Bhoomi Pujan: Over 300 Concerned Citizens Make 'Last Appeal' to PM Modi to Not Attend

"Desist from participating in a public function that will have long term negative ramifications for the democratic, secular fabric of the country."

New Delhi: Hundreds of concerned citizens, on Tuesday, made a ‘last appeal’ to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the eve of his visit to Ayodhya to attend the publicised bhoomi pujan of the Ram temple, to not act upon this ‘political decision to cater to his constituency of fundamentalists.’

Over 200 members of the National Federation of Indian Women, and a hundred other representatives of women’s movements, political leaders, academics, journalists and concerned citizens of the country have signed the appeal which requests the prime minister “to desist from participating in a public function that will have long term negative ramifications for the democratic, secular fabric of the country.”

Also read: Narendra Modi the Citizen Can Attend Ayodhya ‘Bhoomi Pujan’, But Prime Minister Shouldn’t

The statement of the appeal, signed by NFIW president Aruna Roy and NFIW general secretary Annie Raja, notes that the prime minister’s decision to participate in this function comes amidst the economic collapse and the coronavirus pandemic that quickened it.

“Unfortunately, it is the Prime Minister, who took an oath on the constitution of the country, who will be leading the proceedings. Not only will he be violating the protocol of the COVID-19 pandemic, but he will also be violating the constitution by being an office bearer and endorsing a religious proceeding. The PM of the country leads a secular, democratic and non-partisan people,” the statement notes.

The appeal is as followed:


The National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW), which was founded by prominent women freedom fighters like Aruna Asaf Ali, expresses its deep disappointment and disapproval at the reported participation of Shri Narendra Modi, the PRIME MINISTER of India, in laying the foundation of the temple at Ayodhya.

The matter of faith and freedom of religion is a personal choice and a fundamental freedom of every citizen. This principles enshrined in the fundamental rights of the Constitution applies to Mr. Narendra Modi as well.

The Constitution of India makes it clear that the government and Prime Minister should remain neutral to, and above all religions, thus upholding the values of secular India.  The Prime Minister going to Ayodhya to lay the foundation of the temple undermines our secular framework, and clearly endorses the majoritarian Hindutva agenda, despite his claims of building an inclusive India. It implies the negation of the Constitutional values.

 Mr. Modi is not just an individual citizen. As the Prime Minister and head of the government today, he should take special care to make sure that he is not seen as partisan towards with one faith or religion.  This is especially as, notwithstanding the court verdict, Ayodhya continues to be a disputed issue.

 The official Unlock 3.0 guidelines state that “Social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions and other large congregations will not be permitted.”

The Prime Minister’s participation in a ceremony of this kind is bound to send a message of double standards practiced by the highest public functionaries of India.

The priorities of the government today should be to confront the economic and health crisis.

NFIW, together with the undersigned representatives of women’s movements, political leaders, academics, journalists and concerned citizens of the country  appeal to the Prime Minister to NOT PARTICIPATE, either physically or virtually, in the foundation laying function at Ayodhya.

Thanking you.

The list of signatories is as follows:

List of signatories

  1. Aruna Roy, President, National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW)
  2. Annie Raja, Gen. Sec., National Federation of Indian Women
  3. Mariam Dhawale, General Secretary, All India Democratic Women’s Association 
  4. Chhabi Mohanty, General Secretary, All India Mahila Sanskritik Sangathan(AIMSS)
  5. Nisha Biswas, Women against Sexual Violence and State repression (WSS)
  6. Pamela Philipose, Independent journalist
  7. Binoy Viswam, Member of Parliament, Secretary, National Council, CPI
  8. Lissy Joseph, Confederation of Free Trade Unions of India
  9. Vineet, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan
  10. Shobha Nandwana,  Former Prof. Human Development And Family Studies,  Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology (MPUAT)Udaipur.
  11. Brinelle D’souza, Faculty Member, TISS Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  12. Dr. T. Jayakumar, Associate Professor of English, Periyar EVR College
  13. Jessica Richard, Feminist, Theologian, Editor and Gender Consultant, Church of South India.
  14. Swati Narayan, Visiting Fellow, Institute for Human Development
  15. Joseph Mattam, Emeritus Professor, Gujarat Vidya Deep
  16. Sheelu, Women’s Collective
  17. Mamta Jaitly, Secretary Vividha
  18. Kamayani Swami, Jan Jagaran Shakti Sangathan
  19. Charul joshi, COMMUNIST Party of India. 
  20. Kazi Sangramoon Uddin, CPIML Liberation 
  21. Vijaya Lakshmi Joshi, Human Rights Activist, People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)
  22. Sutapa Bhattacharya Chakraborty, CPI
  23. Amutha Jayadeep, Former Joint Secretary JNUSU, AISF
  24. Ila Dalwai, President, Hamid Dalwai Muslim Research Institute
  25. Shalini Gera, Advocate, High Court of Chhattisgarh at Bilaspur
  26. Dilip D’Souza, Independent writer
  27. Sanjeev Chandan, Editor Streekaal, Streekaal
  28. Cedric Prakash , Human Rights Activist, PRASHANT
  29. Aysha, Right to Food Campaign
  30. Narendran Kandasamy , PARE Foundation
  31. Indira Unninayar, Advocate Supreme Court and Delhi High Court 
  32. Maimoona Mollah, President, AIDWA Delhi
  33. Shambhu Ghatak, Senior Associate Fellow, Inclusive Media for Change, Common Cause
  34. Viveka, Professor, Mumbai, JCoR Maharashtra 
  35. Rosaline, Project manager, Sahayini Social Development Society
  36. सीमा राजोरिया, अशोकनगर,NFIW
  37. सुसंस्कृति परिहार, दमोह, NFIW
  38. A.B.Thameem Ansari, Nagore Sharing Haj Service
  39. Abonti Handique, Assam Mohila Songha, NIFW
  40. Adv. P. Vasantham, Thiruvantapuram, Kerala Mahila Sangham
  41. Advocate Kranti Deshmukh, State Vice President, Amravati, NFIW
  42. Advocate Madhuri Kshirsagar, State Executive Member, Parbhani, NFIW
  43. Akhileshwari Ramagoud, Independent Journalist and Academic
  44. Alfiya K Jose, Indian Institute of Technology Madras
  45. Amita, Advocate
  46. Amrit Joga, Bathinda, N.F.I.W 
  47. Anbarasi, Nurse Presentation
  48. Appamma, Guntur District, NFIW, 
  49. Aruna Gnanadason, Indian Christian Women’s Movement
  50. Aruna, Anantapur District, NFIW.
  51. ArunaSinha, NCR, NFIW
  52. Arvind Peter, Christian Institute for the study of Religion (CISRS), Delhi
  53. Asha Sharma, Gen Secretary, AIDWA Delhi
  54. Ashvini Pagare, Nashik, NFIW
  55. Asomi Gogoi, Secretary, Asom Mahila Songha, NFIW
  56. Avtar Kaur, Ludhiana, N.F.I.W 
  57. सारिका श्रीवास्तव राज्य सचिव, इंदौर, NFIW
  58. सिस्टर सुचिता, NFIW 
  59. चेतना, NFIW
  60. B.Bimalamma, Vishaka District, NFIW
  61. B.Parameswari, Vishaka District, NFIW
  62. Badiuzzaman , Citizen of India
  63. Baljinder Kaur, Ludhiana, N.F.I.W 
  64. Balwinder Kaur, Amritsar Rural, N.F.I.W.
  65. Balwinder Kaur, Gurdaspur, Social Activist
  66. Basanti Lakrs, Teacher
  67. Bhagyalakshmi, Kadapa District, NFIW,  
  68. Bharathi, Guntur District, NFIW
  69. Bharati Kachari,  Asom Mahila Sanga Jorhat, NFIW
  70. Bharati Kachari, Asom Mahila Sanga Jorhat
  71. Bharti Dhakwal, Raigad, NFIW
  72. Bharti Nyalpalli, Ahmednagar ,NFIW
  73. रेखा पालिया, गुना, NFIW
  74. ललिता कुमारीजिला begusarai-NFIW
  75. लाड़कुँवर, उज्जैन, NFIW
  76. सन्तोषी देवी, जबलपुर, NFIW
  77. Caroline Flora, Sec. Grade, St. Kevin’s Anglo Indian Higher secondary school
  78. Ch.Krishnaveni, Kadapa District, NFIW
  79. Chakri Bai, Hyderabad, NFIW
  80. Chandana Jha,Katihar, NFIW
  81. Chitra Vanjari, Amravati, NFIW
  82. D. Krishnakumari, Hyderabad, NFIW
  83. D.Ramanamma, Krishna District, NFIW
  84. D.Sitaravamma Kumari.NFIW.
  85. Darshna, Jallandhr, N.F.I.W 
  86. Deepti Bharti , G.S, NFIW Delhi Unit
  87. Dev Desai, ANHAD
  88. Dr M Ismaeel Khan, Private job
  89. Dr Manasi Baheti, Aurangabad, NFIW
  90. Dr. Kochurani Abraham, Feminist Theologian, Indian Christian Women’s Movement
  91. Dr.Anuradha Reddi, Mumbai, NFIW
  92. राधा देबनाथ, जमना कालरी, अनूपपुर जिला, NFIW
  93. रामदुलारीजी, अशोकनगर, NFIW
  94. रामवती यादव (अनूपपुर),NFIW
  95. रिंकू कुमारी , पटना, NFIW
  96. रीना पात्रे, कोतमा, शहडोल जिला,NFIW
  97. E.Ramadevi, Kothagudam, NFIW
  98. Elfinarod, Social coordinator, Pushpanjali
  99. Faimida, Rangareddy, NFIW
  100. Flory Menezes, JcoR
  101. G. Varamma, Medchal,NFIW
  102. G.Pavitra, Anantapur District, NFIW.
  103. निशा मिश्रा, उपाध्यक्ष (जमना कालरी, अनूपपुर जिला), NFIW
  104. प्रीति झा, कटिहार, NFIW
  105. प्रेमा, वैशाली, NFIW
  106. राजश्री किरण, मधुबनी, बिहार, NFIW
  107. Gayatri, Prakasam District, NFIW,
  108. Geeta Katagi, Dharwad, Hubli Dist,NFIW
  109. Giddamma, Karnool District, NFIW, N
  110. Girija, Medchal, NFIW
  111. Gudem Laxmi, Karimnagar, NFIW
  112. Gulzar Bhat, Journalist, Freelancer
  113. Gurbax Kaur,  Jallandhr, N.F.I.W
  114. Harjit Kaur, Fazlika, N.F.I.W 
  115. Harjit Kaur, Taran Taran, N.F.I.W 
  116. Harsharanjit , Patiala, N.F.I.W 
  117. Indira, West Godavary District, NFIW
  118. करुणा सोनी(अनूपपुर), NFIW
  119. किरन प्रकाश बोर्डे(सिवनी), NFIW
  120. कृष्णा दुबे, राज्य अध्यक्ष (गुना),NFIW
  121. ज्योति गोरे, राजपुर, बड़वानी जिला, NFIW
  122. दीपा भट्ट, सागर, NFIW
  123. J. Laxmi, Medchal, NFIW
  124. Jacob, Development Consultant, Dharma Bharati Service Society
  125. JAMES G, Independent Researcher
  126. Jangamma, Yadadri, NFIW
  127. Jaspal Bhatia, Supporter NFIW
  128. Javid Hussain, Civil engineer, Psna
  129. Jayalakshmi, Anantapur District, NFIW.
  130. Jayalakshmi, Chitoor District, NFIW 
  131. Jeet Kumari, Ludhiana, N.F.I.W 
  132. Jeevasundari, Writer, Freelancer
  133. Joginder, Fazlika, N.F.I.W 
  134. Jyothi Natrajan, State Executive Member, Nashik, NFIW
  135. Jyotsna Mali, Pune, National Federation of Indian Women
  136. K.Baby, West Godavary District, NFIW
  137. K.Shantha, Jagityal, NFIW
  138. K.Shobha Rani, Karimnagar, NFIW
  139. K.Sitamahalakshmi, West Godavary District, NFIW
  140. K.Suguna, Bupalpally, NFIW
  141. Kajal Verma, None
  142. Kamya, Social worker, No Affiliation
  143. Kanika , Student
  144. Karen Gabriel, St Stephen’s College
  145. Karuna, Prakasam District, NFIW
  146. Kavin Malar, Writer/Journalist, Independent
  147. Kiran Prakash, Gaya, NFIW
  148. Kiranbir Valtoha, Taran Taran, N.F.I.W 
  149. Kotamma, Suryapet,NFIW
  150. Krishna bai Zunjur, Thane District, NFIW
  151. Kulwant  Kaur, Ludhiana, N.F.I.W 
  152. Kulwant Kaur, Amritsar Rural, N.F.I.W.
  153. Kurshida, Anantapur District, NFIW.
  154. Kushal Bhaura, Bathinda, N.F.I.W.
  155. Leila Passah,  Feminist Activist
  156. Lad Kumari Jain, Prof (retd) & Social Activist, Rajasthan University Women’s Association
  157. Lakshmi Devi, NFIW
  158. Lanci Rodrigues , Premanjali
  159. Lata Bhise Sonawane, State Secretary and National Executive Member, Maharashtra NFIW
  160. Lata Bhise Sonawane, state secretary, Pune, NFIW
  161. Lathadevi, Khammam, NFIW
  162. Laxmi, Suryapet, NFIW
  163. Lisa Pires, Private Citizen
  164. Lova Ratnam, East Godavary District, NFIW
  165. M. Gonsalves, इंडियन कॅथलिक nun
  166. M. Sadalaxmi, Central Committee, NFIW
  167. M. Vijaya, Prakasam District, NFIW,NFIW
  168. M.Nalindi, Adilabad, NFIW
  169. M.Swarooparani, Nizamabad, NFIW
  170. Madhuri Honagekar, Karwar dist, NFIW
  171. Malleshwari, Suryapet, NFIW
  172. Manjit  Kaur, Sangrur, N.F.I.W. 
  173. Manjit Kaur, Faridkot, N.F.I.W 
  174. Manjit Kaur, Mansa, N.F.I.W  
  175. Manjula, Chitoor District, NFIW
  176. Manjula, NFIW
  177. Margaret Gonsalves, Social activist
  178. Mariazinha, Teacher Manager
  179. Minakshi Bombarde, Bhandara, NFIW
  180. Mohd Abuzar, ANHAD
  181. Ms. V. Saldanha, Coordinator, ICWM Mumbai, Indian Christian Women’s Movement
  182. Munnalaxmi Kumara, Kothagudam, NFIW
  183. N. Jyothi, Central Committee, NFIW
  184. N. Rao Potturi, Society for Environment and Education
  185. N.Bramaramba, East Godavary District, NFIW
  186. N.Jagadamba, West Godavary District, NFIW
  187. N.Ramasubbayamma, Guntur District, NFIW
  188. Nadiya, Chitoor District, NFIW
  189. Nagalakshmi, West Godavary District, NFIW
  190. Nageswaramma, Karnool District, NFIW
  191. Nanda Jadhav, Mumbai, NFIW
  192. Narinder Pal, Taran Taran, N.FI.W 
  193. Narinder Sohal, Moga, N.F.I.W 
  194. Neha Pathania, Pathankot, N.F.I.W 
  195. Nirmala Alfonso, Karwar District, NFIW
  196. Nirmala Pawar, Thane Samiti, NFIW
  197. Nisha Sidhu, Secretary, National Federation of Indian Women
  198. Nivedita Jha,Patna, NFIW
  199. Nusrat Parveen, South Delhi, NFIW 
  200. P. Padmavati, Chennai, India Matar Desiya Sammelanam
  201. P.Kalavati, Khammam, NFIW
  202. P.Sugunamma, Jangoan, NFIW
  203. Padma, Manchirial, NFIW
  204. Paramita Dasgupta, West Bengal State Asst. Secretary. NFIW
  205. Parmarprezy, Teacher, Pushpanjali
  206. Parvathi Prasad, Anantapur District, NFIW.
  207. Parveen Kaur, Amritsar City, N.F.I.W
  208. Parveen Sharma, Amritsar city, N.F.I.W.
  209. Persis Ginwalla, Individual
  210. Philomena John, West Delhi, NFIW
  211. Pooja, Chandigarh, N.F.I.W 
  212. Prabhavathi, Srikakulam District, NFIW
  213. Prabhavati Das, Bhubhaneshwar, Utkal Mahila Samiti
  214. Pramiladevi, Peddapally, NFIW
  215. Pramoda Hazare, Madhuri Nevagiri, Nisha Mohan Patil, Belgaum Dist, NFIW
  216. Pravin Mastud, AISF
  217. Prema, Presentation Sister
  218. Purnima, Manchirial, NFIW
  219. Purti Lakhode, Amravati, NFIW
  220. Pushpa Saini , Social Worker, Mahila Punarvas Samuh Samiti, Jaipur 
  221. R. S. Ismail, Executive Trustee, We Can Women’s Coalition Trust
  222. R.Srividya, Warangal (urban), NFIW
  223. Radha, Jagityal GB, NFIW
  224. Raja Kumari, Adilabad, NFIW
  225. Rajamani, KamaReddy, NFIW
  226. Rajamani, Yadadri, NFIW
  227. Rajani , NFIW
  228. Rajinderpal Kaur, Taran Taran
  229. Rajni Bakshi, Author, Freelance writer
  230. Ramanamma, Kadapa District, NFIW,  NFIW
  231. Ranjan Solomon, Badayl
  232. Ratnamma, Chitoor District, NFIW
  233. Ravi Kanta Ludhiana, N.F.I.W 
  234. Ravinderjit, Patiala, N.F.I.W 
  235. Rebin Vincent Gralan, Bar Association
  236. Reetha, Social Worker, Sarvodaya Social centre
  237. Regi, Presentation Sisters
  238. Rehana Begam, West Delhi, NFIW
  239. Rekha Sharma, Mansa, N.F.I.W 
  240. Rekha, Gurdaspur, N.F.I.W 
  241. Rev. Dr. Roger Gaikwad, Presbyter, Christ Church
  242. Roja, West Godavary District, NFIW,
  243. Ronak, Law Student, PUCL, Jaipur
  244. Rupinder Kaur, Taran Taran, N.F.I.W 
  245. S. Chayadevi, Hyderabad, NFIW
  246. S.Pushpakumari, West Godavary District, NFIW
  247. S.Ravamma, Prakasam District, NFIW,NFIW
  248. S.Vijaya, Warangal (Rural), NFIW
  249. Saguna Shrimal, Ahmednagar, NFIW
  250. Sambalaxmi, Mahabubabad, NFIW
  251. Sameer Pathan , Independent 
  252. Samima Ansari, Nagore Shariff Haj Service
  253. Sanklpana Karhade, State Treasurer, Thane District, NFIW
  254. Santosh Brar, Jallandhr, N.F.I.W 
  255. Saraswathi, Srikakulam District, NFIW 
  256. Saroj Murtijapurkar, Akole, NFIW
  257. Saroja, Anantapur District, NFIW.
  258. Savitri, Siddipet, NFIW
  259. Secretary, Forum of Religious, FORUM
  260. Seema Sohal Taran Taran N.F.I.W 
  261. Shakuntala Kour, North West, NFIW
  262. Shamim Ahmad, Independent
  263. Shamim Bano Khan, Bhandara, NFIW
  264. Sharnjit Kaur, Amritsar Rural, N.F.I.W 
  265. Shayama Sreee Das, Kolkata, Pachim Banga Mahila Samiti
  266. Shehnaz Qadri, North Delhi, NFIW
  267. Shinder Kaur, Moga, N.F.I.W 
  268. Shivani, Hyderabad, NFIW
  269. Shweta Azad, Student
  270. Simerjit  Kaur, Moga, N.F.I.W 
  271. SK. Chanbibi, Vijayanagaram District, NFIW
  272. Sk. Haseena, Karnool District, NFIW
  273. SK. Maddi Manikyam, Vijayanagaram District, NFIW
  274. Sk.Ashabi, Anantapur District, NFIW.
  275. SK.Begam, Vishaka District, NFIW
  276. Sk.Lalbi, West Godavary District, NFIW
  277. Sk.Munni, Kadapa District, NFIW,  NFIW
  278. Smita Pansare, State President, Ahmednagar, NFIW
  279. Snehal Kamble, Kolhapur, N.F.I.W
  280. Snehal Kumari, Partner in a travel agency, Supporter NFIW
  281. Sonali Biswas, Committee Member, NFIW, Paschi Banga Mahila Samity
  282. Subbalakshmi, Vishaka District, NFIW NFIW
  283. Sufi, Pune, NFIW
  284. Sukhraj Kaur, Taran Taran, N.F.I.W 
  285. Sulatai Patil, Thane Samiti, NFIW
  286. Sumitra Sinha, East Delhi, NFIW
  287. Sumitra, Fazlika, N.F.I.W 
  288. Sunita Amrutsagar, State Joint Secretary, Kolhapur NFIW
  289. Surjit Kalra, Chandigarh, N.F.I.W 
  290. Sushila Sahay,Patna, NFIW
  291. Swastika Sanghmitra, NFIW Jharkhand
  292. Swati Kshirsagar, Kolhapur, NFIW
  293. Swati Nayan Gaikwa , Akole, NFIW
  294. T.Nirmaladevi, Khammam, NFIW
  295. T.Rahela, Warangal (urban),NFIW
  296. U. Srujana- Central Committee, NFIW
  297. Usha Devi, Noida, NFIW
  298. Usha Waghmare, Raigad, NFIW
  299. Utpal Das Advocate, Individual 
  300. V Ponnuraj, Retired Professor
  301. V. B. Ganesan, Pensioner, Freelance Translator
  302. V.Syamala, West Godavary District, NFIW
  303. Vandana Kulkarni, Individual 
  304. Varalakshmi, Anantapur District, NFIW.
  305. Varsha Chavan, Parbhani, NFIW
  306. Vasantha, Convent, Independent
  307. Vasudha Kalyankar, State Joint Secretary, Aurangabad, NFIW
  308. Vazritasma, St. Mary’s Convent School
  309. Vidya Kore, State Vice President, Thane Smiti
  310. Vijayalaxmi Pandit, Vikarabad, NFIW
  311. Vijayalaxmi, Medchal, NFIW
  312. Vijita, Sanga Reddy, NFIW
  313. Yadamma, Rangareddy, NFIW
  314. Yadla Laksmi, East Godavary District, NFIW
  315. Zaid Shaikh, BA.LLB,  
  316. ZIN P., Teacher, Manager
  317. Zoha Mahdi, Civil society member
  318. अर्चना प्रसाद (अशोकनगर), NFIW
  319. Gargi Chakravartty, Executive Council Member, National Federation of Indian Women
  320. Koninika Ray, Executive Council Member, National Federation of Indian Women 
  321. Supriya Chotani, Executive Council Member, National Federation of Indian Women
  322. Nisar, NAS
  323. Silvia PBVM, Individual