All of us are keeping count of our shrinking spaces – as cultural practitioners, academics and scholars, and as citizens. But this is only part of the story; equally important is the parallel strand. As citizens of conscience, individuals and groups have spoken up to assert their rights and demand change. And they will continue to do so.
There have been spontaneous protests across the country against attacks on our cultural freedom. Students, teachers, writers, actors and filmmakers have, along with fellow citizens, spoken up, whether against the moral police, or the government’s plans for saffronising institutions. We pay tribute to these voices that refuse to remain silent.
There is also the larger context, the sense of continuity we have with our “heritage of debate”. ICF also pays tribute to individuals and cultural groups who have questioned exclusions, and celebrated our plural, secular values.