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#Notinmyname, say Delhiites, this time for Gauri Lankesh

Around one month back, Dehiites gather to protest against the increasing cases of lynching in different parts of the country and this time they stood against the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.

delhi Updated: Sep 13, 2017 12:49 IST
Ruchika Garg
Ruchika Garg
Hindustan Times
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Singer Sonam Kalra performed Sufi songs to spread the message of equality. (Rajesh Kashyap/ HT Photo )

Works of legends such as, Kabir, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Ahmad Faraz, Sahir Ludhiyanvi and many others were a part of the evening that aimed to spread the message of peace and harmony in the Capital. After the Jantar Mantar protest, #Notimyname, a campaign was organised at more than 100 different locations in Delhi-NCR to protest against the killing of veteran journalist and social activist from Karnataka, Gauri Lankesh.

JNU student Umar Kahlid also spoke against the hatred and murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh. ( Rajesh Kashyap/ HT Photo )

One of the places in the city where this protest was held is Jamia Nagar. However, the organisers do not want to call it a protest, and give it another name, instead. “We don’t want to call it a protest because it’s not. It is like a cultural event that aims to propagate the message of love and togetherness. We are taking the conversation ahead with the residents of Jamia Nagar,” says Bilal Zaidi, one of the organisers.

Sufi singer Sonam Kalra, classical singer Dhruv Sanghari and qawalls performed during the event. Sonam Kalra says, “Governments come and go but if we are strong enough in our opinion, no one can make us anti each other. If it so easy to spread hatred, then we have to think about it. Here in the campaign, I request everyone to believe in equality. After 70 years of Independence, we are on the same track. We need to change.”

Classical singer Dhruv Sanghari and his team spread the message of love in one of the campaigns. ( Rajesh Kashyap/ HT Photo )

Dhruv Sanghari also shared the same sentiments. He says, “I feel that the new regime, new establishment is taking us in a certain direction which is disturbing. In such times, we as activists, intellectuals, want to give a strong message that all kind of culture exists here and no one is supreme over another.” JNU student Umar Khalid and another resident, a Rohingya muslim, spoke during the campaign and shared their thoughts on unity.

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First Published: Sep 13, 2017 12:48 IST