By Harsh Thakor
SALUTE MEETING OF ASSOCIATION FOR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS PUNJAB STAGED IN LUDHIANA YESTERDAY CONDEMNING GADRICHOLI MASSACRE AS WELL AS FASCIST FRAMING OF ACTIVISTS.IT WAS QUALITATIVELY AMONGST THE BEST MEETINGS STAGED IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY EDUCATING PEOPLE ON THE FASCISM PERVADING TODAY.EVEN IF ONLY 250 PEOPLE ATTENDED IT CREATED A SPARK THAT COULD TURN INTO A PRAIRIE FIRE TO EXTINGUISH THE FASCIST FORCES.ATTENDED BY PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE.RESSURECTION OF AFDR PUNJAB IS ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT AND PROGRESSIVE DEVELOPMENTS ION THE MOVEMENT TODAY.
A most commendable meeting took place of AFDR in Ludhiana comprising around 150 persons. Speakers touched upon the massacre in Gadricholi, the attack in Tuticon and the arrests of 6 democrats.
.Gautam Navlkakha highlighted how fascist the judicial system was becoming and traced that the root of consolidation of fascsim lay in the judiciary itself. He explained why the state stooped down to such level of fascist assaults on the people and summarized the historical grounding of it.Professor Jagmohan Singh spoke about the nature of state corporate capitalism and how only by treading the path of Shaheed Bhgat Singh copuld the Indian masses emancipate itself from it’s clutches.He summarized the significance of Bhagat Singh’s teachings in light of the fascsim pervading in India today. A.K. Maleri spoke briefly as well as Daljeet Singh of Democratic Lawyers Association.
Meeting was of great qualitative value even if numbers were small.Like a breeding ground for many roses to bloom to extinguish the weeds. Gave vibration sof the days of the 1970’s and 80’s when the civil liberties movement was at it’s helm. The ressurection of AFDR today has great significance considering that hindutva fascsim is reaching it;s ultimate crescendo. Atendanace was reduced as the AFDR had it;s internal meeting s at state level.
Earlier on 4th June a rally and convention was held in Bathinda comprising around 100 people shimmering similar overtones. Significantly it comprised section sof the landed and landless dalit peasant community and a few industrial workers. The rally lit the town with the flame of resistance to extinguish fascism. The participants included mass revolutionary peasant leaders and some women comrades.
Convention organized by AFDR, Punjab demands the release of five activists implicated in false cases by Maharashtra police.
“Our country is passing through a very critical situation where the law and judicial system too are prostrating before the alliance of corporate and ruling clique and the ruling saffron brigade has been putting no stone unturned to languish the democratic dissent in jails in the name of internal security and criminal conspiracy.” These were the views expressed by Gautam Navlakha of PUDR Delhi and prof. Jagmohan Singh, nephew of Shahid Bhagat Singh while addressing the event organized by Association for Democratic Rights, Punjab recently at Punjabi Bhawan Ludhiana. It was organized to oppose the extra-judicial killings of Maoists and adivasis in fake encounters in Garchiroly, Maharashtra and massacre of peaceful protesters at Tuticorin by Tamil Nadu police. Apart from democratic rights activists, a large number of progressive and democratic activists, trade unionists and leader of students and youth organsations participated in the convention and expressed solidarity with the resistance struggles going on against this repressive regime across the country.
The main speakers compared the police firing at Tuticorin with Jallianwala Bagh massacre under British rule. They alleged that the security forces are using UBGL and Mortars against the Adivasis which are used on the borders to inflict maximum loss on the enemy. In fact, this is a brutal fascist war being waged by the Indian state against its own people. The so-called development projects are being forced upon the people through brutal state machinary. And “Operation SAMDHAN” is a more repressive version of Operation Green Hunt initiated by UPA government. They said that the forests are life-line of tribal people that’s why they are resistance tooth and nail against their displacement and land grab. The ruling elite has no respect for PESA and other acts enacted for the protection of tribal people and forest life. The armed forces of the state are wokring as the mercenary gangs of corporate capitalists and serving for them shamelessly.
Commenting on the arrests of Sudhir Dhawle, Advocate Surendra Gadling, Prof. Shoma Sen, Rona Wilson and Mahesh Raut under the UAPA they stated that this is only a ploy by the BJP to save the saffron culprits Sambhaji Bhide and Milind Ekbote responsible for Bhima-Koregaon violence unleashed against Dalits and divert the attention of the masses from the failures of extreme Right rule and their politics of hate mongering. The sole purpose is to create a false political narrative, favorable to the current saffron regime. They expressed serious concern that there is every possibility before general election due in 2019 that some more ‘stories’ like this so-called conspiracy to kill Mr. Modi will be plotted by saffron brigade like Germany under Hitler. They hailed the resistance by Dalits, Muslims, Adivasis and another downtrodden people who are braving these attacks. Many resolutions were passed demanding immediate and unconditional release of Sudhir Dhawle and other activists, higher level judicial enquiry of the fake encounters going on in Maoist affected areas, withdraw special armed forces from the tribal areas, punish the police and administrative officials responsible for the killing of protesters at Tutucorin and permanently shut down the Sterlite plant at Tuticorin.
Dated 11 June 2018.