Cannot let violence eat us up: Voices at ‘Not In My Name’ against Amarnath Yatra attack

"Violence will only infuse more violence. No matter which side is involved, hatred cannot be propagated. It will lead to retribution, which will result in more alienation," said, Riyaz, a Kashmiri student who graduated from Delhi University.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:July 11, 2017 10:19 pm
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The news of terrorists spraying bullets on Amarnath pilgrims has only strengthened Imad Ul Riyaz’s conviction: “we cannot let violence eat us up”. Riyaz, a Kashmiri student in Delhi, was among the many faces, young and old, at the ‘Not In My Name’ protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, against the killings of seven pilgrims.

“Violence will only infuse more violence. No matter which side is involved, hatred cannot be propagated. It will lead to retribution, which will result in more alienation,” Riyaz, who graduated from Delhi University’s Ramjas College, said.

The organisers of the campaign had come under fire from leaders of the ruling dispensation, immediately after last night’s attack.

BJP spokesperson GVL Narsimha Rao had tweeted: “On Amarnath killings, is ‘Not In My Name’ gang protesting or are protests only for Akhlaqs, Junaids, Pehlu Khans & Not4Lord Shiva devotees?”

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“We are a campaign of concerned citizens and we cannot spend our time reacting to what others say and how others define us. We are defining ourselves and we have been consistent in our stand and our stand is that we are against violence, we stand against hatred,” filmmaker Saba Dewan, one of the organisers, said.

Artists, activists and commentators including filmmaker Rahul Roy, Shabnam Hashmi, Gauhar Raz, Kavita Krishnan, Saba Naqvi and Tehseen Poonawala were among the prominent faces at the protest venue, in what was a rain-washed evening.

“All lives matter and dead bodies should not become part of a politics that divides people on the basis of religion. The seven dead did not deserve to die and its is only when we stand up and demand an end to this politics of hatred that we can prevent the deaths of innocents going on a pilgrimage or returning from Eid shopping,” a statement released by the organisers said.

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    Rakesh Pandit
    Jul 12, 2017 at 7:54 am
    This soft approach does not work against animals. We have to throw out kashmiri muslim students back from universities at Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat, UP, Himachal, Bangalore, Hyderabad, etc. Its time Hindus start such retaliation to awaken Omar Abdula, Mufti lady, Gilanis, Yasin maliks, etc etc muslim leaders of that state.
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      manu
      Jul 13, 2017 at 12:27 pm
      “Violence will only infuse more violence. " that means dnt targetr these terorists..we will make ptest as we did for yakoob memon etc..by teh way in last time they madeit in protest calling it as agaisnt "hindu terorist, brahminism etc"..now y not a single name plate on real terorifrst who attached hindus..
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      Think Switch
      Jul 12, 2017 at 12:46 am
      PL BE SPECIFIC. UR REPLY IS TOTALLY EVASIVE. ENTIRE WORLD IS ASKING THIS: 1- UR RELIZION PPL EXECUTED ASSASINATIONS TERRORIST ATTACKS, KILLED MILLIONS OF INNOCENT, CIVILIANS, WOMEN, CHILDREN, IN NEARLY ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY FIVE COUNTRIES ON THIS PLANET. 2- Y? BCOZ OF AN OLD DESERT THINKING AND OLD DESERT BASED BOOK. BOOK WAS MEANT, ONLY FOR DESERT AREA OF MIDEAST, ONLY FOR WARRING ILLITERATE TRIBES IN MIDEAST DESERTS, ONLY FOR THAT 1,000 YRS BACK OLD TIME. 3. NO NEED FOR SUCH THOUGHTS AND BOOK IN TODAYS PROGRESSING NATIONS AND TOMORROWS FUTURISTIC SOCIETIES. 4. JUST SET ASIDE THAT OLD RUSTING BOOK PERMANENTLY. 5. SWITCH OVER TO A NEWER MODERN RELEVANT BOOK.
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        Lovely
        Jul 11, 2017 at 11:20 pm
        Kashmiriyat was gone long back in 1989, when Kashmiri Pandits were displaced
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          Su Dhaka
          Jul 11, 2017 at 10:53 pm
          Good show of time-pass! But who is that cross-dressed old boy with white hair and chicken- coloured dimbgid gown who always advocates peace-loving ? Will someone please clarify ? Kavitha Krishna joined the baarat straight from the barber shop after a clean shave of her beard moustache . #Not in my name , right ?
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            Sudheer Thaakur
            Jul 11, 2017 at 10:49 pm
            I AM ANGRY AND FRUSTRATED WITH MY FELLOW CITIZENS WHO ARE MUSLIMS TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THERE IS A PART OF ISLAM THAT IS PROBLEMATIC. AS LONG AS THEY DO NOT TAKE THAT STEP EVERY DENUNCIATION AND MOUTHING THAT THIS IS NOT ISLAM SOUNDS UNTRUE AND HOLLOW.
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              Harry
              Jul 11, 2017 at 10:35 pm
              it is only after Hindus started voting for BJP, that SECUS are finally acknowledging Hindu deaths, prior to that even ethnic cleansing of Hindus from Pakistan was ignored by SECUs.
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