End state organized communal violence and terror!
To mark 21 years since the demolition of the Babri Masjid, Lok Raj Sangathan, together with nearly a dozen other organisations held a protest dharna on 6 December 2013 at Jantar Mantar in Delhi. The organisers and participants included the Communist Ghadar Party of India, Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist), Association for the Protection of Civil Rights, Jamaat Islami e Hind, Popular Front of India, the Sikh Forum, Purogami Mahila Sangathan, Hind Naujawan Ekta Sabha, Manipur Students Association Delhi and the Mazdoor Ekta Committee.
The site of the dharna was decorated with banners that carried the following slogans –“Unite to demand that the guilty are punished!”, “Carry forward the struggle for the empowerment of the people and for deep going reforms for the renewal of India!”, “Communalism and secularism are two aspects of the policy of the rulers!”, “Both Congress Party and the BJP are responsible for the destruction of the Babri Masjid, a historic monument!”, “An attack on one is an attack on all!”, “The Indian State is communal and not the Indian people!”, “Those responsible for the communal massacres in 1984, 1992-93, 2002, Odisha, Assam and UP, should be severely punished!”, “Down with state organised terrorism!”, “Unite against state organised communal violence”, “Communal violence is the favorite weapon of the state to divide the people”, etc.
Representatives of the participating organisations addressed the gathering. Speakers included spokesperson of CGPI, comrade Prakash Rao; President of Lok Raj Sangathan, S. Raghavan; Pratap Syamal from the Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist); Inamur Rahman from Jamaat Islami e Hind; Leader of Mazdoor Ekta Committee, Santosh Kumar; Sucharita of Purogami Mahila Sangathan; S. Ahmad from Association for Protection of Civil Rights; Jaseen Ahmad from the Central Universities Research Scholars Association; Prakash Devi from AIDYO; Harish Tyagi from AIUTUC and Lokesh Kumar of Hind Naujawan Ekta Sabha.
The speakers condemned the destruction of the Babri Masjid which showed once again, that organizing communal violence and terror remains the preferred weapon of our rulers, to divide the toiling people and divert them from the real issues facing them. In November 1984, the assassination of Indira Gandhi was used by the Congress party and government to unleash genocide against people of the Sikh community. Similarly, in 2002, people of the Muslim community were the target of brutal communal violence organised by the BJP government in Gujarat. Targeted communal violence and massacres have been organized time and again, against the Christian community in Orissa and other communities as well, the latest being the bloody communal violence organized last month in Muzaffarnagar, UP.
Several speakers explained how the issue of the Babri Masjid had been used first by the British colonial rulers and subsequently, time and again, by both the Congress Party and the BJP, to inflame communal tensions among the people.
The speakers of the various organizations reiterated the view that the Indian state is communal to the core, as are all the political parties representing the interests of the ruling bourgeois class. What has been confirmed every time is that the state and its organs – including the legal and judicial systems, the various commissions of inquiry, and so on – cannot be relied on to get justice for the victims of communal violence. However, the spokespersons of the Indian state continue to divide the polity between "secular" and "communal" in order to confuse people about the real source of communalism and communal violence.
In this context it was pointed out that the "Bill to prevent communal violence", which is once again being debated on in Parliament, does not address the central issue that it is the Indian state which is the organizer of communal violence and terror. We cannot expect that this bill will actually prevent the recurrence of communal genocide, because one cannot expect the hangman to pass a law to punish himself. It was also pointed out that the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992 and the state organized communal massacres that followed were aimed at dividing and crushing the united movement of the workers and peasants all over India against the policy of the big monopoly bourgeoisie of globalization through liberalization and privatization.
Speakers analysed that the repeated incidences of state organized communal violence and the fact that the guilty are never punished confirm that this remains the favourite weapon of our rulers to divide and crush the people. The demolition of the Babri Masjid exposed to our people their complete powerlessness under the existing political system. People were outraged that the two biggest parties in Parliament can get away with any heinous crime to expand their vote banks and to divert and divide the people and we have no power to prevent this. The police and state authorities fully facilitate these crimes against the innocent people while the guilty, those who masterminded these crimes not only go unpunished but are even rewarded with promotions or even ministerial posts. This realisation among large numbers of people gave a huge impetus to the movement for people’s empowerment.
The inevitable conclusion we can draw is that we need a new political process in which people are empowered to punish these criminal political parties and put an end to communal violence and terror. The challenge before all people of conscience is to ensure that people should have political power in their hands, to set the agenda of society in the interests of the vast majority and deal the harshest punishment to all those who inflict such crimes on our people.
The dharna concluded with participants raising slogans against state organised communal violence and terror and expressing their resolve to carry forward the movement to punish the guilty by ushering in a new political system and process in which the workers, peasants and other toiling people will have political power in their own hands.