More than 100 alumni from different batches of the Department of Social Work (Delhi School of Social Work-DSSW), University of Delhi, came together to unequivocally condemn the hate speeches made by one of their alumnus, Kapil Mishra (2004-06) which incited the anti-Muslim pogrom in several places of Delhi on 24th February 2020.
Mishra who had served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly from Karawal Nagar constituency in 2015 and was defeated in the recent assembly elections from Model Town in Delhi.
“He has been in the news over the last week for delivering hate speech and warning bearing a communal color. He has been accused by several groups of inciting communal tensions through his speeches, and issuing warnings to a group of protestors who were sitting on agitation against Citizenship Amendment Act 2019, and forthcoming National Population Register (NPR) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) which together can make many citizens of India illegal persons in their own country of birth and ancestry,” the joint statement condemning the Hate Speech by Alumnus, Kapil Mishra (batch 2004-06) and demanding immediate restitution of victims of Delhi Violence, said.
This is not the first time that he has been at the epicenter of communal hate-mongering, rather been engaged with it on several accounts. Mishra remarked during the election campaign that there will be an India-Pakistan contest on the roads on 8th February (Voting day for Delhi Elections 2020) or him leading a group of people sloganeering “Desh Ke Gaddaron ko, Goli Maaro Saalon Ko”.
“We the undersigned alumni are in abject dismay at how an ex-student of the Department is capable of such irresponsibility. Both his act and speech stands in direct contradiction to not only of values and ethics of social works but also basic humanitarian principles. It is both shocking and disheartening to see him at the centre of communal bigotry followed by violence with the justification of clearing roads. Dissent is at the heart of democracy, as Mishra will be rightly aware and protest a fundamental right therefore any attempt to sanitize a public place of CAA protest is violation of Right to Life under Article 21 under the Constitution of India,” the statement says.
They demanded Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leadership to take action against Kapil Mishra and other party workers accused of hate speeches, as the party continues to enjoy majority confidence since 2014.
“We demand the Delhi and Central Government to declare the Delhi Violence an emergency and respond immediately by making available relief & shelter to all in form of food, clothes, shelter and medical aid besides other basic provisions,” the statement said.