Upon receiving a threat of mass violence perceived by the Indian Intelligence Bureau to be specific, credible, and beyond the ability of the government to provide adequate security the Dil se Dil Independence Day Friendship Celebration has been postponed indefinitely. There is no way for it to occur, as planned, on the night of 14-15 August.
As you can imagine, the Friends Without Borders team, Routes 2 Roots, and our production partners are all stunned and deeply saddened by the postponement of Dil se Dil, and particularly in the horrific way in which this was forced upon us. The spirit of strength and hope persists, however, as perfectly captured in this note from one of our wonderful volunteers, who goes by the ironic moniker “Devil”:
You Know, I was quite depressed for a couple of days after hearing the news of cancellation of the concert. But then I thought “we have actually had a victory of sorts”. We ( all of us who worked, prayed and supported the concert) managed to make this event a serious threat to the forces of violence. So much so that they had to resort to active threats!!! They’re not all that secure in their skins and this event, by going about its business and garnering the kind of response it did, was a MAJOR THREAT TO THEIR IDENTITY.
Long live the forces of peace!
We are already hard at work trying to develop a Plan-B, which will help to unleash “the forces of peace” which Devil exalts. Unfortunately, the postponement came too late for us to be able to salvage the Independence Day date. Stay tuned.