DYFI Yuva Sangharsh Jathas: March Towards A Casteless Secular Maharashtra

Two esteemed scholar-activists of Maharashtra, Dr Narendra Dabholkar and Comrade Govind Pansare were shot dead in the last two years in almost identical circumstances. It is widely known that extremist Hindutva outfits like Sanathan Sanstha are behind these killings. Very recently another outspoken scholar M M Kalburgi was also shot dead at his home in Karnataka in similar circumstances. These gruesome murders took place in the background of the RSS-led BJP’s ascendancy in national politics and with the Hindutva combination of BJP and Shiv Sena becoming the major political force in Maharashtra. Obviously, the Sangh Parivar has decided that it is time for them to step up their efforts to destroy the secular fabric of India and convert the Indian State into an authoritarian Hindu Rashtra without brooking any opposition. This is the logic behind the Dabholkar-Pansare-Kalburgi murders. Alerting the people about this game-plan is the most urgent task of all democratic forces.

With this objective in mind, the DYFI Maharashtra state committee decided to organise two jathas starting from those spots in Pune and Kolhapur where Dabholkar and Pansare were shot and culminating at Aurangabad on the eve of the 10th DYFI state conference. The slogans chosen for the jatha were “Defeat the forces which murdered Dr Narendra Dabholkar, Com Govind Pansare and Prof M M Kalburgi” and “March on towards a casteless secular Maharashtra.”

It was decided that the jathas would cover 16 districts in six days. Most importantly, it was decided to constitute jatha reception committees at maximum places as broad coalitions of democratic, secular and progressive organisations, intellectuals, artists and eminent personalities.

Both jathas started on October 4 and toured 16 districts as planned before culminating at Aurangabad on October 9, the eve of the DYFI state conference. These jathas have given immensely energising experiences to the youth movement and have laid the foundation for building effective coalitions in defending secular society and democratic political processes. Several public intellectuals and artists associated themselves with this effort.

Last modified on Monday, 02 November 2015 12:09

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