By Pervez Bari
New Delhi: The Popular Front of India, (PFI), in a resolution has called upon the judiciary to fulfil its constitutional role as the guardian of justice and liberty against growing tendencies of the State being converted to autocracy. Popular Front sought urgent intervention of the apex court to put a full stop to Sangh Parivar’s efforts aimed at disturbing Muslim religious practices and capturing Muslim religious places.
The resolution was passed at PFI’s National Leaders Meet held in Malappuram in Kerala. The Meet concluded with a number of other resolutions on the current national situations.
While the Supreme Court judgment in the Babri Masjid case remains a blemish on the Indian judiciary, there were sections of people who believed and hoped that the apex court ruling against the Muslim claim on Babri Masjid would lead to peace and harmony all over the country. However, recent developments show that sacrificing of justice in the name of peace has not worked to bring peace. The same Sangh Parivar that promoted communal polarization for many decades leading to anti-Muslim violence and the destruction of the Babri Masjid in 1992 have not changed their intentions and methods.
On the contrary, they have started new movements and campaigns against other Muslim places of worship replicating the chronology of old steps in Ayodhya movement. The litigations seeking the removal of Mathura Shahi Eidgah and Varanasi Gyanvapi Mosque and the PIL in SC challenging the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991 are part of next round of RSS strategy. Popular Front has urged the judiciary to see through the violent divisive agenda behind such litigations and take a firm stand not to further entertain assaults on constitutional rights of religious minorities.
In another resolution adopted by the National Leaders Meet, Popular Front called on the people of the states facing assembly elections to ensure the defeat of the BJP and its allies. People of West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam, and Puducherry are going for Assembly Elections in the coming weeks. On the one hand, a large majority of the people are suffering due to price hike, unemployment, poverty, while on the other, RSS controlled BJP government is shrinking people’s democratic space to express their grievances by imposing draconian laws and measures. The democratic and peaceful agitations of the people are being crushed using brutal force. The individuals and organizations are being targeted by crime investigating and financial enforcement agencies for openly dissenting Central government policies.
With its six years in power, the Modi government has succeeded in destroying what India had built up in the last 7 decades. It is now a globally accepted reality. The fact that two major global watchdogs have recently down-ranked India should be an eye-opener to people. While Freedom House, an American research institute had listed India as “partly free”, the V-Dem, a Swiss institute, in their report, had listed India as an “electoral autocracy.” The Meet called upon people of these states to use their votes to ensure the defeat of BJP in order to send a clear warning to the Bhagwat-Modi-Shah government against their anti-people, anti-poor, and divisive policies.
Popular Front Leaders Meet has reminded all concerned citizens and groups, organisations, institutions and parties that our Secular Democratic Republic is struggling for its last breath under strangles of RSS ideology and strategy. The sheer misuse of power by union and state government acting upon RSS instructions is leading India to a lawless and chaotic situation.
The religious minorities are not the only casualty of this increasing spread of hate, suspicion, division, insecurity and violence purposefully created by Hindutva forces with state support. History is witness that religious fascism on war with religious minorities and other declared “internal enemies” could not ultimately save even the lives of majorities they mislead, instigate and militarise under pretentons of protecting them. The National Leaders Meet of Popular Front has requested various Hindu religious sections, communities, seers and leaders to come together for saving India and its people from destructive RSS influence at this crucial and historic juncture.
Meanwhile, the two-days meet started with inaugural speech by Chairman O M A Salam. The report presented by general secretary Anis Ahmed has shown an unprecedented growth rate all over the country in spite of pandemic restrictions and continuous government attempts to obstruct the normal activities through repressive measures.
The Leaders Meet hailed the members and units in different states for their exemplary engagement in Covid-19 relief activities, especially in undertaking the last rites of many hundreds of Covid-19 deaths. National Executive Committee members and other leaders from different regions participated in discussions.