The Campaign for Khurshid Anwar condemns the death of Nido Tania. We stand in solidarity with the protesters demanding justice. As we’ve been demanding in the case of the suicide of Khurshid Anwar, the incident deserves a thorough investigation so that his killers as well as those in the police who acted in a lax manner are brought to book.
We unequivocally condemn the racial typing and discrimination that students and visitors from the North East face in other parts of the country. We welcome and support the North Eastern students’ demands that their history, culture and lifestyles be made a part of curricula at the national as well as at state board levels. Intermixing and dialogue should be encouraged among people of all cultural backgrounds.
We are concerned to note the increasing tendency among all sections of society to resort to violence and law breaking to resolve disputes. We reiterate our considered opinion that weakening of democratic systems and processes most seriously harms the cause of the underprivileged and the excluded, whether they be women, Dalits, tribals, religious and linguistic minorities or people from the North eastern region.
We condemn the attempts of some to paint our Campaign as against people from the North East. Not one member of this Campaign has made any statements against the rights and dignity of the complainant who has levelled serious allegations against Dr Khurshid Anwar. At the same time, much as in the case of Nido Tania, a life has been lost and his family members and friends deserve closure in the form a thorough investigation into the events of his public shaming and death.
We reiterate that it is only within a prism of guaranteed human rights, including the presumption of innocence, that a meaningful framework of women’s and minority rights can be constructed. An attack upon the principles of natural justice (such as the presumption of innocence) is an attack upon human rights and all right thinking persons should deplore such a trend.