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CIVIL SOCIETY DEMAND ACTION AGAINST COMMUNAL POLITICS

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A group of members of civil society has expressed concern over the developments in Andhra Pradesh following the alleged hate speech by Mr. Akbaruddin Owaisi recently. Many groups and organisations had condemned the speech and demanded action and also against members of some Hindutva organisations who were engaging in similar activities. There were many instances of hate speeches and communal instigations by leaders and members of different communities in the past but the government had failed to take appropriate action in time and thereby encouraged such behaviour by these divisive groups. The total silence of the government for years in these matters and the sudden action in bringing up old cases and slapping of serious charges, especially in the context of the recent withdrawal of support by MIM to the Congress Government in the State is sending a very wrong message to the people that this is going beyond the requirements of justice and is being influenced by politics of vendetta.  

The matter becomes more sensitive when they are representatives of the people elected through the democratic process. The concerned citizens urged that any action by the government in all such matters should be immediate, impartial and commensurate with the aberration committed, otherwise it will be seen as victimization, spread disenchantment within the affected communities, polarise people and could result in social unrest and violence. The signatories to this statement included Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer, Mahesh Bhatt, Praful Bidwai, Dr. Mazher Hussain, Dr. Ram Punyani, Javed Anand, Jeevan Kumar, Dr. Sandeep Panday and many others.



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