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Posted Online on Friday 10, February 2006 00:10 IST

Muslim Islamic NewsMemorandum to Gujarat Governor on Hindutva Mela in the Dangs 

The Milli Gazette Online

7-Feb-2006

TO

SRI NAVAL KISHORE SHARMA,
THE GOVERNOR OF GUJARAT,
GANDHINAGAR,

SUB: CONCERN OVER SABRIKUMBHA MELA IN DANG

SIR,

The Movement for Secular Democracy (MSD) is again drawing your attention to the mounting tensions centering round the Shabri- Kumbha Mela in the District of Dang from 10th.to 12 Th. February. It is to remind you that more than one year back we submitted a Memorandum at Raj Bhavan concerning the law and order situation in the State arising out of Trishul Dikhsa ceremonies.

The Adivasi district of Gujarat got worldwide attention on 25th. of December 1998. The Christians were attacked. Their prayer halls were burnt. Instead of criticizing the State, sponsored violence the issue of Conversion was made a National Debate by the then Prime Minister Sri Atal Behari Vajpayee. This legitimization of the debate on the conversion had its echo in Orissa, where Father Graham Stein and with his two sons were burnt to death.Ten days shook the tiny district. The then Govt. headed by BJP underplayed the situation and castigated it as a media hype. From 1998 the Hinduisation of the Adivasis started very systematically but aggressively. It was the curtain raiser of the of making the district of Dang a boiling point of religious feuds ignoring the basic development aspects of the tribal people like, education, health, employments, and drinking water. Though Dang is called the Cherapunji of Gujarat, the Adivasis are moving from morning to evening in search of water. The state of affair of the Adivasis can easily be gauged. Instead of improving the living condition of the Adivasis as human being and confer all the Human Rights enshrined in our Constitution, they have targeted to gain false religious pride with a view tom turn them in vote banks. This Shabari Kumbh Mela is nothing but a machination of the Sangha Parivar aided by the Gujarat State Government for Hinduisation of the Adivasis and keep small Christian population out of about two-lakh population under perpetual fear and pressure. As 1998 sent a loud message to the country of attack on the Christians through out the country. This Shabri Mela is the continuation of 1998 episode. The outpouring of six lakh people and their congregation from four adjoining States is a maneuver to stamp an emphatic supremacy of the Hindutva Zealots in the tribal district, which may be enhanced in other parts of the state. PTO

Taking the records of the Governments of Gujarat with regards to the handling of the questions of the minorities, riots, Supreme Court, High Court, NHRC, and Home Dept. of the Central Govt have come out to take various preventive measures on the days of mela. We apprehend the measures may be taken as tokenism without the spirit, which may have very severe consequences on the ignorant, simple, poverty stricken Adivasis.

MSD urge upon you to act in proper direction to save the adivasis from any kind of religious infringement and at the same time be assured of the economic development

Yours truly,

PRAKASH N. SHAH, 
CONVENOR, 
MOVEMENT FOR SECULAR DEMOCRACY (MSD) 
C/O NARMAD - MEGHANI LIBRARY, 
NATRAJ RAILWAY CROSSING AHMEDABAD-380006, 
Ph- 079 26404418 
email- dnrad1@sancharnet.in

 

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