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PUCL, October 2003

Seminar
Coming Elections in India : Democracy Vs. Communal Fascism - -Role of Intellectuals, Media Persons, Human Rights organizations & other Movements

The coming elections in India ­in the states as well as to the Lok Sabha- are very crucial for future of democracy in India. The policies pursued by the present BJP-led Coalition, and the programmes of the Sangh Parivar, are highly detrimental to the continuance of secular democracy.

Destruction of secular democracy in India means the destruction of its unity and integrity. But the BJP and the rest of the Sangh Parivar are not daunted by this frightening prospect. While there is no effort to solve the basic problems of the people like poverty, unemployment, health, justice delivery, the powers of the police and the paramilitary forces are being increased on the pretext of fighting ‘terrorism’. Political immorality and corruption is the order of the day. On top of it, there are consistent efforts to convert judiciary into the “mouth-piece” of the government and a significant section of the media has already been turned into a willing tool of the ‘official line’, while the dissenting one is ruthlessly sidelined and suppressed.

Keeping in view the above context, Indian Radical Humanist Association, PUCL, Lokayan, Forum For Democracy and Cmmunal Amity, Vasudev Kutambkam, Champa-The Amiya & B.G.Rao Foundation, Indian Social Institute, Nishant Natya Manch, NAPM and Citizens For Democracy are organizing a seminar on the mentioned subject. Other like-minded organizations/groups are also expected to join. The programme is as under :-
Date: Saturday, the 11th October, 2003
Time : 10 AM to 5 PM (with Lunch break 1 to 2 PM)
Venue : Gandhi Peace Foundation, 223, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg,
New Delhi-110002

Subject : Coming Elections in India : Democracy Vs. Communal Fascism -
-Role of Intellectuals, Media Persons, Human Rights organizations &
other Movements

Shri K.G.Kannabiran, President, PUCL, will preside.
Shri Vijay Pratap , in addition, will also give report on the present activities
and future programme of the ‘World social Forum’ in the after noon session.
All like-minded individuals and organizations are requested to participate.


N.D. Pancholi For Indian Radical Humanist Association, Ph. 9811099532


Pushkar Raj For P.U.C.L. Ph. 9810656100

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