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India Unites Convention on Non Violence and Harmony

January 30, 2019 @ 4:00 pm 10:00 pm

Mahatma Gandhi’s Martyrdom Day

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India Unites for Non – Violence and Harmony is a non-political, citizen led campaign being organized from January 23- 30, 2019 to commemorate the 71st anniversary of Gandhiji’s martyrdom.  Various civil society organizations, academics and activists are coming together on the anniversary of Gandhiji’s martyrdom to appeal to the nation to resist and confront the growing culture of violence facing the country.

Mahatma Gandhi was shot dead on January 30, 1948 at 17:17 hours as he headed towards a multi-faith prayer meeting. He was assassinated by fundamentalist forces opposed to his idea of Swaraj promoting nation-building on the principles of equality of all citizens, Hindu -Muslim unity and communal harmony. Gandhi’s Swaraj focussed on the composite nature of Indian nationalism.

Under Gandhi’s leadership, the freedom movement successfully mobilized and drew people into the struggle for independence against colonial rule: men and women, people from all faiths, regions, speaking different languages, having varied castes, traditions, customs, cultures, beliefs and inhabitants of both rural and urban areas. He dreamt of an India where people lived together and respected each other’s differences; where interactions, protest and negotiations would be shaped by the principle of non-violence/ahimsa.

Today, 70 years after independence, we are witnessing a rise in hatred and prejudices based on religion, caste, gender, sexuality, region and class. Society is becoming increasingly intolerant and violent. Communal violence, caste based violence and hate crimes are on the upsurge. As citizens we can no longer be silent spectators to this growing ill will, hatred and violence. We must come together to protect the secular, pluralistic and democratic fibre of the country.


Amol Palekar

actor, director & producer

Antara Dev Sen

journalist, editor of Little Magazine

Justice Chelameswar

retd. Supreme Court judge

Javed Akhtar

poet, lyricist & screenwriter

Kawalpreet Kaur

student leader

Admiral L Ramdas

Former Chief of the Naval Staff

Meeran Borwankar

former Inspector General (Prisons), Maharashtra

Nayantara Sehgal


Pradnya Daya Pawar

Marathi poet & fiction writer

This will be followed by performances by
Dolly Thakore (theatre actress), Gauhar Raza (poet & scientist), Imaad Shah (actor & musician), Lynn Ann D’Souza ( singer), Kohli (singer), Nazneen Shaikh (activist, singer) Purva Naresh (playwright & dancer) and Vasu Primlani(stand-up comedian)

Organized by Anhad, CPD (Mumbai), CSSS (Mumbai), India Inclusive , PUCL- Maharashtra, ICWM-Mumbai, Sadbhavna Sangh, YWCA of Bombay

This is an open event. No registration fees. Entry on a first come first served basis.


Sophia Bhabha Auditorium

Sophia College Lane, Breach Candy, Cumballa Hill
Mumbai, Maharashtra 400026 India
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