Rebuild Babri Masjid

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Popular Front extends support to farmer’s agitation

 New Delhi Dec 4, 2018: The National Executive Council meeting of Popular Front of India has extended support to the farmers’ protest that has emerged all over the country with various demands including loan waivers and better crop prices. A study in 2015 showed that over 15,000 farmers in India had been taking their own lives each year over financial burdens. The data compiled from 1995 to 2010 revealed that over a quarter of a million farmers have killed themselves. Farmers act as back bones of India’s agricultural economy.  Yet successive governments failed to listen to their problems. It is time for the governments to sift their priority from corporates to farmers. Why a government which can write off the debts of the corporates to the tune of billions could not address the issues of farmers. The meeting expressed solidarity with the demands of the over 200 farmers’ organizations that led a march to the parliament.

 

Abandon discriminatory Citizenship Amendment Bill

A resolution passed by the National Executive Council meeting of Popular Front of India has stated that the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 being considered by the parliament to be passed is openly discriminatory to Muslims and is therefore against the basic principles of the constitution. According to the bill, the illegal migrants belonging to the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi or Christian religious communities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh or Pakistan would not be imprisoned or deported.  They can gain permanent citizenship after six years of residency in India instead of 11 years as mentioned in the Citizenship Act (1955). Though the bill liberalizes conditions for gaining citizenship and relaxes its procedure considerably, what makes it unacceptable and unjust is that it makes religion a major factor for the conferral of citizenship.  The proponents of the law claim that it is indented to provide shelter to the persecuted minorities from neighboring countries. The question remain unanswered why these select religious communities from the select neighboring countries exclusively deserving of the privilege, while minorities in many other neighbouring countries are also subjected to persecution and human rights violations of the worst kind.  Moreover, the persecuted people seeking asylum are generally considered refugees, not as immigrants, and would have to return to their home country once normalcy is restored.  However, the proposed bill offers all religionists other than Muslims permanent citizenship. This is in fact an invitation for non-Muslim citizens of the listed countries to come and settle in India. Thus it goes against the constitutional principles of secularism, social justice, and human rights. First in the history of legislation in our republic, this bill   prescribes religion as the criterion for granting citizenship hence it is plainly an anti-Muslim bill. We call upon all members in both houses of the parliament to prevent the bill from being passed.

 

 

Rebuild Babri Masjid

In another resolution, the NEC of Popular Front reaffirmed its long standing demand to rebuild Babri Masjid at the spot where it was demolished by Sangh Parivar on 6 December 1992. The demolition was an act of war against the democratic system of the country and the authorities who failed to prevent it have failed the nation itself. The wound left by the demolition still continues to bleed. And justice to Babri Masjid still remains betrayed. In the context of the 26th anniversary of the shameful event, the meeting called upon the people to spread the message of Babri demolition and reconstruction   since memory is the best defence.

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