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#IndiaUnites against hate speech, bigotry, mob violence and lynchings

Day of Action: Feb 3, 2019

Saturday 2 February 2019, by siawi3

Source: ANHAD

Sunday, Febraury 3, 2019
Jantar Mantar
JANUARY 30-FEB 7, 2019

#IndiaUnites against hate speech, bigotry, mob violence and lynchings

Today, 70 years after independence, we are witnessing a rise in hatred and prejudices based on religion, caste, gender, sexuality, region and class. Society is becoming increasingly intolerant and violent. Communal violence, caste based violence and hate crimes are on the upsurge. As citizens we can no longer be silent spectators to this growing ill will, hatred and violence. We must come together to protect the secular, pluralistic and democratic fibre of the country.

The attack against secular society is along several fronts. The most marginalized communities are being targeted and deprived of life and livelihood in the name of cow protection by state-backed thugs. Not only do the victims of such violence not get justice, the perpetrators are feted by Cabinet rank ministers from the ruling party. When members from other sections of society protest such violence they are targeted as being “maoists”, “urban naxals”, “anti-nationals”, etc.

Socially minded organisations and individuals are constantly under the scanner under one spurious allegation or another. Activists and intellectuals are arrested for allegedly seditious writings or association with supposedly anti-national agencies, purely as harassment. They are made to run from court to court to get the fictitious charges against them cleared. And when that doesn’t stop them from voicing their opinions, they are silenced by violence – as the deaths of rationalists Narendra Dabholkar, Com. Govind Pansare, Prof. MM Kalburgi, and Gauri Lankesh testify. The murderers have not only been identified, even their links with those in power have been laid bare – and yet justice is denied.

Citizens, artists, intellectual, academicians, student leaders , activists are coming together to reject the politics of hate.

The day long program will have diverse voices speak at the venue.

The speakers & performers include: AC Michael, Aditya Mukherjee, Anil Panikkar, Apoorvanand, Ashok Kumar Pandey, Faizan Alam, Gauhar Raza, John Dayal, Laraib Akram, Leena dabiru, Manjusha Bhagade, Manoj Jha, Michael Williams, Mridula Mukherkee, Nilotpal, Prashant Bushan, Rahul Roy, Ramzan Choudhry, Ravi Nitesh, S Irfan Habib, SN malakar, Saba Divan, Sahba farooqui, Sangwari, Sanjay Rajoura, Shabnam Hashmi, Sheeba Aslam Fehmi, Shoma Choudhary, Tehmina Arora

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