Press Release: 250 UK Dharmic Organizations Plan to meet Mamata Banerjee

250 Dharmic Organizations in UK plan Vigil on 29th July at 3 PM and request to meet Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE250 Dharmic Organizations in UK plan Vigil on 29th July at 3 PM and request to meet Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee

Dharma Sewa Purvapaksha (or DSP), a UK-based communications and publishing organisation whose aim is to connect diverse Dharmic communities emailed this press release to IndiaFacts in the wake of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s visit to the country. The following is the full text of DSP’s press release.

London, July 27th, 2015: More than 250 organisations in the UK are backing calls to meet with the visiting Indian Chief Minister of West Bengal, Ms. Mamata Banerjee, currently on an official state visit to UK, over the plight of Hindu girls and women in her state, the ongoing riots causing massive exodus of Hindus across many districts of West Bengal and terror activities targeted against the Hindu community. These organizations represent the Dharmic communities comprising Hindus, Jains and Sikhs in the UK.

Leaders from these Dharmic communities in the UK want to discuss cases of kidnap, harassment, rape and abuse of Hindu females in the state; these horrific activities have been going on for several years. The recent case of 14 year old Tuktuki Mandal has highlighted their plight and placed the spotlight on West Bengal, where the Hindu community is in a despicable condition facing frequent organized attacks.

There are more than 34 known organized attacks which have taken place during recent years against the Hindu community and per a UN report, 28,000 girls and women went missing in just one year. The Burdwan blasts which were meant to target Hindus during Durga Puja in the house of a political leader shows the reach of terror elements in the ruling politic of the state. The association of Ahmed Hassan Imran, a member of parliament from the state of West Bengal, with known international terror organizations being investigated by central investigating agencies in India is deeply concerning. Hence there has been a systemic failure in West Bengal and the Dharmic community in UK is deeply concerned over it.

Mukesh Naker from DSP said “We want to meet the Chief Minister to find out what she and her administration will be doing to correct the unacceptable situations in West Bengal with immediate effect and in a tangible manner.”

A Vigil to safeguard the interests of the Hindu community and to protect the lives and dignity of minor girls and women in the State of West Bengal will be held.

Members from the UK’s Dharmic organisations will be holding a vigil on Wednesday, 29 July at 3 pm at Asia House, which will be attended by Ms Mamata Banerjee.  The Chief Minister will then visit the Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore statues to pay her respects. Members of the 250 Dharmic Organizations will be holding their vigil there too raising awareness for their campaign. We are planning to do a Vigil/protest at the following places where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be attending.

  1. Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 7LP between 3.00pm – 4.30pm. This is a meeting of businesspersons at an event organised by KPMG and FICCI.
  2. After #1 above, Ms. Banerjee will have a trip to Tavistock Square to pay floral tributes to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi and to Gordon Square to the bust of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. It is likely that these tributes will take place at about 5.00pm.
  3. The third protest will be likely held at the LSE but we are awaiting details.

Online Resources to support the campaign

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Protest Co-ordinator: Mineshbhai Patel, Tel 07961 099 998 [email protected]

Notes to Editors

Contact names and number for interviews

United Kingdom

Dr. Gautam Sen 07938 656 038

Mukesh Naker – 07713137425

Dharma Sewa Purvapaksha is a communications and publishing organisation whose primary role is to connect up the diverse Dharmic communities and to articulate the Dharmic perspectives and challenges both from within the faiths and external views and impacts.

For this issue, a number of organisations requested DSP to help co-ordinate this campaign to bring about a common narrative and encourage as many Dharmic organisations as possible to support and campaign on the plight of the breakdown of law and order and to stop the abuse and kidnapping of Hindu girls and women.

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  • Satish N

    Good to see atleast NRI organisations openly debunked Momita’s “secular” plank. Worse are Bengal organisations, dubious Liberals who keep mum when Hindus are persecuted, day after day. Their outrage is reserved only for “victimised” Chrislamists. Hindus in Bengal need to unite and fight the Commie-Communal’s onslaught.

  • IndiannotAmused

    About time……the larger Hindu universe took notice.Bengal has given India a lot.Bengal has suffered for long .[I am not blaming anyone, Bengal has to deal with her own issues but a little support from the others will go a long way ]..This lady Mamata ascended the throne riding a wave of anti-communist and more specifically anti-CPM emotions in Bengal villages, towns and big cities [ in that order]. However while she has destroyed the Communist stronghold, she seems reluctant to restore a Hindu ethos in the state. Paying just lip-service to the memory of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee is not enough.You have to invoke his political ethos also.

  • Tough Questions

    They also need to ask her why she committed treason against the Indian state by allowing ISI-linked Bangladeshi madrassas to operate within West Bengal.

  • Dr. MS

    Kindly remember this has nothing to do with ideology. Lot of people respect Ms Banerjee’s socialist philosophy.. And England has a welfare system that some might consider closer to a socialist system, though it is not as extensive as the welfare programs in the Nordic countries. So…this is not about ideology or political party or economic philosophy. These protests have to do with violence against girls and women that have increased in the last few years, and seems to be politically ignored, trivialized or even rationalized by some members of the Northeast political parties. There is not much investigation into this. And such investigations and resolution might be necessary for Ms. Banerjee to be more effective in her leadership, and for greater progress in women’s rights, freedom and progress. I wish her a good journey, and a speedy resolution to violence against girls that is increasing in the Northeast.