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An Appeal for restraint to all by the family and friends of Khurshid Anwar

Guest post by The Campaign for Khurshid Anwar

We are friends, family and well-wishers of the late Dr. Khurshid Anwar.  We have come together to keep alive the memory of his signal contribution to peace, secularism and communal harmony in the subcontinent, including his pioneering work in training thousands of volunteers to uphold these ideals over a long career as a grassroots activist.

We are deeply shocked and concerned at the trial by media and social media, which he was irresponsibly subjected to in the last few months, on a matter which had never been subjected to any kind of formal scrutiny by any responsible authority.

We seek to catalyze discussions on these aspects, via blogs, social media as well as public events and in responsible sections of the mainstream press. We strongly affirm the freedom of expression of the press as well as of individuals, but insist that such freedoms place an onus upon all to act with responsibility.

In keeping with this spirit of responsibility, we strongly discourage and dissociate ourselves from any attempts to reveal the identity of, or otherwise target the lady who has leveled serious allegations against Dr Anwar. As his family, personal friends and comrades, we do find it impossible to believe such allegations against a fiercely committed feminist such as himself, but do not presume to judge the matter ourselves.

Anybody who is indulging in any irresponsible statements about the lady in question is only doing a disservice to the memory of Khurshid Anwar.

We request all those commenting on the matter to desist from any conjectures and speculation upon the matter, and let the investigation take its course.

Ali Javed
Meenakshi Sundriyal
Ritwik Agrawal

On behalf of:

The Campaign for Khurshid Anwar



An Appeal to the media regarding the ongoing vilification of Khursheed Anwar and his organisation:Institute For Social Democracy

A statement by The institute for Social Democracy

पिछले सोलह दिसंबर से  मीडिया के छोटे  और ग़ैर ज़िम्मेदार हिस्से द्वारा प्रचारित प्रसारित की  गयी एक रिपोर्ट ने खुर्शीद अनवर (पूर्व निदेशक, ISD ) को  आत्म हत्या करने पर मजबूर कर दिया।

हम ISD कि ओर से मीडिया द्वारा फैलाए जा रहे इन भ्रामक और ग़लत तथ्यों का विरोध करते हैं. हम ज़ोर दे कर  कहना  चाहते हैं कि

  • यह कहना  कि ‘सम्बन्ध आपसी सहमति से बनाये गए थे’ बिना किन्ही तथ्यों के आधार पर प्रचारित किया जा रहा है. हमारा यह  मानना है कि खुर्शीद अनवर द्वारा  लिखे गए जिस कथित नोट का ज़िक्र किया जा रहा है वह है ही नहीं।
  • १२ सितम्बर को खुर्शीद अनवर ने कोई पार्टी नहीं दी थी, उनके घर पर  आने का प्रस्ताव स्वयं इला जोशी व मयंक सक्सेना के द्वारा दिया था जिसे खुर्शीद ने स्वीकार किया था. इन दो लोगों के अलावा बाकी  लोगों के आने के बारे मे उन्हें कोई पूर्व सूचना नहीं थी.
  • हम स्पष्ट करना चाहते हैं कि बूँद टीम का ISD से औपचारिक या अनौपचारिक किसी भी प्रकार का कोई सम्बन्ध नहीं रहा है. ISD ने बूँद को कभी किसी भी प्रकार की आर्थिक मदद नहीं  दी. Continue reading An Appeal to the media regarding the ongoing vilification of Khursheed Anwar and his organisation:Institute For Social Democracy