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Sign the Petition: Open letter to Pres., India- Police Brutality at Ramlila Grounds

Date: Sat, Jun 11, 2011 at 5:25 PM
Subject: [BSTUSA} Open Letter to the President of India – Sign Up Campaign against Delhi Police’s brutalities on hundreds of thousands peaceful Satyagrathies on June 4th Night at Ram Lila Ground

Dear All,


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Please click the link below for Sign Up Campaign against Delhi Police’s brutalities on hundreds of thousands peaceful Satyagrathies on June 4th Night at Ram Lila Ground and please forward it to as many people as possible.

Letter To President Of India

Smt. Pratibha Patil
President of India
Rashtrapati Bhavan,
New Delhi,
India.

Honorable Smt. Pratibha Patil:

This is to express our vehement condemnation of the merciless use of force on more than a hundred thousand Indian citizens including women and children who were unarmed, sleeping, fasting and exercising only their constitutional democratic rights to draw attention of Government of India by peaceful means to skyrocketing plundering and widespread corruption, during the “Satyagraha” against corruption on Ram Lila grounds in New Delhi on June 4th 2011.

The brutality of the police revisited the atrocities committed by British colonial rulers and emergency rule of Mrs. Indira Gandhi during 1975, which many of us have personally experienced and heard from our parents. Innocent, peaceful Satyagrahis assembled were tear-gassed, beaten up in lathi-charge and trampled by thousands of violent policemen under order from the UPA government.

The state-sponsored violence in a closed compound could have even led to an uncontrollable  stampede resulting in the loss of an enormous numbers of innocent lives. This cannot be Democratic India; this cannot be Mahatma Gandhi’s India; this is not India governed by rule of law and a democratic constitution, ensuring the fundamental rights of all citizens for assembly and peaceful protest and demonstration.

These events have left the people of Indian origin around the globe, particularly here in the USA, shocked and horror-stricken. We are thoroughly embarrassed for our native land, asking in disbelief what indeed is the difference between Indian democracy under UPA leadership and the Chinese dictatorial system, where no peaceful demonstration is allowed and any legitimate criticism against the ruling Communist Party is crushed with brutal violence as in Tiananmen Square.

The irresponsible, callous, fascist and totalitarian attitude of the UPA government is evident from the fact that neither the UPA Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi nor Prime Minister Mr. Manmohan Singh considers it necessary to provide an explanation and extend an apology to the nation. The prime minister even made a ridiculous statement that there was no other way except use of violence, near the samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi himself – a global beacon of non-violence.

This display of naked power clearly appears to be yet another attempt to crush the ever-increasing strength of anti-corruption movements by the masses all over India, unfortunately implying UPA government intense desire to preserve the culture of corruption among their own political ranks and within the thoroughly corrupt bureaucracy they control. These were the actions of people who do not believe in either human rights for their citizens, freedom of speech guaranteed by the Indian Constitution or Indian values.

This is a serious threat to the fundamental rights of our brothers and sisters in India. The entire Diaspora around the globe as NRI, PIO and responsible Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) unequivocally condemn this act by the Government of India. We are convinced now more than ever as to why the UPA government is trying to brutally crush any and all peaceful anti-corruption movements. Irrespective of our political affiliation, we are totally united in expressing our disgust and anger against unconstitutional violation of democracy and human rights.

Sreemati Patil, as the President of India you have the constitutional duty to uphold democratic norms guaranteeing the freedom and inalienable right of all Indian citizens for peaceful assembly and protest, and also to dismiss a corrupt government which has clearly exhibited no desire to curb rampant corruption and hence lost all moral authority to govern the country. We fervently hope that you will restore freedom, human rights and democratic rights of the citizens by dismissing the corrupt UPA government.  People of India deserve a chance to democratically elect new leaders who will root out corruption.

Thank you for your consideration and thoughtfulness.

Sincerely,


VHPA Press Release: Midnight Murder of Democracy

Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America, Inc.
(World Hindu Council of America)
Tax exemption ID 51-0156325
Media Relations Office Tel. : 954-915-6913
Email :director_mr@vhp-america.org

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 07, 2011
VHP of America condemns the ‘Midnight Murder of Democracy’ in India
and barbaric dismantling of HH Baba Ramdev’s protest

On behalf of the Hindu American community of USA, Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America (VHPA) strongly condemns the fascist, undemocratic, barbaric and brutal police action – in the middle of the night – against the more than 50,000 peaceful protestors, including old women and young children while they were asleep under tents in an open field (Ramlila Grounds), in New Delhi, the capital of India, on June 5th.

World-renowned Yogi and Saint, His Holiness ‘Baba Ramdev’, a revered figure among millions of his countrymen, has devoted all his energies to bring to light the misdeeds of the high and mighty. His call to the nation to join him in indefinite fast to compel a deaf government to bring to book the corrupt looters has found resonance with millions. There were close to 100,000 people during the day at the Ramlila Ground. There were similar protests and fasts organized in all the 624 districts all over India.

These non-violent and peaceful protestors were supporting the indefinite-fast, undertaken – in the Gandhian tradition – by HH Baba Ramdev to protest against social curse of all-pervading and ever-increasing bureaucratic and political corruption and black-money – to the tune of multi billion dollars – stashed away in tax-havens, globally, by corrupt government officials and politicians.

This black-money stashed away in tax-havens can very well be used in sponsoring terrorist attacks globally.

These protestors, in the middle of the night, were beaten-up by batons and tear-gassed by a police force empowered by the Indian Government – afraid of public reaction, and protestors including HH Baba Ramdev were evicted from the place of peaceful protest, before dawn, in the typical fashion of a fascist regime.

Besides, the offensive language used by the political leadership of the ruling party against a peacefully protesting Yogi and Saint lowered the level of political discourse. One wonders, juxtaposed to the ‘Arabian spring’ if India, which boasts itself as the world’s largest democracy, is now run by the Nazis. This was indeed a shameful chapter in the history of democracy anywhere in the world!!

This reminded many of the ‘Jallianwala Bagh’ atrocities by the British Government in 1919, where peaceful protestors in an open field were barricaded and shot to death. Others reminisced another similar ‘midnight murder of democracy’ on the night of June 25, 1975 when Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minster, clamped down unlawful, dictatorial Emergency and arrested hundreds of opposition leaders, including Jai Prakash Narayan who was leading a movement, akin to that of HH Baba Ramdev to rid the country of corruption and corrupt political leaders.

Not only was this an undemocratic attack on the freedom of speech and expression of its innocent citizens but it was also an attack on the symbols of the ancient Hindu civilization and culture.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi the Chairperson of ruling alliance owe the nation an apology for this grave blunder which has been severely criticized by all as an undemocratic, barbaric and fascist action, unbecoming of a democratic country.

Contact Details:
Vijay Narang
director_mr@vhp-america.org

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