Repeal AFSPA Save Democracy
We Want Citizen State Not Police State
Reach Raj Ghat, Delhi on 6 November 2012
12th Anniversary of Irom Shamila's Fast
The lofty proclamations of liberal democracy – like: equality, liberty and right to life are the social contracts signed by the Modern Nation-State to legitimize itself, values as liberal democracy where citizens' rights are sacrosanct, where individual rights are supposed to be the foundation in the structure of governance mechanisms including the force apparatus like army, paramilitary, and the police.
However, the reality is different. The existence of extremely draconian laws like the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act, National Security Act, and various provisions in the Indian penal code like ‘sedition' make a mockery of the claims of liberal democratic character of the Indian state.
The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958 (AFSPA) is one of the most draconian legislations used by the governments to enslave and oppress citizens under the garb of fighting separatism/terrorism. For the past sixty years the North-East and for almost two decades Jammu & Kashmir have been virtually under army rule leave apart police. This rule by the army has had a drastic effect on the daily life of the average citizens residing in the North-East and Jammu & Kashmir.
Irom Sharmila took the cudgels to challenge the might of the government and her method has always been Gandhian, shorn of violence, concrete in belief and consistent in perseverance. Irom Sharmila is a Gandhian of our times made of a unique metal. Irom Sharmila has been on hunger strike for the last 12 years but she has largely been unnoticed as she sought to repeal the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 with her peaceful protest.
On 6th Nov.2012 we the following adherents to democracy and peace have planned a day-long fast in support of the movement of Irom Sharmila.
Venue : Samata Sthal (opposite Raj Ghat)
Date : 6 November 2012
Time : 8 am to 5 pm
All are requested to join and support.
Yuva Bharat, Sarv Seva Sangh, Socialist Yuvjan Sabha (SYS), Azadi Bachao Andolan, Bangladesh Bharat Pakistan Peoples Forum & Others.
Contact: Program Convener Dr. A. K. Arun, Mobile: 9868809602.
Other Contacts: 9716634603, 9871111387, 9899003100.