Date: Monday, 31st August, 09
Time: 8 p.m.
Venue: A.V. Room
A social activist, a rebel, an organizer and a person who has generated ideas for thousands of creative campaigns (implemented them at the local as well as national level), Shabnam Hashmi has been working as a social activist for more than 25 years. Since 1981 she has spent most of her time combating communal and fundamentalist forces in India. After the Gujarat carnage of 2002, perpetrated against the Muslim minority, she changed her focus to grass root work and has since spent a considerable amount of time in Gujarat. In 2003, she, along with a few others formed Anhad-one of the most vocal platforms against the ideology of hate. She also works extensively in Kashmir.
Shabnam Hashmi has fearlessly fought for the democratic rights of citizens. She has also been instrumental in shaping the consciousness of the younger generations around secular issues by organizing hundreds of workshops during the past ten years. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as part of the 1000 women from across the world in 2005. She is a member of the National Integration Council and was awarded the National Minority Rights Award in 2008.