In a nutshell, the
("sabrang" means "all colours") was
started in 1993 to provide information on, analyse and expose the
machinations of communal politics in India, on the subcontinent and
abroad and to publicise the attempt of secular individuals, groups and
organisations engaged in fighting them. We stand for equal respect to
all religions but are opposed to the cynical manipulation of faith in
the pursuit of power. Therefore we are opposed to both majority and
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The riot in the mind festers for long before it spills onto the
streets... and can often be prevented by responsible information, debate
Communalism Combat, a monthly in an attractive
reader-friendly format, has been, since August 1993, doing just that.
Publishing analyses and exposures of the manipulations of communal
political parties, both of the majority and the minority, as also
soul-searching personal accounts of individuals from India, the
sub-continent and abroad engaged in battling the forces that divide.
Articles and ideas from the grassroots are always welcome. Already we
reach over 4,500 schools and 1,500 colleges.
Here is what some people have to say about
January 1998, we will also be producing a monthly Wallpaper on communal
harmony, in Hindi. These will be distributed for display at schools and
-- secular education programme
Khoj for teachers --
Prejudice is consciously or unconsciously passed on from generation to
generation by way of communal prejudice, gender and caste biases. Since
June 1994 we have been researching extensively on creative modules that
can evolve into full-fledged intervention within the social studies
syllabus to prejudice at different levels. KHOJ, our secular education
programme, is today successfully running in many Bombay schools. In
another three years we hope to be ready with a versatile multi-media
educational kit that can be implemented through the social studies
Volunteers who may want to join in are welcome to get in touch.
olive branch of the KHOJ project is an attempt to link children of South
Asia with each other. Already children from Karachi have been
ccorresponding with each other through the Aman peacepals programme and
we are hoping to visit each other in an exchange soon. We have printed
peace T-shirts using a logo created by a Pakistani child.