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India: Appeal by concerned citizens for a ceasefire and peace talks between Govt. and maoists

6 October 2009

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2nd October 2009, Gandhi Jayanti

We are deeply concerned that the Government of India might use air power
against its own citizens. We condemn violence in all its forms, and by all
parties, and are of the strong opinion that no resolution of any issue can
be achieved through military means. There must be dialogue so that the basic issues that affect citizens such as food, health, education, and employment can be addressed. Above all, there can be no peace without justice.

We demand a ceasefire between the Government of India, the respective state governments and the CPI (Maoist), and peace talks. The Government must initiate talks. The Maoists must respond. We, as citizens and concerned people are willing to help in whatever way possible.

Justice Rajendra Sachar, People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)

Medha Patkar, National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM)

Chittaranjan Singh, PUCL Uttar Pradesh

Kavita Srivastava, PUCL Rajasthan

Anil Chaudhury, Peace and Insaf

Bhupinder Singh Rawat, Jan Sangharsh Vahini

Gabrielle Dietrich, NAPM

Nandini Sundar, Campaign for Peace and Justice in Chhattisgarh (CPJC)

Sukla Sen, Ekta (Committee for Communal Amity)

Dr S P Udayakumar, anti-nuclear activist