Book Reading & Discussion: SASI and 3rd i NY present: What it Means to be a Muslim in India Today, by Shabnam Hashmi

Thu, November 10, 2011 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Doors open at 6:30

Free and open to the public

What it Means to be a Muslim in India Today is a unique collection of testimonial documents, interviews, and short reportage from all across India on the state of the Muslim minority, and the broader battle against communalism in India today. Put together between 2009 and 2011, through a series of public hearings on a range of topics -- from the use of "terror" to victimize the Muslim minority by the Indian State and the Hindu right-wing movement, to post-violence conditions for the minorities from Gujarrat to Orissa -- the report is a painstaking and evocative testimony of the battle against communalism. Using the work done in bringing the report together as the launch pad, Shabnam Hashmi will speakabout the current state of the struggle, including the latest events surrounding the arrest and subsequent release of "whistle-blower" top-cop Sanjeev Bhatt.

About the Author

Shabnam Hashmi (born 1957 in Aligarh, a small town about 80 miles from Delhi) has worked for more than 25 years to combat communalism in India. She shot into national prominence in India in the immediate wake of the Gujarat carnage of 2002, when she become one of the first people from outside Gujarat who went into the refugee camps, not just to provide the immediate relief required, but also to bear witness and build the long and hard road to justice. Out of this initial experience in Gujarat was born, Act Now for Harmony and Democracy (ANHAD), that Hashmi co-founded to systematically counter fascist propaganda. ANHAD has, under her leadership, emerged as one of the most important nodes in the anti-communal struggle in India, with a unique combination of cultural, human rights advocacy, and youth education work.

Hashmi started her political work more than 15 years before she started ANHAD, with the creation and running of Sahmat, formed by artists and intellectuals in memory of her activist brother, who was murdered while performing a street play in 1989.

Some of her recent writings can be found here.

About 3rd i NY

3rd I New York’s monthly film/video/media/conversation salon is designed by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media makers and intellectuals of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these voices, who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.

About SASI

SOUTH ASIA SOLIDARITY INITIATIVE (SASI) is an organization based the United States that is in solidarity with progressive social movements and democratic politics in South Asia. We believe in the shared history and common struggles of South Asia and break from the confines of nation-states to carry forward an alternative vision for South Asia and its peoples.

Our Sponsors

3rdi NY Programming is made possible in part by the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by NYSCA and the Manhattan Community Arts fund, supported by NYC DCA, both administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Alwan for the Arts hosts our monthly screenings series. We are thankful to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor.

Last updated: 2011-11-10 10:15:10

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Shabnam Hashmi
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