Please join in large numbers to register our strong protest against the government’s clampdown on peaceful demonstrators in the wee hours of 5 June. It reminded of the Jallianwala Bagh incident of 13 April 1919 when British troops opened fire on innocent citizens. The difference this time was that instead of bullets the state used batons. There was no provocation.
Even otherwise the government has been using repression to curb dissent and muzzle the voice of civil societies demanding change and a better system of governance. Demanding a strong Lokpal or retrieval of black money from tax haven countries cannot be provocation in a country that prides of its democratic traditions. But instead of redressing grievances and trying to meet the demands, the government has preferred to run down civil societies using various techniques.
Such attempts include the attempts to malign the messengers of change and not allowing people to protest by imposing Section 144 at vantage points in the city. Let us march silently, holding placards, with our mouths tied in black cloth, from Rajghat to the office of the National Human Rights Commission this 18 June.
Route: Rajghat, Ambedkar Stadium, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Tilak Marg, India Gate, Copernicus Marg.
Time: 5 pm
This is a call to all thinkers, artists, athletes, scientists, writers, poets, journalists, teachers, corporate sector heads, actors, activists and other eminent citizens of the country to stand by the side of the hapless, distraught, oppressed and brutally suppressed lot that is looking up to you for moral support in this dark hour of India’s democracy.
- Dr. Ved Pratap Vaidik (former Editor of Navbharat Times and Editor PTI -Bhasha),
- Arif M. Khan (Former Cabinet Minister),
- Ram Bahadur Rai (architect of anti-emergency movement in 1975 and senior journalist),
- Ambassador J.C. Sharma (Former Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs),
- Jaya Prakash Narayan (former IAS officer and President of Lok Satta Party),
- Shri Ashok Tandon (Director Makhanlal Chaturvedi Rashtriya Patrakarita Evam Sanchar Vishwavidyalaya),
- D P Sinha (winner of Sangeet Natak Academy Award),
- Maloy Krishna Dhar (former Joint Director CBI)