Activists vowed to resist attacks on minorities and Dalits and demand a new direction to India’s economy and politics during the rally organized by Lok Raj Sangathan, Social Democratic Party of India, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, United Muslim Front, Communist Ghadar Party of India, CPI (M-L)-New Proletarian, Citizens for Democracy, Welfare Party of India, Association for Protection of Civil Rights, Sarvahara Patrika, Students Islamic Organisation of India, AIFTU (New), South Asian Human Rights Documentation Centre, Purogami Mahila Sangathan, National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations and others
Special Correspondent | Caravan Daily
NEW DELHI — With unrest against the Modi government’s “pro-rich and pro-upper caste” policies growing, thousands of members of people representing various organizations on Sunday took out a massive protest march from Ram Lila Maidan in Delhi marching through the busiest streets of central Delhi to culminate in a rally at Jantar Mantar. Protesters carried placards condemning the Modi government’s policies and vowed to take on the communal and fascist forces head on and resist their nefarious activities at any cost.
Speakers and activists vowed to unitedly oppose the attacks on people saying “an attack on one is an attack on all”. They also said that mere change of government cannot change the present state of affairs because the root cause of all problems is the present system and state institutions.
The aim of the rally was to bring together all sections of people, whose rights are being violated by the Indian state and its institutions, so that they can explore the ways to change the present state of affairs.
Lambasting the Modi government, speakers at the rally said attacks on weaker sections of the society have become normal: “In the name of religion, innocent Muslims are being lynched by Hindutva mobs. Minorities are being targeted based on what they eat and how they appear or dress. Dalits are subjected to barbaric caste oppression and attacked brutally when they raise voices of protest. Labor rights are being severely curtailed while the Modi government goes about inviting the biggest monopoly houses to invest in India, to “Make in India”, promising them “ease of doing business”. Peasants are being driven to bankruptcy while students in various universities are being targeted for raising their voices against injustice. The people of Kashmir are being brutally silenced because they demand the withdrawal of armed forces”.
They also pointed out that people are completely marginalized in the present political system as other than the right to vote they have no power to select and elect the candidate of their choice, recall their representatives if necessary, and initiate legislation that protects their rights.
Activists also alleged that the Modi government favors big corporate houses. It is strengthening India’s alliance with the ruling classes of US and Israel who have violated the sovereignty of people and caused untold suffering to people in many countries of West Asia and other regions.
The government is taking India on a dangerous course at the behest of big business houses and foreign monopolies, who want to continue increasing their wealth, gravely endangering peace and security of this region. It is spending people’s money on building an industrial-military complex. Just like its predecessors, it is using state-organized communal violence and state terror to crush the revolt of people and turn one section of people against another.
Many speakers pointed out that both BJP and Congress polarize the people to create vote banks. One party is called “secular” and the other is called “communal”, but they are two sides of the same coin. They both claim they are working for the people, but in reality they work to implement the policies of the biggest corporate monopolies.
The rally was organized by Lok Raj Sangathan, Social Democratic Party of India, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, United Muslim Front, Communist Ghadar Party of India, CPI (M-L)-New Proletarian, Citizens for Democracy, Welfare Party of India, Association for Protection of Civil Rights, Sarvahara Patrika, Students Islamic Organisation of India, AIFTU (New), South Asian Human Rights Documentation Centre, Purogami Mahila Sangathan, National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations and many others.
Participants termed the rally as an important initiative in building the united resistance of all sections of people against the growing attacks on the social fabric of the society.