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BRICS has failed to challenge hegemony of imperialist states: Medha Patkar
A two-day long People's Forum on BRICS kick started yesterday at the Xavier's Centre for Historical Research, Alto Porvorim Goa.

The opening plenary, chaired by renowned women's rights and environmentalist activist Norma Alvares, saw eminent social movement leaders from the BRICS region addressing a gathering of over five hundred people from at least 10 countries around the world. 

Speaking in the opening plenary that deliberated on the Crises that People Face - What is Brics' Response? noted Indian social activist Medha Patkar commented that BRICS has failed to challenge the hegemony of imperialist states.

She accused that in all these countries, private corporations are increasingly taking control of democratic institutions and overriding people's participation in crucial decision-making processes.

She reminded the audience that India, despite being the largest democracy in the world, is also a sight where the poorest and the most marginalized people are continuing their struggle for social justice, dignity and identity.

"People have been kept outside of the decisions that are taken on their behalf for their development," Medha Patkar accused.

Mincing no words, she accused BRICS of turning into a Free Market Ploy, which serves the interest of big capital. "BRICS is no more interested in the annihilation of caste or in the welfare of its people," Patkar added.

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