[Reader-list] Invitation (Stree Samman DIvas)
lokesh at sarai.net
Tue Dec 21 12:35:50 IST 2004
Women's Rights Organisation
cordially invites you to a
Seminar & Cultural Programme
on the occasion of the
77 th Anniversary of the 'Burning of Manusmriti'
by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar
which is being celebrated as 'Stree Samman Divas' ( Day for Women's Dignity)
Time and Venue : 12 noon Wednesday, 22 rd December 2004
Tagore Hall, Arts Faculty, North Campus,
You are cordially invited for a programme to be held on 22 nd December
2004 as part of the* STREE SAMMAN DIVAS (DAY FOR WOMEN'S DIGNITY)*
celebrations organised by Stree Adhikar Sangathan ( Women's Rights
Organisation) at TAGORE HALL, DELHI UNIVERSITY ( NORTH CAMPUS) at 12 noon
You are quite aware that it was on 25 th December 1927 that thousands of
people came together under the leadership of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar to
consign to flames Manusmriti the 'sacred' book which epitomised and
legitimised the subhuman existence of the socially and culturally
downtrodden in the Indian society, especially the dalits and the women.
As things stand today officially the Manusmriti might have been replaced
by the more egalitarian Indian Constitution more than fifty years ago
but at an informal level it continues to hold sway over the thinking and
actions of a vast majority of the Indian people. Dalits, women and a
broad section of the other socially oppressed strata are still condemned
to live under the oppressive structures and institutions sanctified by it.
To underline the fact of the societal violence which continues unabated
till date we have been celebrating the day when Manusmriti was burnt as
a day for Women's Dignity " Stree Samman Divas"since last two years.As
part of this celebrations this year we have decided to hold a seminar to
debate and discuss the 'Challenge of Communalism and Women's Movement'.
LOOKING AT THE UNIVERSITY SCHEDULE WE ARE ORGANISING THE SAID PROGRAMME
ON 22 ND DECEMBER ITSELF. You might be aware that STRRE ADHIKAR
SANGATHAN has started to celebrate this day since last two years. Two
years ago we have publicly felicitated BHANWARI DEVI from BHATERI,
RAJASTHAN for her valiant struggle for women's rights.
As part of this programme we have invited Social activist MS TEESTA
SETALVAD, Feminist scholar Ms NIVEDITA MENON, Intellectual-activist
ADITYA NIGAM, Dr. SWATI JOSHI and few other leading activists and
academics to participate in the discussion on CHALLENGE OF COMMUNALISM
AND INDIAN WOMEN.
We will be very happy if you can join us for this event. A few leading
cultural troupes from Delhi have also agreed to present a few songs and
skits after the seminar.
Hoping to meet you in the programme .
for Women's Rights Organisation
Ph: 011-27872835 / 0532-2552324
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