20 November 2017
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas

  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  • > South East Asia
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia

  • » 08/18/2017, 16.23


    Kolkata, Muslim students promote respect for human dignity

    The Students Islamic Organisation of India is behind the initiative. Over two weeks, young people will promote respect for life throughout the country. This comes after a series of violent actions against Dalit and Muslims. Symposia, seminars and public lectures are on the agenda. The campaign is meant to glorify “the very tenets of humankind”.

    Kolkata (AsiaNews/Agencies) – A Muslim student organisation has launched a national campaign to defend human dignity in India.

    The Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) presented its initiative in Kolkata, West Bengal, on Wednesday. Over a two-week period, young people will promote of respect for human life across the country.

    The initiative follows a number of violent episodes– lynching, attacks and discriminatory acts – against Dalits and Muslims, which have threatened human life.

    “Living with dignity is a God-gifted fundamental right of mankind,” said Abdul Hamid, SIO’s public relations secretary.

    Titled ‘Rejecting Victimhood | Reclaiming Dignity | Up Against Hate’, the campaign was presented at the Kolkata Press Club.

    Organisers noted that the campaign is an attempt to thwart the “Hindutva-stained nationalistic patriotism that the present BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party)-led central government along with RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) are trying to formulate.”

    For the SIO, the latest discriminatory policies against minorities, such as the Union-wide beef ban, have led to cow vigilantism and the killing of many innocent people.

    “As far as the present social, political scenario of India is concerned, the rights of oppressed communities are being severely violated,” Hamid said. “All unprivileged communities, Muslims, Dalits alike, are going through a very grave situation.”

    For this reason, students have decided to speak out organising symposia, seminars and public lectures in numerous cities and villages across the country. They plan to fight for everyone's life.

    The campaign aims “at glorifying the very tenets of humankind, including living with the dignity that is now being deprived by the politicisation of human ethos in a false consciously fabricated nationalistic patriotism, masterminded by the Hindutva ideology of the BJP-RSS.”

    e-mail this to a friend Printable version

    See also

    19/07/2010 INDIA
    India, at least 60 dead and 90 injured in train crash
    The Uttarbanga Express did not respect the red light and order to stop. At two am (local time) it rammed into the Vananchal Express, on track four.

    02/06/2012 INDIA
    West Bengal police and government ignore persecuted Christian family
    For months, a couple from the Pentecostal Fellowship House Church receive death threats from Islamic fundamentalists. In late March, the whole community attacked, a widow of 65 beaten. Police will accept complaints for threats, as long as you do not name the attacker.

    15/12/2011 INDIA
    Toxic liquor, at least 107 people dead in West Bengal
    Another 100 are in serious condition. The illegal alcohol laced with methanol and industrial spirit, and can lead to seizures, vomiting and death. Because of its negligible cost (as little as 20 rupees) it is widespread among the poor and day laborers, and one of the leading causes of death among these social groups.

    16/04/2013 BANGLADESH
    Bangladesh, people celebrate Bengali New Year
    Processions, brass bands, fairs and shows marked the beginning of the year 1420, according to the Bengali calendar, despite continuing strikes and violence supported by the Islamic party.

    16/06/2009 SRI LANKA
    Concern over the fate of 51 Sri Lankan fishermen arrested in Indian Andamane
    For three months they have been held in prison on the Archipelagos in the Bay of Bengal. They were arrested for having violated Indian territorial waters. Families appeal to Colombo to put pressure on New Delhi for their release.

    Editor's choices

    Mass for a deceased underground priest. Card. Zen asks for God ‘s grace to save the Church in China and the Holy See from the 'precipice'

    Li Yuan

    Fr. Wei Heping, 41, died in mysterious circumstances, his body dumped in a river in Taiyuan (Shanxi). For the police claim he committed suicide. Family members are not allowed to even see the autopsy report. For Card. Zen the Holy See (which "is not necessarily the Pope") seeks a compromise at all costs with the Chinese government, risking "to sell out the faithful Church". Justice and Peace publish a booklet about Fr. Wei, not to forget.

    Pope: No more war, its only fruit is death, 'our self-destruction'

    Marking the Feast of All Souls, Francis celebrated Mass at the American Cemetery in Nettuno. "When so many times in history men think of a war, they are convinced of bringing a new world, they are convinced of making a 'spring'. It ends in a winter, ugly, cruel, with the reign of terror and death."


    AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.


    News feed

    Canale RSScanale RSS 

    Add to Google


    IRAN 2016 Banner

    2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®