January 08, 2016

Secular Action Network Dec2015-Jan 2016 issue

Secular Action Network (SAN) Newsletter of All India Secular Forum Volume. 10 No.12 Dec. 2015 to Jan. 2016 C O N T E N T S Editorial 1. CSSS News Seminar on Status of Minorities in South Asia 2. Articles -India: A note on Dadri -The 14 characteristics of fascism 3. News -Launch of Portal Sabrangindia.in -India Fasivad Virodhi Manch launched in Delhi - India: Long way to justice – 239 kilometre March from Pune to Kolhapur for Dabbolkar, Pansare 4. Term - Privacy -The real – world khan 5. Public Meetings/conference -Report on Regional Conference on the theme of communal situation in the country with special reference to UP - Dirt in our minds not on streets: President Pranab Mukherjee 6. Interview -We will never know the number of temples desecrated through India’s history- Richard Eaton -The RSS has become far more political over the last two decades: US academic Walter Andersen 7. Book Review 8. Resources -- From the Editor’s Desk The results of Bihar Assembly elections have come as a big relief as the growing intimidation and the sense of insecurity came down a bit after the communal combine had to bite the dust. The heated debate on the issue of intolerance will continue as the communal ideology is bent to present that all is hunky dory as far as liberal space is concerned. Many a valuable initiatives have surfaced to add to the existing one's countering the sectarian ideology and politics. The launch of portal www.sabrangindia.com is the most heartening move as this in a way is the continuation of the print magazine Communalism Combat, which had ceased publication due to the financial constraints. Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand deserve kudos for their persistent battle against the 'politics of Hate'. Modi Sarakr has been creating all possible obstacles to tie them and to implicate them. Thanks to the courage of the duo they have not only been weathering the storm but have also taken the plunge to start the bilingual (English+Hindi) web site supplemented by the Sabrang Alert which is compilation of important articles carried by the portal. We congratulate them and wish them all the very best in their valuable endeavor. Faisal Khan has been one of the young friends who has taken the work of communal harmony to the grass root levels. His Khudai Khidmatgar is expanding well and is breaking new grounds and reaching more youth by the day. We salute Faisal Khan for his dedicated work. Yugal Kishore Sharan Shastri has been the voice of sanity in Ayodhya, where BJP-VHP is creating vicious atmosphere in the name of Ram Temple. He took out Chishti Sadbhavna Yatra to spread the message of peace, we carry the report of the felicitation of Shastriji by Delhi based groups ANHAD. Ram Puniyani (Editor) -------------------------------- 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 -- Link http://www.csss-isla.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/SAN-December-2015-January-2016-new-1.pdf