[Reader-list] Training Programme on 'Peace and Conflict Resolution"

Anivar Aravind anivar.aravind at gmail.com
Sat Apr 8 12:10:01 IST 2006

Training Programme on 'Peace and Conflict Resolution"

Date: 9th-14th May 2006
Venue: Majlis Park, THrissur
Last Date of Application: April 25th
Participation : From South India

Dear Friends,

Global Alternate Information Application (GAIA), Vikas Adhyayan Kendra
and Centre for Study of Society and Secularism (CSSS) is jointly
organising a South India level Training Programme on 'Peace and Conflict
Resolution" from 9th to 14th May 2006 at Majlis Park,Thrissur.


In the recent decades, States and Civil Society in India has
increasingly come under severe attack by the Hindutva forces
signifying a vicious political turn. It also signifies that communalism
as a socio-political project has come to stay in our society as an
ideology and as a political practice explicitly challenging civilisational
heritage, polity and India's composite culture. A serious consequence
of the communalisation of society was the undermining of the democratic
process and institutions of the modern secular state by the communal
forces leading to greater polarisation within civil society as well as social
and community consolidation on communal lines. A worrisome social
trend, emerging from the various communal conflicts and riots, is the
increasing use of violence as an instrument in the polarisation of civil
society and polity.

The objectives of the training programme is to provide a deeper theoretical
understanding of the communal politics and the different facets of
communal problems and its implications for social and communal harmony;
build a "Secular Democratic Platform" for promoting communal harmony by
building local level institutions mainly of youth and women, of diverse faith,
caste and gender, at village and district levels to strengthen mutual bonds
of tolerance, fraternity, respect and peace between people of different
religious groups, caste; and to promote equal citizenship, justice, communal
harmony and peace.

The Training Programme will cover a wide range of issues from communalism
to communal violence, abuse of history in the consolidation of communalism,
the genesis and development of communal politics, the history & politics of
cultural nationalism, gender roles, and patriarchy in communalism, communal
articulation of Dalits & Tribes etc

Due to lack of funds, we would appreciate if you could find travel
assistance from
your institution/organisation. In case you need travel expenses, please do write
to us so that we can make arrangements to reimburse your train/bus fare, as
the case may be. We will be glad to take care of the hospitality in Thrissur.

Please send us your confirmation within April 25th to help us to make the
necessary logistical arrangements to the following address:

      Anivar Aravind
      Global Alternate Information Applications(GAIA)
      Thrissur-18, Kerala
      Contact Nos: 09895803545, 09945579464
      Email: anivar at gaia.org.in

      Mustafa Desamangalam
      Tirur 676 107
      Contact No: 09447924656
      mustafdesam at gmail.com

==Venue==:      MAJLIS PARK, Mundur, Thrissur.

(Majlis Park is located about 10 kilometre from Trichur Town. Take a bus
from Trichur along Kunnamkulam/Guruvayoor N.H.Road to reach Mundur.
Get down at Krishna petrol pump. There is a small road
just behind the petrol pump through which  you can reach Majlis park
which around 1.5 kilometre far.)
OR make a call #09447924656, 0487-2212845.


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