Prominent Human Rights activist and President of NCHRO, Justice Hobset Suresh said that the Independence would not achieve its goal until power reaches the people. He was inaugurating the Human Rights Defenders Meet held as part of the 3 day long Popular Front National Political Meet here today.
Nearly 80% of the population is living in dark today. Equal percentage is below the poverty level. 90 percent is well behind in per capita income of Rs. 540. Power is in the hands of a minuscule minority of millionaires. Assets of the Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray is five thousand crores.
After 62 years of independence, equality, Independence, fraternity and social justice are not existent even for name sake in the country. The Indian society is fully communalized. 75 percent of the population is subjected to marginalization. We should be prepared to fight for socio-economic Independence. Present human rights activists are confined to rather not-so-important issues. They are keeping a blind eye towards the bigger inequality issues in the country. Popular Front that has decided to move in a different path gives a hope. Silence of the victims invites danger, Justice Suresh continued.
”The root cause of human rights violations in India is the caste-system”, A. Vasu, Chairman of CHRO who presided over the meet opined. It is of no use in drawing sword to defeat the foe, it is their ideology that needs to be torn-off, he added.
Government, Police and Judicial officers who are supposed to safeguard the backward classes are infringing their constitutional rights instead. Dr, John Dayal, General Secretary of All India Christian Council said.
Adv. Lajpat Rai (President NCHRO, Tamil Nadu), S.D. Singh (Director, Top India Trust), Civic Chandran (Calicut), Peoples’ Democratic Front representative Prof. Nagari Babayya, Kavitha Srivastava (Secretary PUCL, Rajasthan), Adv. Bhavani P. Mohan (Coimbatore), Suresh Bhat Bakrabail (Vice President, NCHRO, Karnataka), Adv. Henri Difange (Peoples Watch Executive Director, Tamil Nadu), Adv. K.P. Mohamed Shareef, (General Secretary NCHRO), Adv. K.S. Madhusoodanan, Ranjan Solomon (Goa) and Mohamed Mubarak (General Secretary, NCHRO, Tamil Nadu) also delivered speeches in the meet.
Resolutions demanding to end the increasing custody deaths, lock-up tortures and the police raj in country and demanding to make amendments to the laws to ensure the courts stand with the victims and the ordinary people, were also approved by the meet.
Thousands from Kerala, Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Goa, Pondicherry, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and West Bengal participated in the meet held at Mukundan C. Menon Nagar (Townhall). Speeches were in Kannada, Urdu, English, Hindi, Malayalam and Tamil.
Kozhikode: Feb 14, 2009