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From: sri
Date: Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 5:03 PM
Subject: Communalism Explained in comic! - Book Launch and Seminar_17th March _Mumbai [1 Attachment]

F YI --- Now comics get into the anti national act!


Now, comic book on communalism
PTI | 12:03 PM,Mar 11,2011


New Delhi, Mar 11 (PTI) In an attempt to effectively educate the
masses about the complexities of communalism, a new graphical account
addresses this age-old sensitive issue."Communalism Explained! A
Graphic Account" penned by Professor Ram Puniyani along with founder
of World Comics India, Sharad Sharma, seeks to break the stereotypical
image of the minority community prevalent in the majority
community."After the Mumbai violence in 1993, there have been many
misconceptions about a particular community.

I felt that people need to be informed about it. Illustrated version
appeals more to people, specially the youth," says Puniyani, who took
voluntary retirement from IIT-Bombay in December 2004 to work full
time for communal harmony.Available both in Hindi and English, the
book has been published by World Comics India and Vani Prakashan with
support from Oxfam India, a rights-based NGO.The book, a graphical
representation in form of myths and reality touches upon history of
communalism, values of Gandhi, impact of communalism on weaker
sections and ways to deal with this problem."There is a lot of
knowledge about communalism in the academic world but we wanted to
inform the masses about it.Comical representation made this complex
issue lighter which is simple and appeals to eyes and mind of masses,"
says Sharad Sharma."It is an attempt to preserve the secular fabric of
this country and inform the younger generation about this issue.

The question answer form delineates the issues and prompts the reader
to think about the topic," says Puniyani.The book also has marginal
reference to the state of Hindus in Pakistan and Bangladesh and a
separate chapter on communal politics in India.To make it a nationwide
campaign against communalism, grassroot comics workshops, film shows
and discussions will be organised in different cities to mobilise the
masses for participation and to help bring out their inner most
voices."Our work is just a drop in the ocean and the problem at hand
is too big. The number of people taking this work forward to masses is
less but we will do our bit," says Puniyani."Mostly, in such sensitive
issues, people do not get a chance to express their views. We want to
change the direction of information flow - it will be from bottom to
top," says Sharma."We will come out with another book on the same
issue which will have graphics made by people themselves," he adds.PTI

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From: ram puniyani <ram.puniyani@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2011 16:26:06 +0530
Subject: [india-unity] Communalism Explained-Book Launch and
Seminar_17th March _Mumbai [1 Attachment]
To: ram puniyani <ram.puniyani@gmail.com>

Dear Friends

Please do try to make it.

Best wishes

ram puniyani
(The invite is pated and also in the formal invite is attached.)