9th Anniversary Special
Secularism and humanism are basic features of our Constitution even as egalite and compassion are the finer components of our Paramount Parchment. To sustain these precious values is a fundamental duty of every citizen of India. To resist aggression on this composite cultural heritage is a primary obligation if we are truly Indians.
In this humane perspective, communalism is terrorism, and state partisanship with communal bias and loony populism is quasi–fascism. Democracy diminishes if fascist tendency gains ground. To combat crazy communalism is to preserve and promote the vitals of our constitutional order. Therefore, hidebound Hindutva, red in tooth and claw, is an invasion of the basics of our Constitution. I hold everyone a traitor who, appetised by rank communal terrorism violates, with vulgarity and violence, the treasure of democratic secularism.
I wish Communalism Combat, in its vigorous defence of secularism against Hindutva and State inspired abetment thereof, all success in its struggle for Secular Bharat.
VR KRISHNA IYER
August 7, 2002
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