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Unite Against Communal Fascism: Fr Ajaya Kumar Singh

By Countercurrents.org

23 August, 2015

Fr Ajaya Kumar Singh addressing the gathering

Living an ostrich like existence in the face of growing communal fascism will lead the country to destruction said Fr Ajaya Kumar Singh, one of the leading campaigners of Kandhamal justice movement. He said the Hindutva fascist forces are adopting the same tactics that they used in Odisha in Kerala too. He was referring to a recent attack on Kaniyachal Church of God of India, near Thrissur on March 23. Although the home minster of Kerala promised to nab the victims in 12 days, nobody has been arrested until now. "The writing on the wall is clear, unite against communal forces or face a Kandhamal like onslaught on minorities in Kerala. In Kandhamal we had forests and mountains to hide. If such a thing happens in a largely urbanised Kerala where will you hide?" Fr Ajay asked. He was inaugurating Kandhamal solidarity meeting organised in Thrissur, Kerala to commemorate the 8th anniversary of Kandhamal violence against Christians.

Fr Ajay said the democratic polity of India is fast eroding. Even the judiciary is under attack from the fascist forces. Only solidarity and united fight for justice will prevent another Kandhamal being organised anywhere in India. The event was organized by Solidarity Youth movement.

On August 25, 2008 the biggest communal violence after Gujarat took place in Kandhamal in Odisha. Over 350 churches and worship places which belonged to the Adivasi Christians and Dalit Christians were destroyed, around 6,500 houses were destroyed, over 90 people were killed, over 40 women were subjected to rape, molestation and humiliation and several educational, social service and health institutions were destroyed and looted. More than 56,000 people have been displaced. Several cases of forced conversion to Hinduism by the Sangh Parivar have been reported. This organized communal attack which was the biggest on the history of Christian community during the last three centuries, also spread to different parts of Odisha and other states as well.
During the communal violence in Kandhamal, there have been more than 3,300 complaints, but only 820 odd FIRs were registered. The rest of the complaints were not even registered. Among these complaints, only 518 cases charge sheeted. The remaining cases were treated as false reports. And out of these 518 cases, 247 cases disposed off. The rest of the cases are pending before the sessions and magistrate’s courts. And among those cases which have been disposed off, many are already acquitted. In short, all the murderers, rapists, looters and destroyers are today running scot free. However, several innocent persons are in jail today with fabricated cases including the seven persons from minority community falsely implicated in different cases and many innocent people have been charged with various false cases under various draconian laws such as UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act).

A T-shirt produced by Countercurrents.org was released by Fr Ajaya Kumar Singh giving one to famous Malayalm poet Anwar Ali.

K.P Sasi, Anvar Ali, Joy Kaitharam, Solidarity Youth movement state president T Shakir, General Secretary Sadik Uliyil, P.B Ariff Mohammed also spoke on the occasion.



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