Pune: On 20 May, student leader Kanhaiya Kumar hit out at the Centre, alleging that the social fabric of India was being destroyed through "attacks on the principles of democracy and the Constitution".
He claimed that an "atmosphere of violence" was prevailing in the country.
"The condition of the country is worsening, as an atmosphere of violence is prevailing to such an extent that it is becoming a normal thing," he told reporters on the sidelines of a conference in Pune.
"On one hand, soldiers are getting killed on the border, and on the other hand, people are getting attacked and killed in the name of cow, farmers are committing suicides, students are committing suicides due to discrimination. People are being killed on communal grounds," said the former president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU).
Another student leader from JNU, Shehla Rashid; a social activist from Gujarat, Jignesh Mevani; and Tehseen Poonawalla, an entrepreneur and political commentator, were also present at the occasion.
"Currently, there is the Constitution on one hand and the Manusmriti on the other. There is a rule of one person on one side and democracy on the other. Earlier, people used to say Rajya Sarkar (state government), Kendra Sarkar (Centre). Now, people say Yogi sarkar, Modi sarkar," Kanhaiya quipped, in a reference to the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre and the Yogi Adityanath-led government in Uttar Pradesh.
Kumar further alleged, "Right now, two things are going on — concentration of power and normalisation of violence — and because of this, the basic principles of democracy such as freedom, equality, fraternity, and socialism are under attack."
Through concentration of power and normalisation of violence, there is an "attempt to destroy the social fabric" of the country, he added.
Rashid took a dig at the Centre, saying the Modi government completed three years, but there was still no "positive news". She then added, "Moreover, there are only negative things and the country is in the reverse gear."
Mevani, who led a campaign against Dalits in the Una attakcs in Gujarat, said, "Before coming to power (at the Centre), Modiji was talking about 'sabka sath sabka vikas'. But now, Muslims and Dalits are feeling unsafe in the country. They are living in bewilderment. The government has failed to provide even basic things such as food, shelter to the underprivileged. Instead issues like love jihad, ghar wapsi, gau raksha are being promoted."
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Updated Date: May 20, 2017 13:21:52 IST