The menace of mob lynching has become a major issue in India. Muslims, Dalits, elderly women often happen to be the targets of these hate crimes, which flourish in an overall environment of hate and intimidation, the pretext for which is often, though not always, the consumption of ‘beef’. India has seen a spike in these hate crimes since the coming of Narendra Modi government into power, amid a culture of impunity whereby lynching accused are not only let out on bail, but also defended by people holding elected office.
Shehla Rashid, who is one of the people at the forefront of the resistance to lynching and hate crimes in India, will familiarize the audience with many aspects of the issue and discuss strategies for fighting the menace.
Dorotea Manuela will briefly discuss the lynchings of African Americans and the related challenges faced in the US today.
Shehla Rashid Shora is a research scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Governance at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in India. She was the vice-president of JNU students union in 2015-16 and is a member of All India Students’ Association (AISA). She is also a founding member of the National Campaign against Mob Lynching and currently active in the campaign.
Dorotea Manuela is a long-time activist in the Boston and New York areas. She is a Puerto Rican independence activist, labor organizer, and anti-racist educator.
1. International Action Center/IAC
2. Workers World Party
3. Coalition for Democratic India (CDI)
4. Alliance for Secular and Democratic South Asia
5. South Asia Center