London NRIs flag President Kovind on rights violations

August 17, 2017 by  
Filed under India, newsletter-india

London, August 16, 2017: Expressing “distress and concern” over the “human rights emergency” in the country, some Indian organisations based in the UK have sent a letter to President of India Ram Nath Kovind.

The letter sent after a demonstration in London on the 70th anniversary of India’s Independence said, “India has become a Republic of Fear where justice, democracy and the basic right to life lie in tatters, and the Constitution of Dr Ambedkar is violated daily with the government’s blessing.”

The activists stated that during the last three years, “India has become a country where Hindu supremacist gangs can lynch and rape freely and without any fear of punishment, where children, women and men are brutally killed for what they eat, who they love and simply for who they are.”

The organisations have asked for an end to this anti-minority violence by the BJP government, dismissal of the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh and release of Bhim Army leader Chandrashekhar who is still in jail.

Calling Yogi Adityanath one of the most virulent promoters of hate, the letter said he “tried to evade responsibility for the deaths of nearly 70 children in a government hospital in his longstanding constituency” and callously called for Janmashtami celebrations.

It listed the incidents of violence by Hindu right-wing against Muslims and Dalits in the last three years, from mob lynchings to rape under the pretext of cow vigilantism.

The only motive for attacks on Christians is religious hatred, the letter said, pointing out that in 2016 alone, 10 people were killed and over 500 members of the clergy or community leaders were physically attacked.

“The recent launching of a campaign against Christian conversions by Jharkhand’s BJP government, which misleadingly invokes Gandhi, appears to be an ominous prelude to more violence against the Christian minority.”

The NRIs said the situation in India “is now a human rights emergency with religious minorities and Dalits under attack as never before.”

“The fact that Prime Minister Modi, and those closest to him, have refused to condemn these incidents and focused instead on targeting any dissent as ‘anti-national’ and on whipping up exclusionary and violent Hindu nationalism is further cause for deep concern about India’s future,” it said.

“We will not remain silent and allow the forces of the Hindu right to transform India into a Republic of Fear,” they asserted.

The signatories include South Asia Solidarity Group, Castewatch UK, SOAS India Society, Anti Caste Discrimination Alliance, Federation of Ambedkarite and Buddhist Organisations UK, Voice of Dalit International and Together 4 Good.


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