The Indian Cultural Forum site was set up in 2015 to discuss issues of concern to writers, educators and cultural practitioners, and offer a platform to individuals and groups in the cultural and academic fraternities.
The advisory panel includes Githa Hariharan, K. Satchidanandan, Nayantara Sahgal, T.M. Krishna, Samik Bandyopadhyay, Chandrakant Patil, Nandini Sundar, Paul Zacharia, Pushpamala N, Sambhaji Bhagat, Satyajit Rath, Sumangala Damodaran and Sabitha Satchi.
As committed members of the cultural and academic communities, we see ourselves as part of a rich and plural heritage. In our own times, our dream is to build on this heritage for a more just, egalitarian and humane society.
We aspire to perceive, understand and celebrate difference even while breaking down the barriers created by caste, class, religion, race and language. It is critical, at the present juncture, to resist the range of threats faced by our culture of free expression, exchange, dialogue and debate. It is crucial that we fight for ourselves, and all citizens, as those who create and partake of India’s multiple cultures and sub-cultures.
Whatever language, genre and medium we create in, we insist on our right to use our imagination freely to produce what we see as meaningful for our times; and to speak and debate without hindrance, both to each other and to our readers and audience. This includes our right to interpret and reinterpret the past, and our common legacy of contesting narratives, whether in the form of myth, legend, lore or tale.