Social Activists from different walks of life expressed grave worries about the declining social relations between various religious communities in India in a press conference titled the ‘Idea of India Conclave’. 40 top social activists including academicians, students and economists such as Harsh Mander, Mridula Mukherjee, Ashish Nandy, Indira Jaisingh, Seema Mustafa, and Apoorvanand engaged in a two-day-long session on evaluating Modi government’s one year in office and released a series of 15 videos of the panel discussions held.
The forum alleged that the Modi government is working against poor and disadvantaged people. “Savage budget cuts in public spending in the social sector including health, education and nutrition shows the governments negligence towards backward communities”, they said.
Releasing the video series at a press conference in New Delhi, Seema Mustafa said, “There is a major blow to freedom of expression and the public space is slowly shrinking. The country is in a very bad condition.” Professor Apoorvanand also commented on the issue saying, “The Modi government came into power by promising greater change but they failed to keep their promises. Modi is trying to build a Hindu empire in India.”
The organisers said that the fears expressed in the first ‘Idea of India Conclave’ held just after the 2014 General election, are now taking shape.