The President of India,
Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.
A meeting of concerned citizens of Gujarat met on Thursday, 19th July 2018 in Ahmedabad under the auspices of Movement for Secular Democracy (M.S.D.). The meeting was chaired by eminent journalist, activist and convenor of M.S.D. Shri Prakashbhai N. Shah. A resolution on recent attack on Shri Swami Agnivesh and rise in ‘Mobocracy’ in the country was passed in the meeting. The resolution is as follows:
The alleviation of poverty, the fair distribution of natural wealth, and the assurance of social justice are some of the essential components of good governance. To achieve this, the State needs to apply the precepts of the Directive Principles, contained in Part IV of our Constitution. The essence of the Directive Principles lies in Article 38, which echoing the Preamble, reads:
“38. State to secure a social order for the promotion of welfare of the people.
PUCL is shocked at the situation of our democracy which is a “State worse than the Emergency”. It is obvious that the present regime, with its religious majoritarian agenda, is trying to cause disaffection between sections of the people and destroying the social fabric of the society. The people are being pushed to the brink of civil strife with large sections living in fear.
Note: The PUCL National Executive Committee during their meeting on 30th June and 1st July, 2018 had also discussed the serious situation existing in Assam pursuant to the exercise of the Government of Assam to create the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and heightened insecurity amongst members belonging to the minority community that this was an attempt to delegitimize them and to declare them ot be aliens and pushed out of the country, where they have been residing, in many instances for the last 40 to 50 years, if not more. We share the text of the Resolution that was prepared.
Human Rights are the privileges and liberties of the citizens which is a distinct part or organ of human life. Those are the birth rights of a human being and cannot be construed as if it is conferred by the Constitution of the country. Government often indulges into a swoop upon such rights. On the strength of its powers and authority it makes both, use and misuse of police force. Many such incidents have come to light after 1947 when attempts were made to violate human rights, freedom of thoughts, speech and the press.