Protest on 21st Anniversary of Babri Masjid Demolition

Stand up for Secularism and Democracy, Raise your voice for Justice for Victims of Communal Violence, Come out in large numbers for a demonstration at Jantar Mantar, Delhi on 6 December (Friday), 2013 at 12:00 PM

New Delhi: December 6, 1992 must count as the darkest day in the history independent India. While the crowds mobilized by organisations of the RSS destroyed Babri Mosque under a planned conspiracy, the institutions of the Indian state, elected state and central governments, police and judiciary stood by as mute spectators. This was the culmination of a prolonged campaign by the RSS and its allies to destabilize constitutional government and seize power via spread of communal hatred and violence. Thousands of Indian citizens were killed in riots instigated by these forces during the run-up to, and after the demolition of Babri Masjid.

The history of independent India is also a history of communal killings. Riots in Jabalpur (1961) ,Jamshedpur (1964), Rourkela (1964), Bhiwandi, Ahmedabad (1989), Nellie (1983), Delhi (1984), Malliana-Hashimpur (1987), Bhagalpur (1989), Mumbai (1992-93), Gujarat (2002), Kandhamal (2008) and Muzaffarnagar (2013), are major landmarks in this dark history. Citizens have also suffered violence due to their religious and ethnic identities in Kashmir, during the Khalistani movement in Punjab, and in Assam. None of the organisations and major leaders involved in organising communal violence has been brought to book by the criminal justice system of India. In fact different components of Indian state have contributed to this violence by their acts of commission and omission.

We believe all decent-minded Indians mourn the loss of innocent lives in communal violence on December 6. It is also a day for us to

i) Express our solidarity with victims of communal violence who are fighting for justice

ii) Redouble our efforts to build an India in which no one faces threat due to her/his community, religion, place of origin or ethnicity

iii) Demand that due punishment be meted out to all organizations and people responsible for communal violence

iv) Demand accountability of the administration and police officials for failing to take action against communal violence.

Issued by People’s Alliance for Democracy and Secularism

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