Angry over the frequent lynchings of innocent people in the name of cow, hundreds of thousands of people will gather at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar on Wednesday to register their protest against the government at the Centre.
The protest will also be held in different parts of India simultaneously.
The event, scheduled for 6 PM, was the brainchild of one Saba Dewan on Facebook. Within days of Dewan announcing on Facebook, thousands of people have already shown their willingness to be at the silent protest march.
The protest rally will also have participation of influential citizens including lawyers, businessmen, artists, former civil servants professionals from various sectors.
The event will have no leaders and no speakers on the day.
Dewan’s Facebook post said, “A citizens protest against the targetted lynchings of Muslims going on countrywide. The latest being of 16 year old Junaid on 23 June 2017 in Delhi (NCR) on a suburban train. As citizens let’s get together and through music and poetry assert that the killings and the hatred being unleashed – Is Not In Our Name. If not now then when? Right to Life and Equality is a fundamental right enshrined in the Constitution of India. It is time we the citizens of India reclaim and protect our Constitution.
“Please carry banners with the slogan – NOT IN MY NAME
This is a citizens protest open to all. Everyone is welcome but without party or organisational banners.”
Journalist Bilal Zaidi, who’s volunteered to coordinate the event said, “I love the format of the event. No lectures, just a lot of music and poetry that recognises this challenge. Jinhey naaz hai hind par woh kahaan hai?! (Where are those who feel proud of their country India?) Rabbi and other musicians and poets are going to inspire us to resist.
“Massive international and national media interest. NDTV and others are doing location discussions from Jantar Mantar. Remember the Anna moment and those crane cameras.”
Wednesday’s event follows millions of Indian Muslims celebrating this year’s Eid wearing black arm-bands on Monday.
Members of the Indian civil society are angry over the frequent lynchings of innocent people by the right-wing terrorists masquerading as cow protectors. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who’s often nimble-footed to express his opinion on violent incidents affecting population living outside India, has chosen to never condemn atrocities against Muslims.
Curiously, lynchings of Muslims have often taken place in the BJP-ruled states. The law enforcing agencies have received flak for their reluctance in acting against the perpetrators of this heinous crime.