“Islamophobia is a main issue in India today and we need to eradicate it or else this will be death of India,” said eminent activist Dr John Dayal during a program organised by United Against Hate campaigners in New Delhi.
Ghazanfar Abbas | Caravan Daily
NEW DELHI— Expressing concern over the developments during the last four and half years of the BJP rule under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, eminent members of the civil society have urged people “to rebuild republic, imbibe Preamble of Constitution and kick out the Modi government in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019.” They were speaking at an event held on the eve of 26th anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition.
“In these four and half years, I have witnessed killings of Pansare, Kalburgi, Dabholkar, Gauri Lankesh.……lynchings, film bans and threats. I have seen farmers walking up due to agrarian crises and a man who is deaf to it as he is more worried about how many states he will rule. I have nothing much to talk about this man but to see him out of that place soon,” well-known actor Prakash Raj said.
Taking a jibe on PM Modi, Raj said, “When there is no election, he is a non-resident Indian (NRI) and when there is election he is a resident Indian……..or a driver who promised to the country that he will take it ahead but he is busy to take U-Turns.”
Referring to the Monday violence in Bulandshar district of Uttar Pradesh following an alleged cow slaughter, Raj urged, “I would like to ask, and request the citizens to think in context of recent incident of killing of an Inspector. The truth has come out that the Bajrang Dal district head complained about cow slaughtering but the investigative report says that they don’t know where the cow meat came from……and the case is filed against people among them two are children of 11 and 12 years…..As citizens of this country we should understand this that who is emboldening such violence, hatred and people to instigate fear in us….we should realize their politics.”
Praksh Raj was speaking at a program entitled “Rebuild Broken Republic” organised by United Against Hate (UAH) campaigners at the Constitution Club of India here on Wednesday on the eve of 26th anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition.
The 16th century Babri Masjid was razed to ground by a Hindutva mob in Ayodhya of Uttar Pradesh on December 6, 1992, claiming it was built after demolishing a temple.
The speakers talked on various issues including Hindutva extremism, Bulandhshahr violence, agrarian crises, majoritarianism, Ayodhya issue, Islamophobia, lynchings in the name of cow and beef, killings of journalists & writers, religious freedom, unemployment, hunger, privatization of education, women safety etc.
Eminent activist Dr John Dayal appealed to people to read a detailed report— “Dismantling India” prepared by several eminent experts from different fields to know what has been done in the last four and half years of Modi government.
“Islamophobia is a main issue in India today and we need to eradicate it or else this will be death of India,” Dayal said.
Adding to this former MP of Rajya Sabha and leader of Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind, Maulana Mahmood Madani said, “Islamophobia is a global phenomenon. But I think we are also responsible for it since we are not doing what we should do in this situation. There are three sections of people in the country — first who are spreading hate against Muslims, second are their friends and third are the silent people who are in majority. So we need to focus on the concerns of this ‘silent section’ rather than focusing on the first one.”
Father Ajaya said that Kandhmal violence (2008) in Orissa was the biggest attack on Dalit Christians but none of the perpetrators from VHP, BJP etc were prosecuted.
Radhika Vemula, mother of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula who committed suicide in January 2016 at University of Hyderabad (HCU) over alleged caste discrimination, said that PM Modi is behaving like a monarch.
“Since the BJP came to power, hatred has been spreading against Muslims, Christians and Dalits. Today Ambedkarites are being labeled as ‘Urban-Naxals’. Modi is behaving like a monarch. Education is being privatized more,” she said.
“Dalits, Minorities and secular forums should come on one platform and defeat Modi in 2019,” she appealed.
Ayodhya Issue, Current Politics and Constitution
Recalling the Ram Temple movement by Sangh Parivar, Prof. Apoorvanand Jha said, “This is civil morality and constitutional duty to remember this day (6th December) when Babri Masjid was demolished. Today there is a need to implement the Preamble of Constitution that is based on Justice, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. The problem of India is majoritarianism, not communalism.”
“In 2019 elections, people need to kick out this government from power and start to implement the Preamble of the Constitution. We need to fill the broken marks on the wall of Republic of India,” Prof. Jha appealed.
Eminent social activist Swami Agnivesh said, “Dr. Ambedkar said that by the Constitution people have got right to vote but they should use it by wisdom so that it may not just become a piece of paper.”
Agnivesh said that today all political parties are indulged in the politics of temple and mosque and it has changed the complete discourse.
This is civil morality and constitutional duty to remember this day (6th December) when Babri Masjid was demolished. Today there is a need to implement the Preamble of Constitution that is based on Justice, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. The problem of India is majoritarianism, not communalism
“The religion must be based on rationality, logic and scientific temper which are also endorsed in the constitution. If the constitution is implemented issues such as hunger, unemployment, illiteracy can be addressed but today the politics is over Janeu Dhari Hindu, Gotra,” he concerned.
Both Indian constitution and UN charter guarantee religious freedom but how I can get it today, he asked.
“People should stand up and don’t allow the politicians to divide them in the name of Temple and Mosque,” Swami urged.
While recalling the history of the land dispute in Ayodhya that started in 1949, national president of Welfare Party of India, Dr. SQR Ilyas said that everybody knows that RSS and BJP leaders demolished the Babri mosque but it was Congress that did not do justice and implement the rule of law in 1949 and put a lock on the mosque.
Dr. Ilyas said, “It was title suit but Allahabad High Court gave a verdict like a Panchayat by dividing the land in three parts. Today nobody is talking about reconstruction of Babri Masjid and justice. ASI dug the site four times but no evidence of Ram temple was found. No country can progress till injustice, oppression continue and rule of law is not implemented.
He said that the issues confronting the country are problems of farmers, hunger, unemployment and women safety.
Former student leaders and JNU scholars Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid and social activist Nadeem Khan and Khalid Saifi from United Against Hate also addressed the gathering.