“Democracy, Constitution and State” – Seminar Organised by NCHRO Kerala Chapter
KP Keshavamenon Hall, Kozhikode
Civil society’s silence is dangerous said Prof S Seshaiahi, well known human rights activist, inaugurating a seminar titled “Democracy, Constitution and State”, organised by NCHRO Kerala chapter in Calicut on 25th September. Neoliberalism and fascism have created a silent society. We have to express our solidarity to the oppressed people of Kashmir and Assam and come to the streets to protect their rights.
Peoples power and struggle is the building block of democracy, said left intellectual Murali Kannanpalli. Fascism has come to power using the constitution all over the world. Constitution will ensure democracy and protect fundamental rights only through peoples struggle for it, he added. To protect democracy and constitution people should come together and fight, said Prof P Koya, National general secretary of NCHRO in his presidential address. He said that fragmented peoples movements and struggles can’t defeat fascism.
In a democracy, the people are sovereign. The people are the ultimate source of authority. It is a government in which all citizens, rather than favored individuals or groups, have the right and opportunity to participate. In a constitutional democracy, the authority of the majority is limited by legal and institutional means so that the rights of individuals and minorities will be guaranteed. All agencies of the government must use fair procedures when making decisions.
Three campaign cards were also released in the function. Kashmir campaign card was released by Murali Kannanpalli who handed over the card to C P Muhammad Basheer. Assam campaign card was released by N P Chekkutty who handed over it to Vilayodi Sivan Kutty. Sanjiv Bhatt campaign card was released by Gopal Menon who handed it over to T K Abdul Samad. Adv Kumaran Kutty, Adv KP Muhammed Shareef, Reny Ayline etc were also spoken.