Who ‘We’ are?
Aamra Ek Sachetan Prayas Forum – is a conscious and continuous attempt to learn why conflicts spur? How they are manufactured? How they are manifested in the age of post-truth? Aamra doesn’t participate in the race to report first, doesn’t filter words to fit in the ‘mainstream’ media discourse, doesn’t say anything based on a ‘distant study’, and doesn’t claim to say the Final word. AAMRA (We) believes in an attempt (prayas) to consciously (sachetan) learn the reasons and processes of conflict and co-existence in a continuous cycle of conversations and close observations with ethnographic sensibility. Over the past, more than one-decade AAMRA has reached different places in Subcontinent to come up with ‘thick described’ reports, scholarly and popular articles.
What we do?
AAMRA is an amalgamation of a multidisciplinary team of researchers and activists erstwhile worked as an assemblage of movement, research, and activism. Popular abbreviation of AAMRA is, An Assemblage of Movement Research and Appraisal. The forum attempts to bridge the gap between research-practice, academics-public sphere, and take up actions wherever possible to restore rights and justice for all. The primary focus of ours is to study conflict (political, social, ethnic, communal, environmental, socio-economic, etc) and coexistence and try to formulate an action roadmap for enhancement of co-existence. Since its inception AAMRA works on Peace. Over the years the forum has taken up two major mechanisms for doing it, first, we go to the conflict zone as soon as possible after the access is available. We talk to different stakeholders, record their versions, collect and record the evidence of conflicts, follow standard social science methodologies including Participatory Rural Appraisal and Rapid Rural Appraisal, prepare reports (both scholarly and popular) and make them available in printed form and web version. In almost every conflict locality we initiate a peace initiative with the help of local folks, right activists, cultural activists. We even interact with ‘rival’ groups, administration, local peacekeepers to restore peace. We follow more or less similar procedure for documenting and publishing co-existence studies as well.
Second, Forum organises different seminars, discussions, and protest rallies for the restoration of Human Rights and justice related to the broad issues of conflict resolution and co-existence. Hence, whenever we go for intensive fieldwork we know we are active agents and not just passive listeners.
Almost all of them had been forcibly displaced from their homes, their utensils, ornaments, furniture were looted and their houses were burnt. They were too little to understand the causes of violence, how all of a sudden their closed neighbors became their enemy. UDAAN an educational and cultural activism by Aamra Ek Sachetan Prayas and its friends became a platform 'to stay together', 'to dream together'. This tour was a part of our continued effort to promote diversity. They enjoyed a lot and took notes of the history. It seemed that they were being transported into that period of history which was a distant past.Read More..
Religious coexistence is the basic of our philosophy. In Bengal almost all religious and historical sites carry diversified anecdotes of multiculturalism. As a part of our continued program, ‘Know your India, Know Diversity’ we arrange an event to visit three historical and religio-cultural sites of Hooghly, West Bengal, India. Kids from different faiths, affected by communal violence took part. They enjoyed a lot and got the lesson of diversity.Read More..
Violent incident occurred on 8.02.2024 in Banbhulpura, Haldwani. It was not a sudden incident. It was the outcome of a steady rise in communal tempers in the state of Uttarakhand over recent years. The state government led by the Chief Minister Pushkar Dhami and radical right wing citizen groups have together contributed to the spread of a highly polarizing narrative with many disturbing elements. One strand of this discourse is about recreating Uttarakhand as the Holy Land of Hindus which would have no place for other religious minorities. Other strands of this divisive discourse include unsupported extravagant claims of a series of Jihads allegedly waged by the Muslim population of the state, including Love Jihad, Land Jihad, Vyapar Jihad, and Mazaar Jihad.Read More..
A letter to the Prime Minster of India: Inauguration of Ram Temple and Pran Pratistha (consecration) in Ayodhya on 22 January, 2024 violates the preamble and objectives of the Constitution of India, hurts the 'Idea of India'.Read More..
Repealing all the Citizenship Amendment Acts and resuming with the citizenship norms established in the Citizenship Act (1955). Employment from NREGA should be increased to at least 200 days per year with a minimum wage of Rs.800 per day for all eligible workers. Withdrawal of cases filed against all individuals of Bhima Koregaon. All policies that lead to the corporatisation of education should be stopped, with extensive implementation of the RTE Act (2009). Climate Change should assume a central axis in all future policy making. There should be a stringent legislation to stop the state from sponsoring any and all forms of religious practices (financial or otherwise). Gender issues should be fundamentally integrated into all election manifestos as well as all policy documents.Read More..
AAMRA organised a program on contemporary farmer's movement of Delhi borders. Our team members stayed there for 7 days. Here is our reports on seminar and documentary show. We also inaugurated our fact-finding reports on Bhatpara and Telinipara communal violence.Read More..