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Teesta Seetalvad lectures at AMU

Aligarh: Eminent social activist and Padma Shree Teesta Seetalvad on 30 October delivered a lecture on ‘India’s Preamble, the Equality Challenger-from Electoral to Constitutional Government’ at the Kennedy Auditorium.

Addressing the gathering, she asserted that in today’s India, it is a challenge to bring in a government, which can work on the principles of the Indian Constitution.

 “The Indian constitution clearly guarantees freedom to different religions, cultures and ethnicities among other freedoms,” said Seetalvad adding that it is time to introspect and see if people are really allowed these freedoms?

Seetalvad further said that there is a rise in communalism and minorities are insecure. “In this very hard time, a big portion of Indian population has decided to remain silent,” she said adding that this strange silence of people living in Indian metropolises, towns and villages during difficult periods when there is communal conflagration is very disturbing. It is shocking that generations after generations since the partition of India have been witnessing riots.

 “I witnessed riots in Gujarat, my elders have witnessed partition and the young generation has gone through the Muzaffarnagar riots”, said Seetalvad adding that it is high time that principles of the constitution are implemented while we elect governments, politicians accused of making hate speeches and communalism are not elected.

While presiding over the session, Professor Irfan Habib, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, AMU urged the AMU fraternity in particular and the nation in general to support Seetalvad’s work against communalism and other issues. He said that lets always remember that during the Gujarat riots, Seetalvad was helping the victims to rehabilitate despite the fact that the army, police and administration failed to secure lives of minorities during these riots.     

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 November 2015 on page no. 13

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