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OPEN LETTER: APPEAL FOR SANITY

We all unite to unequivocally condemn the dastardly episode at Godhra in which 57 people 

We all unite to unequivocally condemn the dastardly episode at Godhra in which 57 people including the VHP karsevaks were brutally and beastially killed. We also condemn the religio-emotional harassment meted out to Muslim men and the molestation of Muslim women prior to this event by those who ‘appeared’ to be the VHP karsevaks returning from Ayodhya in the Sabarmati Express. Our condemnation for the ruthless killing of some 500 Muslims in the Godhra aftermath (till latest news), is as resolute, unflagging and unwavering as that of the karsevaks. 

We are deeply perturbed by the manner in which the political and religious leaders are misleading the whole nation to a bottomless hell. We are taught to be proud of our secular credentials but we are ashamed to witness the ghastly and inhuman carnage first at Godhra and then all over Gujarat. These are crimes against humanity that are to be castigated regardless of caste, class or religion, in terms most vehement and vigorous. We demand immediate and most stern action against those who indulged in this most heinous crime. We mourn with the families of the ones whose near and dear ones fell prey to this communal frenzy and mobocracy. Down with the religion of the likes of the VHP, SIMI, Bajrang Dal etc that have all divided the coherent Indian social set up in watertight compartments. 

We appeal to all sections of society to stop this demoniacal and fiendish game. It is our demand that the Central and Gujarat governments take responsibility for this and on a war footing employ each and every means at their command to stop any further loss of life and property and that the programme for the rehabilitation and redressing the wrongs must begin without ado. Be a Hindu, Muslim or Christian or even an atheist. That’s never an issue. Be a humanist. That alone decides whether you are human. How sad it is that India, once so proud of her secular credentials, is burning in communal cauldron perpetrated at the behest of some communally moved politicians.

We also appeal to the NDA government to rein in the riotous elements in the alliance who are indulging in this marauding game of killing innocent people in the manner we saw during the 1984 Sikh riots or the 1992 Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir imbroglio. They must come out honestly to save the victims of this communal fire irrespective of their caste, creed or religion rather than being mute witnesses to the burning Gujarat-a state that has still not come out of the devastating natural calamity of the earthquake last year and pray to God that the beleaguered state must now not suffer at the cost of man-made disaster.

Last but not the least, the people of India here in these trying circumstances are called upon not to lose sanity, sensibility, sincerity and the thread of restraint. Let us all fail the satanic designs of the opportunist politicians who want to retain power at the cost of piling death toll and unite to retain the communal concord for protecting the unity and integrity of our country.

Yours sincerely,

Khwaja Hasan Sani Nizami
A.R.Antulay
Firoz Bakht Ahmed
Dr Aziz Burney
Sydney Rebiero
Hamid Ansari
M Atyab Siddiqui
Prof Sadiqa Zaki
B B Sawhney
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