Learn from Gandhi, say anti-globalization activists.MUMBAI, INDIA -- The World Social Forum has ended in Mumbai, India, with a call to use "people's power People's Power (Portuguese: Poder Popular) is a common political rallying cry used in party names and slogans.
Instances of its use include:
Process by which the experience of everyday life, marked by the diffusion of commodities and ideas, is becoming standardized around the world. Factors that have contributed to globalization include increasingly sophisticated communications and transportation by learning from Mahatma mahatma (məhăt`mə, –hät`–) [Sanskrit,=great-souled], honorific title used in India among Hindus for a person of superior holiness. Mohandas Gandhi is the best-known figure to whom the title was applied. Gandhi, who used non-violent struggle to lead India to independence from Britain.
"To fight globalization, you need to fight the way Mahatma Gandhi fought with the strength of the masses. People's power is a new factor in international politics," India's former president Kocheril Raman Narayanan told tens of thousands of people at the gathering's closing ceremony. "This movement is one of the most significant in history."
At the same time, a People's Forum, jointly organized by the Christian Conference of Asia The Christian Conference of Asia is a regional ecumenical organisation representing 15 National Councils and over 100 denominations (churches) in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, and the National Council of Churches in India, condemned the "unjust world trade system and agreements that continue to impoverish im·pov·er·ish
tr.v. im·pov·er·ished, im·pov·er·ish·ing, im·pov·er·ish·es
1. To reduce to poverty; make poor.
2. the people of Asia-Africa."
The World Social Forum was launched in 2001 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, as a counter to the World Economic Forum, an annual gathering of politicians and business leaders in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos.