The amendments made to Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) have become a very serious blow to the basic tenets of fundamental rights guaranteed under the Indian constitution. Thousands of youths hailing from Muslim, Sikh, Dalit and Adivasi communities are languishing in different jails in India under UAPA. The former repressive laws like TADA and POTA were withdrawn when people protested against the severe and drastic misuse of the law. Also the human rights activists and right thinking people demanded their repeal. The Congress Government allowed TADA to lapse.
Popular Front of India, Bangalore District celebrated its foundation day at Shivajinagar with Grand Unity March and Public meeting. The National Executive Council of Popular Front of India has declared February 17 as Popular Front Day in the year 2013. It was on this date that Popular Front of India was dedicated to the people of India as a national organisation in the historic Empower India Conference held at Bangalore in 2007. The National organisation was formed by merging three state organisations that were working in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.
The Tamil nadu state unit of Popular Front of India decided to conduct the Unity March and public program at Ramanathapuram district on the occasion of Popular Front Day. The permission for the same was received well in advance. The district police administration had given the permission for the parade and public program in written.
Chennai: As part of the campaign by the People’s Movement against UAPA, a get together of social activists, human rights activists, advocates and journalists was held at Chennai on February 8, 2014.
The People’s Movement against UAPA was formed in January at a meeting held at the national capital. The movement will educate the people on the evils of this draconian act and will also meet various leaders of the political parties. A number of programs have been planned as part of the campaign that will continue till next month.
The annual National General Assembly of the Popular Front of India was held on 1st,2nd and 3rd of February 2014 at the Malabar House in Puthanathani, Kerala. Popular Front National Executive members, State leaders and delegates from different states participated in the NGA to review the organization’s activities and also discuss the future programmes.