Lok Raj Sangathan, together with several other organisations across Delhi, is planning to hold a massive demonstration from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar on December 6, 2014, to mark 22 years after the demolition of the Babri Masjid and the state organised violence and terror that followed. To ensure the success of this program, a planning meeting was held on November 19, at the Gandhi Peace Foundation.
S. Raghavan, President of LRS, and Birju Nayak, Delhi Regional Council Secretary of LRS, presided over the meeting. Others present included Shahid Ali and Wasim Alam of United Muslim Front, Dr. I. Khan of Popular Front of India, Intizar Naeem and Inam ur Rehman of Jamaat Islami e Hind, Aslam Ahmed and Mohammed Rafiq Jabbar Mulla of Social Democratic Party of India, N.D. Pancholi representing Citizens for Democracy, Renu of Purogami Mahila Sangathan, Prakash Rao, spokesperson of Communist Ghadar Party of India, representatives of Hind Naujawan Ekta Sabha, Mazdoor Ekta Committee, as well activists of Lok Raj Sangathan, Delhi.
The meeting took up the agenda of summing up the successful joint action on November 1, on the occasion of 30 years after the genocide of Sikhs, and planning for the forthcoming action on December 6.
S. Raghavan, summing up the November 1 action, congratulated all the participating organisations, their activists and supporters, for the great enthusiasm, discipline, sense of responsibility and political maturity displayed by all, which resulted in the program of November 1 being a resounding success. Representatives of the participating organisations also expressed their satisfaction and emphasised the main features of the program that made it such a success.
The demonstration led by huge banners, declaring our determination to end state terrorism and ensure punishment of those guilty of November ’84, attracted people all around, many of whom joined in. The demonstration marched in an extremely organised manner. The participants, old and young, women and men, conducted themselves with dignity and with true spirit of fraternity and cooperation among activists of different organisations. The media too reported on it – several leading T.V. channels reported on it at prime time, at least 15 English, Hindi and Punjabi newspapers and 17 Urdu newspapers carried reports and photographs of the demonstration, as also several international web newspapers. The rally at Jantar Mantar brought out the political unity of all the participants and their determination to continue the struggle to end state terrorism. The songs and theatre performance evoked emotions that further strengthened this determination.
The participating organisations had contributed generously, in terms of money and means, for the success of the program.
Enthusiastic plans were chalked out for the success of the demonstration and rally planned for December 6. “Let us learn from the previous program and make this one an even greater success”, this was the sentiment that pervaded the meeting.
A bold and attractive poster was designed for the occasion, with slogans demanding an end to state terrorism, punishment for those guilty of the demolition of the Babri Masjid and emphasising that “an attack on one is an attack on all!” Activists of all the participating organisations will soon be plastering thousands of posters on the walls of Delhi at prominent places where people gather, colleges and university campuses, places of worship and congregation, centres of political and social activity, etc.
Banners, placards and slogans for the demonstration, as well as other necessary arrangements were discussed and responsibilities assigned. Arrangements for the rally at Jantar Mantar, decoration of the venue and conducting of the public meeting were also discussed and plans made.
Participants decided to gather at Mandi House at 10 a.m. on December 6. The demonstration will begin its march to Mandi House at 11 a.m.
A press briefing is planned for December 4, 2014.
In conclusion, everyone present at the meeting resolved to mobilise actively through their respective organisations, in their places of work and residence, to unite and bring together all progressive and democratic minded people, on the occasion. They also agreed to contribute financially and in every other way possible, for the success of the program.
The demonstration and rally announced for December 6, 2014, is expected to be yet another milestone in the struggle of our people, to put an end to state terrorism and all attempts by the rulers to break our unity by dividing us along sectarian lines. It will contribute to the growing unity in the movement for people’s empowerment.