Protest in Thiruvananthapuram by Nastik Nation Declares Opposition to India Becoming a Religious State – Former Minister Dr A Neelalohitadas Inaugurates the Event

Thiruvananthapuram, [22 Jan 2024]: A significant protest meeting took place in front of the Thiruvananthapuram Secretariat, where participants vehemently declared their opposition to India transforming into a religious state. The demonstration was jointly organized by Janadhipathya Vedi Thiruvananthapuram, Yukthivadi Sangham Thiruvananthapuram, and Nastik Nation, emphasizing the need to preserve India’s democratic and secular identity.

Former minister Dr. A. Neelalohitadas inaugurated the event, expressing concerns about the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. He emphasized that the temple’s establishment, following the demolition of the Babri Masjid, is perceived as a step towards turning India into a Hindu nation by certain factions within the Sangh Parivar. Dr. Neelalohitadas called for the collective resistance of all democratic forces against such attempts.

Dr. K. Maheshwaran Nair delivered the keynote address, highlighting the potential disintegration that the temple’s construction might cause instead of fostering unity in the country. Various speakers, including P.C. Unnichekan (MLPl Red Flag), Prof. G. Jayakumar, and others, addressed the gathering, echoing the sentiment of safeguarding India’s secular fabric.

The conference, orchestrated through the collaborative efforts of various organizations, underscored the concern that the Ayodhya temple, backed by state support, might sow division instead of fostering unity. P.K. Venugopalan, the convener of Janadhipathyavedi, took charge as the presiding figure during the protest meeting. T.S. Pradeep, President of Yukthivadi Sangam, delivered a warm welcome speech, setting the tone for the gathering. Gratitude for the attendees was expressed by E.P. Anil, adding a note of appreciation for their participation in this crucial discourse.

The participants collectively voiced their commitment to ensuring that India remains a democratic and secular nation, resisting any attempts to transform it into a religious state. The event concluded with a call for continued unity among democratic forces to uphold the diverse and inclusive identity of the country.

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