Punjab – An appeal to maintain communal harmony

April 1, 2012

We, the pro-people intellectual & social activists of Punjab strongly oppose the attempts by all types of communal fascist forces in Punjab, to sow the seeds of hatred and create communal disharmony amongst different sections of society, on the issue of commuting the death sentence awarded to Balwant Singh Rajoana by a Chandigarh court in the murder case of Beant Singh Ex-CM Punjab & his body guards.

After the death sentence of co-accused Jagtar Singh Hawara in this case was commuted to life imprisonment by Punjab & Haryana High Court, on his appeal, and a large number of democratic and justice loving people called for similar treatment to Balwant Singh Rajoana, there was no legal hitch in deferring the execution of his death sentence by the Central Govt till the decision of mercy petitions filed on his behalf by the President of India. By doing so the painful violent events of 28th March, when a state-wide Bandh was held in Punjab, would have been avoided. But unfortunately it was not done. As a result, the people of Punjab have been thrust in a dangerous situation.

We call upon the people of Punjab, to maintain communal harmony & social cohesion in this trying situation. There are black forces, who are bent upon frustrating the struggles of the people for their lives and livelihood; struggles against social and economic inequalities; struggles against indiscriminate exploitation & expropriation of India’s natural resources and labor power by Indian & foreign capitalists; struggles against thrusting the vast majority of Indian people in extreme poverty, disease, hunger, unemployment, illiteracy and sever state repression. These black forces want to break the unity of the people and entangle them in fratricide. Such anti-people forces must be shunned and defeated. Avoiding all types of provocations, let us move towards strengthening the bonds of mutual love, commonness, harmony and fraternity.

SIGNATORIES:

1. Prof Waryam Singh Sandhu – Writer

2. Prof Ajmer Singh Aulakh – Writer & Dramatist

3. Kewal Dhaliwal – Dramatist

4. Prof Jagmohan Singh General Secretary AFDR Punjab

5. Dr. Parminder Singh Convener Democratic Front Against Operation Green Hunt Punjab

6. Prof A.K.Maleri, Organising Secy AFDR Punjab

7. Dr. Harbans Singh Grewal AFDR Punjab

8. Prof Baldeep Singh Writer

9. Dr. Dharamveer Gandhi

10. Prof Kamaljeet Singh Educationist

11. Prof Raminder Singh Educationist

12. Charanjeet Bhullar Writer & Press person

13. Attarjeet Kahanikar Writer

14. Vidhu Shekhar Democratic Rights activist

15. Baldev Singh Sadaknama Writer

16. Dr. Surjeet Brar

17. Mahinder Sathi Poet

18. Narinder Sharma

19. Ravi

20. Col J.S. Brar

21. Hem Raj Steno Rationalist

22. Megh Raj Mitter Rationalist

23. Ram Sawaran Lakhewali Writer & Rationalist

24. Yash Pal Trade unionist

25. Yashpal Jhabal – Democratic Rights Activist

26. Jagseer Jeeda – Writer & Singer

27. Prof Ajmer

28. Ajmer Sidhu

29. Baldev Singh Dhindsa

30. Deedar Shetra Poet

31. Prof G.V. Sekhon

32. Madan Veera – Writer

33. Lal Singh Kahanikar – Writer

34. Baldev Singh Azad

35. Prof Amandeep Talwandi Sabo

36. Kanwal Jeet Khanna – Inqlabi Kender Punjab

37. Balwant Makhu Lok Sangram Manch

38. Talwinder Singh – Janwadi Lekhak Manch

39. Gurmeet Judge – Writer

40. Balvir Singh Parwana

41. Advocate Suman Lata

42. Advocate Rajneesh K Rana

43. Lachhaman Singh Sewewala – Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union

44. Harmesh Malri – Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union

45. Baru Satwarg – Writer

46. Joginder Singh Ugrahan – Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta)

47. Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan – Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta)

48. Jora Singh Nasrali – Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union

49. Amar Aftab – Writer

50. Dr. Bhim Inder Singh

51. Prof Gurbachan Singh Naruana – Educationist

52. Jaspal Mankhera – Writer

53. Amit Barnala – Rationalist

54. Dr. Anup Singh

55. Dr. Baldev Sahota

56. Damjeet Darshan

57. Dharam Pal Upashak – Writer

58. Advocate Amarjeet Pardesi

59. Advocate N.K.Jeet – Lok Morcha Punjab

60. Advocate Sudeep Singh – Lok Morcha Punjab

61. Advocate Amarjeet Bai – AFDR Punjab

62. Amolak Singh – General Secy Lok Morcha Punjab

63. Sukhwant Singh Sekhon – Trade Unionist

64. Gurdial Singh Bhangal – President Lok Morcha Punjab

65. Lok Bandhu – Writer

66. Pushap Lata – Lok Morcha Punjab

67. Dr. Sardool Singh Grewal – AFDR

68. Jagmel Singh – Lok Morcha Punjab

69. Sadhu Ram Kusla – Social Activist, Anti-female feticide crusader

70. Jagseer Sahota – Trade Unionist

71. Karora Singh – Trade Unionist

72. Pirtpal Singh – Social Activist & Democratic Rights Activist

73. Bhoj Raj Trade Unionist

74. Narbhinder Singh – Writer & Democratic Rights Activist

75. Dr. Sahib Singh – Writer

76. Master Tarlochan Singh Samrala – Dramatist

77. Pavel Kussa – Youth leader

78. Harkesh Chaudhari – Dramatist

79. Shabdeesh – Writer

80. Anita Shabdeesh – Theater personality

81. Kasturi Lal – Lok Morcha Punjab

82. Naunihal Singh – Trustee Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall Jalandhar

83. Gurmeet – Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall Jalandhar

84. Surinder Dhanjal – Writer

85. Harsharn Gill Dhido

86. Hansa Singh – Dramatist

87. Advocate Rajeev Gondara

88. Master Krishan Dyal Kussa – Lok Morcha Punjab

89. Bharat Bhushan

90. Dr. Lok Raj – Writer

91. Sukhveer Joga – Writer

92. Boota Singh – Writer & Democratic Rights Activist

93. Kehar Sharif – Writer

94. Narain Dutt – Political Activist

95. Ranjit Lehra – Editor Lal Parcham

96. Karam Barast – Writer

97. Prof Charan Kumar – Educationist

98. Darshan Singh Koohli

99. Davinder Toor

100. Angrej Singh