Press Statement of CPI(ML) Red Star:
Severely Condemn Modi Government’s Fascist Action Forcibly Removing Shaheen Baghs!
Shaheen Bagh where women came out on the streets and started an indefinite dharna demanding the repeal of the CAA, and NPR/NRC based on it, had become the symbol of people’s resistance against CAA,NPR,NRC. The mobilization of women and their supporters had reached massive levels on many occasions. Very soon Shaheen Bagh like resistance centers came up in all cities, towns and even in villages, there number reaching more than 3000 by the end of February, with hundreds of thousands of women got mobilized every day challenging Modi government’s fascist move to impose the NRC based on CAA through the NPR to be launched from 1st April at all India level.
During last three months or more there were many efforts to remove this symbol of the people’s movement. But, every time the women and people supporting them had defeated these moves, always taking care that it shall remain a peaceful women’s resistance. When the COVID 19 outbreak started, and government took various steps including issue of prohibitory orders, the number of participants were reduced first to 30-40 and then to 10, maintaining all orders. In spite of this, today morning the Delhi police arrested the 10 women continuing dharna there, and by force demolished the pandal and occupied the dharna place. We unequivocally condemn this fascist action. There are reports from Raichur,North Karnatak and other places of such fascist action by the police.
If Modi government thinks that the resistance movement of people, and of the Shaheen Bagh women who are spear heading it can be put down using the measures taken to contain the threat from COVID 19 as a cover, we want to warn that it has completely mistaken the strength of this mass movement. As soon as the lock down is over, not only Shaheen Bagh at Delhi, many more Shaheen Baghs shall come up all over the country defeating whatever measures Modi government takes to impose the NPR/NRC based on CAA. The people shall defeat the conspiracy to get the NPR completed by clubbing it with the Census also. No Census measures shall be allowed till CAA, NPR and NRC are scrapped. We appeal to all popular forces, the Muslims, dalits, Adivasis and other oppressed sections along with the democratic secular forces rallying with them to get prepared to once again launch the movement with more vigorously..
CPI(ML) Red Star
24th March 2020, 3.00 PM.
Shaheen Bagh in south-eastern Delhi has become the focal point of the movement of Women Against Fascism; it is creating history. As the local women along with the struggling people of Delhi with the slogan: No CAA, No NPR/NRC have declared to continue this struggle centre till these draconian move is reversed by the fascist Modi government, everyday thousands of women and children from the locality and nearby areas reach the place and stay for hours to declare their determination to continue the struggle till victory, in spite of many attempts by the police to remove them from the area. Shaheen Bagh has already become known not only in India, but internationally. On12th January a massive turn-out was witnessed, as on all Sundays.
Inspired by Shaheen Bagh, the women of Park Circus in Central Kolkata has already started the Women Against Fascism centre there pledging that they will continue it till the CAA and NPR/NRC are repealed. It is attracting lot of people and is becoming more and more lively day by day. There are reports of women in UP, Bihar, MP and other states also starting such centres with active participation of all democratic forces and oppressed sections of people.
All Party committees in the cities to discuss this matter with the women’s organizations and join the initiative taken by various force to start Women Against Fascism centres wherever possible with the firm determination for continuing them for a long time. They can transform to focal point of this historic struggle with the slogan: No to CAA, No to NPR/NRC. Along with these, newer and newer forms of struggle to maintain and accelerate the momentum should be developed and sustained till the people’s victory against fascist Modi govt.
As the RSS/BJP leaders and activists are organizing vitriolic campaign against the movement as a whole spreading many lies and trying to create an atmosphere of fear wherever possible, a counter propaganda campaign should be developed by the struggling forces. Similarly the campaign to boycott the NPR which is already started in some areas under BJP rule and all over India from 10th April should be launched. The masses of people should be taught that we are not going to prepare any documents or going to cooperate with the NPR. We shall not allow the enumerators to enter the mohallas and villages. It is another Non-Cooperation Movement. Let us prepare the people for it by making the movement increasingly vigorous day by day. n