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Invitation to a Public Meeting.

In Defense of Democracy

In defense of...

Voices  that refuse to be silenced

   Words  that inspire us to speak up

   Images  that challenge oppression


On June 25 th /26 th  2010 we will remember the 35th anniversary of the imposition of the Emergency. To understand this past is to engage with the present, and we invite you to a two day gathering in the national capital city to revisit the memories of the Emergency, and understand how it shaped - and continues to shape - the India of today.

The swift introduction of a number of draconian laws, the suppression of voices of dissent, and the attempts to censor the media and citizens, all these continue to remind us of those harrowing days for Indian democracy. But there are important differences. In 1975, many mainstream political parties had united to oppose the Emergency. Today, most of them are on the same side of the fence – and on the other side are struggles, protests and peoples movements that envision a different India. A peaceful India that guarantees equity, equality, justice, democratic rights and freedom of expression to all its citizens, unconcerned with their class, creed, caste, gender, ethnicity or political ideology. 

We invite you to join us in defence of the voices, words and images that fought for justice, human rights and dignity of life during that Emergency, and continue to do so today. Activists, artists, film makers, journalists, researchers, scholars, writers  and others will join hands and minds to explore what it was like to work, live and survive during the 1970s, what we have learnt from that experience, and what is it like today. Part of the discussion will focus on the impact that this undeclared Emergency is having on the lives of people in the city of Delhi, and how they are resisting it.

The discussions will culminate the next day in a series of open-air performances that highlight the nature of struggle before us – again, in a plurality of voices, words and images.

We hope you will join us...

In Defense of Democracy

Date: June 25, 2010 (Friday) / Time: 10 am - 6 pm

Venue: Teen Murti Bhavan Auditorium  (Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat or Krishi Bhawan)



Affirm Peoples' Resistance


Date: June 26, 2010 (Saturday) / Time: 4 pm - 7 pm

Venue: Connaught Place Central Park  (Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk)


“On the 26th of January 1950, we are going to enter into a life of contradictions. In politics we will have equality and in social and economic life we will have inequality. In politics we will be recognizing the principle of one man one vote and one vote one value. In our social and economic life, we shall, by reason of our social and economic structure, continue to deny the principle of one man one value…. How long shall we continue to deny equality in our social and economic life? If we continue to deny it for long, we will do so only by putting our political democracy in peril...” Baba Saheb Dr B R Ambedkar

Jointly Organized by:

Ankur, AICCTU, AISA, CACIM, Committee for Judicial Accountability and Reforms, Delhi Forum, Delhi Shramik Sangthan, Delhi Solidarity Group, Focus, Forum for Democratic Initiatives, Hazard Center, HRA, Insaf, Inter-Cultural Resources, Jagori, Kriti, Lok Raj Sangthan, National Alliance of People's Movement, National Forum of Forest People & Forest Workers, New Socialist Initiative, New Trade Union Initiative, Nirantar,  Nirman Mazdoor Panchayat Sangam, PEACE, Programme for Social Action, PUCL, PUDR, Saheli and many concerned individuals...