Protests were held and slogans raised against the killers of MM Kalburgi and Hindutva terrorists at a rally held in Surrey on Saturday.
Organised under the aegis of Taraksheel Sabha – the rally was held at famous Holland Park, where speakers condemned the murders of rationalists and secularists in India by the alleged Hindutva extremists. The participants marched with banners and placards, including those reading; “We are Kalburgi”.
Kalburgi was recently assassinated in Karnataka.
The speakers warned that the forces seeking to transform secularist Indian society into a Hindu state have become emboldened under the Modi government. They also paid tributes to Kalburgi and two more rationalist activists, Narendra Dahbolkar and Govind Pansare, who were murdered during the recent past.
A visiting Taraksheel leader from India, Balwinder Singh Barnala alleged that the Hindutva forces have intensified their hate propaganda against minorities and secularist activists in India ever since the BJP came to power with brute majority under Modi.
Harbhajan Cheema – who is associated with the East Indian Defence Committee, pointed out that the process of turning India into a “fascist state” began much earlier under the “so called secular regime” of the Congress party and called upon all the progressive forces to unite against repression which has increased under a right wing government.
The key organizer of the rally Gurmail Gill said that a pressure is needed on the Indian government to ensure the safety and security of secularist activists. Others who spoke on the occasion included eminent atheist writer Sadhu Binning and another rationalist leader Avtar Gill. Among those present was famous progressive filmmaker Rajeev Kumar.