• Appeal to Rise Against the Killing of Gauri Lankesh and to March for Democracy

    "We the people of India apply moral and political pressure on the prevailing regime, an unbiased enquiry should be conducted to arrest the criminals behind the acts"

    October 5, 2017

     

    WHAT: All India coordinated mobilizations for Justice for Gauri on October 5th. 

    In Delhi, this mobilization will take the form of a March for Democracy 

    DATE: October 5th 

    TIME:  1 pm 

    PLACE: Mandi House to Jantar Mantar.  

    Contact: Bittu (8179542651) Poonam (9811136242)

    We request all people to join this rally in the largest possible numbers. In several parts of India there will also be programs for Justice for Gauri on the same day.  In Maharashtra there will be a large protest in Mumbai on 5th October as well as actions in Nagpur; in Madhya Pradesh there wil be actions in Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur and other districts. in Orissa, programs will be held in Bhubaneshwar, Bethampur,Puri, Baleswar and Phulabani districts. In Tamil Nadu there will be a hall meeting in Chennai on October 5th, Kerala there will be multiple rallies on October 5 and 6th, in Telangana a large joint event is taking place in Hyderabad and another is taking place in Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh. In Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana, Bihar and West Bengal there have been many mass public meetings and the series of public protests has not abated since the day of Gauri’s assassination. We request all people to join these actions in the largest possible numbers.

    The assassination of Gauri Lankesh, two years after a similar horror was perpetrated on scholar M.M.Kalaburgi in Karnataka, follows the same eerie pattern as the murder of rationalists Govind Pansare and Narendra Dabholkar in Maharashtra. These killings are inseparable from the chain of killings of Dalits and Muslims in the name of ‘cow protection’, ‘religion’ etc. There have been many threats to journalists and activists who have been countering communalism, and this has continued even after her death, with the killing of Santanu Bhowmick and as seen from the way eminent Bahujan academic Kancha Iliah was grieviously threatened and even physically attacked. 

    The question is: did those who killed Gandhi kill Gauri too?  The enquiry process will reveal who the perpetrators of her killing are. Meanwhile the silence of the Prime Minister on the justification and celebration of Gauri’s assassination by people who are in various ways linked to the ruling dispensation is unacceptable in a civilized society. 

    In Maharashtra there will be a large protest in Mumbai on 5th October as well as actions in Nagpur; in Madhya Pradesh there wil be actions in Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur and other districts. in Orissa, programs will be held in Bhubaneshwar, Bethampur,Puri, Baleswar and Phulabani districts. In Tamil Nadu there will be a hall meeting in Chennai on October 5th, Kerala there will be multiple rallies on October 5 and 6th, in Telangana a large joint event is taking place in Hyderabad and another is taking place in Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh. In Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana, Bihar and West Bengal there have been many mass public meetings and the series of public protests has not abated since the day of Gauri’s assassination. We request all people to join these actions in the largest possible numbers.

    Being a founder member of Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike (The Communal Harmony Forum, Karnataka), Gauri Lankesh was actively involved in the resistance against reactionary forces along with other progressive sections of Karnataka who had responded pro-actively and consistently to counter the growth of such trend in the society. Yet the above assassinations and other developments clearly demonstrate that whatever has been done is just not sufficient to counter their terror.  But after the killing of Gauri Lankesh a stronger reaction has come from various sections of society with whom she had pledged her solidarity, including artists (including ‘mainstream’ cinema), journalists, ex-civil service officers, legal fraternity including former judges, academicians, religious heads (especially the Viraktha Basava tradition Swamijis of Karnataka), LGBT community etc and more. Youth and students formed the major chunk of the different mobilisations against this killing.  So, NOW is the time to respond. We appeal to every individual and collective, all those who think and feel for the future of humanity as a whole, to come forward and support the voice of unity for a harmonious and vibrant society.

    We:
    Demand that the police investigation primarily focuses on the most probable killers and the real political actors behind them as is the normal procedure. The most probable killers here are obviously only those who were Gauri’s main adversaries, the most retrogressive forces which had threatened to kill Gauri and which have justified and celebrated her killing. We demand that the state government in Karnataka expedites action in this direction by all means.

    We insist above all that it is the utmost responsibility of the offices that are supposed to safeguard the constitutional values to discharge their duty impartially. But unfortunately the present dispensation in the centre is unashamedly upholding and supporting the forces which are destroying communal harmony and democratic values that are entrenched in our society. Hence it is all the more necessary that ‘we the people of India’ apply moral and political pressure on the prevailing regime, such that an unbiased enquiry is conducted not only to arrest the criminals behind the acts but also the extra constitutional forces behind them.   

    Signatories:

    Teesta Setalvad (Journalist, Activist, Educationist, Forum against the killing of Gauri Lankesh)

    Jignesh Mevani (Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch, Forum against the killing of Gauri Lankesh)

    Kavita Krishnan (AIPWA, Forum against the killing of Gauri Lankesh)

    Ganesh Devy, (Convenor, Dakshinayana, Forum against the killing of Gauri Lankesh)

    Anand Patwardhan (Film maker, Forum against the killing of Gauri Lankesh)

    Irfan engineer (CSSS, Forum against the killing of Gauri Lankesh)

    Narayana Rao, Telangana (Civil Liberties Committee, Forum against the killing of Gauri Lankesh)

    K. Neela (AIDWA, Forum against the killing of Gauri Lankesh)

    Vasu (Karnataka Janashakti, Forum against the killing of Gauri Lankesh) 

    Dr. Mrigank, (IFTU, Forum against the killing of Gauri Lankesh)

    Justice P.B, Sawant (retired)  SC

    Justice Hosbet Suresh (retired) Bombay HC

    Justice Kolse Patil (retired) Bombay HC

    Annie Raja, NFIW

    Prashant Bhushan, Swaraj Abhiyan

    Mariam Dhawale, AIDWA

    Poonam, Pragatisheel Mahila Sangathan (PMS)

    Rajni Tilak, Rashtriya Dalit Mahila Andolan

    Shabnam Hashmi, Anti-communal activist

    Ovais Sultan Khan, Anhad

    Neeraj, AISA

    Maimoona Abbas Molla, AIDWA

    Asha Sharma, JMS

    H. S. Doresamy, veteran freedom fighter, Karnataka

    Padmasri Devanoora Mahadeva, noted writer, Karnataka

    Girish Karnad, Jnaanapeet awardee, Karnataka

    A.  K. Subbaiah, senior advocate, Karnataka communal harmony forum

    K.Marula Siddappa, noted writer and former president, Sahitya academy, Karnataka

    Chandrashekhar Patil, Former president Kannada Sahitya parishat, Karnataka

    Ravivarma kumar, Former advocate general, Karnataka

    S.R. Hirematt, Samaja Parivarthana Samudaya, Karnataka

    Dr. Ram Punyani, Centre for the study of Society and Secularism, Mumbai

    Medha Patkar, Narmada Bachao Andolan

    Meera, National Alliance of Peoples’ Movements

    Gabriele Dietrich, Pen Orumai Iyakkam, National Alliance of Peoples’ Movements

    Prof. Marx, Civil liberties activist, Tamil Nadu

    Dr. Sivakumar, Retd. Principal, Govt. Arts College, Gudiyattam, Vellore District., Tamil Nadu.

    Dr. Aravind, Psychiatrist, Institute of Mental Health, Chennai

    S. A Venkatesan, Chief technical officer, CNQ, Chennai

    K.S. Karuna Prasad, Alternative Theatre activist, Chennai

    Devasahayam, Retired IAS officer, Chennai

    Mohan, General Secretary, Madras Union of Journalists

    G. Boopathi, National Secretary, All India News Paper Employees' Forum, Tamil Nadu

    Achin Vanaik – Retired Professor of International Relations, Delhi university, Trustee Centre for Marxist Studies

    Rabin Chakraborty, associated with Frontier website, Kolkata

    Prof Bijay Bahidar, Odisha, Political Science, presently in Ravenshaw University

    Deboranjan, Documentary film maker, Odisha

    Raja Suresh, Humanist rationalist, Odisha

    Sudhir Patnaik, Samadrushti, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha

    Bela Bhatia, Human Rights activist, Chattisgarh 

    Dr. Anil Sadgopal, All India Forum for Right to Education

    Dr. Madhu Prasad, All India Forum for Right to Education

    Kaluram Dhodade, President Bhumisena & Aadivasi Ekta Parishad, Maharashtra 

    Com Shashi Sonwane, National President Indian Council For Trade Union, Maharashtra

    Dayanand Kanakdande, All India Convenor Yuva Bharat, Maharashtra

    Shobha Karande, Editor, Saguna, Maharashtra

    Dhanaji, Convenor, Vidrohi, Pune, Maharashtra

    Dr. D M Diwakar, Former Director, Professor of Economics, Bihar

    A N Sinha, Institute of Social Studies, Bihar

    Prof M.N. Karn sociologist, Bihar

    Rupesh, Noted social activist, Bihar

    Subhash Ghatade, New Socialist Initiative

    K.P. Sasi, Film maker

    Kusumam Joseph, NAPM Kerala

    Sarath Cheloor, Vibgyor Film collective, Kerala

    Kunal Chattopadhyay, Radical Socialist

    Fr. Stan, Jharkhand 

    Professor [Emerita] Zoya Hasan – Political Science,  JNU

    Tanika Sarkar, Former Professor of Modern History, JNU

    Sumit Sarkar, Former Professor of History, Delhi University

    Anuradha Talwar, Paschim Banga Khet Majur Samity,West Bengal

    Swapan Ganguly, Convenor, Osongothito Khetra Shramik Sangrami Manch,West Bengal

    Shaktiman Ghosh Secretary, National Hawker Federation, West Bengal

    Sandhya, POW

    Battini Rao, Convener, PADS, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh

    Dr.Sunita Tyagi Ex H.O.D.Zoology Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishvavidyalay Kanpur Sonipat Haryana.         

    Com.Sudesh Kumari, Advocate, General secretary, Jan sangarsh manch, Haryana

    Anand Mohan Mathur, Freedom fighter, Former advocate general of Madhyapradesh and HC advocate 

    Madhuri, Founder member, Jagrit adivasi Dalit Sangatan

    Murli Manohar Prasad Singh, General Secretary, Janwadi Lekhak Sangh

    Bittu, Karnataka Janashakti, WSS

    Payal, WSS

    Vinod Koshy, Dynamic action

    Rakesh Sharma, Film maker

    Deepa Dhanraj, Film maker

    Githa Hariharan, Writer, Indian Writer’s Forum

    Sadananda Menon, Freelance media person

    Maya Krishna Rao, Director, Vismayah, Delhi

    Murli Manohar Prasad Singh, General Secretary, Janwadi Lekhak Sangh

    Dr. Dharamvira Gandhi, MP, Punjab

    Prof. Jagmohan Singh General secretary AFDR

    Prof. A.K.Maleri president AFDR

    Narbhinder organising secretary AFDR

    Pirat Pal singh State Committee member AFDR

    Dr. Virendra Vidrohi, General Secretary, INSAF 

    Umar Khalid, BASO

    Kajal Ghosh, Parcham

    Nagaraj Adve, PUDR

    Girish Patel, Senior Advocate, Gujarat High Court and Human Rights Activist

    Sharifa Vijaliwala, Professor & Head, Department of Gujarati

    Ghanshyam Shah, Noted Academician and Scholar, Gujarat

    Veer Narmad, South Gujarat University, Surat

    Himanshi Shelat, Well known Gujarati Writer, Novelist, Abrama, Valsad

    Manishi Jani, Social Activist, Gujarat

    Uttam Parmar, Educationist, Dakshinayan, Gujarat

    Neerav Patel, Dalit Poet, Founder, Navsarjan

    Kanji Patel, Professor, Gujarat

    Rohit Shukla Retd. Professor, Economics, Gujarat

    Indukumar Jani, Editor, Naya Marg, Gujarat

    Svati Joshi, Professsor, Gujarat

    Shamshad Pathan, Advocate, Gujarat

    Sanjay Shripad Bhave, Professor, English Literature

    Aindrekar, Theatre Activist, Budhan Theatre

    Sneh Bhavsar, IT Professional

    Nita Mahadev, Gandhian Practitioner and Organic Activist

    Vinay and Charul, Cultural Activists, Loknaad, Ahmedabad

    Lalitha, Mohan and others, Jana Chinthana Kendra

    Dipu, Pedestrian Pictures, Karnataka

    Prof N. Ramesh ,V.S. Sreedhara and others, People’s Democratic Forum, Karnataka

    Bhaskar Prasad and others, Dalitha Damanitha Swabhimani Horata Samithi, Karnataka

    Sirimane Nagraj, Bhoomi mattu vasati hakku vanchitara samithi

     

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