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Civil society campaign against name change politics begins in UP

By Our Representative
Campaign against the UP government's name change politics began in Lucknow on November 20 with senior political activist Shakeel Quraishi saying that that the Yogi government is exploiting religion for political ends. The chorus of building the Ram Mandir has followed the issue of entry of women in Sabarimala temple by violating the Supreme Court order.
Organised by Rihai Manch and Khidmatgar-Insani Biradari, Malik Shahbaz, who has worked in a private company, told the campaign that the security of ordinary people in the country is in danger. The most vulnerable are women and children. But the question of security is beyond the priority of the government. The government is silent on important issues like jobs, which is dangerous.
Abhinav Singh, who has been working in a private bank, said that restrictions on small and marginal traders has adversely impacted employment opportunities. In the name of investments in development, Modi travels abroad but this has not led to any benefit to the people of the country.
Mohammed Shibu Khan, associated with Zari work, asked how would change in names of cities help? More than two-thirds of the work has ceased. Hundreds of artisans associated with Zari business have become unemployed. What kind of development is this when people's livelihoods are being taken away from them?
Those who spoke on the occasion included Shivkumar, an artisan, Bhupendra, trucker, Murtaza Haider, a farmer, and Virendra Kumar Gupta, treasurer of the Khidmatgar-Insani Biradari.

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