For the latest events organized or co-sponsored by TwoCircles:

2016, June 19

Support TwoCircles

Association For India’s Development, MIT & Boston Chapters,
Alliance For Secular & Democratic South Asia, TwoCircles.Net & Massachusetts Global Action

Organizing Workers for a Democratic & Secular India
Challenging Power Structures in Rural Bihar
WHEN: Sunday, June 19, 2016 (4-6pm)
WHERE: MIT | Bld. 4, Rm 231

A talk by Kamayani Swami and Ashish Ranjan. Kamayani and Ashish work full time on labor issues such as temporary/seasonal migration, minimum wage, employment guarantee & pensions for the elderly. They are based in Bihar where Kamayani helped form a trade union of unorganized sector rural workers Jan Jagaran Shakti Sangathan (

About Kamayani:

About Ashish:

About JJSS:
Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan grew from an intensive survey on NREGA initiated by the G.B. Pant Institute (Allahabad University) and Prof. Jean Dreze, in May, 2008. The survey focused on assessing ground realities of NREGA in two districts of Bihar, namely Kaimur and Araria. The survey also had related campaign activities like awareness generation, checking if transparency safeguards were in place to check corruption and documentation of irregularities and cases of corruption.

The survey showed high levels of lack of awareness about NREGA program. As part of checking the transparency safeguards the survey team also did muster roll verification exercise (kind of social audit) and found a leakage of about 50% in wages that have been paid.

These activities generated a lot of interest amongst local groups and people who were genuinely interested in issues of social change. This interest became the basis of the formation of the ‘Jan Jagaran Abhiyan’, Araria and was later renamed to Jan Jagaran Shakti Sangathan (JJSS). JJSS currently focuses on NREGA, Right to Information (RTI) and issues of justice.

2016, May 22 10-year anniversary celebration

Sunday May 22, 2016

Todos Dance Studio
677 Worcester St, Natick, MA 01760

Lunch by Chef Renita Mendonca
(featured on Food Network’s “Chopped”)

Join us to celebrate ten years of impactful journalism by TwoCircles. net.

For more details call Kashif at #1-224-725-3709 or email at [email protected]

2015, Aug 23

A decade of impactful community journalism: Come celebrate what all we have achieved in last 9 years
and discuss the future of

Sunday, 23 August 2015 at 17:30–20:00

Arlington Center for the Arts
41 Foster St, Arlington, Massachusetts 02474

5:30 pm – Reception: Music and Appetizers
6:00 pm – TwoCircles history and background
6:15 pm – Impact of TCN stories
6:45 pm – Discussions
7:00 pm – Dinner served
7:15 pm – Music by Bunty Singh of The Shadow Notes and Saraswathi Jones of Awaaz Do

This event is free, but please register at event brite since it is a catered event.

2015, June 2

Prof. Akhtarul Wasey, Chairman of Minorities Languages Commission, Government of India, India will be in the Boston area on June 1st and 2nd.

Islam In Dialog with Indian Religions

On Tuesday June 2, 2015
Program begins 6:30 PM Sharp

ISBCC — Phone: (617) 858-6114
100 Malcolm X Blvd, Roxbury, MA 02120

More Information about Professor Akhtarul Wasey can be found at:

Please Contact: Kashif-ul-Huda, [email protected], Dr. Suhaib Siddiqi [email protected], Rasha Azoni [email protected]

2014, Oct 19

Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia, Indian American Muslim Council, and
p r e s e n t
The 2014 Dr. Omar Khalidi Memorial Lecture
The Fiction of Fact-Finding: Modi and Godhra
A study of the 2002 Gujarat Investigations

No instance of communal violence has provoked as much controversy as the Gujarat 2002 carnage which claimed 2000 lives. And none has been subjected to as much fact-finding, especially under the monitoring of the Supreme Court. Sifting through official material, Manoj Mitta highlights the ambiguities and deceptions, gaps and contradictions that helped manipulate key pieces of evidence to shield those in power. The Fiction of Fact-finding exposes the mechanisms which helped then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi procure a clean chit.

Manoj Mitta is a senior editor with The Times of India, writing on legal, human rights and public policy issues. He works on judicial accountability and judicial reforms, and is on the advisory board of Amnesty International India. Mitta co-authored When a Tree Shook Delhi: The 1984 Carnage and its Aftermath, a critically acclaimed book published in 2007. His latest book, on the 2002 pogrom in Gujarat, is titled The Fiction of Fact-Finding: Modi and Godhra.

2014, Sept 22 & Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia present

Kafka in India:
Terrorism, Media, Muslims

Mon. Sep 22. | 6:30 pm

Is the post-9/11 political landscape of India Kafkaesque?
How do democracies, media and discourses of terrorism work – the case of India.

Venue: encuentro5
9A Hamilton Place, Boston.
Around the corner from Park St. T Station. Between Suffolk Law School and Orpheum Theater


Free & open to the public

Irfan Ahmad,Associate Professor of Political Anthropology/Institute for Religion & Critical Enquiry/Australian Catholic University, Melbourne is the author of Islamism and Democracy in India: The Transformation of the Jamaat-e-Islami, Princeton University Press.It was short-listed for the International Convention of Asia Scholars (2011) Book Prize for the best study in the field of Social Sciences.,

2014, Aug 20

Malabar, on the coast of Kerala was on the global trade route from the time immemorial. Arab traders brought with them the teachings of Islam for the first time to India on this coast. Mappilas or Muslims of Malabar are the first Muslims of India, a mixture of Arab and Indian blood. Learn about their history, traditions, & cultural along with modern challenges faced by the community.

Wednesday Aug 20, 2014 | 6pm
Encuentro5 at 9A Hamilton Place, Boston, MA 02108
Close to the Park Street T-stop

Dr. Zubair Hudawi is a graduate of a madrasa in Kerala and a PhD from prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi. Currently he is the Academic Registrar of Darul Huda Islamic University (DHIU) in Kerala, a unique higher education institution that combines religious and secular studies with the aim of producing religious scholars for the contemporary world.

Presented by:, Indian American Muslim Council, South Asia Center

2014, March 23

TCN open-house in New Delhi:

Meet TCN editor Kashif Ul- Huda and others from the TCN team in New Delhi.

Come with your questions and suggestions regarding

Address will be posted here few days before the event.

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2014, January 26th

Join us in celebrating India’s Republic Day with the film screening of Indian American Muslim Council’s

Out of Court Settlement

Date: Sunday January 26th 2014

Time: 2:00-5:00 PM

Place: MIT, room 4-145

Event page on Facebook

This documentary illustrates the life threatening conditions the Indian legal defense lawyers and activists face. This investigative film covers the murders of Shahid Azmi and Naushad Kashimji both defense lawyers representing accused in terrorism related cases.

Documentary also shows the kind of threat and day-to-day intimidation these defence lawyers are facing and end with positive example of Shahid’s assistant Saba Qurasi, and Kashimji’s wife who had taken the profession of law to continue the mission of their beloveds.

Association for India’s Development – MIT