Project Theme

Youth and Active Citizenship

Target Group


Project Period

01 Apr 2016 - 31 Mar 2017

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ANHAD (Act Now for Harmony and Democracy) was formed in the first week of March 2003.  ANHAD actively works on issues related to democracy, secularism, communal harmony, gender equality, women empowerment and justice. It fights for human rights and rights of the marginalised communities. ANHAD is involved in relief, rehabilitation, livelihood, women empowerment, vocational training, literacy and education. ANHAD celebrates cultural diversity and pluralism. It intervenes at the policy level and is a strong advocacy group at the national level.  ANHAD is known nationally for its work on human rights and minority rights


About the Project:

ANHAD and many other groups have been working for over a decade in India to strengthen the constitutional and democratic values across India. Article 19 (1) (a), and Article 21 of the Constitution of India guarantees right to free speech and expression, and personal liberty to all its citizens. Voicing of different opinions, expression of concern, constructive criticism and adversarial dialogue are an integral part of deliberative democracy. Democratic and secular groups in India have been working towards this goal of strengthening the democracy. They have also worked for maintaining peace, communal harmony, safeguarding the rights of the under privileged. ANHAD feels that there is a need to consolidate and expand in Delhi and reach out to segments which have not been part of the secular network so far. 


Specific Objectives

  • To promote democratic rights, freedom of expression and constitutional values at the national level
  • To create spaces for conversation on democracy, secularism at Delhi level. 
  • Impact of running this project (bulleted points): For eg. more awareness towards importance of education etc.; confidence level up etc. How will this project bring a change in the mindset/behaviour/other change etc:
  • Young people sensitised to the idea of India which is inclusive, plural, democratic and secular
  • Regular discussion forums on democracy and pluralism in various places in NCR


Outcomes/Achievements so far 

  • The idea of India conclave in Delhi that brought together intellectuals, activists and civil society together on reaffirming India constitution and its values.
  • Baatcheet as a conversation space on culture, pluralism and democracy in Delhi with weekly meetings.