is
organised not for profit making, but for meeting the
needs of people to lead decent, fulfilling, secure and
to the extent possible, creative lives. Building such a
society is not only more just, more beautiful, but is
also more necessary – as the present path of development
that is being pursued by most countries around the world
has brought us into a global environmental crisis that
threatens the very existence of human civilisation!
People today have actually no option but to challenge
the way our socio-economic system works... but
unfortunately, because of corporate control over the
media, they are not even aware of this crisis.