By -Inamul Haq
I do not know how to start this letter. As the father of Indian Constitution, I have so many questions regarding my basic rights that are not being fulfilled. Baba Sahab, you took lot of difficulties in framing the constitution, borrowing fundamental rights and duties from other constitutions of the world. While framing it, the constitution became the book of every individual irrespective of religion, caste, colour and creed. Baba Sahab, today, I am going to question you about the caste, class, religion, because these things will remain dominant in our society. you know well the case of Rohit Vemula, a PhD candidate from Hyderabad Central University, who wrote his last words that when equality is denied, everything is denied, and my birth is fatal incident. This is not one case in this country, where students are being forced to do suicide on the name of caste and religion. The crime of Rohit Vemula was that he belongs to lower caste. Recently, a bright student of IIT Madras Fathima lathief was also forced to give her life and in her phone note, it was found that she was being harassed on the name of religion. Her last words were my name itself is a problem. Baba sahab, you have worked too much, but I think, you must have rise again and fight for this opium that divides us on name, identity, region and soon. Baba Sahab, who created this caste and if he created what kind of similarities and difference he found in upper and lower caste.
Baba Sahab, the constitution that you provided to this country have been buried slowly and slowly by the fascist government. They murdered the real meaning of democracy and democracy remains only headline. The power hunger reached too much extend that with tax money, political parties are doing horse trading in order to form government. With tax money, the Prime minister is visiting foreign countries, enjoying Mushroom dish and Aam ka ras. However, when the students protests against the fees hike, they are being charges with sedition and well wishers of politicians are calling such institutions as anti-national, sex racket, and urban naxalite hub. Why there is no space for dissent.
Baba Sahab, in this country why a Kashmiri is treated as second class citizen, why we people are caged. Where are our rights that you granted like liberty, right to life and right to law?Why we are being pushed into state of exception and state of liminality. The state of Kashmir that was connected with India through article 370. Instead of consulting the representatives of Kashmiri people. The present government created such panic in the valley, which had terrified everyone. On 5th August 2019, the Article 370 was abrogated unconstitutionally. Besides that, on the same day till yet, seven million Kashmiri’s have been caged. Baba Sahab, what is their crime, being Muslimsor something else. The communication and internet remained suspended. Schools and other institutions were closed. Baba Sahab, definitely, you had to wake up again in this country. Otherwise, we will be more colonized.
Note: The letter has been written in a competition organised by department of social science, Central university of Gujarat on constitution Day held on 26/11/2019. The letter was awarded the first prize.
The writer Inamul Haq is a Research Candidate, Central University of Gujarat.