Invitation to a Commemoration Meeting in Mumbai:
‘Justice for Victims of 2002 Genocide’
Day/Date: Monday, February 27, 2012; 6-8 pm. (Meeting starts at 6 pm sharp)
Venue: St. Xaviers College Main auditorium, Next to Rang Bhavan,
5, Mahapalika Marg, Mumbai. (Phone: 22620661)
February 27/28 mark ten years both of the tragic death of 57 persons due to fire in a compartment of the Sabarmati Express near Godhra station and the criminal manipulation of this tragic incident as a pretext for the Modi government sponsored anti-Muslim genocide throughout the state.
On February 27, thousands of victim-survivors of the mass crime, lawyers, jurists, activists, artistes and intellectuals from all over the country will assemble at Gulberg Society, Ahmedabad for a commemoration. Through words and images, reminiscences and video-clips, photo exhibition, names of ‘Missing Persons’ enlisted on a ‘Wailing Wall’, honouring those who risked their lives to save neighbours who were the target, music and tears, the Crimes Against Humanity committed ten years ago will be recalled and the plight of the traumatised and the displaced highlighted. The survivors from Gulberg Society will lead the assembled people through the housing colony and recount the horrors of February 28, 2002. A collective resolve will be renewed to continue the struggle for justice to the victim-survivors and punishment to the perpetrators and masterminds of the carnage.
The entire programme at Gulberg Society, symbolising the Holocaust in Gujarat will be webcast for viewing Live on the afternoon/evening of Feb 27 and posted on U-tube subsequently so that we remember, never forget.
Simultaneous Commemoration Meetings are planned in several cities, including Mumbai and Delhi. For a part of the meeting on Feb 27, we hope to be able to view the programme webcast Live from Gulberg Society. The Mumbai meeting is being jointly organised by ALL justice and peace-promoting individuals/organisations and St Xaviers College. We urge you to be there and also publicise it widely within your circle of family, friends and colleagues urging them to be there too.
Convenor: Javed Anand, Citizens for Justice and Peace (M: 9870402556)
Dolphy D’Souza, Bombay Catholic Sabha (M: 9820226227)
Fr Lancy Pinto, Justice and Peace Commission (M: 9769814788)
Hasina Khan, Awaaz-e-Niswan/Forum Against Women’s Oppression (M: 9870162113)
Irfan Engineer, All India Secular Forum (M: 9869462833)
Noorjehan Safia Niaz, Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (M: 9833072690)
- Shabnam Hashmi detained and released in Gujarat, Citizens demand intervention (kractivist.wordpress.com)
- Victims’ pleain Gulberg case rejected (thehindu.com)
- Memorial to a Genocide (Gujarat 2002 – 2012) Nationwide Call to participate (kractivist.wordpress.com)
February 23, 2012 at 11:57 am
This is a wonderful initiative. I shall join the programmes in Ahmedabad., to pay homage to the fascist and heinous acts against people (be they from which ever religion) to facilitate their pogrom.Even though judiciary is giving good judgements after a decade,it is not enough,as culprits are not booked and are running scotfree.