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PRESS RELEASE ACCHE DINA DA KATU SATHYA The Narendra Modi-led NDA government rode to power

PRESS RELEASE

ACCHE DINA DA KATU SATHYA

The Narendra Modi-led NDA government rode to power one year ago on promises of Development and Ache Din for all. However, within a year, popular disillusionment has set in and these promises are being widely perceived to be shallow, masking a deeper agenda of dismantling the mandate of social justice and democracy enshrined in the Indian Constitution, and replacing it with a corporate- fascist regime.

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number of ominous tendencies have marked Narendra Modi's one-year rule:

Rise of corporate power through an aggressive pursuit of economic reforms that in effect hand over the country's resources to corporates. This is producing destitution on a large scale, as reflected, to take just one example, in the increasing incidence of distress suicides by farmers.

Communalisation of Indian polity and society and spreading of social hatred through systematic attacks against Muslims and Christians all over the country, and forcible conversions into Hinduism of destitutes among lower- castes and Adivasis, all with the avowed aim of turning the country into Hindu Rashtra through brute force, intimidation and violence.

Privatisation of the state apparatus in which government departments are becoming a stamping agency for corporate expansion.

Subversion of democratic and parliamentary institutions as well as the judiciary by concentrating all powers in the Centre, the Prime Minister's Office in particular. Any dissenting opinion about Development, for instance, is sought to be muzzled in various ways.

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must be remembered that the foundation for many of these tendencies, especially

in the areas of governance and public policy, were laid down in UPA-II under Manmohan Singh. The Congress government in Karnataka, for instance, is guilty of following a policy of land acquisition similar in intent to Modi's land legislation.

One year of Modi's governance has exposed the truth behind his Acche Din. The country must be reclaimed by its people, who are fast losing their right to their labour, their land and even their conscience.

It is with this in mind that a number of groups and individuals are coming together

to call for a RALLY ON JUNE 6 FROM MYSORE BANK TO TOWN HALL. We are

planning a week-long series of events at various venues.

HERE IS A SCHEDULE OF EVENTS THAT HAVE BEEN PLANNED

Online campaign on issues of communalism : Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike Jun 01 – Jun 06

May 31 : River Stories : An evening of films and Songs on the Narmada and a discussions on the Narmada Dam and the Statue of Unity project and its implications ; 6pm at Paradignm shift, Koramangala

June 01: Public meeting addressed by Prof. Hargopal on Saffronisation of Public Education and New Education Policy of the NDA government; 5pm at Radio Active Hall, Palace Road

June 02: Public Meeting on the assault on Public Health by the NDA government; 2.30pm , at SCM House, Mission Road and protest at Town hall against the new national Health Policy at 4.30pm by Karnataka Janarogya Chaluvali

June 03: Protest against Juvenile Justice Bill and Child Labour amendments (co- ordinated by Ondede)@4.30pm in front of Town Hall

June 05: Human Chain and Discussion on Environment by Greenpeace; 11am at St.Joseph’s College of Arts and Science, Langford Road

Jun 06: Rally from Mysore Bank at 3pm; Public Meeting in front of Town Hall at

4.30pm

Other events to be held : Impact of NDA government on Women’s rights and sexual minorities

LIST OF ORGANISATIONS All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU) All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC) Alternative Law Forum (ALF) Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) Equitable Tourism Options (EQUATIONS) Fedina Garment and Textile Workers Union (GATWU) Garment Labour Union (GLU) Karanataka Domestic Workers Union Karnataka Janarogya Chaluvali (KJC) Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike (KKSV) Karnataka Rajya Mahila Dourjanya Virodhi Okkoota Karnataka Sexual Minorities Forum Karnataka Sex Workers Union Maraa National Alliance of Peoples Movements - Karnataka(NAPM- K) Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) Greenpeace Karnataka Jana Shakti Peoples Democratic Forum (PDF) Ondede

Other Media Paradigm Shift Praxis Samvaada Sangama South India Cell for Human Rights Monitoring (SICHREM) Stree Jagriti Samiti Vimochana