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India: Invitation to We The People: Reclaim The Republic (New Delhi, 26 Jan 2014)

24 January 2014

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Sunday, 26th January 2014, 2.30 PM, New Delhi

This Republic Day, as the government-sponsored parade of weapons, and its simplistic representation of ‘Unity in Diversity’ make its way down Rajpath, will your place in the Republic be represented? Or will your concerns continue to be ignored?

While we mark the adoption of our progressive Constitution, let us not forget that the rights of the most marginalised in our society continue to be gravely violated. As citizens, we are painfully aware that we continue to face violence and discrimination due to our gender, sexual, caste, class, ability, racial, regional, and religious identities. The three arms of government — the legislature, the executive, and the judiciary — have failed their Constitutional duty to protect and advance our rights and include every citizen in the promise of freedom from inequality.

As we enter the 64th year of our Republic, We The People are aware that our struggles for equal opportunity and a just livelihood, against violence and discrimination, and against the unjust deployment of state power are being actively silenced. We The People are aware of the threats of fundamentalism, censorship and divisive politics. We The People demand that our government be held accountable for the protection of our rights and uphold both the letter and the spirit of the Constitution.

As we commemorate another Republic Day, We The People proclaim that the parade of the powerful at Rajpath does not represent us. We The People, Reclaim our Republic.

This January 26, join us for a march ‘Of the People, By the People, For the People’

2.30 pm: Assemble at Barakhamba Road-Tolstoy Road Crossing and march to Jantar Mantar

4.00 to 6.00 pm: Representatives of several progressive movements including women, labour rights, Dalit rights, disability rights, child rights, human rights, legal rights, queer, students groups and others, will gather for a programme and reassert our shared vision that everyone be included in the promises of our Republic.

Organised by: Voices Against 377, AIDWA, AIPWA, AISA, All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch (AIDMAM), Anhad, Anjuman, Breakthrough, Citizen’s Collective against Sexual Assault (CCSA), CREA, Delhi Queer Pride Committee, Dhanak, duqueercollective, Haq: Centre for Child Rights, Jagori, Jamia Teacher’s Solidarity Association (JTSA), JNUSU, Must Bol, National Centre for Accessible Environments, Naz Foundation (India) Trust, National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), NCPRI (National Campaign for Peoples’ Right to Information), Nigah, Nirantar, Partners for Law in Development (PLD), PUDR, Prism, Saheli, Sama, SAMARTHYAM, Talking About Reproductive and Sexual Health Issues (TARSHI), Women With Disabilities India Network, Youth Ki Awaaz, The YP Foundation and many individuals from diverse movements.

Email: voicesagainst377 at and reclaimtherepublic at


Twitter: @peoplertr #ReclaimTheRepublic

In Solidarity!