The National Executive Council meeting of Popular Front of India has observed that the undemocratic and oppressive way the central government is functioning is aimed at diverting people’s attention from grave issues including the economic slowdown being faced by the country.
Almost all economic indicators show that Indian economy is facing an unprecedented slowdown. It is clear that this situation is the direct result of the brainless interventions of the first Modi government like Demonetization and GST. Economists suggests that things are going to get even worse in coming months with millions losing their jobs and companies shutting down and downsizing. Instead of recognizing the situation and facing it with integrity, the central government is using an iron fist way of governance, unheard in the past.
Controversial laws were amended making it more draconian without any regard for the concerns raised against them. Sectarian bills were passed in hurry without parliamentary scrutiny merely to appease the sentiments of polarised population. Power was abused to target top figures in the opposition and intimidate voices of dissent.
The meeting called on the government to immediately put an end to inhuman lockdown in Kashmir. Reports are coming out that it is having a catastrophic effect on the lives of people. As per the reports because of the communication and transportation blackout people are running out of basic necessities including medicines. While Indian media are not allowed to deal with the real situation in the state, international media report arrests and tortures of people by forces. This is a very disturbing situation not just for Kashmir but for the rest of India too. The entire country is being denied of their right to information and are forced to believe only ‘the official version’ of the story. While the government claims that everything is normal, even top leaders of the national parties are sent back from Srinagar without allowing to land or meet people there. The NEC of Popular Front demanded immediate halt to this inhuman deprivation and restore democratic and civil rights denied to Kashmir people and the nation at large in the name of Kashmir.
While the country has been showing all these signs of authoritarianism, the opposition has been distressingly inefficient. It failed miserably in exposing the government and upholding the constitutional principles. The meeting opined that the current situation demands a new people’s movement which is neither intimidated by iron fist governance nor tempted by petty political gains, but truly committed to our people and secular democratic values of the nation.
Chairman E. Abubacker presided over the meeting, which was attended by General Secretary M Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Vice Chairman OMA Salam, Secretaries Anis Ahmed and Abdul Wahid Sait, and National Executive Council members E M Abdul Rahiman, Prof. P. Koya, K M Shareef, Adv. A. Mohammed Yussuf, A S Ismail, Muhammed Roshan, Muhammed Ismail, Nasruddin Elamaram and Karamana Ashraf Moulavi etc.