CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury likened the current regime at
the centre to a “Hitler’s fascism model” if a parallel is drawn with
history on the second day of the two day ‘Mumbai Collective’ seminar
that focused on ‘Celebrating Freedom and Pluralism: In Defense of
Secularism’ in the city. He even he accused BJP and RSS of manufacturing
the debate on nationalism to serve their agenda of “Hindu” rashtra.
He alleged that the government intends to let the private banks take over their public sector counterparts who as per a conservative estimate, have lost around Rs 6 lakh crore due to non-payment of loans.
Yechury alleged that the government is scared of peoples frustration transforming into an agitation and hence created a nationalism debate. He cited a 26 per cent rise in farmers’ suicides during two years of Modi’s rule and the fall in crude oil rates without benefits to the common people as a few reasons for the frustration of the common Indian.
CPI leader D Raja who was also present at the press conference, said that like the British era, the BJP’s era too will end. “India is a secular democratic republic. Those who are saying this is a Hindu rashtra are saying anti-unconstitutional (things). As British raj had ended, BJP’s Raj (rule) will also end. I have visited the borders. Officers from dalit community are guarding them and here you are troubling dalits,” he alleged. Speaking of the attention on the JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, Raja said ‘Kanhaiya Kumar is the final product of ‘Make in India’ campaign and there are thousands of such Kanhaiyas’ in the making.”
What was the event?
The Mumbai Collective is an initiative created with the intention to be a voice for the concerns of Mumbaikars. It organized a two two-day collective over the weekend where high profile and prolific speakers addressed various issues concerning ‘Celebrating Freedom and Pluralism: In Defence of Secularism.’ The attendees comprises people from all walks of life, including academics, students, workers, trade union leaders, lawyers, members of civil rights movements and the media. The event was held at the Y. B. Chavan Centre in South Mumbai.
The inaugural session was addressed by N. Ram, Chairman of Kasturi & Sons, Prof. Gopal Guru from JNU, New Delhi and Prof. Irfan Habib, Emeritus Professor, Aligarh Muslim University. N. Ram said that the attacks on free thinking were not isolated but are part of a pattern. He also pointed out a considerable slide of popular support for the BJP.
He further said that nothing is more anti-national than the statement of RSS sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat that India is a ‘Hindu Rashtra.’
The second day of the conference was replete with speeches and sessions by MLA Jitendra Awhad, MLC Kapil Patil, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and CPI leader D. Raja
Source – Afternoon DC