The PAP programme trains participants in mobilising local communities to prevent conflicts and promote cooperation between different communities residing in an area; understanding and overcoming personal and organisations' bias that leads to communal and discriminatory behavior; strategies and actions to be undertaken before, during and after a riot situation; and deconstructing the political dynamics behind any conflict to work for its containment.
COVA executive director, Mazher Hussain said that they expect these conflicts to go on intermittently till 2014 - the next General Elections - not just in Hyderabad but in some other towns and villages of Andhra Pradesh as well. COVA has prepared a list of 45 sensitive localities in Hyderabad and 120 in different districts of the state - mostly in Telangana and Rayalaseema regions - that are vulnerable and could witness instigation of some conflicts. “Hence we all need to do whatever we can to address this issue and contain this menace,” Hussain said in a press release.
Besides working in communally sensitive areas, he said it is equally important to work with the educated middle and upper classes who seem to be becoming more and more communal by the day and the PAP programme also trains in working with these segments of society.
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