Editorial Vol. I
This is the second year of Urooj, initiated in the year of the pandemic which proved a challenge and provided an opportunity. We wondered how we would manage the intense political discussions online but we did. The opportunity was that we were able to expand participation beyond Mumbra and have facilitators from across the city and outside as well.
We met every alternate week since the 15th of August 2020 to talk about Government, Citizenship, the making of this Country, Partition, current affairs. We’ve been privileged to have the participation of bright young Muslim youth engaging with us on these issues, critically evaluating and sharing their opinions on the idea of India as imagined by the freedom fighters, the current regime, the community and themselves.
We are deeply grateful to Nagesh Jadhav, Teesta Setalvad, Uma Chakravarthy for facilitating discussions which have resulted in this newsletter. Our gratitude to Sitaram Shelar who has been a co facilitator of the Urooj process with us.
We thank CORO for their trust in our work and extending the fellowship for another two years.