November 19, 2015

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Link http://www.csss-isla.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/SAN-November-20151.pdf Newsletter of All India Secular Forum Volume 10 No.11 November 2015 C O N T E N T S 1. CSSS News Report of Public Lecture by Romila Thapar 2. Concerns India Today: Reasons for Concern - Jairus Banaji 3. Articles Why I, A Muslim, Hosted a Pork Dinner to counter religious extremism - N.P. Ashley India, Pakistan: Same to Same - Javed Anand Why doesn’t the violence against Dalits incite liberal fury, as does violence against Muslim? - Ajaz Ashraf 4. Condemning the attack on Sudeendra Kulkarni 5. Appeal for upholding values of Indian Constitution 6. Scale of Social Violence in escalating 7. From Babri to Dadri – Stop playing with lives and rights of minorities 8. Poem 9. Rejected Film on Beef wins 2 Awards 10. Interview India: Reasoning and rationalism..are Under attack – Interview with P.M. Bhargava Communal forces have hijacked the spirit of our constitution –Interview with Anand Patwardhan 11. Resources -------------------------------- Ph. 022-26149668, 022-26135098 E-mail: csss2work@gmail.com Editor: Ram Puniyani, ram.puniyani@gmail.com, www.pluralindia.com Advisory Board: L.S. Hardenia, Irfan Engineer, Dhirendra Panda, Mohammad Arif. -- From the Editor’s Desk The incidents of intolerance have been going up from last year and a half in particular. Many an artists, writers, scientists have returned their awards. These awardees have been among the best of contributors to social thought and culture. An attempt to vilify them is under progress as to why they did not return their awards when similar events had taken place in the past. The major point being missed deliberately is that these returning awards is not in response to a particular even but to the process of growing intolerance and to the increasing stifling of the liberal democratic space in the present regime. There is a qualitative transformation in the ‘Hate other’ politics, which has gone up during last many months. Already this process of spreading rumors was there, hate propaganda was there but now it’s growing intensity has changed they situation in a qualitative way and so the returning of awards. While we write this; the result of Bihar Assembly elections has come as a big relief. The rout of BJP led NDA has shown that the public has realized that hollow promises of Narendra Modi cannot sell beyond a point. This will certainly arrest the process of growing intolerance and also give boost to the coming together of political forces to oppose the communal politics. . Ram Puniyani (Editor)