The Mumbai Collective was established in 2016 by a group of us living in Mumbai who were concerned that the ideals of freedom, pluralism, inclusion and tolerance, as secured by the Indian Constitution, were under threat in India.The first and second editions of the Mumbai Collective were held in March 2016 and December 2017 respectively at the Y. B. Chavan Centre in Mumbai.
In the past year, we were exposed to the systematic erosion of institutional structures that are the bedrock of our democracy, be it the Supreme Court of India, the Election Commission of India, the Reserve Bank of India or the National Statistical Commission. Farmers across the country marched against the callous attitude and inaction of the government. Whenever the judiciary has risen in support of women’s constitutional rights and freedoms, reactionary forces have unleashed their divisive tentacles. The protests against the Supreme Court’s rulings on the Sabarimala temple and triple talaq are cases in point.
The alarming turn of events that continue in the country has inspired us to convene a third edition of the Mumbai Collective, to be held on the 10th of March 2019, Sunday. The venue would be the Y. B. Chavan Centre in Mumbai. At the proposed Collective, we wish to bring together like-minded people living in Mumbai so that they could hold hands together in solidarity with the struggles to protect the basic rights and liberties enshrined in the Indian constitution. We wish that the Collective be a platform to reiterate our commitment to uphold the syncretic traditions of our culture and democracy.
For the organising committee,