Dil Jodo Samaj Jodo Sanskrutik Andolan in Orissa 6 Dec-16 Dec
Grettings from Delhi Solidarity !
Kindly frind below an appeal from Sanskrutik Andolan Orissa and other democratic rights organisations in Orissa, who are the organisers of the ongoing Orissa Peace Yatra. We appeal to all of you to help this Yatra through diverse forms of solidarity and support. For those of you who can join in the last two days(15-16 December), kindly do so. Let us not forget that this action is the first mass action of its kind organised by Orissa Civil Society after the Kandhamal carnage. We should do our best to make sure that this initiative is supported and strengthened.
As part of Delhi Solidarity we have also initiated a campaign "Christmas for Orissa Campaign". This is keeping in mind the threat issued by RSS and VHP to declare Orissa Bandh on Christmas day. The appeal letter is enclosed.
Joe Athialy, Vasundhara Jairath, Bijulal MV, Bipin Kumar, Ravi Hemadri, Subrat Sahu, Satya Sivaraman, Mamta Dash, Vijayan MJ.
Sanskrutik Andolan and other democratic forces of Orissa have launched a multi-action program. It is to address the communal violence in Orissa specifically keeping in mind the violence against innocent people and the Kandhamal killings. The program started on the day of 1) Babasaheb Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar's remembrance day and 2) Babari Maszid demolition i.e. 6th December 2008 and closing ceremony will be held on 16th December. The program will imbibe following actions.
1.Cultural Rally with Street theatre
2.Public meetings & discussions
5.Literature selling cum exhibition
6.Poster Distribution and exhibition
7.Film (movie) shows
The Rally started from Bargarh on 6th December 2008 and is passing through following routes.
Delhi Forum F-10/12, Malviya Nagar New Delhi - 110017 INDIA
CHRISTMAS FOR ORISSA CAMPAIGN
PRAY FOR PEACE, FIGHT FOR JUSTICE, SAVE CHRISTMAS IN ORISSA
The Christmas of 2008, traditionally an occasion for joy and hope, threatens to be a dark and fearful day for the people of Orissa.
In an extremely provocative step, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) responsible for horrific violence against the state's Christians over the past one year - has called for an Orissa bandh on 25 December 2008.
There is great apprehension that the VHP bandh will become another excuse to unleash more pogroms against the already battered Christian community and kill both the flesh and spirit of this year's Christmas in Orissa. In fact it was on Christmas Day last year that the attacks, organised by the VHP, Bajrang Dal, RSS and other Hindutva extremist groups, were launched.
In renewed violence since late August this year over 60 people have been killed, several women including nuns raped, over 4,400 houses and 151 churches destroyed and more than 18,000 people injured. Even as we write this there are over 50,000 people homeless and living in the most atrocious conditions unable to return to their homes due to fear and lack of state protection.
We sincerely appeal to people of all religions in Orissa, the rest of India and indeed all over the world to join the Christmas for Orissa Campaign to:
Defeat the politics of hate indulged in by extremist organisations;
Prevent the recurrence of further violence in the state;
Preserve the spirit of Christmas; and
Prevail upon the Indian and Orissa governments to protect the lives and livelihood of innocent citizens.
This Christmas for Orissa Campaign is part of already ongoing efforts in Orissa and elsewhere with similar objectives and involves the following suggested activities:
Make peace and justice in Orissa the theme of this year's Christmas all over the world;
Organise special Christmas for Orissa vigils/prayers outside Indian embassies and VHP/RSS offices all over the world;
Organise peaceful vigils/prayers outside VHP/RSS offices all over India;
Send letters/Christmas greeting cards to Indian government officials and VHP/RSS/BJP leaders appealing for peace and justice in Orissa
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