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|The call given by Shiv Sena Chief Mr. Bal Thackeray to disenfranchise Muslims, to deprive them of their citizens rights on the ground of their religion, coming in the wake of Mr. Vajpayee's statement that construction of Ram Janma Bhoomi temple is a reflection of ‘nationalist sentiment which is yet to be realized,’ contains dangerous portents for Indian democracy.
The citizens at large had believed that all the fanatic pronouncements of Sangh Parivar (SP) are mere statements of some fringe zealots of SP as the BJP is led by Mr. Vajpayee who is a secular, liberal democrat. Now his real face and intentions are there for all to see. Both these statements signal the further unrolling of the agenda of the SP.
What is most pathetic at the moment is that it is so reminiscent of the analogy of the trajectory of imposition of fascism in Germany. In Germany, the democrats allied with Hitler under the illusion that it was another democratic party. In due course Hitler crushed the same allies, butchered the minorities in the name of the great German race and ultimately destroyed Germany itself. The present stance of the PM and the call given by its ideological and political ally (Bal Thackeray) is no laughing matter. It is the final wake up call for the secular parties in alliance with BJP-Shiv Sena to call it a day. It is a historic moment for them to save democracy from the advancing TRISHULS of Indian fascism, marching with full vehemence. We urge upon the likes of Mamata, Samata, Naidus and the Karunandhis to overcome their greed for power break the alliance, which is becoming the vehicle of the agenda of Sangh Parivar, the agenda of Hindu Rashtra.
Anand Patwardhan, Film Maker and Ram Puniyani (EKTA); Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer (CSSS); Ashim Roy, trade unionist; Fr. Cedric Prakash (Gujarat United Christians Forum for Human Rights); C.K.Leeks (St. Blaise Action Committee); Darryl D' Monte, journalist; Dolphy D' Souza, (AICU and VOTE); Francis Parmar S.J.; Dr. Hanif Lakadawala, PUHR; Dr. I.K.Shukla, Asha Shahed and others for Coalition for Egalitarian Pluralist India; L.A. Jai Sen, researcher; Dr. Jawaid Quddus, Uni. Michigan; M.H.Lakdawala, journalist; Maria Doss, CAHR; Dr. Peter Ronaldo de Souza, Goa Uni.; Ruby Naushad, Writer; Sonal Mehta, Movement for Secular Demoocracy; Sonal Thakker, SAMVAD; Stanny, Legal Aid Center; Suma Jossan, Film Maker; Swatija Manorama, FAOW; Wilfred