Over five thousand people from different parts of the country came to attend a one day National Convention organised by All India Milli Council, in New Delhi at the Talkatora Stadium which saw a galaxy of activists, political leaders, academics and other concerned citizens condemning the attempt of the government to muzzle freedom of expression and creating fear psychosis among the minorities and vulnerable sections of people.
The people stood in silence for one minute in memory of those sacrificed their lives on the border as well as all those who have been killed by the lynch mob, the innocent pilgrims killed by the terrorists in Amarnath as well.
There is no doubt that this was a huge show of strength and it reflected the mood of the community, particularly the Muslims through the participation of Dalits, OBCs as well as Sikhs was pretty high. Presence of Muslim and other women were also visible in the convention.
Those who spoke on the occasion were Justice Rajinder Sachar, Justice A M Ahmadi, Ms Teesta Setalvad, Mr Sharad Yadav, Mr Mani Shankar Iyer, Mr S N Gautam, Mr Thomas Mathew, Bhai Tej Singh, Shri Chandra Singh, Mr Zafaryab Jilani, Mr Ram Puniyani and many others. Actually, it is for the first time that we saw such huge presence as speakers also.
The convention passed a resolution asking all the like minded people irrespective of their caste, communities and other affiliations to join hands and fight to not just protect the constitution but also build the nation.