19, Feb 2019 | CJP Team
We, the citizens of India, strongly condemn the brutal terrorist attack in Pulwama that led India to lose 44 brave jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), when their convoy was attacked on February 14. As citizens of Mumbai, a city that has been target of brute acts of terror from across the border several times, we understand how the aftermath of the attack has left us all numbed with inescapable grief, even rage.
First and foremost we send out our deepest condolences to the bereaved families of the CRPF jawans. With this in mind we are holding an interfaith condolence meet in Mumbai. We urge you to join us at:
Citizens Against Terror: A Condolence Meet for Pulwama Martys
Date: February 21, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Venue: RAMA WATUMULL AUDITORIUM
Kishinchand Chellaram College
Dinshaw Wacha Road, Churchgate, Mumbai – 400020
At this condolence meet we will all come together to pray for the departed. We will resolve to stand united in this moment of grief and even anger, to ensure that neither of these takes an unhealthy and ugly turn. Participants include:
- Julio Ribeiro IPS (Retd)
- Commander SH Kalawat (Retd)
- Justice Hosbet Suresh (Retd)
- Justice Abhay Thipsay (Retd)
- Nikhil Wagle
- Fr. Frazer Mascarenhas
- Sambhaji Bhagat
- Naseeruddin Shah
- Soni Razdan
- Mona Ambegaonkar
- Vivek Monteiro
- Zeenat Shaukatali
- Maulana Zaheer Abbas Rizvi
- Maulana Athar Ali
- Jaaved Jaaferi
We need to honour what India and its forces stand for while unequivocally condemning not just the brutal attack on our forces, but also the reportedly inciteful video of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) put out with the singular aim of fomenting a communal and hate filled response. Those responsible for the attack are criminals who are misusing a politicised and perverted version of faith to justify violence and bloodshed. They must be called out as such.
Those from our security forces and police who are victims of such terror attacks must remain central to our discourse. We must demand, not just compensation, but reparation and justice for the families of jawans from the CRPF, Army, BSF, CISF and police who fall victim to these terror attacks.
As Indians coping with the Pulwama attack we must ensure that our response remains united and not divisive. An internal atmosphere of fear and instigation, whether it is against Kashmiris or Muslims in general will not just corrode our unity but affect our holistic and healthy response to this tragedy. Reprisal violence against innocents cannot be an answer.
If we allow terrorists to divide us, we aid them in their quest to destroy the idea of India. India’s democratic principles and Constitutional values are their greatest fears. That is what they hope to destroy. So let’s not allow them to do that.
We are a democracy. So, as Indians, while we stand united in our grief and outrage, we must also exercise our right to question. These are questions that do not in any way take away from this and other acts of terror but seek to build on our strengths in fighting terror of all kinds. The government of the day needs to answer these questions from citizens especially as we are about to enter into an extremely emotive election season. Election speeches too must be monitored and watched, so that while condemning the terror attack they are in no way inciteful of hatred and violence against sections of our citizens.
There are procedures in both national and international law for bringing to justice perpetrators of terror attacks. Justice must be our lasting and unequivocal demand.
We urge citizens all over India to hold small and large street corner peace meetings to maintain communal harmony. You can endorse our appeal by signing our petition on change.org.
Citizens against Terror is organised by:
Mahiti Adhikar Manch
Center of Indian Trade Unions (CITU)
The Bombay Catholic Sabha
Rahat Legal Aid Foundation
Voice of Christians