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South Asia Regional Hub: Mayoral Roundtable on Local Efforts to Build Social Harmony and Cohesion

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On 17 June 2023, the Strong Cities Network South Asia Regional Hub, with support from the U.S. Department of State, held a Mayoral Roundtable for cities in India. The event featured 20 municipal corporation mayors and elected councillors from six cities – Chandigarh, Delhi, Mumbai, Patna Raipur and Shimla – to discuss the role of local governments in building and maintaining social harmony, tolerance and inclusion and, more broadly, in preventing hate and extremism. Each participant shared that it was their first ever opportunity for peer-level dialogue between elected representatives from different cities and parties, let alone on a set of challenges often considered a sensitive national security matter beyond the remit of city councils and corporations.

Despite the predominant role that the national government, and in particular security agencies, plays in addressing hate and extremism in India, participants generally agreed that:


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