[DEBATE] : Fwd: [initiative-india] Statement from Concerned Citizens: Nandigram
jai.sen at cacim.net
Tue Nov 13 16:45:25 GMT 2007
Begin forwarded message:
> From: Mukta Srivastava <mukta.srivastava at gmail.com>
> Date: November 13 2007 6:38:25 PM GMT+05:30
> To: Mukta Srivastava <mukta.srivastava at gmail.com>
> Subject: [initiative-india] Statement from Concerned Citizens:
> Reply-To: mukta.srivastava at gmail.com
> Statement from Concerned Citizens
> On the Shameful Events in Nandigram in the last few days.
> We the undersigned have been dismayed and revolted by the events of
> the past few days in and around Nandigram in West Bengal's East
> Midinapur district. The manner in which the anti-socials of the
> dominant party in the ruling front attacked the residents to
> reestablish the domination over the area exposes the party's lack
> of commitment to democratic values, principles and norms. The
> actions of these people under the benign indulgence of the State
> administration can only strengthen the criminalized and anti-
> democratic forces in our polity. For four days since the operation
> began the media and journalists have not been allowed to enter
> Nandigram, indicating that there is much to hide.
> We condemn the assault by the anti-socials carrying the Red flag
> and functioning under the protection and encouragement of the
> ruling CPM on the group of reputed social activists, writers,
> intellectuals and artists led by Medha Patkar who were on a visit
> to Nandigram to find out first hand what was going on and express
> their solidarity with the hapless residents evicted from their
> hearths and homes. Not only were they prevented from entering
> Nandigram, they were subjected to physical violence and
> intimidation. The events in Nandigram are inconsistent with the
> norms of democratic functioning, claims of creating an alternative
> political culture and the traditions of Bengali culture.
> We see in this the application of the so-called "Dum Dum dawai"
> that a senior CPM Polit-Bureau member approvingly advocated the
> other day. This is unfortunate since this slogan was coined as a
> part of the democratic resistance during the memorable food
> movement in the State in 1966, whereas it is now sought to be
> applied against the people themselves. All this is reflective of
> not just intolerance but a strong anti-democratic tendency in the
> dominant component of West Bengal's ruling party today. What is
> happening in West Bengal today is indeed unprecedented in
> contemporary India and has doubtless besmirched the State's rich
> history of democratic struggles so that even the Governor of West
> Bengal who has shown tremendous restraint has been pained to
> issue a statement against the unfolding events in the State.
> We are dismayed at the attitude of the CPM's State and Central
> leadership which not only did not rein in its cadres but did not
> deem it necessary or worthwhile to tender unqualified apology to
> the group led by Medha Patkar for the undemocratic actions of their
> cadres. This suggests that they are condoning such activity.
> If such activities continue even for a day more it would be
> tantamount to the State government abdicating its constitutional
> responsibility and a break down of the constitutional functioning
> in the State.
> We demand that the CPM leadership, both at the Centre and in the
> State immediately put a stop to the undemocratic actions let loose
> by their cadres.
> We also demand that they convey their sincere apology to the people
> of Nandigram and to the group of citizens led by Medha Patkar that
> were trying to visit the area.
> We demand a solemn assurance that such things will not recur in the
> days ahead.
> We demand that the state government facilitate the visit of a fact
> finding team consisting of concerned citizens to visit the area.
> We appeal to all democratic forces, representing various shades of
> opinion, to stand up and defend the very edifice of our democracy
> which is in peril by taking whatever action they can wherever they
> are (say, by sending copies of this statement (or one based on
> this) to the Chief Minister and the Governor and by holding
> demonstrations and protests on November 12 th at
> 1. 00 pm.
> 1. Sumit Chakravarty, Journalist.
> 2. Meher Engineer, Social Activist.
> 3. Prashant Bhushan, Lawyer
> 4. Arvind Kejriwal, Social Activist
> 5. Amit Bhaduri, JNU
> 6. Sumit Sarkar, Retd. Delhi University.
> 7. Manoranjan Mohanty, Delhi University.
> 8. Ramaswamy R. Iyer, Retd. Civil Servant
> 9. Madhu Bhaduri, Retd Ambassador
> 10. Achin Vanaik, Delhi University
> 11. Praful Bidwai, Journalist.
> 12. Arundhati Dhuru, Social Activist
> 13. Sandeep Pandey, Social Activist.
> 14. Thomas Kocherry, Social Activist.
> 15. Ambarish Rai, Social Activist.
> 16. Vijay Pratap, Social Activist
> 17. Yogendra Yadav, CSDS.
> 18. Sukumar Mukhopadhyay, Retd. Civil Servant
> 19. Vitusha Oberoi, Journalist
> 20. Mythili Bhusnurmath, Journalist
> 21. Rami Chabra, Social Activist.
> 22. Mira Shiva, Social Activist.
> 23. Mani Subramanian, Retd. Police Officer
> 24. Suhas Borkar, Social Activist.
> 25. Ashok Aggrawal, Lawyer.
> 26. Smitu Kothari, Social Activist.
> 27. Fr Cedric Prakash, Social Activist.
> 28. Dr. A.S. Ravindra Rao, Doctor.
> 29. Ms. Jayashree Rao, Businesswoman
> 30. Sukla Sen , Social Activist.
> 31. Mukta Shrivastava, Social Activist
> 32. Prasad Chacko, Social Activist.
> 33. Kalpana Mehta, Social Activist.
> 34. Atal Behari Sharma, Social Activist.
> 35. Gaurang Raval, Social Activist.
> 36. Kavita Das Gupta, Social Activist.
> 37. Nimmi Chauhan, Social Activist.
> 38. Meenakshi Ganguly, Social Activist.
> 39. Asit, Social Activist
> 40. Sauquat Hussain, Social activist
> 41. Satya Sivaraman, Social Activist
> 42. Jimmy Dabhi, Social Activist
> 43. Nityanand Jayaraman, Independent Journalist
> 44. Sunil Gupta, Social Activist.
> 45. Vijay Parmar, Social Activist.
> 46. Saurabha Bhattacharya, The Other Media.
> 47. Kalyani Menon-sen, Social Activist
> 48. Rudy Herdia, Social Activist.
> 49. Rasmi Ranjan, Advocate
> 50. Dhruva Narayan, Publisher
> 51. J Saikia, Academic, Assam
> 52. Arun K Bidani, Social Activist
> 53. Persis Ginwalla, Social Activist
> 54. Pradeep Gawande, Social Activist.
> 55. Arvind Shukla, Economist
> 56. Harish Dhawan, Delhi University.
> 57. Sunil Dharan, Delhi University.
> 58. Srijit Mishra, Economist.
> 59. Rohit Prasad, MDI.
> 60. N P Chaubey, Academic, Allahabad
> 61. R. C. Tripathi, Academic, Allahabad
> 62. T Karunakaran, Academic, Tamil Nadu.
> 63. Ghanshyam Shah, Academic, Ahmedabad
> 64. Mahendra Verma I.I.T. Kanpur
> 65. Rahul Varman, I. I. T. Kanpur
> 66. Sujata Patel, Academic, Pune
> 67. Romar Correa, Mumbai University
> 68. Anil Sadgopal, Delhi University.
> 69. B. Vivekanandan, Formerly in JNU.
> 70. Saumen Chattopadhyaya, JNU.
> 71. Ritu Priya Mehrotra, JNU
> 72. Krishnendu Dastidar, JNU
> 73. Avijit Pathak, JNU
> 74. Shashi Kant Jha, JNU
> 75. Sudhir Vombatkere,NAPM
> 76. Pradipta Chaudhury, JNU
> 77. Satish Jain, JNU
> 78. Anjan Mukherji, JNU
> 79. Promod Yadav, JNU
> 80. Alokesh Barua, JNU
> 81. Birendra Nath Mallick, JNU.
> 82. Arun Kumar, JNU
> 83. Sridevi Panikkar, Delhi Solidarity Group
> 84. Thomas Kocherry, NFF
> 85. Geetha Ramakrishnan, NCC-USW
> 86. Sanjay M.G, NAPM
> 87. Gabriele D, NAPM
> 88. Sister Celia, NAPM
> 89. Anand Patwardhan, Film Maker
> 90. Suniti S.R, NAPM
> 91. Simpreet Singh, NAPM
> 92. Vijayan MJ, Delhi Forum
> 93. (Rt. Major General) Sudhir Vombetkere
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