believes in active interventions with the political class, bureaucracy
and policemen ----executive and institutional--- to dialogue for a need
for increased spaces for rights’ concerns.
Since our establishment a decade ago, we have been
active and successful in many such interventions that include the issue
of hate teaching through text books, the arming of civil society through
blatant distribution of trishuls, the issue of the need for
police reform and also specific legislation on the issue of mass crimes.
On the issue of hate speech especially, Sabrang has been active in
trying to foster a countrywide campaign against hate speech in the
political sphere. Drafting adequate FIRs and pushing the police to
register a complaint against sections of the IPC, pursuing the complaint
to it’s logical end.
Sabrang has always stood against narrow mindedness of
all colours and sorts and hence stood for the freedom to dissent as
represented by writers Salman Rushdie and Taslima Nasreen. The issue of
the right to silence played out at the time of religious rituals or
festivals be it Ganesh Chaturthi or the early morning azaan
has also been one of concern.
We would encourage visitors to our site to engage in
creative advocacy with us and send us suggestions about which issues
need to be raised with the political class, and how this can be done.