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“If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things”.
Rene Descartes (1596 - 1650)
The blasphemy law is usually used by the Akali-BJP Govt to black-mail its adversaries and rationalist intellectuals. A few months ago dramatist Kirti Kirpal and his entire team was booked under S.295 by Bathinda Police on a complaint by a VHP activist. Sh. Megh Raj Mittar, of Tarksheel Society is also facing a threat to be implicated under this law for having written a scientific article on Cow’s Urine. These laws are also used or misused by the political parties in power to secure their vote-banks.
It is highly shameful for the democratic values to which our politicians so fondly swear that such draconian laws were passed by the Punjab Legislative Assembly within a few minutes, without any discussion. The Congress made a verbal protest but walked out to facilitate passage of these bills. No political party worth the name launched any protest against these Acts.
However the Democratic Front Against Operation Green Hunt, Punjab, held conventions at various places, such as Amritsar, Moga, Ludhiana, Bathinda, Talwandi Salem, and Sirsa. Mass organizations at Barnala also held a convention against these black laws. I.D.P. and the Inqlabi Kender Punjab, brought out pamphlets against these laws, describing in detail their fatal implications for the struggling people.
34 mass organizations of Punjab, including various farmers and agricultural labor organizations, trade unions etc, came out against these black laws and gave a call of mass-dharnas at all District Headquarters in Punjab on 20.1.2011. As per initial reports, these dharnas elicited good response. At Ludhiana industrial workers came out in good numbers.
It is encouraging that a good beginning has been made to mobilize protest against these anti-people black laws. However more is required to be done. The mass-organizations in Punjab are capable of launching a mass movement to seek withdrawal of these laws.