Nine cultural organisations in Bangladesh today expressed grave concerns over the clash and violence that erupted in Indian's capital New Delhi between people for and against a new citizenship law.
The violence, which claimed the lives of 42 people as of last night, is not desired by the civil society, leaders of the nine cultural federations said in a joint statement.
Democracy and peace-loving people of the world expect the true reflection of the message of secularism enshrined in the India's constitution, the statement said.
"We are making a clarion call to the Indian government to immediately take effective steps to stop the violence," the cultural leaders said.
They also urged Bangladeshis to be vigilant so that the violence in Delhi does not create any unrest in Bangladesh.
The signatories of the joint statement are: President of Sammilita Sanskritik Jote Golam Kuddus and its General Secretary Hasan Arif; Chairman of Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation Liaquat Ali Lucky and General Secretary Kamal Bayezid; President of Bangladesh Abritti Samannay Parishad Asaduzzaman Noor, MP, and General Secretary Md Ahkam Ullah; President of Jatiya Kabita Utsab Dr Muhammad Samad and General Secretary Tarik Sujat; President of Bangladesh Path Natak Parishad Mannan Hira and its General Secretary Ahammad Gias; Bangladesh Gonosangeet Samannay Parishad President Fakir Alamgir and General Secretary Manzar Choudhury Sweet; President of Bangladesh Nritta Shilpi Sangstha Minu Huq and General Secretary Sheikh Mahfuzur Rahman; President of International Theatre Institute (ITI), Bangladesh Kendra, Nasiruddin Yusuff and its General Secretary Debprashad Debnath; and Bangladesh Charushilpi Sangsad President Jamal Ahmed and General Secretary Kamal Pasha Chowdhury.
The Bangladesh Hindu-Bouddha-Christian Oikya Parishad also expressed concern over the clashes that took place over three days in the Indian capital, a press release issued by the council today said.
Its leaders also urged the India government and its people to come forward to protect those affected by the riots to promote peace, solidarity and amity and uphold the country's secular democracy.
They made the appeal at a meeting organised at its office in Paltan.
Bangladesh Hindu-Bouddha-Christian Oikya Parishad President Professor Nim Chandra Bhowmick presided over the meeting where its General Secretary Advocate Rana Dasgupata, leaders Advocate Subrata Chowdhury, Kazal Debnath, Joyantee Roy, Manindra Kumar Nath, Padmabati Devi and Advocate Kishore Ranjan Mondal, among others, were present.