FEDERATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS
DAKSHINA KANNADA AND UDUPI DISTRICTS
‘Elim’, Mercara Hill, Mangalore – 575 002, Ph.9845083323
MASSIVE RALLY AND PUBLIC MEET
TO CONDEMN THE GROWING
COMMUNAL ATTACKS IN THE STATE
On Friday, 27th January, 2012
Rally Starts from: Ambedkar Circle (Jyothi) Time : 3.00 p.m.
Inauguration By: Sri Jason D’Costa, (Victim of Surathkal attack)
Public Meeting: In front of D.C’s Office, Mangalore Time : 4.00 p.m.
BOOK RELEASE :-
- Kannada version of Justice M.F. Saldanha’s Enquiry Report on Church Attacks –STATE TERRORISM-TYRANNY
- ‘COMMUNAL VIOLENCE (PREVENTION, CONTROL and REHABILITATION) BILL– WHY IT IS A MUST?’ (in Kannada) – Published by Karnataka Komu SouhardaVedike and authored by M/s G. Rajshekar, Shivasunder and Fakir MohammedKatpady
- ‘SAFFRON TERRORISM’ (in Kannada) – Authored by Suresh Bhat Bakrabail
Honorable speakers: M/s Shivasunder, Mohammed Kunhi, Walter J.Maben, Walter C.Pinto, Ilyas Muhammed, Ali Hasan and others
We Call Upon the Enlightened Citizens of the Twin Districts To
Oppose the terror unleashed by communal forces
Insist on the Authorities to maintain an atmosphere of peace and tolerance
Insist for restoration of communal harmony which is worsening by the day
Demand immediate implementation of Prime Minister’s 15-point programme
Demand suspension of communalized law-enforcement officers
Demand appointment of able, impartial, secular officers in their place.
Demand from the Central Government immediate implementation of the ‘Communal Violence (Prevention, Control and Rehabilitation) Bill (with some necessary amendments).
All of you must be fully aware of the fact that the atrocities against minority communities and their places of worship, which have become a regular occurrence since the past few years, have recently reached intolerable heights. The multi-cultural society of our Tulunadu has a glorious history of peaceful co-existence. But these shameful incidents have made all of us hang down our heads in shame. In the year 2011 alone there were 66 incidents of attacks on Muslims and 15 against members of Christian communities which go to show the utter lawlessness of the communal elements. The unending caste and religious atrocities being perpetrated by the communalists have taken a heavy toll of life and property and people of Tulunadu are simply fed up with all this. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that as a result of such persecution a sense of terrible insecurity prevails among the members of the minority communities. People live in fear of their lives not knowing when and where these vicious elements would strike next. Who are these elements? Why do
they indulge in all these mischief?
Article 25 of the Constitution guarantees to the Indian citizen the freedom to choose any religion of his/her choice. A citizen also has the freedom to practice the religion he/she has thus chosen and has the right to profess and propagate it too. It has also been made amply clear that only forcible conversion is termed as an offence.
When the Swamiji of Pejawar Mutt takes to the streets and distributes copies of the Bhagavad Gita, is there a big a hue and cry saying it is an attempt at conversion? Are any attempts made to stop him? Does he get beaten up and handed over to the police? No. This being the case how can you accuse those who distribute the Bible, the Quran, the Guru Grintha Saheb and other religious literature of converting people? There is no empirical basis to the charge that the population of the minorities is on the increase because of such conversions. Those who make such baseless accusations are trying to create a wrong impression in the minds of the common people. One has only to verify all the relevant facts and figures and give some deep thought to the matter and the sinister purpose behind all such false allegations will be evident.
Do the Christians need a ‘permit’ to worship God in their houses or prayer halls? ‘Yes’, according to the police. Is there any such ‘permit system’ for the various Maths, Mandirs, Masjids, Gurudhwaras etc? Do all of them obtain prior permissions for conducting prayers? Are V.I.P.s such as the President, Prime Minister etc required to obtain prior ‘permits’ from the police for participating in Iftar meets? Obviously no. In that case who told the police to issue such unconstitutional orders? And why? If a group of ruffians barge into our houses when we are having dinner with the invitees after Satyanarayana Pooja, Ganahoma, Bhootada Kola, Nagaradhane etc, don’t we consider it as a grievous
offence? Similarly is it not wrong therefore, to trespass inside houses with deadly weapons, attack and grievously hurt people having Christmas dinner with their near and dear ones? Who are these attackers? Why do they indulge in all these evil acts?
It is quite natural for young boys and girls to fall in love with one another. Where love is concerned there are no barriers of caste, religion, nationality etc, etc. Is there any law in existence that prohibits people from falling in love? Still whenever young couples belonging to different religions are found together we see miscreants attacking them calling it as ‘Love Jihad’. Now who has given them such authority? And the ‘contract’ to ‘preserve the culture’? Neither we, nor you! So, who are these groups? Why do they indulge in such mischief?
There is nothing in the Indian Constitution that prevents people from eating beef. Nor is there any law in this regard. Slaughter of cattle above the age of 12 years is permitted by law. While the meat is meant for consumption, the skin and bones are used for making other useful by-products. When this is the case, who are those people who in the guise of protecting cows take law into their own hands and carry out attacks causing even deaths? Why do they do it?
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) which was born in the year 1925 supposedly as a cultural body has a political ideology too. It is called ‘Hindutva’ and their top leaders themselves have admitted to the fact. Its sole purpose is to establish a Hindu Rashtra with Vedic autocracy. The protagonists of Hindutva do not respect the Constitution and have no faith in democracy. The RSS ‘Guruvani’ states that Christians and Muslims should be dealt with in the same manner as Hitler did with the Jewish people. The RSS along with its various member organizations —BJP, VHP, Bajrang Dal, Sri Rama Sene are known as ‘Sangh Parivar’. All these member units of the Sangh Parivar work in an organized and systematic manner towards a single goal — establishment of a Hindu Rashtra.
‘Conversion’, ‘Cow Protection’ , ‘Protection of Culture’, ‘Love Jihad’ are nothing but ruses to oppress the Tribals, Dalits and Minority Communities and ultimately turn them into second class citizens. This task has been given to Bajrang Dal, Sri Rama Sene and similar organizations. Others such as ‘Abhinav Bharat’, ‘Sanathana Samsthe’ etc have been given the responsibility of executing bomb blasts. What we are seeing today is not just confined to our districts alone but is a country-wide phenomenon. All these assaults, attacks, communal riots, bomb blasts, and other criminal acts have but one goal – to uproot the Constitution – and establish a Manuvadi ‘Hindu Rashtra’. The happenings in Malegaon, Samjotha Express, Mecca Masjid, Ajmer Darga…….. and what is happening in Udupi, Mangalore, Davanagere, Hubli, Kolar,
Chickmagalore, Sindhagi……. are all part of the same hidden‘agenda’.
Take the most recent Pakistan-flag-hoisting incident at Sindhagi in Bijapur district of Karnataka. Though progressive groups have all along been warning about the nefarious designs of Sangh Parivar, people used to look askance at them. No one would believe them. People could not, even in their wildest dreams, imagine that such ‘strictly god-fearing’ and ‘patriotic organizations’ were actually indulging in anti-social, anti-national and criminal activities. But the Sindhagi incident has changed all that. Finally people have woken up to the truth.
Terrorism is defined as the practice of using violence for achieving political ends. Viewed in this background, all the criminal activities of the Sangh Parivar fall into the category of terrorist acts. While the Maoists conduct their terrorist operations from the jungles, these religious fundamentalists carry out their terrorist activities from within the towns and cities. Though the Sangh Parivar activists openly challenge the Constitution and indulge in all sorts of terrorist activities, the glaring apathy, inaction and partiality on the part of the district administration and law enforcement machinery naturally gives room for suspicion. Can we see any respect for the Constitution and for maintenance of law and order here? Is there any feeling of respect here for the different faiths and religions of the Minorities? Are those senior officials who allowed such lawless organizations to operate with impunity fit to continue in their positions? Which side are these officials on – the law-abiding citizens from whose taxes they are paid their salaries or the miscreants out to create disharmony in society?
How long should the civil society tolerate such criminal acts? The local administration and the police department are required to be faithful only to the Constitution of India and not act as per the dictates of evildoers or anti-social organizations. These are elementary requirements. But here the authorities have not only failed to control communal attacks but also, despite knowing about the organizations that promote such activities, have proved totally ineffective in discharging their constitutional duties. The people are asking whether they are officials of a constitutionally established democratic India or the sepoys of “Hindu Rashtra”. They owe an explanation to the people.
People need to demonstrate and show their unhappiness, resentment and impatience to the rulers. We must condemn with one voice the unending communal atrocities and the partisan behaviour of officials. We must send across a clear message that we will no more tolerate the violent methods of the Sangh Parivar. We must shout at the top of our voices that under no circumstances will we allow our districts and our state to become another Gujarat or Odisha. We must send out a clear message to this most corrupt and the most inhuman Government that Karnataka has ever seen – that there is a limit for peoples’ patience.
All those citizens who desire the good of the district come and join us for the Rally and Protest
Meet of the 27th in large numbers.
- Karnataka United Churches Forum for Human
- Rights (A Forum of the Roman Catholic/Orthodox & Protestant Churches)
- Catholic Sabha, Mangalore.
- Karnataka Missions Network,(Coastal Zone)Mangalore
- Federation of Christian Churches and Organizations.
- Bharatiya Chraista Okkoota
- Global Council of Indian Christians
- Protestant Christian Welfare Association
- Karnataka Komu Souhardha Vedike, D.K.
- Peoples’ Union for Civil Liberties, D.K.
- Popular Front of India
- Mangalore Central Committee
- Muslim Vartakara Sangha
- Tulunadu Mansa Samaja Seva Sangha
- Youth Wing, Mangalore
- D.K. Auto Drivers’ Association
- National Confederation of Human Rights Organizations
- Campus Front of India
- Samaja Parivartana Vedike
- Mangalore Citizen’s Association
- Karnataka Chraista Sangha Samsthegala Antharaashtriya Okkoota
- Ahinda, Mangalore
- All India Chiristian Council
- Indian Christian Youth Movement
- Demand immediate implementation of Prime Minister’s 15-point programme
- Demand immediate implementation of Communal ViolencePrevention, Control and Rehabilitation Bill