Act Now For Harmony and Democracy ANHAD

Linked with Shabnam Hashmi – India.

The urgency to intervene in defence of democracy, secularism and justice has never been more pressing than in the conditions prevailing in the country today. There is a recognizable change in the general tenor of public discourse; unlike in the past, it is informed more by the communal than by secular ethos. In the face of concerted social mobilisation mounted by communal organisations by invoking religious symbols and sentiments, liberal civil society has come under a siege. Nevertheless, it is evident from the large number of secular democratic initiatives by political parties, voluntary organisations and individuals that society is seized of the need for sustained and constructive action for strengthening secularism and democracy and for realising justice and peace … (full text original vision).

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About, The Origin , Structure, Constitution of Governing Board of ANHAD: The Origin , Structure, Constitution of Governing Board of Anhad: Some of us who have been involved in the anti-communal movement in India for over 15 years, were totally shaken by the Gujarat carnage 2002.

After spending over a year in Gujarat and witnessing the brutalities we realised that it was not possible to counter the communal violence without a concerted effort to counter the hate ideology itself. Initially three senior activists Prof. KN Panikkar, Harsh Mander and Shabnam Hashmi came together to form ANHAD (Act Now for Harmony and Democracy) in the first week of March 2003.

ANHAD was conceived less as an organisation and more as a platform and a very loose absolutely action oriented movement. ANHAD is neither a structured and highly resourced organisation nor a centralised movement capable of large-scale popular mobilisation. It, however, tries to combine the elements of both by collaborating with existing organisations and movements and by undertaking local level activities. The former enables ANHAD to develop creative co-operation with people’s organisations and social movements working in different areas of social, cultural and political concerns, the latter opens up for secular mobilisation the space hitherto uncolonised by communalism.

ANHAD is registered as a trust and has six trustees: … (full text).

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