Twenty years have passed since Bombay was rocked by the violent and horrifying days of Dec 92-Jan 93. That violence marked our city severely, and over the last twenty years, so have the processes of globalisation, neo-liberalisation, privatisation. The cosmopolitan spirit of this city too has been regressively replaced with narrowing definitions of its “true residents”. Protests have become more difficult, but the voice of dissent has not died down. We are a loose conglomeration of activists, academics, students, film makers, journalists, artists, individuals and organisations, who have come together in the last few months to speak together for and about the city that we care so much for.
From 14th December 2012 to 13th January 2013 all over the city of Bombay/Mumbai/Bambai, there will be a series of events on both memory and resistance throughout this month. There will be art installations, music on streets, railway platforms and in auditoriums, panel discussions, day long events in many colleges, universities and in various community centres, film screenings, leafleting, discussions and much more.
If you consider yourself a part of this city, then this campaign is yours. We invite you to join us in this remembrance and in celebration of Bombay, Mumbai, Bambai!
From the campaign team:
Centre for Study of Society and Secularism
Citizens for Justice and Peace
Forum Against Oppression of Women
Jogeshwari Vikas Manch
Justice and Peace Commission
Lesbians and Bisexuals in Action
Lok Raj Sanghatana
Muktiyaan Lok Sanskritik Sanghatana
National Streets for Performing Artists
Nirbhay Bano Andolan
Tata Insititute of Social Sciences
Women’s Research and Action Group
Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action
and many individuals.