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    Has Modi moderated?

     Secular Perspective, April 16-30, 2014

   

Ashutosh Varshney in his article in Indian Express (Modi the Moderate) writes that “Modi may not have Vajpayee’s style but, substantively, his campaign over the last few months shows roughly similar traits.” Varshney gives instances of Modi paying tribute to Maulana Azad in one of his election speeches; stitching alliances with the dalit parties, including with those who fought against him and finally, Modi pointed out in one of election speeches that Haj quota from Gujarat was full whereas quotas from Bihar and UP could not be filled as Muslims were backward as compared to Gujarat. In all the three instances cited, Varshney claims that Modi’s campaign has departed wholly or very substantially from the tenets of Hindu nationalism. There are two issues here – whether the three instances cited amounts to departing from Hindu nationalist position; and second, if it does, is it merely an election strategy or a substantial ideological repositioning on part of Modi?Read Full article>>

 ACTIVITIES, NEWS AND EVENTS

Training Camp for Youth on Peace and Social Harmony

CSSS organised a training Camp for Youth on Peace and Communal Harmony in Kuchchh , Gujarat in collaboration with Sneh Samudaya. on 11th and 12th March 2014.

Rationale of the Training Camp: The training session was conducted for sensitisation of the youth to the issues of Peace and communal harmony and to make them committed activists with a resolve to work for peaceful coexistence. The important aim of the workshop is to motivate and create a cadre of youth working for peace in the country. Read full report

National communal harmony award for CSSS

The Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, Mumbai, has been selected for the National Communal HarmonyAward 2013 in the organisation category. Mohinder Singh of Delhi and N Radhakrishnan of Kerala have been selected for the award in the individual category.

CULTURAL EVENING for 20 YEARS OF CSSS

 

CSSS organised a Cultural Event for celebrating  20-years of its service of justice, peace and harmony on 1st February 2014 at Amphitheatre, Rachna Sansad, 278, Shankar Ghanekar Marg, Behind Siddhi Vinayak Mandir, Prabhadevi, Mumbai:- 400025.

 

Workshop for Police on Peace and Communal Harmony

The Centre for Study of Society and Secularism organised a one-day workshop on 1st December 2013 in collaboration with the Police Department, Varanasi on the role of Police in Peace and Communal Harmony. The workshop dealt with the various steps that the Police could adopt in establishing Peace and Harmony. The main challenge before the Police lies in putting down communal violence without bias and winning the confidence of the warring communities. The Police are blamed from time to time about their biased attitude, especially towards the minorities.Read Full report

NATIONAL CONSULTATION

MINORITIES: PROBLEMS AND CHALLENGES

India is a secular democracy. Taking the latter aspect first, a democracy, by definition, is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Thus, a democratic government should not only work for the people, but also seem to be working for the people. Here ‘people’ means all the citizens of a given country, irrespective of their majority-minority status or their ethnicity, religion, caste, creed etc. Similarly, a secular government is expected to maintain equidistant from all religions. But, although Indian Constitution describes India as Secular, what type of secularism is practiced by India has remained a debatable point.

Indian society is multi-religious; the major one being Hinduism. The Government of India has recognised, in the follow up to the Sachar Committee, five minorities viz., Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Parsi and Buddhists, for extending benefits under the 15-Point Programme. There are scores of other minorities, both religious and linguistic. Read Full report

DIALOGUE WITH ULEMAS  ON CHALLENGES BEFORE THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY 

Centre for Study of Society and Secularism organized a workshop for Ulemas on ‘Challenges before the Muslim Community’ on 26th August 2013 at Tholiya Bhavan, Santacruz (E), Mumbai. There were 35 participants from difference Madrasas like Shivree, Chembur, Byculla, Bindibazar etc.

The workshop started with Dr. Vasundhara Mohan, Associate Director of the Centre welcoming the participants and she also told the importance of this workshop and it is a platform to discuss the issues and problems facing the Muslim community. Read Full report>>

Community workshop on Monitoring Government Schemes for Minorities and Role of NGOs

Date: 26th June 2013, Venue: Asha Kiran, St. Pius College Campus, Goregoan (E), Mumbai

The Purpose

The government has created a number of schemes for the minority community in the field of education and employment. Number of schemes like the scholarship, opening of more number of schools, employments in rural areas, sanctioning of loans to start small business. But the implementation part was not sincere. Many Muslims did not get any benefit out of these schemes. Therefore Centre for Study of Society and Secularism decided to conduct the community workshop to enlighten the members of the various schemes and to know the problems that the minority community was facing while applying for these schemes. Read full report>>

Understanding and Dealing with Communalism

An Orientation Workshop for Hyderabad City Police Officers

 

Hyderabad City Police in association with Centre for Study of Society and Secularism (CSSS), Mumbai and COVA, Hyderabad organized an Orientation Workshop for Police Officers of Hyderabad city on 5th June 2013 at Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad.  The Theme of the workshop was Understanding and Dealing with Communalism.

 

Koshish Theatre Group of COVA performed a play “Sabse Sasta Gosht” on communal harmony. Read full report>>

WORKSHOP-CUM-TRAINING CAMP ON THE ROLE OF YOUTH IN PEACE AND COMMUNAL HARMONY

 

The Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, Mumbai organised a workshop-cum-training Camp for Youth on their role in Peace and Communal Harmony, in collaboration with the Kashi Vidyapeeth and Centre for Harmony and Peace Varanasi, on 19-21 March 2013 at Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh). There were 63 participants. The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Prithvish Nag, Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi Krishi Vidyapeeth. Addressing the participants, Dr. Nag said that it is necessary to remove economic imbalances in the society if communal harmony were to be established.  It is essential to create a feeling of goodwill towards all religions in the minds of people, especially the youth, in order to abolish parochialism. Today most youth entertain an unbiased attitude. If only under an impartial system of good governance they are identified as partners, the idea of communal harmony will become strong in the country.  At present the country’s system is based on brotherly relations and goodwill. It is necessary to maintain the same and youth can play a major role in maintaining such goodwill. Read full report>>

WORKSHOP FOR YOUTH ON

PEACE, COMMUNAL HARMONY AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION

 

Centre for Study of Society and Secularism and Montfort Integrated Education Centre are jointly conducted two day workshop for youth  on the topic of “Peace, Communal Harmony and Conflict Resolution” at MIEC on 21st and 22nd February 2013.The programme was started at 9.30 AM with the inaugural session. Brother Mathew K. Alexander, Director of MIEC Nagpur welcomed the dignitaries.  The resource persons were Swami John Sachidanada, Adv. Irfan Engineer, Prof. Ram Puniyani, Mr.Sarathchandran and Brother Mathew Alexander. There were 90 youth nearby Nagpur and other places of Maharashtra State participated. Read Full Report>>

Community Workshop on`

Role of Women in Conflict Resolution and Communal Harmony

The role of women in conflict resolution has been debated intensively in recent times.  Women have always been peace seekers and it is evident that if women had the power of decision making, then they would opt out of war.  A community workshop to motivate women to be change agents was conducted at Muthsandra village of Hoskote Taluk in Bangalore District by Centre for study of Society and Secularism in collaboration with Indian Social Institute – Bangalore on 8th February 2013. 

Muthsandra village, in Hoskote Taluk is a small village consisting of 140 families.  Most of the families are dependent on Agriculture.  The women rear cattle.  The Women in the village have formed themselves into self help groups and are active in resolving local issues in unity. Read Full Report

Workshop on Capacity Building and Empowerment of Women

A 2-day workshop on Capacity Building and Empowerment of Women was organised n 24-25 December 2012 by the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, Mumbai jointly with Gandhian Institute of Studies (Trust) at Blooming Birds English School, Sitara Bahadurganj, Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh. Local women, teachers, social activists and students participated in the workshop. A number of men also participated in the workshop. On 24 December, Mrs. Nasim Khan, Director of the school introduced the experts to the participants. One of the students, Miss Shama Parveen rendered a prayer song. Read full report>>

WORKSHOP  ON  RELEVANCE OF GANDHIAN PHILOSOPHY ON

PEACE AN COMMUNAL HARMONY

A 2-day workshop on the relevance Gandhian Philosophy on Peace and Communal Harmony was organised by the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, Mumbai in collaboration with SVKM’s College of Law at the Seminar Room of Mithibai College (Main Campus), Ville Parle, Mumbai on 1 and 2 October 2012. The workshop was supported by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research, Government of India, New Delhi Read full report>>

 WORKSHOP FOR

Awareness CREATION and Sensitization OF ULAMA

13th to 14th June 2012, LUCKNOW

 

The Muslim Clergy, Mullahs and Moulavis, are often blamed for the backwardness of the Muslim community. It is held that not all the Mullahs and Moulavis are well-versed in the religious aspects of Islam. However, there is nothing to restrain them from issuing fatwas on all and sundry matters, without realising the adverse impact that such fatwas may have on the persons/families seeking religious guidance. Not all the problems of the modern times have answers in the Qur'an and Hadith. It is for the Muslim Clergy issuing fatwas to consider the issues carefully before handing out their opinions on a given matter. The challenges before the Muslim community are not only numerous but also varied. The community is in need of a proper guidance so that it does not find itself mired in further complications by heeding to fatwas that are not well thought of. The main purpose was, therefore, to invite discussions of the socio-economic issues than delve into religious issues. Read full report

Workshop on Sensitisation of Police Force.

The CSSS organised a 1-day workshop on ‘Sensitisation of Police Force towards the weaker sections, minorities and women during instances of violence or communal disturbances, on 12 May 2012, at the Police Training School, Khandala in Pune district of Maharashtra.

The event was coordinated by the Police Department. There were as many as 500 participants, including the higher officers of the Department. What was interesting about the workshop was that the participants were women trainees. The trainees included some Muslims also. Read Full report>>

 National Seminar on Challenges to Women Empowerment: Role of State, Religion and Good Governance

The Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, Mumbai organised a 2-day National Seminar on Challenges to Women Empowerment: Role of State, Religion and Good Governance on 16-17 March 2012, 2012 in collaboration with  SVKM’s Pravin Gandhi College of Law, Vile Parle West, Mumbai. The seminars were organised with support from the ICSSR (Western Region, Mumbai) and Ford Foundation. Read full report>>  

 

 

    

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