alliance for a secular
and democratic south asia

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What We Do

The Alliance has:

  • Organized lectures and panel discussions on politcal issues of relevance to South Asia, with noted activists and scholars, such as Asghar Ali Engineer (social scientist from India), Asma Jahangir (human rights activist from Pakistan), Ananad Patwardhan (activist film director from India), Maitrayee Choudhury (on the Uniform Civil Code) and Noam Chomsky
  • Screened documentary videos and films, such as ECLIPSE (on the womens movement in Bangladesh and the conservative religious reaction to it), Father, Son and the Holy War (on the symbiotic relationship between patriarchy and religious bigotry in India), The War Crimes File (on unpunished war criminals from the 1971 genocide in Bangladesh) , SOMETHING LIKE A WAR (Feminist perspective on Reproductive & Sexual Rights in India).
  • Raised funds for relief work and activist organizations in South Asia, including during the flood in 1998 in Bangladesh
  • Organized cultural events with well-known artists from South Asia, such as Shabana Azmi and Habib Tanvir as well as local artists from the area
  • Held a Youth Conference (South Asian Solidarity Seminar for Youth 1998) in cooperation with proXsa (Progressive South Asian Exchange Net), FOPA (Forum of Progressive Artists), and SAAAC (South Asian Action & Advocacy Collective).
  • South Asia Day's each August since 1999.

The Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia was formed in 1993 to combat rising religious intolerance in South Asia and to campaign for peace and justice in the region. We are committed to working towards a just, non-violent resolution of the crisis we are currently living through. If you are interested in joining us in this work, please call 617-983-3934 or e-mail info@alliancesouthasia.org

17 Feb 2009

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