Wednesday, May 7, 2008



Dear Friends,
Greetings from Human Rights Law Network!!!
The most startling aspect of communalism in the country has been its uniformity, sheer scale and the consistency with which the communal forces have worked. This is apparent with how right-wing dialogue permeates everyday life, where its apparent move from the shadows to mainframe terms of reference forces us to review our grasp of the issue altogetherHuman Rights Law Network though its Secularism and the Law initiative is conducting a series of workshops across the country for individuals and organizations to build capacity to combat communal forces.As a part of these workshops HRLN will conduct a western zone workshop on 'Communalism & Law' for Advocates, Social Activists and organisation working for the peace to discuss the different trends and challenges on the issue.
The attempt over the two days will be to grasp the various facets of communalism, from its history to the communal dynamics of everyday politics, globalization/terrorism, media, commissions, legislations and the role of social movements and the law among others.
Without doubt communalism is an issue best dealt with at the civil society level through political mobilization, legal interventions hold a vital position in anti-communal strategy building. This workshop will attempt to highlight the legal recourse that one can undertake in the strategies against communalism.

Details of the programme
Venue : Sarvodaya, St. Pius College campus, Aarey Road,
Goregaon – east, Mumbai
Date : 10 & 11 May 2008

Accommodation will be available for the outstation participants. Please send us your confirmation as soon as possible on / or contact Chetna - 9820022614 or Reshma – 9967608700 for more details

Programme Schedule

10th May 2008

Resource Person
8.30 to 9.00am
Introduction to the Workshop
9.00am to 9.15am
K K Roy & Adv. Chetna Birje
Sharing of Experiences
9.15am to 10.15am
Participants from different state
History of Communalism in
10.15am to 12.00pm
Ram Puniyani
Tea – 12.00pm to 12.15pm
Communalism, Castes and Politics
12.15pm to 2.15pm
Pannalal Surana & K K Roy
Lunch – 2.15pm to 3.15pm
Communalism & Terrorism is tool of Globalisation
3.15pm to 5.15pm
Feroz Mithiborwala
Tea – 5.15pm to 5.30pm
Screening of Documentary
5.30pm to 6.30pm
Loose Change

11th May 2008

Resource Person
Communalism and Media
9.00am to 10.00am
Pratima Joshi & Ketan Vaidya
Communal Violence Bill
10.00am to 11.00am
Maya Balecha
Tea – 11.00am to 11.15am
Communal Riots of India and Role of enquiry commissions
11.15am to 12.45pm
Adv. Iyer
Increasing communalism - Role of Social Movements
12.45pm to 2.15pm
Suresh Khairnar
Lunch 2.15pm to 3.00pm
Communal Tension and Legal Intervention
3.00pm to 4.30 pm
Adv. K. K. Roy & Adv. Bhushan Oza
A way forward
4.30pm to 5.00pm
Adv. K K Roy & Adv. Bhushan Oza

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