June 2008 
Year 14    No.132
Voices


United against terror

In the wake of the recent bomb blasts in Jaipur, a Rajasthan conference against
terrorism resolves to fight this scourge

BY DAUD ABDULLAH

Resolutions

We the people of Rajasthan, present at this "Conference Against Terrorism: A Solidarity Approach" at the Birla Auditorium, Jaipur on May 25, 2008, do hereby resolve as under:

Ř We condemn the ghastly and cowardly act of terror which killed 67 innocent people and injured more than 277 people on May 13, 2008 in serial blasts in Jaipur. We mourn the death of all those who were killed in this barbaric and insane act by enemies of the peace, of humanity and the country, may they be from within the country or outside, may they be of any religion or community. We believe that they are traitors of humanity. We unequivocally criticise and vociferously denounce this senseless violence.

Ř Our heartfelt condolences and sympathy goes to all the families who have lost their dear ones and we all stand with them and pray to the almighty for fast recovery of the injured.

Ř We urge the government to locate the actual culprits and the conspiring forces, investigate them and bring out their ugly faces in front of the nation and disclose the identity of all those forces which are bent upon sowing the seeds of hatred in our age-old traditions of unity in diversity. The heinous forces should be exposed and punished as soon as possible. So far there have been hardly any convictions in past incidents which took place at Mumbai, Malegaon, Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad, Akshardham in Ahmedabad, the Ajmer dargah, the Gorakhpur temple and many more. This has given encouragement to terrorists who believe ‘India is a soft target’. This myth should be broken and the government should decisively act here and now to eliminate these enemies of humanity from their hideouts wherever they are. The government should reflect the will to overpower these terrorists and their organisations and should engage them in their own backyard.

Ř Simultaneously, we urge the government to strengthen internal security and the agencies involved in this work should be made accountable to the nation. It is very disappointing that just for the sake of showing action, the police is routinely rounding up Muslim youth in large numbers and subjecting them to physical and mental torture without any evidence, which is causing widespread resentment, anger and despair in Muslims, which is not a good sign for the country and society. It has also become routine to blame and suspect only the Muslim community and their organisations. If anyone is responsible, he should be punished severely but simultaneously, innocents should not be harassed.

Ř We also demand the government stop harassment and detention of Muslim youth, imams, maulvis and religious persons under the guise of investigation, without delay; simultaneously, all detainees against whom no solid evidence has been found should be released right away.

Ř We request all sections of society i.e. Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Christians, to maintain harmony, mutual trust, and strengthen the secular fibre of the country and not to cave in to terrorist threats. The bravery, valour and solidarity shown by people of the country and the state is praiseworthy and would certainly be demoralising for the terrorists. ‘United we will win’, this is our firm belief.

Ř We resolve unanimously to stand united against any terror and resolve to fight the terrorists till our last breath.

(The Conference Against Terrorism: A Solidarity Approach was organised by the Rajasthan Muslim Forum, a united platform of leading Muslim organisations in Rajasthan, and the Peoples’ Movement of India at the Birla Auditorium in Jaipur on May 25, 2008.)


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