Support Mallika Sarabhai in fighting communal Fascism

Mallika Sarabhai is contesting from the Gandhi Nagar loksabha seat against BJPs Prime ministerial candidate, L.K. Advani. Ms. Sarabhai’s electoral fight against Mr. Advani assumes utmost political significant because it has become a symbol of struggle between the forces of secular democracy versus communal fascism. This is a struggle for pluralist democracy where the religious minorities are respected as equal citizens against the fascist Hindutva ideology of creating a demonic “other” and carrying out pogroms against religious minorities and treating them as second class citizens in a modern liberal democratic society. This goes against the very ethos of our constitution.
One recoils in horror about the memory of the gory episodes of murder, rape and mayhem of the ghastly state sponsored communal carnage in Gujrat in the year 2002. Mr. L.K. Advani as the Home Minister of India and Narendra Modi as the Chief Minister of Gujrat presided over this most shameful chapter of Post Independent Indian History.
It is needless to recall Mr. Advani’s role as the prime mover of communalizing the Indian society and imposing fascist Hindutva ideology on toiling workers, peasants and peace loving citizens of our country, thus tearing apart the social fabric of our society, which continues to bleed until today.
L.K. Advani’s infamous RathYatra in 1989 spread the communal poison across the length and breadth of the country, polarized the society on religious lines, inflicting a severe blow on the very basis of peaceful, dignified coexistence of various religious groups in a pluralist liberal democratic society undermining the secular democratic foundations of our constitution, which was achieved after numerous sacrifices in our long drawn freedom struggle.
The Rathyatra of Advani and the resultant communal frenzy culminated in the shameful demolition of Babri Masjid which has traumatized the Muslim community and secular citizens for a long time. Mr. Advani was present on the spot along with other B.J.P. leadership encouraging the lumpen Kar Sevaks when they forcibly brought down the Babri Masjid.
The recent incidents like the horrifying killing of Christians in Kandhmal, the attack on women in Mangalore and other places are frightening indicators of Hindutva ideology led by Mr. Advani. It bears ominous signs of the fascist take over of India if we don’t make the necessary effective intervention to stem this tide of regressing in to medieval barbarism.
Mr. Advani is the symbol of both communal fascism and patriarchy, which spells doom for religious minorities and women in this country. Therefore it is imperative all of us join hands to defeat the nefarious designs of the Sangh Parivar.
We appeal to all the secular, democratic, organization, womens, organizations, students and youth to actively campaign for Ms. Mallika Sarabhai against her principled electoral battle against Mr. L.K. Advani in Gandhi Nagar. END


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