Several organisations and activists demand swift and urgent action against Hindutva groups in Mangalore


  • October 8, 2021
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The recent decision by St Aloysius Institutions, to name a park in one of their institution premises, in the outskirts of Mangalore city, after Jesuit priest and tribal rights activist Father Stan Swamy, has come in for opposition from right-wing groups like Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal.

 

The right-wing Hindutva forces continue to target and vilify the name of Jesuit priest and tribal rights activist Stan Swamy even after his death. The Hindutva groups are claiming that to name a park after a person like Fr. Stan Swamy is akin to it indirectly challenging national unity, and they have even threatened that if St Aloysius Institutions management goes ahead with the plan, the groups  will carry out a strong protest, following which the institution will be responsible if there is any untoward incident.

 

Meanwhile, St Aloysius Institutions Rector Fr. Melwin Pinto SJ had said: “We will go ahead with our naming of park plan and we will not budge for such threats from these activists ”. But the naming of the park programme which was scheduled for Thursday 7 October Morning, has now been postponed based on the suggestion of city police that President of India Ram Nath Kovind will be visiting the city on Thursday, and there should not be any protest or untoward incident on that day.

 

An open letter endorsed by several organisations and human right activists condemns the open threats to violence by the Hindutva fascist groups such as ABVP, VHM and Bajrang Dal against a private autonomous Catholic college for its decision to name one of its parks after the late Fr. Stan Swamy whose death has become symbolic of the systemic oppression of a human rights activist standing with the most marginalized communities. The signatories call for swift and urgent action by the Mangalore district authorities against this form of criminal intimidation of members and institutions of minority communities.

 

The open letter has been endorsed by several organisations such as the Campaign to Defend Democracy, All India People’s Forum (AIPF), People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and humans activists such as Amar Jesani, P. Sainath, Anil Sadagopal, Dunu Roy, Harsh Mander, Kavita Srivatsava, Meera Sanghamitra, Nandini Sundar, Pieter Friedrich, Ram Puniyani among many others.

 

The copy of the open letter with signatories is given below

 

Open letter endorsed by individuals and organisations Demand for Action by Mangalore district administration  against ABVP, VHP and Bajrang Dal

 

8th October 2021

Dear friends,

News reports have reported that Hindutva fascist groups including ABVP, VHP and Bajrang  Dal have opposed the decision of the St Aloysius College, Mangalore a private autonomous  college to name one of its parks after Human Rights and Adivasi Rights Activist Late Father Stan Swamy. They have threatened to stage a protest if the college goes ahead with the plan. Threats have been made by them stating that “The college will be responsible if any untoward incident takes place”.

 

We call upon the District Administration and the Police to take immediate action against these organizations for engaging in criminal intimidation and issuing such threats. They have absolutely no right to interfere in the goings on of the private institution. These organization have a stated purpose and history for violence, communal divisiveness and subscribe to an  idea of our country, with scant regard to the Constitution and the Rule of Law.

 

This blatantly illegal behavior is a consequence of the free run that is being given to these fascist organizations in coastal Karnataka. These organizations are imposing social apartheid, interfering in the private affairs of citizens and acting against the Constitutional principle of fraternity by engaging in daily acts of violence and intimidation with impunity. Members of  these organizations have engaged in lynching of minorities across the country, conducting riots and engaging in violence to push minorities into second-class citizenship .

 

Fr. Stan Swamy was a person who was falsely implicated in the cases pending against him and subject to the most inhuman treatment leading to his untimely death. Imprisoned at the  age of 84 years while suffering from Parkinson’s disease, he was denied the most basic of  rights, being deprived of even a sipper. He dedicated his entire life for the upliftment of the  oppressed sections of society and was targeted precisely for this reason. We stand with Fr. Stan Swamy.

 

We demand that immediate action be taken against these fascist organization for their actions of criminal intimidation and the district administration and police provide adequate protection to the college to ensure that there is no interference in its private affairs.

 

Endorsed by

  1. Campaign to Defend Democracy (Karnataka)
  2. All India Peoples Forum
  3. People’s Union for Civil Liberty (PUCL)
  4. A. John Vincent, Advocate, High Court Bench, Madurai
  5. Abha Rao
  6. Akhil Mythri, NIAS
  7. Alice, AEO
  8. Alwin, Jesuit
  9. Alwyn, Alumni
  10. Amar Jesani, Independent Consultant, Bioethics & Public Health
  11. Amod Shah, PhD Researcher
  12. Amulya D’Souza
  13. Anil Sadgopal, Former Professor & Dean, Faculty of Education, Delhi University
  14. Archana Kaul, Srijanatmakanushi Sanstha
  15. Arindam Roy, CPI ML
  16. Ashiqa
  17. Ashish Kajla, Delhi Solidarity Group
  18. Avani Chokshi, All India Lawyers Association for Justice
  19. Basavalinga, Alumni
  20. Brian D
  21. Brinda Adige, Ananya Mahila Okkutta
  22. Cedric Prakash
  23. Chayanika Shah, Forum Against Oppression of Women, Mumbai
  24. Cheriyan Alexander
  25. Clifton D’ Rozario, All India Lawyers Association for Justice
  26. Cynthia D
  27. Cynthia Stephen, Independent researcher
  28. Cyril, Alumni
  29. Deepak D’Souza Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  30. Dr.Mohan Rao, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan
  31. Dr.Sudhir Vombatkere, NAPM
  32. Dunu Roy, Hazards Centre
  33. Dwiji Guru, NAPM Karnataka
  34. Emmanuel David, HRDA
  35. Esmeralda D’mello, Justice Task force
  36. Francis
  37. Francis Balaraj, Indian Social Institute
  38. Frazer Mascarenhas, St. Peter’s Parish
  39. G. Mary
  40. H (Laltu) Singh, AIFRTE
  41. Harsh Mander, Human rights and peace worker and writer
  42. Harshita, St. Claret College
  43. Hartman de Souza, Writer
  44. Jagdish Patel, Peoples Training and Research centre
  45. Jolly Chacko, Retd Govt Servant
  46. Joseph Xavier, Indian Social Institute Bangalore
  47. Karuna Journalist
  48. Kavita Srivastava, PUCL
  49. Kavya
  50. Lekha, All India Students’ Association
  51. Madhu Bhushan, Women’s rights activist/researcher
  52. Maimoona Mollah, AIDWA Delhi
  53. Manshi Asher, Nagrik Adhikar Manch, Kangra
  54. Manu
  55. Marian Furtado
  56. Mary Ann B
  57. Meera Sanghamitra, National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM)
  58. Michael Rajamathi, St. Joseph’s College, Bengaluru
  59. Milagrin, Alumni
  60. N Manu Chakravarthy, Individual
  61. N Thamizhseran
  62. N. Jayaram, PUCL
  63. Nandini Sundar, Sociologist
  64. Nisha Biswas
  65. P A Devaiah, All India Students’ Association
  66. P. Sainath, Journalist
  67. Philo Thomas, Women’s Welfare Centre
  68. Pieter Friedrich,Centre for Liberty and Peace in South Asia
  69. Prabhat Sharan, Journalist
  70. Prayer KC, Independent Doctor
  71. Ram Puniyani, All India Secular Forum
  72. Ramnarayan, Independent Ecologist, Educator
  73. Raphael Dsouza, The Bombay Catholic Sabha and All India Catholic Union
  74. Rohit Prajapati, Activist, Gujarat
  75. Rohit, AISA
  76. S Subramanian, Independent Researcher
  77. S.Krishnaswamy, Madurai District President, PUCL
  78. Sawani Shiraz
  79. Sejal Dand, Anna Suraksha Adhikar Abhiyan
  80. Selvaraj Arulnathan, Loyola College, Vettavalam
  81. Shashank SR, Research For Equity
  82. Shiva Shankar, IIT
  83. Shujayathulla, PUCL Bangalore
  84. Siraj Dutta, Jharkhand Janadhikar Mahasabha
  85. Sridhar Venkatesh, University of Michigan
  86. Sudha N, Independent Researcher-Activist
  87. Sultan Mahmud, All India Students Association
  88. Suraj Samrat
  89. Synthia
  90. T. Dlee
  91. Thomas Kailath
  92. Uma Shankari, Human rights organisation
  93. Usha, NMSWorks Software Pvt Ltd
  94. Vidya Dinker, Citizens Forum for Mangalore Development
  95. Vijayashree CS, National Institute of Advanced Studies
  96. Vinay Sreenivasa, Advocate
  97. Walter Fernandes, NESRC
  98. Xavier Jeyaraj SJ, Society of Jesus
  99. ವಸಂತ್ ಕ್ಕಮಾರ್ ಎೇಂ ಎಸ್ Software

 

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