CHANDIGARH, JULY 26: Whole-heartedly welcoming the significant decision of the Supreme Court to allow protests at Jantar Mantar and Boat Club, CPI's National Executive Member Dr Joginder Dayal today said the ruling dispensation at the Centre and in various states should learn from the spirit involved in the apex court's judgment.
"The decision of the Supreme Court will go a long way in extending relief to the utterly powerless and aggrieved citizens, and also signifies that the top judiciary can rise to the occasion and stand with the subaltern classes. The sooner the political parties learn from it, the better it will be," Dr Dayal said in a statement issued by the CPI's state headquarters in Chandigarh.
Dayal said while the Supreme Court has set aside the undemocratic order of the National Green Tribunal that had banned the protests at Jantar Mantar by citing reasons as specious as noise pollution, it is a pity that even in the capital of Punjab, protesters remain debarred from public places.
In Chandigarh, the administration has banished all protestors, irrespective of their grievances, to a site near the cremation grounds. "Do protestors need to tell the rulers or the dead about how their rights as citizens are being trampled on?" he asked.
He said even while the Boat Club is just a few yards from Parliament, the SC has not demurred from opening it for protests. "However, the Chandigarh Administration has banned any protests even at Matka Chowk which is a good 2 kilometres away from the Punjab Assembly. What is it that the rulers fear if farmers or labourers hold a dharna at the Matka Chowk?" he said.
Dr Dayal said people want to speak truth to powers that be, which are acting as deaf. "The farmers, teachers, employees, anganwadi workers or nurses don't come to protest to convince the dead that they have a just cause. Both Akali Dal and Congress governments have behaved in an equally undemocratic manner," he said.
Dr. Dayal said any democratic politics will be meaningless if it does have space for resistance, dissent, and the right to organise and protest in a peaceful fashion.
"If the rulers refused to see the spirit of the Supreme Court's decision, then people will be left with no other avenue except to resist in an aggressive manner. It will be a sad day when people will have more faith in the judgement of the Supreme Court than the government," he concluded.
Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.
Most shared Punjab Today articles:
AAP-CONG ALLIANCE: ARREY BHAI, YEH KYA LIKH DALA?
STRANGE BEDFELLOWS PLANNING HONEYMOON?
WOOING THE PANTH: Amarinder a little less Congressy, Akali Dal a little more saffron
DEATH EMBRACING LOGIC: Drugs in Punjab
PANJAB'S EMERGENCY: FORMAL AND INFORMAL
THE KASHMIR GOVERNOR, THE TRIBUNE TRUST & ETHICS - How Journalism Fails Readers?
"Congress Sikhan Di Dushman Jamaat Hai?” —Akalis need to dump broken record, shift gears
"Captain Amarinder Singh ji” and "Rahul”: Reading Sign Language In A Relationship
SARKAR IN MANALI: From Shahkot to Mohali Court, Sara Alam Bigrra Jaye
If it could happen to Arun Shourie, imagine what could they do to you?
SIKHS & FEMINISTS – We hailed Harjit Sajjan; they didn’t hail Gina Haspel
AFTER BEING RAPED, I WAS WOUNDED; MY HONOUR WAS NOT
The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!
WE MISSED A REVOLUTION, BUT CAN IT STILL BE A GAME CHANGER?
A POLITICIAN SPEAKS – YOU SHOULD HEAR
ENCOUNTER, JULOOS & SELFIES
SOWING ANGER - NO QUICK FIX - Democracy is an Empty Ritual in Punjab
OUT-OF-BOX SOLUTION TO STOP FARMERS' SUICIDES
WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed
'THORRI BAHUTI EHNA NU SHARAM AUNI CHAHEEDI HAI'
ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON SUICIDE-HIT BATS FOR AARHTIYAS
RANGROOT OFFERS A PEEK INTO PUNJAB'S TRAGEDY
WHAT MAKE NEWS IN INDIA, AND WHAT DOES NOT?
HITLER, MODI & GANDHI: ON THE SAME PAGE?
PUNJAB IS STILL VERY FAR FROM INDIA
APOLOGY – AKALIS BIG LOSER, CONG TOO
AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER
SUPER EFFICIENCY ONBOARD CM’S CHOPPER
OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties: The Coordinated Silence of Amarinder Singh & Badals
PM MODI VINDICATES PUNJAB TODAY REPORTAGE
NEW DELHI V/S OTTAWA — WILL QUEBEC DEFEAT INDIA?
A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA - Trudeau came to Punjab, pushed Amarinder closer to BJP, then called him a liar
JASPAL ATWAL CONTROVERSY: Mr. Ujjal, will you throw some light on this too?
TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE
J&K – RAM MADHAV LEAVES SPACE FOR MEHBOOBA’S POLITICS
SHEKHAR GUPTA'S HALF-BAKED TRUTHS
OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES - Karze Ne Layee Ikk Hor Kisan Di Jaan...
PNB Scam: Who is Nirav Choksi and what he is doing In the name of God?
Congress upset due to Priyanka’s cleavage on calendar
RENUKA'S LAUGHTER: Thank you for your guffaws. We needed this non-violent weapon.
MR CLEAN to PAKKE DHEETH: How Punjab’s Congress hurt Brand Rahul Gandhi?
MANJIT SINGH CALCUTTA– THE DISSENTER
PUNJAB FARMERS AND IPL CRICKETERS - Finally, they can stand like equals
Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION. My teacher is not alive, but you please call it off!
SUKHBIR IS RIGHT – On 97th anniversary – Panth Khatre Vich Hai. Where does this threat come from?
THE FINAL HONESTY CERTIFICATE: ISSUED BY THE TRIBUNE
NO TIME TO READ THIS STORY? – That’s OK - Please do not feel guilty
BAD, BAD WOMAN! – Punjab’s top playwright slams woman complainant against Langah
MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL – On Amod Kanth’s badge of shame
RELAX! ALL 30 WERE DERA PREMIS – Panchkula says something stinking about its conscience
PUNJAB: AN IDEA IN SEARCH OF WORDS: Punjab, more than a poster boy of progress or a renegade from modernity
Punjab Today believes in serious, engaging, narrative journalism at a time when mainstream media houses seem to have given up on long-form writing and news television has blurred or altogether erased the lines between news and slapstick entertainment. We at Punjab Today believe that readers such as yourself appreciate cerebral journalism, and would like you to hold us against the best international industry standards. Brickbats are welcome even more than bouquets, though an occasional pat on the back is always encouraging. Good journalism can be a lifeline in these uncertain times worldwide. You can support us in myriad ways. To begin with, by spreading word about us and forwarding this reportage. Stay engaged.
— Team PT