In a bid to counter the controversial 'hate' CD released by the Bhartiya Janata Party, social activist Shabnam Hashmi has brought out a 'secular' disc carrying the message of communal harmony.
"We will circulate this CD all over Uttar Pradesh, where communalism has dug its roots deep," Hashmi told the media.
Created by 'Anhad', a social activist group headed by Hashmi, the CD would be titled 'Secular Voices'. It carries 'anti-hate' messages from 27 celebrities.
Expressing concern over the "unabated rise in communalism in society", Hashmi hopes to do her bit by countering it through the CD with a youth appeal.
"There is no magic wand that can overnight eradicate this poison from the minds of people; but one must make a beginning.
"I feel it is just about time to educate and give direction to the youth of this country, so that the venom of communalism is nipped in the bud at least by the new generation."
Prominent among the celebrities who have contributed to the CD were actors, Nandita Das, Nafisa Ali and Zohra Sehgal, cultural artists Malika Sarabhai, Aditi Mangaldas and Sharon Lowen, journalists Rajdeep Sardesai, Barkha Dutt, Pankaj Pachauri and Tarun Tejpal, cartoonist Sudhir Tailang, poll analyst Yogendra Yadav and billiards champion Geet Sethi.