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Deputy Speaker Hall
Constitution Club, Rafi Marg
New Delhi-110001
Sunday, July 14, 2002

Key Speakers
Chairperson: Achut Yagnik
Amrish Patel
K Stalin
Mukul Sinha
Mahesh Bhatt
Harsha Hegde
Teesta Setalwad
M.H. Jowher
Trupti Shah
Wilfred D´Costa
Fr. Cedric Prakash
Shefali Nautiyal

    Convention on the Present Situation in Gujarat
    Delhi, July 14

    Dear Friend,

    It is over four months now since the carnage in Gujarat commenced. Contrary to what the leaders of the Sangh Parivar, the state chief minister and ministers of the central government are asserting the situation is far from normal. The victims of the carnage in Gujarat, to this date, survive in sub human conditions in over crowded relief camps, which the state government is threatening to close down without any meaningful compensation or rehabilitation. Even a complete and comprehensive documentation of the damages has not been compiled.

    And quite ironically the state cabinet ministers are going to visit different states to invite investment, the business community is inserting advertisements inviting people to conduct business as usual while the marauding mobs of the BJP_VHP-BD continue to issue statements asking for economic boycott of the Muslims, asking Muslims to withdraw FIRs and accept all kinds of humiliating conditions for their return to their homes.

    Meanwhile, a misconception is created by the Sangh Parivar that the Gujarat society as a whole is endorsing the carnage. There has been a barage of misinformation by the Sangh Parivar channels and state government machinery. The talk of five crore Gujarati´s ‘asmita´ is the prime example of this. The sane voice of Gujarat is being stifled through coercion and misinformation.

    In order to discuss the current situation in Gujarat and identify the areas in which all of us can mobilise relief etc, as also to provide a platform for the articulation of the sane voice of Gujarat and for Gujarat a one-day Convention is being organised at the Constituion Club, Rafi Marg, New Delhi on July 14, 2002 from 10am onwards.

    Yours sincerely

    Shabnam Hashmi
    Secretary, SAHMAT
    8, Vithalbhai Patel House,
    Rafi Marg,
    New Delhi-110001
    Tel- 3711276/ 3351424,

    Convention on the Present Situation in Gujarat
    Deputy Speaker Hall, Constitution Club, Rafi Marg, New Delhi-110001
    Sunday, July 14, 2002
    Session I

    Chairperson: Achut Yagnik

    Condition of the Relief Camps: Ismail Malla, Camp Organiser Godhra Camp
    Mechanism of Misinformation : Amrish Patel
    Role of Media : K Stalin

    11.15am-11.30am Tea Break

    Session II
    11.30am to 1.15pm

    Legal Aspects-Compensation / Criminal: Mukul Sinha & Mahesh Bhatt
    Medico-Legal Aspect: Harsha Hegde
    Rehabilitation: Housing, Livelihood, Compensation: Teesta Setalwad

    Lunch 1.15pm-2.00 pm

    Session III
    State of Children: Presentation by TISS, Mumbai
    Education: MH. Jowher
    State of women: Trupti Shah
    4.00pm-4.15pm Tea Break

    Session IV
    4.15pm – 5.30pm
    Economic Blockade of Minorities: Wilfred D´Costa
    Societal Responses/ advocacy: Fr. Cedric Prakash
    Camps: Not an Open & Shut Case Shefali Nautiyal