Declare Kerala flood as National Disaster: Students, activists protest in Delhi
Parliament Street, New Delhi
August 18, 2018
Students and activists in Delhi protested from Kerala house to Parliament Street at 5.30pm, expressing their extreme dissatisfaction in the negligence shown towards Kerala by the central government and the national media. Kerala is experiencing the worst floods that it has seen in the last 100 years. All 14 districts of the state were placed on red alert and were affected by the flood. The death toll stood at 370 and the loss is estimated to be more than 20,000 crores. The state has also opened 1500 relief camps which are accommodating more than 2.23 lakh survivors. Even in such a situation, the central government has not declared the calamity to be a national disaster nor provided the state with enough relief. BJP government has responded to the state’s immediate request of 2000 crores with an amount of just 500 crore. The mainstream national media has maintained a criminal stature of selective amnesia on a calamity unprecedent in any time near.
Urging the central government to declare Kerala floods as a national disaster. NCHRO along with students and activists joined the protest call. Student fraternities across various universties in Delhi joined the march from kerala house to central ministries at 5.30 pm today. Along with NCHRO,organisations including ‘United Against Hate’, BAPSA etc. joined the protest. NCHRO National Secretary, Reny Ayline attended and spoke.
Meanwhile , in the universities across the country ,student community has started to raise their voices against the stance of the central government in the issue. The students of IIT Mumbai and Hyderabad Central University has organised protest march in their respective campuses . In the national capital of Delhi ,JNU students union has called out a march infront of home ministry. NSUI Delhi universty has organised a human chain in solidarity with kerala, to garner the national attention on the issue. The student unions of central universities have released statements expressing solidarity with the people of Kerala and condemning the failure of the central government’s mechanism for timely intervention. They are also collecting money and stationary goods to be sent to the relief camps where thousands of rescued people are stationed.
We hope, our action together with the cries of the stranded people will make the government, civil society, media and our fellow countrymen to be attentive to this crisis situation in its full sincerity. We request immediate deployment of armed personnel, necessary supplies, and increased relief funds that befit a national calamity.
Let us overcome hate, mistrust. Let us come forward as a unified nation with compassion, respect and empathy for the suffering and in support of rebuilding a state in distress.