Black bands, protest placards and a message of unity at Pune’s ‘Not in my Name’ march

The march started from the statue of Babasaheb Ambedkar in front of the Collector office, and went on till the statue of Mahatma Gandhi near the Pune railway station.

By: Express News Service | Pune | Published:June 30, 2017 1:20 am
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Over a thousand people participated in a silent march — ‘Not in my Name’ — in the city on Thursday evening, as part of a nationwide agitation against the spate of lynchings in the name of religion. The march started from the statue of Babasaheb Ambedkar in front of the Collector office, and went on till the statue of Mahatma Gandhi near the Pune railway station.

Among the prominent personalities who attended the protest were socialist leader Baba Adhav, Rajya Sabha MP Anu Aga, veteran filmstar Amol Palekar and Sandhya Gokhale. The representatives of AIMIM also participated in the march.

Representatives of many social organisations including Lokayat, Socialist Party (India), Rashtra Seva Dal and Swaraj Abhiyaan participated in the march. Former state minister Bhai Vaidya was also present.

The silent march started after sharing some information on the reason behind organising it. All the activists wore a black dress or tied a black ribbon on their arm to mark their protest. They carried placards condemning the incidents of attacks on minorities, and pledged to fight against those “spreading communal hatred”.

As the march progressed, the organisers — Lokayat and Socialist Party (India) — distributed pamphlets among local residents on the way. The march was meant to send a message that there is no space for religious hatred in the country, and to tell the minority communities that they were not alone, said the activists.

“There is an increasing number of attacks on members of the minority community, as the environment of hatred on religious grounds is spreading in the country. This is an indication of a serious situation…,” said Adhav, as he addressed the crowd.

He urged everyone to unite and “take on those who are trying to destroy the secular fabric of country”.

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    Jul 1, 2017 at 9:21 am
    it is the secessionist at ude of the muslim majority of Kashmir,an integral part of India, muslim in INDIA resorting to adopt more and more Arabic style of culture refusing to integrate with the other Indian cultures , very furiously and vehemently opposing muslim girls to marry men of other than muslim religion but welcoming if a muslim man marries a girl of other religion , usually deterring to parti te in other races' religious functions ,a supremacist at ude about the religion and moulwis' propogating the message of islam's supremacy as to others. A very conservative and orthodax approach in the name of religion by muslims in India ,I think is the cause of their alignation all over the nations where they r a minority. Slowly isla ebia is creeping in other non muslim nations due to muslim minority's bias towards Wahabism and ultra conservatism ,what we see in our country also, the muslim leaders should fight the conservatism like hon'ble Arif Mohamed saheb .
    1. M
      Jun 30, 2017 at 9:16 pm
      Any violence in India should not be tolerated, but what wrong with this intellectual in our society,who are selective and always do the Muslim appea t in the name of secularism, And target only Hindu, this is because they knows Hindus are not united, once all Hindus united they will not seen anywhere, this country is secular because of Hindu, once population of Muslim increases not only in India whole world become communal,we want peace and harmony for that we should give respect to each religion.
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        Parth Garg
        Jun 30, 2017 at 5:08 pm
        The paid lackeys always raise the issue of Kashmiri Pundits or the 1984 Sikh massacre whenever some such protest is made. It is strange that they themselves fail to raise their collective voice over lynching of a young jawan (Fayaz) of the army and another from SRPF (Ayub) (both Muslims and locals of Kashmir) in Kashmir a few days ago or broad daylight murders of BJP workers in Kerala every now and then but would condemn others doing their duty.
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          Jul 1, 2017 at 7:08 pm
          The paid lackeys did not raise their voice then or now. They have not been selective/biased as the liberal crowd and this is the message to the liberals . Voice protest over injustice ,but dont be selective. The kashmiris pandits or the sikhs needed your support the most ,but you betrayed them.
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          Mahesh Gore
          Jun 30, 2017 at 2:41 pm
          There is no justification for lynching by mob or so called vigilanates. No one can be permitted to take law and order for granted. let the law take its own course. At the same time this "drama on roads" also is equally unjustified. It is disheartening to note that all these supporters (so called humanitarians or seudo-secularists or whatever) totally ignored lynching of a young jawan (Fayaz) of the army and another from SRPF (Ayub) (both muslims and locals of Kashmir) in Kashmir a few days ago or broad daylight murders of BJP workers in Kerala every now and then. But, they come out in large numbers only on such issues. They would have got wholehearted support from one and all if similar protests would have taken place to reflect solidarity to those jawans and army.
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            Parth Garg
            Jun 30, 2017 at 5:11 pm
            If you are so concerned with lynching of Fayaz or Ayub etc why not lead a 'drama on road' by yourself. You are an Arm Chair Bhakt.
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            montage Rajesh Shukla Mail Id
            Jun 30, 2017 at 12:22 pm
            Ask Amol je and his frinds ... protest should also again animal killings , protest should also against stone pelting , protest should also against innocent Pandits killing , if masses start protesting against this kind of activities then they will tell its govt organised . Enjoy democracy with transparency and equity
            1. B
              Jun 30, 2017 at 1:32 pm
              I feel like lynching you and feeding u with beef
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                True Indian
                Jul 1, 2017 at 7:31 am
                Baiju Chew-tiya- I like f you and feeding you with S t
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              SHASHANK Mittal
              Jun 30, 2017 at 11:51 am
              Few weeks ago a Hindu boy in Karnataka, was killed by muslims for marrying their daughter. Similarly, a Hindu couple was killed by muslim youths in Lonavala, Maharashtra. These incidents were passed off as law and order issue . There was no hue and cry, no outrage. Similarly, train murder is a law and order problem. Any form of violence is not acceptable but intellectual members of our society are very selective. Any form of violence against minority community is viewed as hate violence by majority community and intellectuals ensure that the image of current government is maligned.
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                Ajay Kumar
                Jun 30, 2017 at 9:03 am
                stupid.. cident hapepend on train seat which was converted to cow....where are these people when muslims blast in this country..why dont they take rally and educate muslims not to go towards terrorism. such cases, these community is not in danger??
                1. S
                  Jun 30, 2017 at 11:35 am
                  I wish for you and for everyone that they should never suffer such loss of their brothers and children (like Junaid). Educate yourself, many marches, arrest and even encounters happened for the blasts which you are referring above, but unfortunately same did not happen when there were blasts in Malegaon, Parabhani, and Hyderabad and mob lynching in so many places in India.
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                  George Cruz
                  Jun 30, 2017 at 8:33 am
                  These congress party pseudo seculars, the communists, etc are trying to copy the "black lives matter" protests in the US but the difference here is the blacks in the US were discriminated for decades and this 'Not in my Name’ march. But the truth is that the congress party is the one which is and has been dividing the people of India on the basis of religion/caste favoring Muslims/Christians for vote bank while at the same discriminating/demonizing the larger Hindus and responsible for today's religious intolerance and hatred towards Hindus. It has been a well accepted practice to use larger Hindus as punching bag by the congress party pseudo secular nuts. Ultimately, the larger Hindus have the final say in taking the country back from all these pseudo secular nuts and stop the country's economic malaise and racial division by the opposition parties.
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