The killing of Gauri Lankesh, a fearless journalist and a stalwart anti-communal activist in Bangalore, is a reminder of how dangerous India has become if you stand against the politics of hatred.
We are all shocked at the impunity with which assassinations are being deployed to settle ideological scores, and this murder is clearly part of the cycle that witnessed the recent killing of Govind Pansare, M M Kalburgi and Narendra Dabholkar. We have entered a phase of our history where those voices that stand for rationality, amity and against hatred, are being systematically silenced.
But silence is no longer an option. It is through intimidation and fear that they want to choke those that speak out against injustice, violence and hatred. Meanwhile the lynchings and assaults on Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis and other minorities have not stopped. A new wave of hatred is being stoked in the name of the influx of the Rohingya people, fleeing violence in their native Myanmar.
After the massive nation-wide protests held at the end of June 2017, the Not In My Name campaign is now observing 10 September 2017 as a day to categorically #SayNoToHatred! We call for all citizens to stand together until basic minimum guarantees of peace and security are available to all.
In Delhi and the NCR, a programme has been initiated to trigger 100+ events, protests, and actions on the weekend of 10 September 2017. These will be spread across residential areas, on streets and important intersections, everywhere where people want to join in and say - #NafratKeKhilafDilliKiAwaaz
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