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Past Activities

Some of past activities the Alliance has oraganized and sponsored:

Name Description
lectures and panel discussions

Organized lectures and panel discussions on politcal issues of relevance to South Asia, with noted activists and scholars, such as Asghar Ali Engineer (social scientist from India), Asma Jahangir (human rights activist from Pakistan), Ananad Patwardhan (activist film director from India), Maitrayee Choudhury (on the Uniform Civil Code) and Noam Chomsky

Screened documentary videos and films

Screened documentary videos and films, such as ECLIPSE (on the womens movement in Bangladesh and the conservative religious reaction to it), Father, Son and the Holy War (on the symbiotic relationship between patriarchy and religious bigotry in India), The War Crimes File (on unpunished war criminals from the 1971 genocide in Bangladesh) , SOMETHING LIKE A WAR (Feminist perspective on Reproductive & Sexual Rights in India).

Raised funds

Raised funds for relief work and activist organizations in South Asia, including during the flood in 1998 in Bangladesh

Organized cultural events

Organized cultural events with well-known artists from South Asia, such as Shabana Azmi and Habib Tanvir as well as local artists from the area

South Asia Days

South Asia Day's each August since 1999

Bangladesh Flood Action Plan

The devastating and recurring floods in Bangladesh are not so much natural disasters as they are the consequences of policies gone awry. Peter Rogers has been involved with development of the lower Ganges since 1966. In this seminar he will analyze the contentious history of water and development in Bangladesh, including the Farakka Dam, and discuss possible solutions for the recurring flood crises.

Documentary Viewing

Anand patwardhan is India's foremost documentary film maker. Unflinching in their honesty, hard-hitting and provocative, Anand's films have won a numerous national and international awards inluding the National Award for Best Investigative Film, the Filmfare Award for Best Documentary, the Critics Award in Fribourg Festival, the Ecumenical Prize at Nyon (Switzerland), and the Citizen's Award in Yamagata (Japan).

Youth Conference

Who defines my identity?
What is my "race"?
Does my gender matter?
What can I do about inequality?

The Nuclear Tests


Where is the India - Pakistan Nuclear & Missile Race Heading?

Population Control

Sex, Lies and Population Lullabies:

Unethical Clinical trials for Contraceptive Research

Literature and Partition

Prof. Modhumita Roy will lead a discussion on

Literature and Partition in South Asia

The Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia was formed in 1993 to combat rising religious intolerance in South Asia and to campaign for peace and justice in the region. We are committed to working towards a just, non-violent resolution of the crisis we are currently living through. If you are interested in joining us in this work, please call 617-983-3934 or e-mail

12 Jun 2007

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