National General Assembly of Popular Front resolves to defend people’s rights

The annual National General Assembly of the Popular Front of India was held on 1st,2nd  and 3rd of February 2014 at the Malabar House in Puthanathani, Kerala. Popular Front National Executive members, State leaders and delegates from different states participated in the NGA to review the organization’s activities and also discuss the future programmes.

The NGA began with introductory speech by the Chairman of Popular Front, K.M. Shareef. He said “since our beginning we have always struggled against the anti-people forces for the protection of constitutional rights. We have been very successful in continuing this struggle for years. Our country is now facing a major internal threat by the communal fascist groups who are trying to polarize the country on communal lines for political gains. Muzaffarnagar riots are a recent example of the nefarious plans of these groups. The sovereignty of our country is also facing serious threats by the imperialist and Zionist forces.  Under such situation each and every cadre of Popular Front must put in more efforts to defeat these anti-people forces.”

The business session was moderated by General Secretary OMA Salam. The house discussed various aspects of our yearly activities and also assessed the impact of our campaigns and programmes. The highlights of the yearly report were the consistent growth of the organization across the country especially in northern India and success of our various campaigns like School Chalo and Muzaffarnagar relief.  An annual report of our educational programme was also released during the business session by Chairman K.M. Shareef.  The business session was followed by open house and panel discussions on various national issues.

The NGA concluded on 3rd February by a valedictory speech by K.M. Shareef in which he reminded the leaders about their responsibilities and motivated them to become a vehicle of empowerment for the marginalized sections of our society. The NGA passed the following resolutions:

Resolution 1

Defeat the Fascist Forces

 The annual National General Assembly calls up on the people to use their franchise wisely in the coming General Election and defeat the rightist fascist forces coming with the false slogan of economic development and  evoking   intensely   sectarian and exclusivist national feelings. We have clinching evidence that BJP works hands in glove with Indian National Congress  when economic policies  are concerned. They followed the neo-liberal and anti poor economic prrogramme when in power  and even started divesting many public sector enterprises for a pittance and supported the big corporate houses to plunder the country’s natural resources. The deprivation, poverty and hunger  in many Indian states  are a direct result of such policies .The saffron brigade is also notorious  for dividing people on the basis of religion and has  supported  sabotage ,bombings and anti- Muslim riots for political objectives and also to instill fear among the minorities.  The genocide in Gujarat in 2002 leaves an indelible mark on the national psyche for the mayhem and cruelty shown by the state government and the Hndutwa  mobs. It still remains a bleeding wound of the nation.

The General Assembly is also of the opinion that the saffron brigade is trying to take benefit of the strong mood of the nation against the maladministration and rampant corruption of UPA government .It reminds the voters that all corruption scandals in the country have a saffron touch and no list of beneficiaries with out Hindutwa leaders among them. From Yediyurappa to Gadkari we have a rogues gallery of corruption. All BJP led governments including Modi’s Gujarat are cess- pools of corruption. So instead of the corrupt Congress what we get is institutionalized system for national loot. The Assembly also requests people not to be carried away by the high-voltage propaganda unleashed by Modi and his henchmen.

It is also to pointed out that new avatars like AAP in Delhi are only trying to capture power with out clear cut ideology or action plan but with a single point agenda of fighting corruption. Gimmicks and unsustainable populist slogans are not going to solve the country’s perennial problems like hunger illiteracy, sectarianism and child deaths.

The only option for the people of India is to develop grass root level political movements with fresh ideas and programmes.It is only simple wisdom that they vote truly democratic and secular forces untainted by corruption and hunger for power. Muslims as a community have to be exceptionally vigilant and careful in using their votes this time.   

Resolution No 2

Constitute a judicial commission to investigate Hindutwa engineered blasts.

The National General Assembly expresses its deep concern at the recent disclosure of Swami Aseemananda to a Delhi based magazine that RSS supremo Mohan Bhagwat supported and encouraged him to launch terror attacks in various parts of the country.

Aseemananda has divulged that and his fellow criminals ware behind murderous bomb blasts against Muslim targets. To achieve their nefarious objectives he conspired with prominent RSS leaders like Indresh Kumar, Sunil Joshi, Sandeep Dange, Ramji Kalsangare, Lokesh Sharma etc.

The Popular Front of India has always expressed the the view that most of the terror attacks that killed or maimed innocents were part of Hindutwa conspiracy to create terror and destabilise the country .It is nothing revelatory when we learn that Narendra Modi rendered crucial  assistance to the attacks on the Christians in Daangs in  Gujarat.  It is now open that Aseemananda was given ‘Guruji Puruskar’ by RSS leadership for his role in in Daangs carnage.  His new revelation buttresses his earlier confession before the magistrate about the involvement of RSS and its allies in the blasts.

In the light of these shocking revelations the Assembly calls up on

·         Constitute a judicial commission to probe  on the entire activities of RSS and its frontal outfits and  to chalk out plausible mechanism to curb the sinister anti-national agenda of the organization.       

·         Reinvestigate all the terror alleged blasts and  attacks that  took place since   1992 on war footing  and  bring all people involved to  book.

·         Take emergent steps  to  release the innocent youths kept in various jails in the country  under terror alleged cases  and pay  them sufficient compensation.

Resolution No. 3

Regrets the return of autocracy and dictatorship in middle east

The NGA of Popular Front deeply regrets the re-emergence of military backed dictatorship in the Middle Eastern countries. This is indeed an insult to the sacrifices of the men and women who gave their lives to overthrow brutal dictatorship regime and defend democracy. The role of anti-democracy military regimes in the murder of democracy was not a shocking act but the foul role of western powers who claim to be protectors of democracy has once again exposed their hypocrisy. The most unfortunate attitude was that of the Indian government which chose to be silent during the mass killings of pro-democracy activists. Being the world’s largest democracy our country has failed miserably to intervene in protecting democracy in countries like Egypt which has been a historical friend of India. Such a stand by our country presents a poor image of India as a stooge of the imperialist and Zionist powers.

Resolution No. 4

High illiteracy rate in India is an alarming sign

According to a report by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, India has the highest population of illiterate adults at 287 million and India’s illiteracy rate has increased to 63%. Illiteracy has been a major issue for the country since decades. There have been tall claims by successive government about steps to resolve this problem but the facts revealed by the UN makes us question such claims. It is indeed ridiculous that our state and central governments are boasting India as the next super power but the fundamental question of how a country with such a huge illiterate population can claim such super power status has never been answered. The NGA of Popular Front strongly demands the Central and State government to give due priority to this problem by a serious review of its failed policies and implement a strong action plan.

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