Justice for Gauri on October 5th. 

 

PRESS INVITE
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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. 

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.

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

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

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

Annie Raja, NFIW

Shabnam Hashmi, Anti-communal activist

Mariam Dhawale, AIDWA

Poonam, Pragatisheel Mahila Sangathan (PMS)

Ovais Sultan Khan, Anhad

Rajni Tilak, Rashtriya Dalit Mahila Andolan

Bittu, Karnataka Janashakti, WSS

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

Irfan engineer (Anti communal activist, Forum against the assassination of Gauri Lankesh)

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

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

Vasu (Karnataka Janashakti, Forum against the assassination of Gauri Lankesh

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