Ms. Teesta Seetald delivering a
lecture on 'Violence and Minorities' at Cultural Hall of
Maulana Azad Library, AMU on November 30, 2011
“Institutionalized prejudices and negative attitudes of the
security forces and police against Muslims are issues of great concern”,
said the eminent social worker and human right activist, Teesta Setalvad.
She said that all justice loving
people and secular elements of the society should stand up and
break silence to oppose the fascist forces.
Teesta Setalwad was delivering a lecture on “Violence and
Minorities” organized by the Club for Short Evening Courses,
General Education Centre, Aligarh Muslim University here November
Setelvad said that from Gujarat to
Karnataka, Gopalganj and Bharatpur, all the incidents of riot
proved that the police stance remains against Muslims. She
observed that in all these riots, Muslims were first provoked then
firing was resorted upon them and their properties were looted and
put on fire.
She said that proofs of such
incidents were hurriedly wiped out so that they might not be used
to get an FIR lodged or presented in courts.
She said that the negative attitude
of the administration has put a big question make over its
impartiality and emits a dangerous signal for the times to come.
Recalling fake encounter of Ishrat Jahan, Setalvad said that such
encounters are taking place in UP and Bihar also and those who
raise their voices in favour of Muslims are implicated in false
Quoting Sachar Committee recommendations, she said
that a large number of Muslims are kept in jails in Maharashtra
and Gujarat. She emphasized that the planned and organized
violence is the biggest challenge before Indian society. She said
that we have to stop violence against Muslims in a concerted way.
Presiding over the Symposium, GEC Coordinator, Dr. Shakeel Samdani
said that Setalvad has devoted herself to save the constitutional
He pointed out that she left all
luxuries of life to preserve secularism and fought for the
deprived section and minorities.
Dr. Samdani stressed that if India
has to be strong and emerge as a world force, then justice will
have to be delivered to all sections of the society and a
violence-free society has to be developed.
Dr. Mohibul Haq of Department of Political Science said that
Teesta Setalvad is fighting against all odds and not only deprived
segments of Indian citizen, but the all secular minded people are
On the issue of Muslim reservation,
Dr. Haq said that Muslims should be given reservation under
article 341 and 8 percent separate quote should be earmarked under
27 percent OBC reservation.