: Political leaders, historians, writers, human rights activists and representatives of people's movements will share the dais at People's SAARC 2011, a two-day meeting of social action groups and rights organisations from South Asia beginning here on November 8 under the auspices of the Union of South Asian Peoples.

The meeting, timed to precede the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation) Summit to be held in the Maldives on November 10 and 11, will discuss democracy and human rights with special focus on people's struggles and security legislation in South Asia. It will also focus on trade and livelihood issues, women's role in people's movements, de-militarisation and de-nuclearisation, natural resources and people's movements. Other major concerns to be discussed include exclusion, discrimination, oppression; and toleranceand secularism.

Political leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, historian K.N.Panikker, the former minister Benoy Viswom, leader of the National Alliance of People's Movements Prafulla Samant Rai, spokesman of the Anti POSCO movement Prashant Paikray, Manipuri human rights lawyer Babloo Loingtam are among those scheduled to address the parallel summit.

The programme will be held at Mannam Memorial National Club, Statue, here.