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India: Uphold Democratic Values and Condemn Violence against Activists _ Statement by concerned citizens

2 May 2014

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Violence, hooliganism, and disruption of the democratic process is common to all fundamentalist elements in the political sphere. Last evening some goons (a.k.a party workers) from the muslim fundamentalist Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen party attacked noted activist S.Q. Masood, who was working as an observer for the Aam Aadmi Party at Golconda in the Karwan Assembly Constituency, Hyderabad.

Similarly, three days ago well known activist Shabnam Hashmi and Pratap Singh Negi were attacked by BJP workers in Rae Bareli, UP while distributing leaflets exposing the Gujarat development claims. The workers threatened to rape Ms. Hashmi if she did not relent. In both cases the police refused to register FIRs. These brazen acts of violence by both Hindu and Muslim fundamentalist parties, within the protective umbrella of the police, are horrifying and must be strongly condemned. These parties are breeding an inhumane culture of intolerance in the name of religion and corrupting the law and order system.These incidents provide a glimpse of the hatred, disorder and deteriorated law & order situation that will be the order of the day when these parties come into power.

In Solidarity

Achin Vanaik, Academic, Delhi

Ali Asghar, Hyderabad

Amalendu Upadhyaya, Editor, Hastakshep.com

Amar Kanwar, Film maker, Delhi

Amit Sengupta, Senior Journalist

Amitabh Pandey, Delhi

Anu Chenoy, Academic, JNU, Delhi

Apoorvanand, Academic, Delhi University

Asad Ashraf, Jamia Student’s Solidarity Forum

Asad Zaidi, Writer & Publisher

Ashish Awasthi, Activist, Lucknow

Battini Rao,People’s Alliance for Democracy and Secularism (PADS)

Bhawna Sharma, Activist, Delhi

Biju Mohan, Film maker, Kerala

Dinesh Mohan, IIT Delhi

Dr Neshat Quaiser, Academic, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi

Father Cedric Prakash, Prashant, Ahmedabad

Harsh Kapoor (sacw.net)

Harshita Yalamarty, Student, JNU

Hasan Abdullah

Hozefa Ujjaini, Ahmadabad

Indu Prakash Singh, Rights Defender, NFHR & FACT

Irfan Engineer, Mumbai

Joe Athialy, Activist, Delhi

John Dayal, Member, National Integration Council

Kamal Mitra Chenoy, Academic, JNU, Delhi

Kamayani Bali Mahabal, feminist and Human Rights Activist

Kiran Shaheen, People’s Alliance for Democracy and Secularism (PADS)

Kumar Prashant

Kumar Sundaram, Anti Nuclear Activist, Delhi

Lesley Esteves, Activist, New Delhi

Madhuresh Kumar, NAPM

Manisha Sethi, Academic, Delhi

Mansi Sharma, Activist, Delhi

Mohammad Imran

Mukta Srivastava

Nalini Taneja, Teacher, Delhi

Navaid Hamid, Member, National Integration Council

Niloufer Bhagwat, Mumbai

Nirmalangshu Mukherji, Activist & Writer

Nishat Quaisar, Jamia Millia Islamia

NOMOre Campaign

Ovais Sultan Khan, Social Work Professional, Delhi

Persis Jinwala, Activist Ahmadabad

Prasad Chacko, Activist, Ahmedabad

Puneet Sharma, Director, Mumbai

Purwa Bhardwaj, Independent Writer/Researcher, Delhi

Rakesh Sharma, Film maker, Mumbai

Ram Puniyani, All India Secular Forum, Mumbai

Rituparna Borah, Delhi

Rohini Hensman, Writer

Runu Chakraborty Saheli Women’s Resource Centre, New Delhi

Sanjay Kapoor, Editor, Hardnews

Seema Mustafa, Editor, The Citizen

Sehba farooqui, AIDWA

Sheeba Aslam Fehmi, Activist, Writer, Delhi

Shesh Narain Singh, Journalist

Shree Prakash, UDFI, Indore

Subhash Gatade, New Socialist Initiative

Sukla Sen, Mumbai

Sushovan Dhar

Tanweer Fazal, Academic, JNU, Delhi

Vani Subramanian, filmmaker

Vidya Bhushan Rawat, Activist, writer, Delhi

Vijay Kishor, Delhi

Wilfred D Costa, INSAF