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Date: Wed, Jul 12, 2023, 23:42
Subject: Modi in Paris/ADIPURUSH/Student Contest and more
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We are excited to invite you to an upcoming online event featuring HfHr's
own Sunita Viswanath, Prof. Apoorvanand, and Tushar Gandhi as they present
"Ideological Contestations in India: Secular-Plural vs Majoritarian." This
thought-provoking discussion will explore the current state of politics and
ideology in India, and the impact it has on the country's social,
political, and culture.

Indian Diaspora Washington DC Metro Event: Sunita Viswanath, Prof.
Apoorvanand & Tushar Gandhi Present," Ideological Contestations in India:
Secular-Plural vs Majoritarian"-Saturday, July 15,11:00 AM USA (EST), 8:30
PM India (IST).

Zoom Link:
ID: 83337021563 ; Passcode: 608608

In the brand new MYTHBUSTERS video we delve into the controversy around
character depictions in the blockbuster movie ADIPURUSH. There is a huge
cultural conversation going on around how the complex and compassionate
nature of the characters from the Ramayana have been changed in this
popularization. Through visuals and commentary, we explore what happens
when adaptation begins to feel like distortion and what happens for
audiences at the crossroads of the sacred and the popular.


Gain insights from Dalit leaders about the meaning and impact of SB 403, as
well as their perspective on eradicating caste discrimination in the United

In-person attendance here:

Zoom attendance here: tinyurl.com/SB403Zoom
*Pre-Register Now!*

Attention students in grades 6-12! Passionate about social change &
talented in writing or art? We have exciting news! Dalit Solidarity Forum
in the USA and Hindus for Human Rights present the the third annual Essay
and Art Contest on Civil and Human Rights. The theme for this year’s
contest is:

Which South Asian Social Justice Activist Do You Admire and Why?
Deadline: 12 pm EST on Tuesday, August 15th, 2023
Prize: $1,000 for winners, $500 and $250 for runner-ups

 to indicate your interest so we can hold a place for you.

Submit your final essay or work of art here
*Surveillance at Anti-Modi Protests*

The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) and HfHR  -- along with all other
participating organizations and individuals - were filmed by a leader of a
Hindu nationalist organization at the big  anti-Modi protest in DC last
month. Chakrabarti's filming caused a hostile encounter requiring police
intervention. We condemn the abuse of filming rights  as we know that
Chakrabarti's HinduPACT organization advocates for VHPA which is labeled
"religious militant" by the CIA.

As Indian Americans we are concerned about yet another example of attempted
foreign government intimidation and call for an investigation into
Chakrabarti's organization. Read more here.
*THE PRINT Op-ed now Available in Hindi*

Last week, we reported on the publication of Sunita Viswanath's opinion
piece in The Print, titled "Not George Soros' agent: I am a practicing
Hindu woman against Hindu nationalism." However, it is important to note
the ongoing impact of this article and its significance in being published
in both English and Hindi. By reaching a wider range of readers, including
Hindi-speaking audiences in India and the diaspora, this perspective on
government intimidation tactics can be more widely understood and
discussed. The inclusion of diverse voices and perspectives in publications
like The Print is crucial for fostering meaningful dialogue and promoting
social justice causes.

To read Sunita Viswanath's full article, please visit The Print's website
and read the entire piece here: in English
or Hindi

[image: The Changing Faces of Political Violence in West Bengal]
were deeply saddened to hear about the deadly election violence that
occurred in West Bengal over the weekend. It is concerning to see
fundamental rights being impeded by violence, especially when it comes to
the democratic process and the right to vote. We strongly believe that
peaceful elections are crucial for a thriving democracy, and we condemn all
forms of violence that disrupt the electoral process. Our thoughts are with
the families and loved ones of those affected by this tragedy.  Click here
to read more

Don't miss out on this important conversation - watch Karan Thapar's video
now to gain insights into the hopes for the future of Manipur.

A timely depiction of a newsroom in crisis, While We Watched follows Ravish
Kumar for two years as he battles a barrage of fake news, falling ratings
and the resulting cutbacks while struggling to maintain fact-based
analyses. Will his show survive or become a swan song of reason - drowning
out in sensationalism, misinformation, and ratings-driven editorial
decisions?  Co-presented with The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

Tickets for opening weekend of While We Watched, with Ravish Kumar and
director Vinay Shukla in attendance, are finally available.  Opening night
is Friday, July 21 followed by a hosted a gathering after the July 21
screening.  Please come and spread the word. There have been incredible
screenings just recently in London.  Read about it in The Guardian

Get your tickets here:

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