Public Meeting “Terrorising to CounterTerrorism”
- Centre For Policy AnalysisInvites you for aPublic Meeting“Terrorising to CounterTerrorism”On Saturday March 16, 2013 4:00 PMATSpeakers Hall, Constitution Club,Rafi Marg, New DelhiSpeakers- A B Bardhan (CPI), Prakash Karat (CPI(M)), Ram Vilas Paswan (LJP), Nama Nageshwar Rao (TDP), Mohd Adeeb (MP), Danish Ali (JD(S)), Engineer Rashid (IND- MLA), G.N. Ratanpuri (NC) Zahid Ali Khan (Editor, Siyasat),Shujaat Bukhari (Editor, Rising Kashmir), Iftikhar Gilani (Journalist), Shabnam Hashmi (ANHAD), Jameel Barkat(SFI), Durgesh Kumar Tripathi (AISF), Aslam Khan (RYA), Sucheta De (AISA), V Lenin (President, JNUSU) and
In the guise of countering terrorism, governments in the states are working against the concept of rights and justice by accruing tremendous powers through highly questionable laws, or/and cracking down on the poor, particularly minorities, without sufficient evidence to convince the courts.
In recent weeks the Jammu and Kashmir government has introduced a draft of a draconian Police Reform Bill on its Home department website that has led to widespread concern in the state and outside as it arms the government and the police with all encompassing powers. It also provides for the setting up of village defence committees and special police officers on the lines of the notorious Salwa Judum experiment in the Naxal affected areas, pitting the poor against each other at different levels. Jammu and Kashmir that is reeling under the double impact of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, despite a growing consensus for its withdrawal, and the Public Safety Act can certainly do without another bill that seeks to institutionalize the continuing violation of rights.
The mass arrests of Muslim youth states such as Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, in recent weeks has been met with widespread anger and resentment. Particularly disconcerting has been the arrest of a DRDO fellow and a young journalist in Bangalore, as well as the arrest of six Muslim youth in Hyderabad who had been acquitted by the courts earlier after their arrest and torture by the police in connection with the Mecca Masjid blasts. The Hindutva right wing groups had subsequently been found to be involved in the Mecca Masjid terror attack. The arrests of these six youth, thus, is totally incomprehensible.
In response to growing concerns and disaffection in society the Centre for Policy Analysis is organizing a Public Meeting to bring political leaders and civil society together to raise a voice against injustice, and demand repeal of the draconian laws in Jammu and Kashmir, and a stop to the targeting of Muslim youth in other parts of the country.
We thus request you to please PARTICIPATE IN the public meeting on Saturday March 16 at 4p.m. at the Speakers Hall, Constitution Club, Rafi Marg, New Delhi. Your presence is necessary to take the struggle forward.
With warm regards,