On the source of growing anarchy and hate crimes
10 am, 30th September, 2018
Gandhi Peace Foundation, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg, I.T.O., New Delhi
Violent attacks on people on the basis of their religious faith, caste identity, race, or language are taking place with increasing frequency in our country. People who express political opinions critical of those in power are demonised as “anti national”.
Demonstration against State terrorism, politics of hatred and communal violence (file photo)
Whether it is one individual who is targeted or thousands of people, the State does not punish those guilty of these crimes. Those who commit the most monstrous crimes against humanity get away scot free. Those who fight for justice are persecuted.
Rival political parties regularly incite hatred against this or that section of people in order to cultivate vote banks and win elections. Using modern technology and electronic media, they are propagating the most obscurantist ideas, prejudices and outright lies to create a climate of communal hatred and suspicion.
Politics is becoming increasingly criminal. Not only are more and more criminals getting elected to the law-making bodies, but political parties backed by big money power are increasingly resorting to criminal means of dividing people and justifying violent attacks against one or another community.
The growing communalisation and criminalisation of politics is taking place together with a broad anti-social offensive targeting the livelihood and rights of all sections of our people. Broad masses of our people are opposing policies that serve to enrich a minority of corporate business houses at the expense of the people and society at large. They are demanding that the state ensure security of livelihood and prosperity to all working people. Women and men of conscience are opposing the growing climate of anarchy and hate crimes.
What is the connection between the growing communalisation and criminalisation of politics and the escalated anti-social offensive targeting the livelihood and rights of our people? Is its source a particular party, or does it lie in the nature of political power and the way it is constituted in India?
In order to put an end to the growing climate of anarchy and hate crimes, it is necessary to identify its source.
Lok Raj Sangathan cordially invites you to participate in this political forum and share your views on this important question facing all of us.
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