Statement by the MKSS on reports of intimidation being faced by Teesta Setalvad and others

“We are extremely concerned and distressed to hear reports that Teesta Setalvad, Advocate MM Tirmizi and others are being victimised for their steadfast effort to take judicial proceedings against the perpetrators of the communal riots that took place in Gujarat in 2002 to their logical conclusion. We are very disturbed to hear that they fear for their lives and are anxious for their safety. It is very unfortunate that the very State that should be offering them protection and should see them as partners in ensuring justice is done, is harassing them. We urge the government in the strongest possible way to ensure that no harm through malicious intent comes their way.

The trial on the 2002 Gujarat communal riots is near its end and so this harassment has clearly been timed to intimidate the ‘Citizens for Peace and Justice’ who have been fighting for the victims. One must also take cognisance of the fact that similar to the unjustified persecution of Binayak Sen, this also seems to be an attempt to pass a message to others not to come out in support of human rights and victims of injustice. The conviction of Binayak Sen for sedition and treason, has implications well beyond the State of Chhattisgarh. That voices of dissent are being forcefully stamped out by the State through such coercive means and intimidation in different States in India shows the need for vigilance across the country to protect activists human rights defenders, and democracy itself.”


Aruna Roy, Nikhil Dey, Shankar Singh and Bhanwar Meghwanshi

For the MKSS

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  1. तीस्ता और आप जेसे NGO परज्ञा ठाकुर जेसे के लिए कुछ क्यों नहीं करते
    आपको हमेशा मुस्लिम लोगो की ही चिंता क्यों लगती है

  2. क्योंकि इन लोगों ने सनातन धर्म का ज्ञान उसके स्पष्ट आध्यात्मिक प्रतिरूप में प्राप्त किया है.गीता में कृष्ण सदैव धर्म का उल्लेख करते हैं.आप धर्म का अर्थ
    समझने का प्रयास करो.

  3. श्री कृष्ण ने ये भी कहा है :—-
    यदा यदा हि धर्मस्य ग्लानिर्भवति भारत ।
    अभ्युत्थानमधर्मस्य तदात्मानं सृजाम्यहम् ॥७॥
    परित्राणाय साधूनां विनाशाय च दुष्कृताम् ।
    धर्मसंस्थापनार्थाय सम्भवामि युगे युगे ॥८॥

    अर्थ :-जब जब धर्म की हानि होने लगती है और अधर्म आगे बढ़ने लगता है, तब तब मैं स्वयं की सृष्टि करता हूं, अर्थात् जन्म लेता हूं । सज्जनों की रक्षा एवं दुष्टों के विनाश और धर्म की पुनःस्थापना के लिए मैं विभिन्न युगों (कालों) मैं अवतरित होता हूं

  4. निस्संदेह.अब कृपया आप मुझे धर्म का अर्थ तथा धर्म की परिभाषा भी स्पष्ट करो.
    Pardon me for using english now,though I admit that the burden on my soul of being a “Macaulay’s child” is as heavy as anything.I would present here my understanding of The bhagwadgita and the meaning of Dharma as I understand it.I think that many people are confused between the meaning of dharma and religion.Dharma means the eternal laws,the principle of cosmic order,virtue, righteousness,truthfullness,honesty,justice whereas religion translates to a particular system of faith and worship,esp. social and caste duty in accord with the cosmic order,in other ways religion is only a way of life to establish dharma.
    I do not see Adi Shankaracharya,Gautam Buddha,Mahavir,Jesus Christ,Muhammad Saheb and many other people as religious people,rather I see them as social reformers who tried in their own way to establish the authority of dharma as explained in the vedas and the upanishads(esp. bhagwadgita which is the essence of these two).Krishna always says that stick to the principles of dharma and you will definitely find me,follow these eternal principles of righteousness and you are sure to be free.It doesn’t matter whether you go to a temple,a mosque or a church,just follow these principles and remember me in your heart and you are sure to create a complete identity between yourself and me(this is how he ensures what you said : जब जब धर्म की हानि होने लगती है और अधर्म आगे बढ़ने लगता है, तब तब मैं स्वयं की सृष्टि करता हूं, अर्थात् जन्म लेता हूं । सज्जनों की रक्षा एवं दुष्टों के विनाश और धर्म की पुनःस्थापना के लिए मैं विभिन्न युगों (कालों) मैं अवतरित होता हूं.He doesn’t come in the same physical form as he is formless,rather he rises in anyone who follows dharma,who sticks to these principles…in other words,the adherent of these principles becomes Krishna himself).Ramayana and Mahabharata are our national epics,they teach us clearly about dharma.The fact is that both Rama and Ravana where adherent of the hindu way of life or the hindu religion,yet Ram fought on the side of dharma and Ravana fought against of it,both the Pandavas and the Kauravas where hindus if you allow me to call them but dharma was in pandavas side.
    So,dear brother,this is how I understand Krishna’s message.I hope you also agree with me.
    Now coming back to your views which you have expressed in your post,you seem to be not liking the fact that social activists like Aruna Roy,Nikhil Dey,Medha Patkar and many other are only conscious of the issues concerning the muslims.This is not right.Firstly,since the same investigation agencies which gathered evidences behind 13 december 2001 parliament attack,26/11 Mumbai attack and many other such terrorist attacks,were also behind the investigation of the 2007 Samjhauta Express bombings,so if they are wrong in asserting that the blast was masterminded by Swami Aseemanand and Pragya Thakur,they are also wrong in their above two investigations.As far as your views on Binayak Sen is concerned,the very fact that he has been exonerated by the Supreme court ,clearly indiacates that he was wrongly accused.Secondly,people like Aruna Roy,Nikhil Dey have better understanding of the political and social occurances in our country as they are working on the grassroot level unlike people like us who find pleasure in debating their credibility.These are the people who fought for us irrespective of our religious faith to get us the RTI act.Being a true adherent of dharma themselves,they would definitely object to any adharma taking place in the name of caste,religion or social status.For ex NAC has recently drafted
    “ PREVENTION OF COMMUNAL AND TARGETED VIOLENCE (ACCESS TO JUSTICE AND REPARATIONS) BILL, 2011”.This bill has provisions for the hindu minorities(Kashmiri pundits) in the state of Jammu & Kashmir.The main person behind this bill is Aruna Roy who is a member of NAC.This proves that they are concerned about the society at large,irrespective of their faith.

  5. Mohinish, i appreciate your opinion on Dharma and religion.Whoever understands the real meaning of these two , will become a saint himself without falling into the debasement made out of these two by so many of fundamentalists.Any person , whatever religion he or she belongs to, if kills innocent people , is deceiving his or her religion as well as society at large,whether these are Hindu or Muslims or anyone.

  6. you claim that prevention of communal violence bill is in favour of society at large does not convince many people including me as it differentiate between various community and demand the authority to take action selectively rather that protecting victim irrespective of his identity. This bill fragmentize the society in different group and preassume the conviction of majority community. instead of going into root cause of riot, it generalise the issue as conflict of majority minority. i can tell many instance where this law will be helpless and will create more problem than solution. Hindu dominated state like andhra has muslim dominated cities like hyderabad where riots are mostly instigated in muslim area so whom will be treated as minority. shia sunni conflict in lucknow, Tribal hindu and christian conflict in orrisa, north indian rioting in kurla, sikh youngsters group visting himachal clash with local for their own mistake, tamil brahmin in tamilnadu by dravidian group. there is another aspects of violating federal structure of india, where law & order is a state subject and many states have raised objection. instead of looking the conflict from majority minorty perspective, you should focus on improving judicial process,police reform & creating harmony between various group i.e. religious or liguistic. your bill is nothing but a way to further increare the existing gap between these groups, so kindly think over it.

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