"We, a group of concerned citizens of Mumbai, are organising a two-day collective to reaffirm commitment to our constitutional rights.”
“This is not just a lit fest, but a first-of-its-kind political-cultural-social programme. We want to link cultural activities with the present political and social realities in the country.”
The second edition of the Mumbai Collective will be held on the 9th and 10th of December 2017 at the YB Chavan Centre in Mumbai and is open for all who would like to join in (free entry and no tickets). It will be a two-day collective to bring together people from all walks of life to celebrate basic rights and liberties as enshrined in the Indian Constitution.
First edition of The Mumbai Collective was carried out on 5-6 March 2016. We had expected only 400-500 people, and were overwhelmed by the response. The first edition of the Mumbai Collective witnessed more than 2,000 people attending.
Raosaheb Kasbe | Mariam Dhawale
Chair and Moderator - Irfan Engineer
Prabir Purkayastha | Seema Mustafa | Atul Bharadwaj
Chair and Moderator - Kumar Ketkar
Vivek Monteiro | Vineeta Bal | Tejal Kanitkar
Rasika Agashe | Yasir Iftekar
Chair and Moderator - Ashok Dhawale
Sucheta Mahajan| Shamsul Islam | Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed
Chair and Moderator - Vibhuti Patel
P Sainath| Ajit Nawale | V Sridhar
Chair and Moderator - Naresh Fernandes
Md Yusuf Tarigami
Chair and Moderator - Subodh More
Harsh Mander | Manoj Mitta
Bezwada Wilson | Pradnya Daya Pawar
Chair and Moderator - Sidharth Bhatia
Kiran Nagarkar | Nandita Das | Mihir Desai
Chair and Moderator - Geeta Seshu
Chair and Moderator - Bhalachandra Kango
Prakash Karat | Atul Kumar Anjan | Prakash Ambedkar
Y B Chavan Centre
General Jangannath Bhosle Road
Nariman Point, Opp Mantralaya, Mumbai
Phone: 022 2202 8598
We are a group of concerned citizens of Mumbai, are organising a two-day collective to reaffirm commitment to our constitutional rights and celebrate our ideals of freedom, pluralism, inclusion and tolerance. The effort is to bring together people from all walks of life in Mumbai to jointly declare that we strongly uphold the syncretic traditions of our culture and democracy.
Over the last few years, we have seen an unprecedented rise in the spread of divisive and communal ideologies in India. This phenomenon has also had covert and overt support from the central government and a set of state governments. Individuals and organisations that have dissented with these ideologies have been targeted for attack, and have even been killed. The recent murder of Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru reminds us of the systematic nature of such attacks. There has been an extraordinary rise in the violent incidents related to ‘cow vigilantism’ across the country where majority of the victims are Muslims and Dalits. Different forms of censorship on cultural expressions are growing. Science and reason are being undermined. Discussions on astrology are sought to be introduced to the country's cutting-edge scientific institutions. Myths from folk tales are masquerading as facts of history. While freedom and pluralism are under attack on the socio-cultural front, the slogan of acche din that the current central government promised while being voted to power in 2014 has been shown to be nothing but a jumla on the people. Farmers across the country are agitating for better prices. The ill-conceived demonetisation has crippled the economy and destroyed millions of livelihoods. Small traders and producers are facing an acute crisis of survival in the aftermath of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) reform. The educational system in the country also faces the grave danger of being privatised on the one hand, and subordinated to the ideologies of the communal Right on the other. The first edition of the Mumbai Collective was held on the 5th and 6th of March 2016 at the YB Chavan Centre in Mumbai. The response from the Mumbaikars was overwhelming, as more than 2000 people walked in solidarity into the auditorium over the two days. The turn of events after March 2016 has inspired us to convene a second edition of the Mumbai Collective on the 9th and 10th of December 2017.
At the Collective, we wish to bring together like-minded people living in Mumbai so that they could hold hands together in solidarity with the struggles to protect the basic rights and liberties enshrined in the Indian constitution. We wish that the Collective be a platform to reiterate our commitment to uphold the syncretic traditions of our culture and democracy. Like last year, we plan to have a combination of panel discussions, talks and various cultural expressions of harmony, solidarity and protest including music, poetry, paintings and street plays. We would like to discuss and debate on themes like the future of secularism; attacks on evidence-based history; the undermining of secular education; the relationship between caste, patriarchy and communal ideologies; the attacks on science and reason; and the role of media in these troubled times.
9 - 10 December : 10.00 - 21.00 : Y B Chavan Centre, General Jangannath Bhosle Road, Opp Mantralaya, Nariman Point, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400021
Registration- as soon as you walk in. No entry charge. Free for all.
You can contact our volunteers - | Awanish +91 91674 82238 | Aardra +91 98735 19769 | Aravindhan +91 98925 15519