Sambhaavna’s Workshop on Secular Politics and the ‘Idea of India’ Issues and Challenges [Feb 17-19, Himachal]: Register by Jan 15

The urgency to intervene in defence of democracy, secularism and justice has never been more pressing than in the prevailing conditions of the country today.

The rise of communal fascism has emerged as a threat not only to its immediate victims but to the very long-term survival of India as a unified nation of diverse religious, linguistic and ethnic groups.

The Indian state is also cracking down hard on ‘soft targets’ like human rights and social activists; the fundamental rights of life, liberty, freedom of speech, religion and dissent guaranteed to all citizens by the Indian Constitution are being shred to pieces right in front of our eyes!

It is a state of affairs that calls upon all those who value Indian independence, democratic rights and social justice to come forward, take responsibility and resist the onslaught by fascist and imperialist forces on the foundations of our national values and existence.

About the Workshop:

As an effort in this direction we are organising a three day workshop to equip young activists with a perspective to counter this onslaught to the very Idea of India.

Key Themes: Understanding Fascism; Majoritarianism and Minority; The ‘Indian’ Identity; Diversity and Pluralism; The way forward – Resistance and Change.

Who is the workshop for?

Activists and Campaigners – who have worked on these issues and would be interested in sharing their experiences, and the challenges being faced on the ground.

Other Individuals associated with grassroots social organisations feeling the need to integrate these issues in their work.

Dates and Venue: 17 to 19  February 2017, Sambhaavnaa Institute, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh.

Contribution towards Programs Costs: We hope that participants would contribute an amount of Rs 1500/- towards workshop expenses.  However, for those who cannot afford this amount please send us an email on

Resource Persons: Gauhar Raza,  a leading Urdu poet, social activist and documentary filmmaker, Dhruv Sangri, a cultural activist, Ovais Sultan Khan, solidarity activist with oppressed identities and Himanshu Kumar, social activist working on tribal rights.

Language: Bilingual – Hindi and English

Contact: For more information please call 889 422 7954 or email:

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