Resolution condemning the AP government for its rejection of permission to the RDF rally to be held on 23 April 2012
This house strongly condemns the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad and the Andhra Pradesh government for refusing permission for the proposed RDF rally at the conclusion of the first conference of the RDF held from 22 April 2012 at Sundarayya Vignana Bhavan, Hyderabad. The rally was to be addressed by prominent personalities like B D Sharma (former Commissioner of the National Commission for the Scheduled Castes and Tribes), Syed Ali Shah Geelani (Chairperson, All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Jammu and Kashmir), Anand Teltumbde (Professor, IIT Kharagpur), Amit Bhattacharya (Professor, Jadavpur University), Professor SAS Geelani (Working President, Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners), Professor Jagmohan (civil rights activist and nephew of Shaheed Bhagat Singh), G Hargopal (Professor, HCU), Professor A Sheshaiah (APCLC), revolutionary authors Varavara Rao and G Kalyana Rao, and many others from all across the country.
RDF declared the rally much in advance in order to take the message of the conference to the masses culminating in a public meeting. However the democratic right to organise a rally has been denied by the Hyderabad police under the instructions of their political masters. In its communication to the Reception Committee, the DCP made the outrageous allegation that on the first day of the conference was aimed at disseminating Maoist ideology and involving in promoting a revolutionary propaganda. It also objected to the books and leaflets circulated and displayed for the programme and at the venue for their alleged “inflammatory” content. The DCP alleged that RDF was propagating “seditious and provocative ideas on the minds of the general public” and “inciting the people to mass militant movements” through its activities, literature and conference. Justifying the politically motivated decision to disallow the rally, the police further claimed that underground cadres of the Maoist party are likely to attend the rally causing “severe impact on the prevailing law and order situation in the state of Andhra Pradesh in general and in the city of Hyderabad in particular”. In addition, the police cited the bogey of the likely participation of the so-called “radical and fundamentalist elements” which the police considered would “disturb the communally fragile and highly sensitive situation in the city”.
On the basis of these frivolous, baseless and concocted grounds the police have denied permission to the rally, which is a gross violation of the democratic rights of the people. It is nothing but another step towards stifling the voices of the people against the increasingly repressive Indian state and the ruling classes, who are carrying out a multi-pronged assault on the people of the subcontinent and facilitating the unbridled exploitation of the oppressed sections of the society or their resources. Propagating an ideology such as Marxism-Leninism-Maoism which aspires for a revolutionary social transformation free from all forms of exploitation and oppression is not a crime. But the police and the government are trying to portray criminalise Maoism and revolutionary ideology, which is unacceptable. It is not only the inviolable right of the people and peoples’ organisations to propagate such an ideology, but becomes a responsibility to propagate and disseminate it widely with renewed intensity in the present context of growing class struggle. Moreover, being consistent with RDF’s demand of lifting the ban on revolutionary organisations like CPI(Maoist) and others, RDF does not see any opposition to the participation of people with varied progressive ideologies in its rally, including the Maoists. We are opposed to the manner in which the genuine political issues raised by RDF and its programmes are dealt with by the state as ‘law and order problems’. Also, the use of the excuse of alleged ‘communal sensitivity’ in the city and branding of the rally participants as ‘radical and fundamentalist elements’ is an extension of criminally profiling the Naxalites and the religious minorities, which is highly objectionable. It clearly demonstrates the Hindu majoritarian character of the state, which is up in arms with any voice of dissent and opposition from the oppressed people.
It is regrettable that the AP High Court has completely ignored the highly authoritarian act of the police and the AP government, and today has even refused to admit the appeal against the denial of police permission. In doing so, the court has only given its sanction to this police highhandedness. The house therefore strongly condemns the High Court for its refusal to even hear the RDF’s arguments against the denial of a basic democratic right like holding a rally, which goes against the very principles of justice.
The first RDF conference strongly and unequivocally condemns the Andhra Pradesh government for preventing and detaining the 35-member team of delegates coming to attend the conference in Kusimunchi police station of Khammam district. The team also had a troupe of cultural activists amongst them. All of them were kept under police custody for two days and tortured, and were released only after the conference got over. However, Ghanta Satyam, an adivasi activist who was a part of the team was not released. He has been falsely booked under several sections of the draconian AP Public Securities Act including Section 8 (1) (2) alleging him to be a member of an unlawful organisation or cooperating with such an organisation. He has also been framed by the AP police for purportedly carrying a message from the CPI (Maoist) to the conference. The house condemns this act by the government and demands the immediate release of Satyam.