[Marxism] Fwd: ALERT: NYC March 20th 4:30 pm CRITICAL Demonstration Against Fascism in India

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Mar 17 11:42:20 MST 2005

>Dear friend in the peace and justice struggle:
>FOIL (Forum of Inqulabi Left *) the largest left
>network of the South Asian diaspora in the United
>States is reaching out to you on a matter of
>great urgency. Please spare a minute to read this
>note. We need your support for a few hours this
>Sunday, March 20th between 4:30 and 6:30 PM.
>For more info: email:
>info at coalitionagainstgenocide.org or call: 917 232
>8437 or visit;
>www.coalitionagainstgenocide.org. (Pls also forward
>this alert).
>You may remember the massacre of more than 2000
>Indians (mostly Muslim and Christian minorities) and
>the brutal rapes of hundreds of women and young girls
>in March 2002 in the western Indian state of Gujarat
>by the forces of the Hindu extremist neo-fascist
>movement in India (Hindutva) with full complicity and
>support from the State government. Many of us saw that
>event as a watershed event (paralleling in our minds,
>Kristallnacht in Nazi Germany) in the emergence of
>fascism in India. Over the last three years the left
>in India have waged a struggle to halt the fascist
>An important victory was the defeat of the fascists in
>the 2004 national elections and for the first time,
>the left parties won close to 12% of the seats in the
>national assembly.
>On Sunday, the Hindu right in the U.S. is honoring the
>Chief Minister of Gujarat, Mr. Narendra Modi - the
>chief orchestrator of the 2002 Gujarat massacre. We
>see this as an aggressive effort of the Hindutva
>movement to legitimate the "Gujarat experiment" as a
>model for the country, and Modi as their ideal leader.
>As part of the Coalition Against Genocide, FOIL is
>organizing a demonstration outside Madison Sq Gardens
>where Modi will be honored.  Our goal is simple - the
>people outside protesting Mr. Modi must outweigh the
>numbers inside listening to him. We need your support
>active presence to ensure that we have large numbers
>of people.
>Often, the politics of the "third world" remains at
>some distance from those of us here in the United
>States. It took decades for the Palestinian struggle
>to become an international struggle. While opposition
>to Israel's State terrorism is today strong, in the
>decades that it took to make it an international
>struggle, the Israeli State grew very powerful. In the
>case of India, the anti-fascist politics must be
>internationalized if we are to prevent it from
>becoming mainstream. It is for this reason that we ask
>to come out on Sunday - to provide the support that
>the Indian left needs on this day as also to begin the
>process of internationalization of this issue.
>We are reaching out to you today to do the following:
>1. Mark your date books for March 20 2005 Sunday from
>4:30 to 6:30 PM for a demo at the Madison Sq Garden.
>Hit the reply button to this message if you have an
>extra minute to spare and confirm with us that you
>will be there.
>2. Forward this message to as many lists and friends
>as is possible. We hope u will pass it on to at least
>five friends.
>3. Visit the coalition web site at
>www.coalitionagainstgenocide.org to learn more. A
>detailed list of links are available at the site on
>this issue.
>4. If you have any additional resources --contacts
>with the press, experience as a legal observer at
>large demos or any other ideas please do contact me.
>Sincerely in struggle,
>Biju Mathew
>Co-Coordinator, Forum of Inqulabi Leftists (FOIL)
>Organizer, The New York Taxi Workers Alliance
>Board Member, The Brecht Forum
>* inqulabi = revolutionary



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