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NATIONAL DELIBERATIONS ON SAFEGUARDING DEMOCRACY & SECULARISM

ANNOUNCING
NATIONAL DELIBERATIONS ON SAFEGUARDING DEMOCRACY & SECULARISM
FEB 20, 2014
CONSTITUTION CLUB, RAFI MARG, NEW DELHI
Activists, academics, artists, writers and social workers are coming together to form a National Platform for Secularism called JANVADI VICHAR ANDOLAN, BHARAT (JAVAB) with the twin agendas of countering communal forces and advocating for a truly inclusive society, politics and economics. This Platform will be guided by the sensibilities forged in our collective struggles for dignity of Dalits, the rights of Adivasis, Minorities and other marginalised communities (pastoralists, fisherfolk, landless wage labour, casual labourers), gender justice, the struggles of the working classes, increasingly fissured and invisibilized; mobilizations for a more equitable and sustainable development, environmental movements, as well as the democratic aspirations of peoples everywhere in the country.

The combined strength of the secular forces out side the organised political parties is far greater than within. In times of crisis this section of society has risen and saved India. We are once again facing an unprecedented political turmoil therefore there is a need to rise and defend democracy. We do not have the luxury to sit and watch the outcome of 2014 election. We must intervene and make a difference.

It proposes to identify 30-40 constituencies across India , find secular groups there, operate from the existing offices of local organisations or any space offered by local well wishers, engage with local people, who believe in these values and propagate constitutional values in these constituencies and give a call to defeat communal forces. It is also proposed to run an online campaign on social media involving creative community and young people across the urban India.

We are proposing national deliberations to discuss threadbare the strategy of reaching out to as many people as possible across India.

We request you to kindly attend these deliberations on Feb 20 in New Delhi.
a. Identify constituencies in your state where work is possible, identify local groups and invite them to this meeting so that work can start in various states.
b. If you can contribute in mounting a social media campaign or have friends who can help with this invite them to the meeting
c. If you can help in preparing campaign material, writing do join us and invite your friends.
d. If you can help mount a cultural campaign do join us

This is a voluntary effort and we request you to kindly support your stay and travel. Only those who have no means to travel or stay should contact us for support which we will try and mobilise but cannot guarantee.

Schedule

9-10.00- Registration
10.00- 11.00- Plenary Session
11.00- 1.30- Deliberations in groups: A. state wise, B. social media, C. Campaign material D. Cultural resistance
1.30-2.30- Lunch
2.30-4.00- Sharing of ideas, shaping the campaign
4.00-4.30- Tea break
4.30- 7.00- Public meeting & Release of Vision Document
Reply to:
[email protected]
Telephone: 09727474767/ 08586942950/011-41670722
on behalf if:
Aban Raza, painter, Delhi
Aisha Siddqui, Lucknow
Amit Sengupta, journalist, Delhi
Anand Patwardhan, Film maker
Asad Ashraf, Jamia Students Solidarity Forum, Delhi
Asad Zaidi, publisher, Delhi
Azhar Khan – Pragatik Vichar Manch
Bhavana Ramrakhiani, Convenor, Ahmedabad Community Foundation
Bhavna Sharma, service, Delhi
Deepti Raju, senior activist, Ahmedabad
Dr Harshvardhan Hegde, surgeon, Delhi
Dr. Dilip Borah, Gauhati University, President Assam Sahitya Sanmilanee
Dr. Indrajeet Bezbaruah, Lumding College. Writer, Social activist.
Dr. Sabeeha Anwar
Dr. Subash Barman, Secretary, Assam college Teachers, Association, Goalpara
Dr.Monirul Hussain,Gauhati University
Dunu Roy
Emanuk Haque, Secretary, Bhasha o Chetana Samity, West Bengal
Gaurang Raval, Sauhard, Ahmedabad
Hafiz Ahmed, Convener, All India Secular Forum, Assam.
Harinesh Pandya, Janpath, Ahmedabad
Harsh Kapoor, South Asia Web
Indukumar Jani, Journalist, Editor Naya Marg, and senior activist, Ahmedabad
John Dayal, Catholic Union
Kedar Misra, writer, poet, Orissa
KN Panikkar, Historian, Kerala
Lalji Desai, senior activist, Ahmedabad
Madhumita Ray, activist, Orissa
Mahesh Bhatt, Film director
Manan Trivedi, activist
Manisha Sethi, academic, activist, JTSA
Manisha Trivedi, ANHAD
Mansi Sharma, activist, Delhi
Mohan Rao, Academic, Delhi
Mohd Aamir, Anhad
Mona Das, Academic, Delhi
Muniza Khan, Lucknow
Nandita Narain, Associate Professor, Dept of Maths, St. Stephen’s College.
Naresh Saxena , Lucknow
Navaid Hamid, Secretary Peoples’ Integration Council
Niteen Sanghavi- Pragatik Vichar Manch
Noorjehan Safia Niaz-BMMA, Mumbai
Pankti Jog, RTI activist, Ahmedabad
Persis Ginwalla, social activist, Ahmedabad
Praful Bidwai,
Pralayan Shanmuga Sundaram – theatre actor, director, Chennai
Prof Rooprekha Verma, Saajhi Duniya, Lucknow
Prof. Mohini Manglik, Lucknow
Prof. Ram Puniyani, writer, activist, Mumbai
Rajnibhai Dave, Editor Bhoomiputra and senior activist, Ahmedabad
Rahul Govind, Academic, Delhi
Raju Deepti, senior activist, Ahmedabad
Rakesh, Lucknow
Sagar Rabari, senior activist, Ahmedabad
Sahir Raza, cinematographer, Mumbai
Sanghamitra Misra, Academic, Delhi
Seema Mustafa, journalist
Shabnam Hashmi, activist
Sohail Hashmi, film maker
Subhash Ghatade
Sukumar Muralidharan, journalist
Suman Bhattacharyaya, media professional, Kolkata
Sunil Shinde- Pragatik Vichar Manch
Tanveer Nasreen, Associate Professor History, Kolkata
Tanvi Soni, activist, Gujarat
Tanweer Fazal, Academic, Delhi
Tarique Anwar , journalist, Delhi
Vijay Bharatiya,
Vivan Sundaram, artist, Delhi
Zakia Soman-BMMA

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