Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Re: [rti_india] Rally to denounce the murder of RTI Activist Amit Jethwa

Dear Bhaskar, Nilesh etc.

It seems that like you not many people bothered to attend.
There were only about 30 (and this is optimistic) people present.

The motives (getting national media publicity) of the organisers
was revealed by the fact that the site of the rally is a 2 minute
walk from India's Fleet Street (BSZ Marg) and the timing
(6: PM) just in time for the national edition.

Even that perennial favourite of all the RTI misusers (NDTV)
gave the rally scant coverage. 'Justice for Jethwa' is simply
not as sexy today as 'Justice for Jessica'

On 7/26/10, Bhaskar Prabhu <mahitiadhikarmanch@gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear All,
> While we are unable to attend, volunteers MAM send greetings of solidarity
> for the rally,
> and a strong need to raise our voice and truth shall prevail.
> best regards, ]
> In service for RTI
> Bhaskar Prabhu
> Convenor
> Mahiti Adhikar Manch
> Mumbai
> On Sun, Jul 25, 2010 at 8:17 AM, Neeraj Kumar <neeraj.com@gmail.com> wrote:
>> *Rally to denounce the murder of RTI Activist Amit Jethwa
>> *
>> One more dead. Yet another person who raised his voice against corruption
>> was killed. And we remain silent.
>> Politicians, parties, the government, officials, moneyed people and
>> criminals have joined hands. They constitute a gang that is robbing the
>> nation. Anyone who dares to raise his voice against this gang is killed.
>> There is only one solution to this mayhem—the voice of the people. This
>> recent spate of brutal and senseless murders of those who have raised
>> their
>> voice against corruption is a warning: our democracy is in danger; our own
>> lives are in danger. We are the only ones who can set this right.
>> Whenever any activist exposes corruption against someone mighty in the
>> government, it is futile to expect any protection from police, which is
>> directly controlled by the political executive. It is also futile to
>> expect
>> the anti-corruption agencies in that state to take any effective action
>> because these anti-corruption agencies are directly controlled by
>> political
>> executive. The police and anti-corruption agencies, on the contrary,
>> collude
>> with the corrupt. They either turn a blind eye to complaints and threats
>> or
>> openly victimize the complainant.
>> Therefore, there is a strong need for an institution which is completely
>> independent of political executive and has adequate powers and resources
>> to
>> deal with such issues.
>> A rally has been organized to denounce the murder of Amit Jethwa and
>> demand
>> that all parties make a public commitment to put appropriate systems in
>> place to address corruption.
>> This rally will take place on Monday, July 26, 2010 at 6 pm. We will
>> gather at Gandhi Peace Foundation (ITO, in front of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya
>> library) and move toward the Samadhi of Babu Jagjivan Ram (in front of
>> Rajghat).
>> Please come and join us for this important event. Let us raise our voices
>> together!
>> The rally is jointly being organized by several organizations including
>> NCPRI, Parivartan, National Alliance for People's Movement (NAPM), Aasha
>> Parivar, Yva Koshish, Journalist's Union for Civil Society, Sadbhav
>> Mission,
>> Lohia Vichar Manch, Hum Hindustani, Journalist for Peace, Pardarshita,
>> IGSS,
>> Shahari Adhikar Manch etc.
>> For more information, please contact Aswathi at 9891148748.


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