National Youth Convention


September 11, 2006

Dear Young Friends,

Anhad is organising a National Youth Convention from October 5th to 8th in
Delhi. The venue for the Convention is the Indian Social Institute.

We had circulated a letter in June 2006 requesting young people to send
suggestions about the probable topics that they would like to discuss during
the youth convention. After going through hundreds of suggestions that came
from across India we have worked out a tentative schedule (attached with
this letter), which is being fined tuned. The convention would like to arrive
at a possible future course of action for secular interventions and build a
network of communication among secular youth groups and activists.

The convention will also study the present National Youth Policy 2003 (NYP)
and prepare a critique of the same. All the participants who register will
be sent a copy of the NYP in advance so that they can read it and prepare a
response to it before they come to the convention.

All the participants would be divided into groups for most of the sessions.
Each group will have two youth facilitators and one senior expert from the
field. The participants will get a chance to share their experiences and
interact with other participants and the experts. There would be a number of
parallel sessions and participants can choose which session they want to be
a part of. Every such session at the end would have presentations by
representatives from each group followed by a plenary session with the
experts. Format for the group discussion would be the following:
Expert will introduce the subject
Discussion and sharing of ideas
All groups combine- 5 minutes to change seating arrangement
Each group to make a presentation
Experts ¨C one from each group- form a plenary and panel discussion follows
with a question and answer session.

There would be some combined sessions where different experts would come
and speak. Every combined session will be followed by a question and answer
session. There are no formal sessions after dinner .Facilities for showing
films, space for interaction and transport to take the delegates back will
be made available till 11.00pm. All those wanting to participate in the
convention should register (form attached) latest by September 25, 2006. The
registration fee is Rs.100. Participants will have to bear their own travel
expenses. Anhad will make arrangements for their stay, food and local
transport. We can register only 200 participants due to the space
constraints. Looking forward to hearing from you,

Shabnam Hashmi


5th Oct-Day 1

1:00-2:00 Lunch
2:00-3:30 Inaugural Session
3:30-4.00 Tea Break
4.00-5.00 All participants divide into groups- participants
are introduced to each other coordinated by
Youth For Peace Facilitators.
5.00-8:00 Secular Politics in India (Four parallel Sessions)

1. Indian Secularism : Theory and Practice
2. Relevance of Gandhi in Contemporary India
3. Legacy of the Freedom Struggle
4. Scientific Temper & Obscurantism

8:00-9:00 Dinner
9.00-11.00 Screening of Film followed by discussion

6th Oct-Day 2

8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:00-1:00 Assault on Secular Democracy (Four parallal
sessions) 1. Ayodhya: What is the dispute?
What is the solution? 2. Kashmir:
What is the dispute? What is the solution? 3.
Gujarat: Rebuilding Justice and Hope 4. War
on Terror: Local, National, International
(with a tea break at 10.30)

1.00-2.00 Lunch

2.00- 3.30 Myths & Realities (combined session)
3.30-4.00 Tea
4.00- 5.30 Myths & Realities (combined session)
6.00 onwards Screening of Film Khamosh Pani followed by discussion
8.00-9.00 Dinner
9.00-11.00 Informal interaction/ screening of films/ cultural
programme by participants

7th Oct-Day 3

8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:00-1.00 Inequalities in Our Society (Three parallal
1. Gender Justice for all communities
2. Understanding Caste, Class and Discrimination
3. Globalisation and Poverty
(with a tea break at 11.00)
1:00-2:00 Lunch
2:00-5.00 Discussion on National Youth Policy
5.00-5.30 Tea break
5.30-8.00 Screening of Film ( name to be confirmed) followed
by discussion

8:00-9:00 Dinner

9.00-11.00 Informal interaction/ screening of films/ cultural
programme by participants

8th Oct-Day 4

8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:00-1.00 What does it mean to be an Indian ?
(Same session in four parallel groups)
1:00-2:00 Lunch
2:00-4.00 Future Strategies
4.00-7.00 Free time

7.30pm onwards Peace Concert