The Beast of Fascism Flourish and The Smell of Dying Democracy : NCHRO Human Rights Gathering.
Bank Auditorium, Malappuram, Kerala
Gopal Menon, Documentary film director, producer and cinematographer known for his activism through social action documentaries has called for a rainbow coalition against the communal fascism, which destructing our nation founded on the principle of unity in diversity. We should have one shared vision of a society without hatred and discrimination, based on equality and human rights, He was talking after inaugurating the ‘Human Rights Gathering’
organised by the NCHRO Kerala Chapter in solidarity with the International Human Rights Day.
Gopal Menon directed documentary about ‘Chokkad Fake Encounter Killing’ has been launched by Grow Vasu, with Vijayaraja Mallika.
The documentary traces the roots of a couple who was brutally killed in the fake encounter in September 2010 in Chokkad Village of Malappuaram Dist, Kerala. The dead duo are Mujeeb and his wife Khamarunnisa who were allegedly murdered by police. The police version is Mujeeb had shot himself, who escaped into the forests after allegedly killing sub-inspector P.P. Vijaya Krishnan by firing. The documentary reminds us that any of us is not permitted
to take the law into our own hands and by punishing somebody we suspect may be guilty of a crime. The law insist that an individual should first be found guilty by a court of law before that person is punished in the appropriate manner.Criminal suspects do have rights, regardless of what the police might say. They have rights, because if their rights are not protected, then none of our rights are protected. It is only if there is a willingness to protect the worst and the weakest amongst us, that all of us can be secure that our own rights will be protected.
A political democracy, and unless it was supplemented by social and economic democracies, would be transformed into an organised, centralised, authoritarian democracy, which is what fascism is. The dark shadow of neo-fascism is spreading, but it can be stopped. And that prospect raises serious questions about what educators, artists, youth, intellectuals, and others will do today to make sure that they do not succumb to the authoritarian forces
circling our society. We should mobilise ourselves to build a common front against hate ideologies and violence, The gathering echoed.
Vilayodi Shivankutty, NCHRO Kerala Chapter President, presided over the function.
Transgender activist and poet Vijayaraja Mallika, respected trade unionist and former leader of gwalior rayons workers’ organisation Grow Vasu, KPO Rahmathulla, P Noorul Ameen, Sajjad Vaniyambalam were among those spoke.