Kashif Ahmed Faraz for BeyondHeadlines
On the 22nd anniversary of the demolition of the Babri masjid, a large number of political, social, cultural and human rights organizations came together and organized an strong protest march cum public meeting participated by thousands peoples from the different religions and ideologies on 6th March at Janatar Mantar of Delhi.
Peoples started gathering at Mandi House at 11 AM and marched towards Jantar Mantar holding banners, playcards and militantly shouting slogans demanding punishment to culprits and all the way. Reaching Jantar Mantar the march converted into the public meeting at 1:00 PM.
The meeting was inaugurated by Shri S Raghavan (President, Lok Raj Sangathan) who called upon all to unite against the state terrorism and took forward the struggle for a just and equitable society which will ensure happiness and prosperity for all. He hailed the rally as a living example of “An attack on one is an attack on all!” Lokraj Sangthan was the convener of this protest.
Addressing the gathering Akhlaq Ahmad, National Coordinator of Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) said, “It is utter shame that the culprits of Babri Masjid demolition who supposed to be behind the bars are ruling the nation at present and getting Z Plus security by using the funds of the people of India. No solution could bring peace except rebuilding Babri Masjid on the same site on the state expenses. It will be the only justice in this matter.”
He reiterated that the struggle of rebuilding Babri Masjid is not limited to just Muslims but it is the responsibility of 125 crore peoples of India for strengthening the constitutional values and for the establishment of justice assured in the constitution of India.
The others who addressed the meeting were A Sayeed of SDPI,Santosh Rai of CPI (ML) Liberation, Mohammed Ahmed of Jamat-e-Islami Hind, Prakash Rao of Communist Ghadar Party of India, Harminder Singh of Sikh Youth Forum, Maulana Uslam Baig of Popular Front of India, Advocate N D Pancholi of Citizens for Democracy, S Q R Ilyas of Wefare Party of India, Kavita Krishnan of All India Progressive Women Association, Professor Siddhantkar of CPIML (New Proletarian), Umar Khalid of Democratic Student Union, Anwar-ul-Islam of All India Muslim Majlis e Mushawarat, R K Sharma of SUCI (Communist), Khalid Khan of Campus Friend of India, Renu Nayak of Purogami Mahila Sangathan, Shivani of Bigul Mazdoor Dasta, P K Sahi of AIFTU (New), Shweta of AISA, Professor Narendra Sharma of CPDRS, M. Hasnen of Kaumi Party of India, Ishan of DSF, Arvind of Naujawan Bharat Sabha, Nagendra of Inquilabi Mazdoor Kendra, Rohit of Left Collective,Adv Shahid of Uninted Muslim front and others.
Speakers unanimously condemned the demolition of the Babri masjid for which they held both the BJP and the Congress party responsible. They denounced the Indian state’s policy of ‘Divide and Rule’ which has consistently been practiced, regardless of whichever party has been in power, to repeatedly smash the unity of our people in their struggle for justice. They pointed out that it is the system which is responsible for allowing such genocidal and monstrous crimes against our people to go unpunished; their perpetrators continue to hold high positions in the government and the state.
Revolutionary songs were presented by Nishant Natya Manch, Sangwari Jan Sanskriti Manch and Revolutionary Cultural Front JNU etc .during the public meeting concluded at 4:30 PM at the evening.
(Kashif Ahmed Faraz is a freelance journalist; he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)