ANHAD

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ANHAD
Formation March 2003
Type NGO
Purpose human rights, democratic rights as enshrined in the Constitution of India, secularism
Headquarters Canning Lane, New Delhi - 1
Region served India
Website ANHAD, website

ANHAD (Act Now for Harmony and Democracy) is an Indian socio-cultural organization established in March 2003, as a response to 2002 Gujarat riots. Professional activist Shabnam Hashmi, sister of the slain activist Safdar Hashmi and founder of SAHMAT, Marxian historian Prof. K N Panikkar and social activist Harsh Mander are the founding members of ANHAD. Based in Delhi, ANHAD works in the field of secularism, human rights and communal harmony.[1] ANHAD’s activities include secular mobilization,sensitizing people about their democratic rights as enshrined in Indian Constitution, research and publication of books and reports, welfare programs for marginalised sections of society, launching creative mass mobilization campaigns. People’s tribunals.[2] It also work as a pressure group among political circle to take action against communalism.[3] ANHAD plays a major role in Gujarat to fight against human right violations,[4] as well as in the Kashmir Valley.[5][6]

ANHAD is registered as a trust and has six trustees. They are Shabnam Hashmi, K N Panikkar, Harsh Mander, Shubha Mudgal, Kamla Bhasin, Saeed Akhtar Mirza.[7]

History[edit]

The organisation works with victims of communal violence, and in 2005, ANHAD rehabilitated 25 children from the 2002 Gujarat riots in Delhi. Initially they lived in Apna Ghar hostel in Jaitpur on Delhi's outskirts, later shifted to a new hostel, Bal Sahyog, in Connaught Place, the children study at Balwant Rai Mehta School in Greater Kailash II.[8] It took the initiative in screening the film Parzania in Gujarat in April 2007. The film based on a Parsi family who lost their son during the 2002 Gujarat riots, was not screened in the state, upon its nationwide release in January, as the cinema owners feared backlash.[9][10]

In July 2010, in a statement, ANHAD said, "“The presence of the Army and security forces dominates the (Srinagar) Valley and reinforces the deep-rooted angst of people. The reality is that democracy is under severe strain and is almost absent in many parts in the State, despite an elected government backed by the Centre holding the reigns [sic] of power in Srinagar, [11]

There are reports though, that the organization is not independent but is actually a political arm of Congress party. It is alleged that the NGO is partisan in attitude and is funded by foreign organizations, mainly by Christian Aid from Britain. [12]

Reports published by ANHAD[edit]

  • Interim Report of Independent People’s Tribunal on Human Rights Violations in Kashmir [13]
  • Systematic discrimination oozing out of the pores in Gujarat[14]
  • National Meet on Status of Muslims: Summary of Findings and Recommendations[15]
  • 26/11 Mumbai [16]
  • 5 Years of ANHAD: 2003-2008 [17]
  • Visit to Orissa [18]
  • ANHAD in Kashmir [19]
  • ‘State Ka Order Hai’[20]
  • Interim Observations - Tribunal On Atrocities Against Minorities [21]
  • Selected Testimonies: Tribunal on the Atrocities against Minorities in the Name of Fighting Terrorism [22]

To support the proposed Women's Reservation Bill, ANHAD along with the support of various other organizations, organized a nation-wide campaign called "Reservation Express" in 2009, which involved three caravans travelling through the country, apart from Campaign, public meetings, conferences and cultural programmes.[23][24]

References[edit]

[25] [26] [27]

  1. ^ http://roshandsouza.com/news.php?newstype=local&newsid=69545
  2. ^ Swati Sahi, OneWorld South Asia. "In the name of fighting terror". Southasia.oneworld.net. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  3. ^ "PROPOSED AMMENDMENTS TO THE COMMUNAL VIOLENCE (PREVENTION, CONTROL AND REHABILITATION OF VICTIMS) BILL, 2005". Countercurrents.org. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  4. ^ "Anhad demands immediate ban on RSS". ummid.com. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  5. ^ Kashmir Valley remains calm amid curfew The Hindu, Jul 01, 2010.
  6. ^ Apology demanded from PM Manmohan for humiliating Indians by his irresponsible statement on Narendra Modi The Milli Gazette, 21 March 2005.
  7. ^ "The Origin , Structure, Constitution of Governing Board of Anhad". ANHAD. 25 September 2007. 
  8. ^ CRUSADE: Midnight’s Children No More Tehelka,Aug 13 , 2005.
  9. ^ "Gujarat finally screens Parzania". CNN-IBN. April 24, 2007. 
  10. ^ Sharma, Radha (2007-02-03). "Gujarat will see Parzania if Bajrangi says OK!". The Times of India. 
  11. ^ "Democracy under severe strain in Kashmir, say civil society groups". The Hindu. July 9, 2010. 
  12. ^ http://deshgujarat.com/2013/04/16/shabnam-hashmis-anhad-is-majorly-church-funded
  13. ^ "Interim Report of Independent People’s Tribunal on Human Rights Violations in Kashmir - Anhad". Anhadin.net. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  14. ^ "Systematic discrimination oozing out of the pores in Gujarat - Anhad". Anhadin.net. 2009-10-10. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  15. ^ "National Meet on Status of Muslims: Summary of Findings and Recommendations - Anhad". Anhadin.net. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  16. ^ "26/11 Mumbai - Anhad". Anhadin.net. 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  17. ^ "5 Years of ANHAD: 2003-2008 - Anhad". Anhadin.net. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  18. ^ "Visit to Orissa - Anhad". Anhadin.net. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  19. ^ "ANHAD in Kashmir - Anhad". Anhadin.net. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  20. ^ "'State Ka Order Hai' - Anhad". Anhadin.net. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  21. ^ "Interim Observations - Tribunal On Atrocities Against Minorities - Anhad". Anhadin.net. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  22. ^ "Selected Testimonies: Tribunal on the Atrocities against Minorities in the Name of Fighting Terrorism - Anhad". Anhadin.net. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  23. ^ "Pass women reservation bill". Reservation Express. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  24. ^ Nationwide campaign for Women Reservation Bill Hindustan Times (PTI), May 29, 2010.
  25. ^ "The Origin , Structure, Constitution of Governing Board of Anhad - Anhad". Anhadin.net. 2007-09-25. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  26. ^ [1][dead link]
  27. ^ "Who Cares For Supreme Court In Gandhi's Gujarat? By Digant Oza". Countercurrents.org. 2004-04-17. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 

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