The day will conclude with different cultural programs including a concert by renowned musician Dr. Vidya Rao followed by an experimental musical fusion led by Ashish Dha, Debamitro Charkraborti and Hemant Kanojia.
The day two of National Convention begins with a condolence meeting in honour of Shri. Balraj Kumar (Chairperson-PIPFPD Delhi Chapter), who passed away in the evening of 18th September, just prior to the commencement of the National Convention.
The context of the national convention will be elaborated by Ms. Manimala (Director, Gandhi Smriti & Darshan Samiti) and Mr. E. Deenadayalan (General Secretary, PIPFPD India). The thematic presentations at the opening plenary session will touch upon varied topics such as ‘Who are the terrorist and what do they want’ (Tapan Bose); ‘Securing Peace, Freedom & Democracy in Afghanistan - A People’s Perspective’ (Prof. Manoranjan Mohanty) & ‘Why the ceasefire matters? Lives of People around LOC’.
This will be followed by parallel Thematic working groups in the afternoon. The parallel sessions will look at the plight of the fishworkers and other prisoners; the ssues of visa regimes between India & Pakistan; Impact of Globalisation; Gender and issues of peace and security; Developing a peoples’ Energy paradigm for South Asia, etc.
The day’s programmes will conclude with the screening of ‘Dreaming Taj Mahal’, an award winning documentary film by Nirmal Chander about the small dreams of ordinary people of India & Pakistan and how that features in the agenda of peace-building.
Day three of the National Convention chaired by Prof. Asha Hans, will witness reports from state chapters and discuss activities of Forum at the national level. The elections to the National Committee and new office-bearers will also be held other than finalisation of the Delhi Declaration of PIPFPD 2013. Later, the planning discussion for the 20thanniversary celebration of PIPFPD will be followed by cultural celebration led by a Partition Dastan by Darain and Ankit, Ghazals by Saba Prateeksha and Musical by Ekam Satyam Band.
The biennial National Convention of PIPFPD is happening this time around in Delhi at a time when fundamentalist forces have been negatively impacting the relations between the two South Asian nuclear powers like never before.
Both India and Pakistan face unprecedented democratic and secular challenges in containing communal, fascist and militaristic propaganda. In India what is unfolding as ‘communal riots’ in Bihar & UP is nothing but a manifestation of this – especially at a time when the country is facing imminent General Elections. The theme of the national convention, “Peace and Democracy in South Asia: The Emerging Challenges” hence, is most relevant in the current circumstances.