CRPP Statement on attempt to silence voices of dissent
COMMITTEE FOR THE RELEASE OF POLITICAL PRISONERS
185/3, FOURTH FLOOR, ZAKIR NAGAR, NEW DELHI-25
Condemn strongly fascist designs of the Indian government to silence voices of dissent!
Condemn strongly the move to put Arundhati Roy and Syed Ali Shah Geelani under charges of sedition!
Ever since the historic convention in Delhi titled “Azadi: The Only Way” organised by the CRPP, the media is abuzz with reports of possible cases of ‘sedition’ against some of the main speakers in the convention. The names that are being cited keeps changing with the imagination of the concerned media houses.
The hype has become so high that now rather than discussing the serious issues pertaining to the political aspirations of the people of Jammu & Kashmir that was deliberated by one and all in the convention the issue has got subverted into a conflated, convenient binary of that what is euphemistically called as ‘seditious’ or ‘non-seditious’.
The word ‘sedition’ itself is of colonial descent conveniently used by the British colonisers to prevail upon and browbeat the freedom loving people of the subcontinent into submission. Today the Indian government along with an obliging media and a jingoist communal Sangh Parivar led by BJP on tow is deploying the same words to force through a pigeon hole sense of national chauvinism in the name of the vast sections of the people of this subcontinent.
The act of the Government of India is best summed up by Arundhati herself in her eloquent statement: “In the papers some have accused me of giving ‘hate-speeches’, of wanting India to break up. On the contrary, what I say comes from love and pride. It comes from not wanting people to be killed, raped, imprisoned or have their finger-nails pulled out in order to force them to say they are Indians. It comes from wanting to live in a society that is striving to be a just one. Pity the nation that has to silence its writers for speaking their minds. Pity the nation that needs to jail those who ask for justice, while communal killers, mass murderers, corporate scamsters, looters, rapists, and those who prey on the poorest of the poor, roam free.”
We at the CRPP strongly condemn these deliberate designs of the Indian government to target writer activist Arundhati Roy and Chairperson, All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Mr. Syed Ali Shah Geelani for expressing their views which are grounded in the bedrock of history of the relentless struggle of the people of Jammu & Kashmir for their Right to Self-Determination that they have kept alive for decades through their sacrifices. We strongly demand that instead of trying to scuttle the voices of sanity the Government of India should come forthright in addressing the issues that everyone in Jammu & Kashmir is today fearlessly talking about.
Gurusharan Singh, President
Amit Bhattacharyya, Secretary General
SAR Geelani, Working President
Rona Wilson, Secretary, Public Relations