Presented are three statements made in the aftermath of the horrific incidents of terrorism in India's premier city, Mumbai. Communist Mazdoor Kissan Party (CMKP) of Pakistan, Various Indian and Pakistani journalists and academicians, and other Indian and Pakistani citizens call for peace and justice to the victims of this horrific tragedy. Pragoti presents them in this composite post.
As the smoke lifts from Mumbai, skepticism must prevail over those conjectures which support the official state narrative. It is crucial to increase the pressure for transparency and accountability at this moment to ensure that India doesn't slide into the same state as post-9/11 USA.
By Biju Mathew
Originally appeared in Samar 31, published online December 1st, 2008.
Pragoti salutes the nameless and the ordinary whose valiance and courage in life and death will not be headlines in the chronicles of the Mumbai carnage. The immediate appeals to jingoistic nationalism and communalism by the hard and soft Hindu right, and the proposals to launch war and pass draconian laws, dished out by the mainstream media, is an attempt to ensure that the people are put through more of such terror. We stand committed to the struggles of the ordinary and the nameless people of India to fight terrorism and all political harbingers of terror.
Fight against terrorism is one for the long haul, even as the perennially terror affected Mumbai citizens say, “Enough is Enough”.
Pragoti's Srinivasan Ramani concludes that terrorism cannot be fought without resisting the following -imperialism, curtailing of civil liberties, targeting of minorities and regional chauvinism.
"No difference that the terrorists whosoever they may be are to be dealt with firmly, care should be taken that in the name of combating terrorism common people are not made victims or else this shall only will be a fertile ground to brood many innumerable terrorists."
Pragoti's Tikender Panwar shares his thoughts after the Mumbai carnage.
New Delhi, November 27: The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) expresses its deep shock and outrage at the multiple attacks in Mumbai city which have led to the loss of more than a hundred lives and injuries to many. These attacks targeting a railway station, hotels and other places by groups of heavily armed men accompanied by explosions, bear the hallmark of a carefully planned terrorist strike.
Pragoti condemns these shameless attacks on innocent citizens and foreign tourists.
What did the Assam blasts point to? Let’s at least ask the right questions.
Walter Fernandes writes in Tehelka.
Sitaram Yechury is not surprised at the links between the Sangh Parivar and fascist terror. Attached alongwith his article in The Hindustan Times is a piece from the Economic and Political Weekly by Marzia Casolari published in 2000, which presents archival evidence of the fascist inspiration for the Sangh Parivar in India. Courtesies due to original publishers.