Stop the Communal Rath Yatra 2018

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Rath Yatra 2018: Political ploy or communal conspiracy?

The RSS and its affiliates, like the VHP, have started a Rath Yatra aimed at polarising voters in the upcoming elections in different states as well as the General Election next year. This brazen act is being undertaken, even as the Supreme Court hears the Ayodhya dispute case, a matter that should be left to the Courts and not settled through mob politics on the streets. This Yatra is a brazen effort at manipulating public opinion. CJP, therefore, calls for peaceful protests at each stop of the Rath Yatra. We also urge people to hold programmes for Peace and Communal Harmony.

You can view the schedule of stops here

This 41 day long VHP-led “Rath Yatra” was flagged off on February 13 from Ayodhya, and is scheduled to cross six states, namely, UP, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Notably, the Yatra will spend six days in Karnataka, a state that goes to the polls in two months and nine days in Kerala, where the right wing supremacists are working overtime to polarise the local population. In view of the traumatic events that followed a similar “Rath Yatra” that culminated at Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, the timing and intent of this Yatra raises serious concerns about national unity and public safety.

CJP is also addressing the Chief Justice of India (CJI) as the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute is still being heard and pending a judgment in the Supreme Court. We also appeal to the Indian Home Minister, Rajnath Singh to decisively put an end to such efforts at communal polarisation.

As a group committed to the rule of law and the Indian Constitution, we are deeply concerned at the divisive impact that it will have on India. We believe that the Central government cannot and should not remain a passive spectator, and put an immediate end to this Rath Yatra. 

 

Yours sincerely,

(Justice, retired) P.B. Sawant
(Justice, retired) Kolse Patil
Anil Dharker
Cedric Prakash
Teesta Setalvad

cc: Dipak Misra,
Chief Justice, Supreme Court of India

cc: Rajnath Singh,
Union Home Minister

For more information, please visit https://cjp.org.in/



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