who we are
We are a non-profit collective with deep roots in, and identities linked with, India. We share our varied and hidden histories, and find ourselves constantly un-learning and re-learning. Throughout these journeys, we acknowledge that India is a land of many communities and cultures, and challenge the injustices of our past and present.
Collectively, we’re simply against institutions that stifle people’s right to think and work for the benefit of a few more than others. Thus, our engagements in a shared space remain non-judgemental at all times.
Many parts of the world are currently witnessing an increase of authoritarianism and a politics of divisiveness. Dissent as a pillar of democracy is being silenced. Mere disagreement can lead to state action. Facts are being distorted by forces of power. Independent voices are being crushed and mainstream media is frequently toeing governments' line.
We noted similar processes happening in India where, a politics based on religion and caste-based supremacy seems to have taken over the constitutional ethics of fraternity, equality and justice.
While it's easy to blame the state, it's time we turned the spotlight on ourselves. We aren't just receivers of information. We must question. Just because something is repeated often, doesn't make it true. It isn't enough to live in a make-believe world with no discrimination. Every time we justify or ignore an injustice, we only encourage the doers. Every time we stay silent out of fear of repercussion, it's just one more nail in the coffin of true democracy.
We consider ourselves and all of you who join us here to be "co-unlearners". Co-unlearners don’t have all the answers, may have different political allegiances and opinions, but we all have a deep-rooted empathy and the courage to ask difficult questions. We offer an open and safe environment where everyone can engage in non-judgemental, meaningful conversations based on lived experiences of all peoples.