Maraa, a media and arts collective in Bangalore, has been organizing a monthly event called Pause: Creative Practice in Conflict. This is a public event, inviting one speaker to present examples of creative practice in a conflict afflicted area. Previous events have showcased examples from Palestine and Afghanistan. In November, Maraa had planned a similar event on Kashmir, scheduled to be held on November 5th 2011.
Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena (the same people who physically assaulted Prashant Bhushan recently for his statement on Kashmir), and its president, Mr. Tejinder Pal Singh Bagga, wrote a letter to the police alleging that the event which was to be held in the premises of a theatre organization, rafiki, was being organized by the Hurriyat Conference, at which Syed Shah Geelani or Mirwaiz Umar Farukh from the Hurriyat Conferece would speak. They warned the police that if they would not come to stop the event, their organization would make it a situation with unpleasant consequences.
Further, the Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena and Mr. Tejinder Pal Singh Bagga, posted online invitations on social networking site, Facebook, inviting people to come with stones, paint, eggs and tomatoes, to merge in with the audience, and then create chaos. There have been various comments responding to it, by promising violence to those who attend and organize such events.
The following statement has been issued by Maraa in this context: