National Convention Against Fascism,* 25-26 October, New Delhi

Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India predicted that “Fascism will come to India in the form of communalism.”

Hindutva terrorist groups, like the Bajrang Dal, openly claim attacks on Christian institutions in front of television news cameras. Yet no action is taken against them!

Throughout the country Muslim youth are being targeted, without any or little evidence, as responsible for terrorist attacks. There is a concerted attempt by the Indian police, sections of the media and certain political parties to portray all members of the Muslim community as ‘terrorists and extremists’ – to be arbitrarily arrested, tortured and killed in fake encounters.


On the other hand hard evidence available against Bajrang Dal and other Sangh Parivar outfits about their direct involvement in terror attacks is not only being ignored but actively being pushed under the carpet by the state.

The areas yet uncolonized by the RSS network are decreasing by the day. The threat from the fascist forces is not only to the survival and dignity of India but undermines the very concept of Indian nationhood.

“We feel that there is urgent need to call for a national convention to challenge the forces of fascism. We had sent out sms messages to about 40 organisations to get a response from them about the possibility of organizing a national convention on 25 and 26 October, 2008 in New Delhi. Thirty NGOs endorsed the National Convention Against Fascism,” says Shabnam Hashmi of ANHAD.

 

“ The two-day programme is being finalized. You may send in suggestions.  The venue and the final schedule for the convention will be informed as soon as it is finalized after hearing from more groups/ individuals.” adds Hashmi giving his contact number and email id: Tel. 011.23070740/ 23070722 or anhad.delhi@gmail.com

 

*Fascism is a totalitarian nationalist and corporatist ideology brought into popular usage by the Italian founders of Fascism, Benito Mussolini and the Neo-Hegelian philosopher Giovanni Gentile. It opposes communism, conservatism, liberalism, and international socialism

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