ON FIGHTING FASCISM – ETERNAL VIGILANCE IS THE PRICE OF LIBERTY
Dr. Aurobindo Ghose
Everybody is concerned about the health, whereabouts and safety of Jignesh Mevani. Undoubtedly, Jiignesh is leading the struggle of Dalits of Una ever since the Dalit uprising began on July 11, 2016 after the public flogging of four Dalit youth belonging to the family of Balu Sarvaiya of Mota village. Jignesh and his team thereafter organised the historic rally at Ahmedabad where the Dalits took a pledge not to remove animal caracasses and demand 5 acres of land to each Dalit family as part of land reforms.
Thereafter as Convenor of the Sangharsh Samiti, Jignesh led the march from Ahmedabad to Una, starting on 5th of August and terminating in a massive rally at Una on the 15th of August, where Muslims and OBC joined the Dalits in solidarity. Unmistakbly, in Jignesh Mevani, a leader is born .
Now this morning 17th September, I see the news that Jignesh and 200 of his Dalit activist companions, have been detained in Ahmedabad last evening from the airport. He was later released in the middle of the night and allowed to move, but with the police in tow. This is what Jignesh called his “house arrest”.
Then suddenly, at about 9:00 PM this 17th evening , I saw a post on Facebook in the profile of one Potluri. Ramu, that Jignesh Mevani is missing.
I was extremely concerned. I shared this news with my friends in Delhi.
We were all very alarmed and immediately sent a message to Ms. Nirjhari Sinha at Ahmedabad who is like Jignesh Mevani’s guardian, enquiring about Jignesh’s welfare and whereabouts.
I got an immediate, return message from Nirjhari Sinha that he is alright and safe but the police are trailing him.
I thanked Nirjhari and shared the entire conversation over more than 60 profiles on Facebook. I am giving the entire conversation below.
REGARDING PEOPLE’S CONCERN ABOUT Jignesh Mevani
SHARING A CONVERSATION WITH RESPECTED Ms. Nirjhari Sinha
My message to Ms. Nirjhari Sinha
SEP 17TH, 10:23PM
Respected Ms. Nirjhari Sinha,
Request you to kindly inform whereabouts and safety of Jignesh Mevani. People in Delhi concerned. Regards. – Aurobindo Ghose Mob 09312713798
Immediate Reply to my message, by Ms. Nirjhari Sinha
Jignesh is fine. He is in Ahmedabad. Few crime branch police are deployed and they follow him where ever he goes. He held a Dharna at Dholka. He went and met Ayub’s family also. He is good. Do not worry. Regards.
My reply of Thanks to Ms. Nirjhari Sinha
Thank you, Ms. Nirjhari Sinha. I am sharing your message. Regards.
Jignesh Mevani is fighting Modi, Shah, in short the entire camp of Fascism. That is why we the democratic forces need to be vigilant about his whereabouts and safety. For, as they say, eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.
– From Dr. Aurobindo Ghose
Posted on – 2016-09-18 14:35:56