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26 November 2011

Publicity campaign of Social Justice Conference in NCR highly successful

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By Pervez Bari

New Delhi: The concerted efforts put in by the Popular Front of India’s volunteers in the campaigning for the Social Justice Conference in the Delhi National Capital Region, (NCR), has had overwhelming response with people crowding over the PFI bandwagon wherever it went.

Many among the masses were so impressed by the theme of “Social justice” and the slogan “Build the Nation on Justice” that they have been inviting the PFI volunteers to elaborate and explain to their near and dear ones and community at large in detail. Many others in the rural areas of the NCR, which is about 150 kms around Delhi, offered their homes to the volunteers to stay back at night and continue campaigning the next morning from their areas of abode.

With such an excellent response to the publicity campaign from the masses in the NCR and various other parts of the country, the Social Justice Conference, which is being held as scheduled on November 26th and 27th at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi, is expected to be a roaring success. It has certainly warmed the cockles of the heart of the organizers who have left no stone unturned to reach out to the people at the grass-root level, especially those who have been marginalized and have almost lost hopes to lead a dignified life with justice.

Four teams of the PFI cadres comprising of 17 persons divided NCR into four zones and fanned out to the urban and rural areas both while inviting people to the conference explained to them the need of Social Justice with Popular Front's initiatives and the importance of the conference at Delhi. They were told that though Social justice is the fundamental right of every society but unfortunately the dream of achieving social justice is still unfulfilled. The masses were educated about the violation of their fundamental rights and the need to come forward and struggle for justice. The target group included Muslims, Dalits, OBCs (Other Backward Classes) and other marginalized groups who continue to suffer even after more than 50 years of India’s Independence.

As part of the campaign the PFI cadres resorted to “Nukkad Natak”, corner meetings, street campaigns in the markets, door-to-door campaign to reach every house, public meetings, get-together, distribution of handbills, folders & brochures, mobile video shows etc. to create momentum and to convey the importance of social justice.

The video mobile show unit screened a 10-minute documentary while “Nukkad Natak” staged a street play enacted by drama troupe comprised of volunteers from all over India. The drama theme focused on current issues such as communalism, fascism, American interference in government working of various countries including India, India’s relation with Israel, Hindutva terror, contribution of Indian Muslims in the freedom struggle and in the world of science etc. and the ever growing yawning gap between the haves and the have-nots despite India’s Independence being more than 60 year old. The facts brought out and the myths bared during the enactment of the play left many a common man bewildered and cursed the forces which deprived him of social justice to lead a life of honour and respect.

More than 60 corner and public meetings were held since November 13 last when a sustained publicity campaign for the Social Justice Conference took off. These were held in Mullah Colony, Inderlok, Jafarabad, Okhla Head (Jamia Nagar), Shaheen Bagh, Seelampur etc. The meetings were addressed by Maulana Usman Baig Rashadi, Maulana Naushad Nadwi, Maulana Majeed Qasmi, Abdul Lateef, Abdul Haleem, Dr. Aftab Ahmad etc.

With the PFI cadres putting out their heart in the campaigning the people also did not disappoint them and earnestly promised to attend the conference in droves with friends and relatives carrying the spirit of Social Justice from their native place to the capital to voice the demand for Social Justice from the stage of Ramlila Maidan.

During the publicity campaign four types of posters were brought out, conference bulletin in different languages issued highlighting the publicity thrust in various cities all over the country.

Meanwhile, volunteers from different parts of the country have been reaching the national capital since last week to oversee the arrangements of the conference.

[Pervez Bari is a senior Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

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