Indian Muslims for Secular Democracy (IMSD) is a forum of Indian Muslims committed to the values of democracy, secularism, equality and justice as enshrined in the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Constitution of India.
The forum believes that these values are fully in consonance with the core teachings of Islam. It seeks to rejuvenate the tolerant traditions within Islam to generate a progressive and liberal voice within the Indian Muslim community so that it is able to live in dignity, at peace with self and with all fellow Indians.
Though IMSD was launched in late 2016, it finds its roots in Muslims for Secular Democracy (MSD), which was launched in 2003 with more or less the same objectives but remained inactive for several years. In 2003, MSD had noted it was taking birth “at a critical juncture when India’s Constitution and democracy are in serious danger of being subverted from within and replaced by a fascist regime”. The signals are even more omnious with MSD being re-launched as IMSD.