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    Dalits Media Watch

    News Updates 12.06.15


    Gangraped victim climbs water tank for justice- The Hindustan Times

    10 Held for Abusing Minor Girl - The New Indian Express

    N'pada Dalits stage stir, seek B'ngir girl killers' arrest- The Pioneer

    Yatra against caste violence- The Hindu

    Maharashtra's poor record- Frontline

    Transgender rights bill next session- Asian Age

    Dalits slam Govt for not ensuring their safety- The Pioneer

    Odisha SC sub-plan fund use far from satisfactory- The Pioneer


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    The Hindustan Times

    Gangraped victim climbs water tank for justice


    HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow, Updated: Jun 12, 2015 10:14 IST


    In a bid to demand justice, a 20-year-old Dalit girl who was allegedly gangraped, climbed on the overhead tank of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Hospital. Alleging that local police were helping the accused and had even manipulated the names in her complaint, she threatened to end her life.


    The girl remained at the tank for over three hours  and came down only after police officials promised to provide her justice and initiate an inquiry against the erring cops. Meanwhile, a large crowd gathered on the spot and work at the hospital remained disrupted for some time following the incident.


    The girl was upset as she had been repeatedly travelling 240 kilometres from her native village in Ambedkarnagar to Lucknow for a month but failed to persuade the cops to initiate action against the culprits.


    The girl is three months pregnant after being allegedly raped and held hostage by three persons for several months.


    According to the victim, three persons, Vinod Dubey, Ranjeet Verma alias Lallu Verma and Govind, had kidnapped her from her house and held her captive in a room for over three months, during which time she became pregnant.


    Around a month back, the victim escaped and tried to register an FIR against the trio at Mahrua police station of Ambedkarnagar, but the cops there did not entertain her compliant.


    It was only when she approached the SC/ST Commission, Human Rights Commission and DGP AK Jain in Lucknow that the FIR was registered but the girl claimed the local police manipulated the content of her complaint. She said she had accused Dubey, Verma and Govind in her complaint but the police while registering the FIR named Govind Kumar, his brother Bahadur and his parents and floated a false story about her having had a love affair with Govind.


    "Cops said I had married Govind against my family's will and was abandoned by his family when he left for Punjab to take up a job. However, I did not marry anybody. The three accused kidnapped me and raped me for months," she said and added that she had climbed the tank, as even senior police officials were not ready to believe her.


    Meanwhile, Ambedkarnagar superintendent of police Pankaj Kumar told HT on phone that the FIR had been lodged as per the application submitted by the girl and proper action had been initiated in the matter but then the girl had suddenly started telling another story of being gangraped by three persons.


    Kumar said the police probe so far suggested that Dubey and Verma had no involvement in the matter but detailed investigation was still going on.


    The New Indian Express

    10 Held for Abusing Minor Girl


    By Express News Service

    Last Updated: 12th June 2015 08:30 AM

    IDUKKI: Four persons, including an ITI student, were arrested in Kattappana here on Thursday in connection with the sexual abuse case of a 16-year-old, Scheduled Caste, Plus-II student.


    With the earlier arrests of six, total number of arrests till date makes 10, according to reports.


    Pulikkal Sudheesh, 20, an ITI student from Anakkara, Pallipparambil Arun, 20, of Vallakkadavu Thoonkuzhy, Kanappallil, and Sanumon alias Manikkuttan, 24, of Pezhumkavala area, belonging to Kattappana village, and Edasseril Somarajan, 51, of Kizhakkekavala of Parathod village were the suspects arrested on Thursday.


    However, Pattarukandathil Jins, 22, his brother Prince, 20, of Nariampara, Kattappana, Palatharayil Robin, 25, of Nariyampara in Kanchiyar, Karukkancheriyil Santhosh, 32, of Upputhara Mathaipara, Vadakkemandapathil Jomon, 27, of Sagara Theatre junction, Kattappana, and Kakkaravayalil Vijayakumar, 30, of Kalkoonthal, Nedunkandam, were reportedly arrested late Wednesday.


    Three auto rickshaws used to take the victim to various places were also taken into custody by the police.


    According to DySP Lal A G, the girl has identified all the ten accused and cases were registered under IPC sections 363, 364 A, 366 A, 376 A and 376 D, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 Sections 5(g), 5 (l), 6 and 8, SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities Act), 1989 Section 3 (XI).


    After taking the victim for medical examination, the police have reportedly taken statement from the girl in the presence of the Kattappana Judicial First Class Magistrate.


    The Pioneer

    N'pada Dalits stage stir, seek B'ngir girl killers' arrest


    The Dom Gana Samaj, a Dalit association of Nuapada district, on Wednesdayorganised a protest meeting at Khariar against the Government failure to nab culprits, who had raped and killed a 15-year-old girl of Sargipali village under Balangir district's Khaprakhol block a fortnight ago.


    Snehalata (15), a student of local school, was spearheading a movement against the local liquor mafias. Some miscreants raped and murdered her on May 22. 


    The agitators demanded immediate arrest of the culprits. They submitted a memorandum, addressed to the Chief Minister, to the BDO, demanding a CBI probe into the case, compensation of `20 lakh to the deceased girl's family and a thorough inquiry into all atrocity cases happened in the last 10 years in Balangir district.


    The rally was led by youth leader Kamal Lochan Tandib and former NAC Chairman Nimai Charan Tandi. Dalit leaders Ghanashyam Bhitria, Khuturam Sunani and Goriamani Sagaria spoke at the meeting.


    The Hindu

    Yatra against caste violence


    Staff Reporter

    The All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch embarked on the 'Dalit Adivasi Mahila Swabhiman' yatra on Thursday.


    They covered 3,000 km across 11 districts of Odisha, alleging that the State police were indifferent to the sufferings of victims belonging to the lower caste.


    "I have come across full spectrum of caste violence. The women have particularly been at the receiving end in Odisha in the last 10 days. To my utter shock, I have met survivors and victims of every type of violence, including kidnap, rape, murder, sexual assault, stripping, beating, verbal abuse, untouchability and discrimination," said Asha Kowtal, General Secretary of AIDMAM, addressing a press conference here.


    Ms Kowtal said, "In a recent chilling and inhuman crime, no headway has been made to apprehend perpetrators of the alleged rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl in Sargipally village of Bolangir district. The rape was as barbaric as the Nirbhaya case in New Delhi. But the police are silent and soft on perpetrators of caste-based violence."


    AIDMAM members, who have travelled to 11 districts in the past 10 days, observed that violence against Dalit women is often a tool in the hands of the dominant caste to instil fear, maintain status quo, control access to resources and reinforce the caste hegemony.


    "We have observed this in Zabara village of Jajpur district where women are fighting hard to save the common grazing land. Many of the women complained to us that instead of arresting the accused, the police have filed false cases against them," said AIDMAM general secretary.


    The manch demanded that government should strengthen the institutional mechanism (exclusive special courts) for the protection and security of dalit and tribal women in the State by making special budgetary provisions.


    The State government should amend the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.


    Government officers found neglecting their duty and responsibility wilfully in cases concerning caste-based gender violence should be taken to task.



    Maharashtra's poor record


    By Lyla Bavadam

    Interview with Anand Teltumbde, writer and civil rights activist. By LYLA BAVADAM


    ANAND TELTUMBDE, writer and civil rights activist with the Committee for the Protection of Democratic Rights in Mumbai, has written extensively on Dalit issues. He is unsparing in his analysis even if it means highlighting the ills in the Dalit community. Excerpts from an interview he gave Frontline:


    In the past 12 months there have been at least seven recorded incidents of the killing of Dalits in Maharashtra that are clearly caste-related. What does this say about the liberal State of Maharashtra?

    Maharashtra has falsely acquired an image of a liberal and progressive State. Its record in repressiveness is rather infamous. It is the land that produced Hindutva ideology; most of its proponents have been born here. The very fact that [Jyotirao] Phule and [B.R.] Ambedkar were born in Maharashtra could also be construed as a response to this innate repressiveness. Even the birth of the Dalit Panthers in the 1970s was tangibly in response to the caste atrocities that happened in the previous year. As regards caste atrocities, Maharashtra is at best a middling State.


    What is the rate of conviction in cases of atrocities against Dalits in the State?

    I am not aware, but it has to be extremely low. There are no authentic figures; the available figures vary widely. In any case, the so-called conviction rate needs to be defined. For instance, the lower court may punish the culprits, but they may be acquitted by the High Court.


    Firstly, the dynamics of caste atrocities need to be understood. Only cases that ignited a public hue and cry are discussed. My analysis of Khairlanji tells me that invariably the real culprits are sheltered and some dummy people are projected as criminals. If there is public attention, the lower court invariably awards them harsh punishments, which may not be warranted in law based on the facts of the investigation. When the case goes in appeal to the higher court, the punishment is usually annulled. Khairlanji illustrates certain aspects of this process, but the recent judgments of the Patna High Court acquitting all the Ranvir Sena criminals in the ghastly massacres of Dalits [in Bathani Tola] in Bihar that took place in the 1990s do it far better. Actually, right from the first case of this new genre of atrocity, Keezhvenmani in Tamil Nadu in December 1968, there is no justice done to Dalits in atrocity cases despite the legal facade raised with the so-called Atrocity Act. This Act with teeth also is rendered toothless by the system.


    All the assailants in the seven cases mentioned are either Maratha or OBC. Can you explain this trend please? In the caste structure they are just one step 'higher' than Dalits and so some degree of empathy would naturally be expected, but this does not seem to be the case. Can this anger be linked to the fact that Dalits are making a successful effort to improve themselves?

    It is always the B.C./OBC who has been perpetrating violence against Dalits. It is not just one step being higher than Dalits. That one step defines the kink in caste hierarchy, which divides caste and non-caste, touchable and untouchable. B.Cs/OBCs that interface Dalits in villages matter more than the so-called upper castes like Brahmins. Even in Phule's days, the combination of Shudras and Ati-Shudras that he carved out did not work. It is the basic reason that a separate Dalit movement had to spring up. During the post-Independence decades, the political-economic changes that befell the agrarian sector aggravated this divide and brought Shudras in material contradiction vis-a-vis Dalits.


    I have amply explained this process in my writings and explained what caused Keezhvenmani and all the atrocities thereafter. The land reforms, for instance, were implemented to carve out a class of rich farmers in villages as an ally of the central ruling class, and the Green Revolution, a capitalist strategy in agriculture, on the one hand enriches this class and, on the other, denudes Dalits of the traditional safeguard of the jajmani system inherent in the caste system. The class contradictions between Dalits and the Shudra-caste rich farmers begin manifesting through the familiar fault lines of castes. Every incident of caste atrocity may not explicitly expose these equations but they will be at the root in some way. In fact, the entire gamut of politics after the 1960s is explainable within this framework of political economy.


    Asian Age

    Transgender rights bill next session


    Jun 12, 2015 |

    A bill giving rights to transgenders will be tabled during the next session of Parliament, Union minister of social justice and empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot said Thursday.


    "We have proposed bringing an act for welfare of transgenders. A special committee constituted for looking into this issue, has completed four meetings in which several matters were discussed. We will be introducing a bill for transgenders in the upcoming Monsoon Session," Mr Gehlot said addressing a press conference highlighting his ministry's achievements in the last one year.


    The ministry is creating an umbrella scheme for the educational, economic and social empowerment of transgender community.


    Noting that the Centre has filed a review petition seeking clarifications on the Supreme Court order on creating third category for transgenders, Mr Gehlot said a private member bill, which was passed in Rajya Sabha, would be taken up for discussion in the Lok Sabha in the upcoming Parliament session.


    After 36 years, a private member bill seeking to protect the rights of transgenders was passed despite government's initial resistance in the Rajya Sabha in April.


    Mr Gehlot also said that the Government would bring the Rights to Persons with Disabilities Bill, which was sent to the standing committee in the upcoming monsoon session.


    Though the bill was introduced in Rajya Sabha in 2014, it was sent to the standing committee for further consultations.


    The standing committee submitted its report to Parliament last month.


    This apart, a draft bill titled Persons in Destitution (Protection, Care and Rehabilitation) Bill has been circulated to state governments in April this year for comments to prepare a central legislation on the subject.


    A historical building in Britain, in which dalit icon B.R. Ambedkar had stayed, would be acquired for converting into a memorial, Mr Gehlot said.


    "When Ambedkar was studying in Britain, he stayed in a house between 1921-22. The house owner is ready to sell the property for around `40 crore," he said.


    The Pioneer

    Dalits slam Govt for not ensuring their safety


    Coming down heavily on the State Government for turning a blind eye to the severe caste atrocities on ST, SC and Dalit people, the All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch (AIDMAM) on Thursday appealed to all stakeholders to ensure that Dalit and tribal girls and women are safe in the State.


    Manch national coordinator Anju Singh told reporters here, "During our visit to 45 villages in 11 districts in the State recently, we found brutal and heinous crimes particularly against Dalit and tribal women. The utter failure of the police and administration in securing justice to the victims of caste violence is highly condemnable."


    Odisha Forum for Social Action convenor Ajaya Kumar Singh maintained that there is an overarching fear and insecurity not just among the atrocity survivors but also among the Dalit Adivasi communities as the perpetrators of caste-based gender violence make a mockery of the criminal justice delivery system.


    They urged the Government to strengthen institutional mechanism and demanded that provision of a special budgetary package for them be made.


    "We demand stringent action against the offenders, adequate compensation and proper rehabilitation to the atrocity victims along with Government jobs as per Rules 12(4) of SCs & STs (PoA), provision of special Component Plan, amendment to the PoA Act and stringent punishment for Government officials for negligence," said Singh.


    The Manch also demanded that Dalit and tribal communities be represented in the State Commission for Women, the Commission for Child Rights Protection, a strong monitoring mechanism to check pregnancy cases in SC/ST Ashram schools and hostels for Dalit and Muslim students in every block with proportionate pre- and post-metric scholarships.  


    The Pioneer

    Odisha SC sub-plan fund use far from satisfactory


    Dr BR Ambedkar's 125th  birth  centenary year has been celebrated by political parties in Delhi and his birth place at Mhow of Madhya Pradesh. Lots of discussions are happening over vision of Ambedkar on annihilation of caste towards achieving social democracy in India. The vision of building a democracy is not possible without addressing social inequality that has been continuing in our social structure.


    The Constitution of India has made a number of provisions in terms of protection and development leading to social equality. In spite of efforts of last 65 years by the Government, it has been identified by a number of studies that Scheduled Castes (SC) are lagging behind in every aspect of human development in comparison to other caste Hindu social groups. In order to bridge the socio-economic gap, along with other measures, Scheduled Castes Sub Plan (SCSP) was introduced in 1979 by the Central Government. There has been provision that the annual budgets of the Central and State Governments must have allocation of funds exclusively for SCs as per the percentage of their population at State and national level.


    These funds have to be allocated by each ministry and department in the State and the funds cannot be diverted for other purposes. The spending of the funds should target individual household, communities and areas having large concentration of SCs. There has been special Central assistance to the SC sub plan received from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment by the State. But unfortunately, the Government of Odisha has not been following any of the guideline in spending of SCSP in the State. It is a crime against 17.13 per cent of the population of the State which has been victims of historical injustice and continued State apathy. There is not a single scheme being implemented out of State fund, mostly all the Central Government schemes are being implemented by the State.


    There has been no attempt by the State to develop specific schemes out of own fund like other States in India. The State Scheduled Caste Welfare Advisory Board headed by the Chief Minister with SC MPs and MLAs as its members is virtually non-functional. Even the routine annual seating is not being conducted. The meeting of State Vigilance and Monitoring Committee headed by the Chief Minister under the provisions of SCs and STs (PoA) Act, 1989 and Rules, 1995, is also not being conducted regularly to discuss the matters relating to atrocities against SCs and STs in the State. The enforcement of PCR Act against untouchability is equally weak in the State due to lack political commitments for social cause.


    There are 25 SC MLAs in the Odisha Assembly with 23 of them representing BJD. Two of them only two are Ministers, including one in Cabinet rank and the other in State rank. The SC/ST Development Department is with a State Minister which shows an attitude of less importance to the development of the Dalits by the BJD Government. The elected MPs and MLAs form SC reserve constituencies, chosen by the ruling parties, are made voiceless by the party boss with threat of denial of party ticket for next election. The Congress and BJP have one SC MLA each.


    The SCSP funds should ideally be spent on education, employment and livelihood development of SCs towards achieving equality. There has been no initiative by the Government to develop innovative schemes and programmes for the all round development of SCs based on information and research feedback from academics, policy makers and CSOs. As such the State has not yet developed a Scheduled Caste Development Policy or Vision Document for SCs development integrating it with the overall development of the State. The SCs and STs Research and Training Institute(SCSTRTI) ever since its existence in 1952 has done no research on SC development, except organizing few training camps and workshops by the help of nonprofit organizations. The critical information and inputs on SC development based on research has been callously neglected.


    The SC and ST Finance Development Cooperative Corporation Ltd since its inception in 1979, while SCSP was introduced, with its declared objective of SC development along with focus on scavengers has been depending on the assistance of National Scheduled Caste Finance Development Corporation. The placement linked skill development training programme by OSCFDC for last five years from 2011 to 2015 shows that less than 50 per cent of its target has been achieved with about only 20 per cent placement. In spite of Supreme Court's directives there has been non implementation of Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act 2013 in the State. The Central Government grants and schemes for SCs and specially scavengers are not being implemented properly and criminally delayed and non-utilized by the bureaucracy.


    There has been no innovation in the schemes and caste-based non-viable traditional occupations are routinely encouraged by the department. SC development is more linked to education, as a vast majority of SCs are illiterate and depending on physical labour for livelihood. Education also is one of the most important means of social change and in order to bring change in socio–economic life of scheduled caste, there have been provisions of reservation in educational institutions and other supports such as scholarship to SC students.


    A majority of SC students mostly depend on Government run schools as day scholar and very few on residential schools run by the SSD Department. The primary education is the foundation for every child based on which the future education can be built up but unfortunately primary education system is not encouraging for  SC children due to lack of Government initiative in addressing poverty and social discrimination in primary schools. The SC day scholar students of class 6th and 7th get Rs150 per year and class 8th get Rs200 per year as pre-matric scholarship.


    It is declared that the parents of such students should not be income tax payee. The SSD Department report revealed that from 2014 to 2015 there were 6, 25,590 SC students who got Rs6,811 lakh as pre matric scholarship. Many States like Karala, AP, TN and Telangana have been spending much more on pre matric scholarship. Even they pay it from class one for the day scholars.


    SC population's livelihood is closely connected to land but unfortunately there has been no land distribution programme and the protective laws for the share croppers. A vast majority of rural SC households are engaged as share croppers in agriculture. There are lakhs of homestead less household living over unauthorized habitations without homestead land patta and possession to securely construct a house. A vast majority of SC farmers have small holdings and mostly depend on share cropping but there has been no protection for the share croppers who suffer all kinds of loss during manmade and natural disasters and undergoes exploitations since generations in the absence of State protection.


    The SC families in forest area are facing problem to get reorganization as other traditional forest dwellers to get forest land under FRA Act and the Government is knowingly showing discriminatory attitude towards the land less forest dwellers. The Government of Telangana has allocated Rs3,321 crore for SC development out of which Rs1,000 crore has been allocated for purchase of land for land less SC families in the State. The Telangana Government has spent Rs94.45 crore for distributing 2,524 acres of land among 959 SC families in the year 2014-2015. Though there is a land purchase scheme for land less household but this has not been implemented by Government of Odisha.


    The State Government should prepare a vision document involving all concerned for the development of the historically marginalized social groups in order to ensure their development at par with others. The Government must have the commitment in implementing all the protective legislations and development plans such as SCSP as an integral part of the overall development of the State towards achieving inclusive growth.


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    When Truth is Made a Casualty

    7 Jun 2015  0 commentsShalogore |      
    What would you say when Truth is made a casualty, or left with a pronounced limp. Yes, it is happening in our country. On 26 May our Union Minister for Minority Affairs Najma Heptulla said there had been no attacks on religious minorities in the one year of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance rule. Only a day before, on 25 May, a Mosque and the Muslim residents of Atali village in Faridabad district of Haryana had been selectively attacked and attempts had been made to burn the Muslims to death under a meticulously devised plan. Fortunately, there was no casualty but the loss the Muslims of Atali have suffered is indeed huge. This was not the first riot but the fifth that took place during the last one year in Haryana alone. Not to say of the communal flare-ups that shook Uttar Pradesh and other States during this period.
    Our Minister further said that only verbal attacks had been taking place, but that had been stopped then. Let's see how verbal attacks have hurt the minorities all through the year. Rajeshwar Singh of the Dharam Jagran Samiti was reported to have stated that "India will be made free of Muslims and Christians by 2021. India is the country of Hindus alone." And our Minister of State Niranjan Jyoti chose to divide the Indian citizens into 'Ramzada' (children of Ram) and 'haramzada' (illegitimate). Then there was Shiv Sena publication Saamnawhich wrote how the voting rights of Muslims should be scrapped. And Uttar Pradesh Shiv Sena chief Anil Singh threw the mantra for empowerment of Muslims by subjecting them to vasectomy. Does our Minister for Minority Affairs want us believe that verbal attacks do not matter? Only one who suffers knows the pinch of the hurt; and not those who love to bask under the warmth of the powers-that-be.
    This is the case of Najma Heptulla, who is Minister for Minority Affairs and who happens to be a member of the minority community. We can see how much or otherwise she is serving the cause of the minorities.
    Heptulla's is not the solitary case. Our Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also stated only two days before the Atali attack that the minorities in India are safe and there is "no social tension". The fact remains that minorities have spent one full year under tension. How we wish our leaders, and of course we too, take only one pledge that we would speak the truth, nothing but truth, and never sacrifice it at the altar of power or mundane pleasures.

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    Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace(CNDP), India              

    For immediate release | 12 June 2015

    We are shocked at the level of jingoism being peddled by the ministers of the Modi government, members of the ruling BJP and sections of the mainstream media in India over the recent action by the Indian army in Manipur.

    While several questions are being raised and newer facts are emeging as the details still unfold – whether or not it was a cross-border case of hot-pursuit, whether it was a retaliatory or a pre-emptive action etc, the manner in which this action is being linked to a general justification of such hot pursuit vis-a-vis Pakistan and China is deplorable and dangerous.

    India and Pakistan are both nuclear-armed nations, with such close geographical proximity that a nuclear exchange between both would lead to large-scale devastation and irreversible climatic changes. And as the post-Pokharan history of South Asia suggests, the rhetoric and escalation of conventional war has a real potential to lead to nuclear sabre-rattling.

    The fact that this action was carried out against India's own alienated citizens and not some external enemy itself is far from being a cause of jubilation. For real peace in longer term, we demand that the Armed Forces Special Power Act(AFSPA) must be removed immediately from the North East and Kashmir and sustained and open dialogue with people in the regions be initiated at the earliest.


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    I am very proud of Two Indian ladies these

    days!First,Nandita Das who launched

    campaign against racial apartheid of

    Fairness.Seond,Kangna Ranawat who

    recently refused to endorse fairness.

    Geneticall,most of Non Aryan Majority

    demography in India remains black,Negroid!

    But none of us believes that even Black is  

    beautiful!Rather we hate the Black as much

    as the white monopoly would not dare.

    This is the psyche which is the strength of

    FAIRNESS business in India and simply

    Indian Media showcasing the FAIRNESS

    campaign round the clock endorses RACIAL

    APARTHEID against the Majority Population!

    In such a hell losing situation,just

    think,AS US first lady Michelle Obama Cries

    "RACISM" After THIS Happened at a

    Target,where do we satnd in an ABSOLUTE

    Manusmriti Free Market Economy devoid of


    Indian Caste System is not enough to destroy

    the indigenous aborigin demography.The

    caste system added with racial

    discrimination,blatant apartheid practiced

    against NON Aryan Geography is the basic

    phenomenon of Hindu Imperialism!

    Rest of India is so much so detached with the

    continuous displacement and ethnic

    cleansing of the tribal people against  whom

    the Military State sustained monopolistic

    aggression since 15th August 1947, just

    because  they are black.Most of the SC and

    OBC castes roots in Tribal Negroid gene,but

    they would not include the ADIVASI in their

    BAHUJAN SAMAJ,thoug an utopia which

    never did exist as we see how divided are the

    Black Untouchable People in India and

    everyone of them tries his or her best to boost

    the Caste System.Even after that,they

    consider DR BR Ambedkar their God

    who,contrarily Never did work as a caste

    leader and called the Bahujan Samaj,

    DEPRESSED Class!

    Ambedkar`s class consciousness is

    overlooked by Indian Communists!

    We have been insisting gain and again that

    Babasaheb wanted equal distribution of

    resources and opportunities!

    We have been insisting gain and again that

    Babasaheb wanted REPRESENTATION not

    COOPTION with Reservation!

    Communists fail to understand the

    phenomenon of Racial Apartheid as much as

    the caste identity inflicted Bahujan fail and

    both these forces would never try to

    consolidate Black Untouchable brotherhood

    Pan Indian.Without which we may not resist

    neither the Free Market monopolistic

    aggression nor the fascism inherent in Hindu


    Without addressing the day to day problems

    of the North East,the Himalayan Region

    across political borders and the tribal

    demography countrywide,we may not stand

    against the global alliance of Hindutva and

    Zionism!Those who live in the untouchable

    geography,irrelevant to their caste and class

    remain to be persecuted and it is pure Racial


    The New York Times reports:

    CHICAGO — She looked around and saw herself three decades ago, young and uncertain, from a part of town where success is a struggle, not a birthright. She knew what they had been through, what it was like to take the long way home to avoid gangs, what it was like when the family strained to make ends meet.

    For Michelle Obama on Tuesday night, addressing a graduating high school class from the South Side near where she grew up summoned memories and offered a chance to draw lessons from her own upbringing: Never be afraid to ask for help, she told them. Instead of being discouraged by hardship, reach higher.

    Continue reading the main story


    At a time of roiling debate over the issues of race and opportunity, punctuated by the events of Ferguson, Mo.; Staten Island; and Baltimore, the nation's first African-American first lady has added her voice. It is not a new message for her, but one that has taken on special resonance and one delivered with bracing candor in recent speeches. Along the way, Mrs. Obama has opened a window into her own life, not just in Chicago but also in the White House.


    Michelle Obama spoke at several commencements this spring, including at Tuskegee University. CreditBrynn Anderson/Associated Press


    Michelle Obama worked her way way through college compiling poorly written essays on racial discrimination. Now, she is talking to People Magazine about a tour she took recently as the First Lady of the United States at a Target store. At 5 ft. 11 in., someone didn't recognize her, and asked Michelle to help her grab something off of a shelf. Which is racism… or something:

    The Obamas talked with People magazine about dealing with their "own racist experiences," as the magazine described.

    Michelle Obama told one story that recently took place, even as she was first lady of the United States.

    "I tell this story – I mean, even as the first lady – during that wonderfully publicized trip I took to Target, not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf. Because she didn't see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone who could help her. Those kinds of things happen in life. So it isn't anything new," Michelle Obama, who is 5'11", said.

    She also said that her husband, Barack Obama, was asked to get coffee when he was wearing a tux. "He was wearing a tuxedo at a black-tie dinner, and somebody asked him to get coffee," she told People.

    The president told his own experiences. "There's no black male my age, who's a professional, who hasn't come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn't hand them their car keys," Obama told the magazine.

    Via The Weekly Standard

    Because racism is so bad in America… That her husband became the President of the United States?

    What is shameful about this story is how detached Michelle Obama is from basic, polite gestures of civility. People in stores can be friendly, and now someone who made an unassuming request is now used by Michelle as the poster child for bigotry.

    Don't you wish America had a classy first lady, such as Laura Bush? Please leave us a comment and tell us what you think.

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    If even Michelle Obama can't speak about race without being told to 'quit whining' then who can?

    Lindy West

    The nauseating reaction to the first lady's speech about being an African American proves that the internet's brightest and whitest are still in deep denial

    Michelle Obama gives her address at Tuskegee

    Michelle Obama gives her address at Tuskegee Photograph: Brynn Anderson/AP

    Tuesday 12 May 2015 20.00 BST





    First lady Michelle Obama existed this week, so naturally the internet is very, very upset. Specifically, Obama had the gall to approach a microphone at Tuskegee University's commencement ceremony and say, in the mildest possible terms, that racism is real, and that the eager, bright-eyed Tuskegee graduates should devote their lives to some combination of the following anti-American subterfuge techniques: voting, doing a dance, having self-esteem, becoming teachers, following their dreams, fighting the kind of structural inequalities that historically forced black luminaries to build science labs out of literal garbage, and intermittently hula hooping. Truly a vile brew of verbal witchcraft and reverse-racist skullduggery!

    Michelle Obama: I was knocked back by race perceptions

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    You can judge for yourself just how controversial the speech was. Here's an excerpt from its climax: "I know that these little indignities are obviously nothing compared to what folks across the country are dealing with every single day – those nagging worries that you're going to get stopped or pulled over for absolutely no reason; the fear that your job application will be overlooked because of the way your name sounds; the agony of sending your kids to schools that may no longer be separate, but are far from equal; the realisation that no matter how far you rise in life, how hard you work to be a good person, a good parent, a good citizen – for some folks, it will never be enough."

    Fortunately, the internet's brightest (and whitest) are on the case to make sure that Obama doesn't unravel the very fabric of America itself with her nefarious listing of easily verifiable historical facts, rigorously vetted academic studies, and relentlessly encouraging platitudes. Ride on, brave patriots! Thomas Jefferson is totally waiting to high-five you in heaven!

    "Michelle Obama is a reverse racist," one Twitter user helpfully explains. "She attacks white people & gets black people to think they'll have a hard life no matter what. Ugh!!!" Yeah, ugh! When will black people learn to recognise REAL hardship, such as being a white woman under "attack" from incessant George Washington Carver anecdotes in a speech that she voluntarily sought out and hate-watched!?

    "I can not believe the negative commencement speech that you gave at Tuskegee," scolded another. "Not uplifting at all." Yo, goateed white dude named Kevin or something, maybe the commencement speech about black people's lived experiences delivered at the historically black college that you did not attend wasn't intended to lift YOU up? Maybe not everything is for Kevin?

    Michelle Obama's 'twice as good' speech doesn't cut it with most African Americans

    Britni Danielle

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    Others described the speech as "racist against white people,""ghetto,""un-American,""uppity," and "a disgusting display of race baiting and division." Rush Limbaugh said that Obama "played the race card", while Glenn Beck delivered one of his rambling monologues about how Booker T Washington totally would have declared racism over in 1968 and only "Harvard know-it-alls" are keeping that silly myth alive.

    Black people being disproportionately and spuriously detained by police; candidates with "black"-sounding names being passed over for jobs; black families being trapped in cycles of poverty by red-lining and mass incarceration and forced to send their children to unsafe, impoverished schools – whatever your feelings about our current first lady, these are not opinions. They are facts. Acknowledging them should not be radical. They are simply true, and you either care about them or you don't, and this is not up for discussion.

    And as for whether or not you can ever "be enough" for some folks, just look at the internet's response to an erudite, beautiful, Ivy League-educated black lawyer-turned-first-lady-of-the-United-States stating (almost understating, even) the undeniable fact that racism still exists: "boo can get the fuck out anytime you want cunt. Quit whining about how much this country hates you. YOU DON'T MATTER."

    Do Michelle Obama's comments on race resonate with black women? Panel verdict

    Rebecca Carroll, Hannah Giorgis, Pam Spaulding, Danielle Moodie-Mills and Syreeta McFadden

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    Certain white people, it seems, are so fragile when it comes to discussions of race, they're not even capable of absorbing and accepting basic, observable truths. Forget nuance. Forget dialogue. The depth of white denial – of what's happening right in front of us, and has been happening for centuries – is nauseating. A friend of mine, who grew up a sharecropper on a plantation in the deep south, put it to me the other day: "I'll never understand it. Everything that black folks have put up with and swallowed over the years – and white people are mad at us? Scared of us?"

    Here's more from the first lady: "And all of that is going to be a heavy burden to carry. It can feel isolating. It can make you feel like your life somehow doesn't matter – that you're like the invisible man that Tuskegee grad Ralph Ellison wrote about all those years ago. And as we've seen over the past few years, those feelings are real. They're rooted in decades of structural challenges that have made too many folks feel frustrated and invisible. And those feelings are playing out in communities like Baltimore and Ferguson and so many others across this country."

    Obviously Michelle Obama can do whatever she wants with the remainder of her husband's term (a good portion of her speech emphasises as much), but I hope this is a harbinger of things to come. How impactful would it be if every speech from now until the end of the Obama presidency used this as a baseline?

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    JIO Reliance! Adaani`s envy!

    What a wonder,now,amidst a full bloom Mango season while EL Nino converts every veg item as dear as Gold,you might not taste Mango as it is also poison as media reports.

    What an economy we have with the Mida`s touch,SANTAN JAHAN JAHAN YOGA Krinhe,VISHVRIKSH RAKTA BEEJ!

    Reliance Empire to absorb TELECOM in this Fastest Growing Emerging Market!

    I am facing racial discrimination in media for last twenty five years.I know the law.I wrote to Supreme Court again and again.I made it public again and again.Almost daily.But no one stand for me to lodge a PIL at least nor the proactive supreme court might be expected to fix a hearing!

    The Lathi is the king of the ring!You might win the world provided you have the money muscles!

    Palash Biswas

    Billionaire Mukesh Ambani will re-enter the telecom business with a Rs 4,000 4G smartphone by December, offering voice and data services for as low as Rs 300-Rs 500 per month.

    Rel Jio Lines up Host of Services



    Reliance Jio is banking on its content such as on-demand video, music streaming, news and HD TV services to consumers on the go at affordable prices in a bid to differentiate itself and attract subscribers in a highly competitive market. Reports ET.

    Focus Shifts to 4G-enabled Devices



    Smartphone makers have shifted their focus to 4G-enabled devices in the run-up to Reliance Jio's high-speed broadband services launch and Airtel's plan to expand its offerings, reports ET.

    JIO Reliance!Reliance Empire to absorb TELECOM in this Fastest Growing Emerging Market!Adaani should envy!

    What an economy we have with the Mida`s touch,SANTAN JAHAN JAHAN YOGA Krinhe,VISHVRIKSH RAKTA BEEJ!

    Maggie Massala not enough! We may not afford ALFANSO Mango!Sabita always complains  that we have so many friends in Mumbai but never did taste Alfanso just because of  the media blitz involving Katerina Kaf tasting it to attach it into a packed bottle!

    Now,we know! Maggie Massala is a subjudice case as the company knocks the doors of justice!

    Alas! We,the miserable Indian people to live eating and drinking poison but have not any door whatsoever to knock for justice!We may not afford.As we may not have the purchasing power!

    I am facing racial discrimination in media for last twenty five years.I know the law.I wrote to Supreme Court again and again.I made it public again and again.Almost daily.But no one stand for me to lodge a PIL at least nor the proactive supreme court might be expected to fix a hearing!

    The Lathi is the king of the ring!You might win the world provided you have the money muscles!

    What a wonder,now,amidst a full bloom Mango season while EL Nino converts every veg item as dear as Gold,you might not taste Mango as it is also poison as media reports.

    This summer, beware of the mangoes that you have been so eagerly waiting for at your nearest market place. Your favourite summer fruit may be a store house of harmful chemicals in the garb of a bright yellow colour!India Today reports.

    Mangoes that are flooding markets across India may contain harmful artificial ripening agents like calcium carbide.

    Popular among mango producers as 'masala', calcium carbide is a toxic chemical commonly used in gas welding. But traders across the country use it for artificially ripening fruits as it is cheap and easily available.

    Considered to be carcinogenic, the use of calcium carbide has been banned by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.

    "According to our Food Safety and Standards Prohibition Regulation, artificial ripening of mango or any fruit by calcium carbide is strictly prohibited. Calcium carbide has a very bad effect on our nervous system,'" explains former FSSAI director Pradip Chakraborty.

    Thus,Reliance Jio to brings Rs 4,000 4G smartphone by December, user bills to be under Rs 500 per month!

    Reliance Jio Infocomm, which will commercially launch 4G services by December, has the largest footprint of liberalised spectrum in the country, acquired at a cost of Rs 34,000 crore. Speaking at annual shareholders meeting of Reliance Industries (RIL), Ambani said ensuring availability of affordable 4G smartphones has been one of the topmost priorities for Jio.

    "The combination of Jio's strong initiatives and a supportive global environment, gives me the confidence that we will see 4G LTE smartphones in India at prices below Rs 4,000 by December of this year," Ambani said. Jio plans to offer telecom, high speed data, digital commerce, media and payment services for about Rs 300 to Rs 500 per month.

    "In our digital business, our plan is to provide the same power of computing, communication and information to every individual, whether in towns or rural areas, that the US President had ten to fifteen years ago. All this at about Rs 300 to Rs 500 per month," the Chairman of RIL said.

    He said Jio is now present in all of the 29 states with a direct physical presence in nearly 18,000 cities and towns whereas wireless footprint covers over one lakh villages. "We are expanding this footprint to cover nearly 80 per cent of India's population by the end of this year. Our roadmap is to have 100 per cent national coverage within the next three years," he said.

    Ambani said Jio is well-positioned to emerge as a global tier-1 telecom operator but it is much more than just telecom services. "We followed an integrated business strategy from the very beginning, and today, Jio is capable of offering a unique combination of telecom, high speed data, digital commerce, media and payment services," he added.

    The firm in April launched its first mobile application, 'Jio Chat' that integrates chat, voice, video calling, conferencing, file sharing, photo sharing among others. "In just the first few weeks of operations, Jio Chat now has a million active users, without any paid promotions or over paid advertisements whatsoever," Ambani said.

    Apart from that, the company plans to unveil many more applications in coming weeks like switch-and-walk, which allows customers to copy everything from their old phone to a new phone, 'Jio Drive' which brings cloud capabilities to smartphone, 'Jio Play' that will allow users to watch TV channels on their handsets, 'Jio Beats' which is a music app, and 'Jio Mags' and 'Jio News' among others.

    Ambani said, this year, acquisition of Network 18 was completed. "Network 18 has 17 news channels, 14 entertainment channels, in 8 languages, and a strong set of Internet businesses that will be well positioned to transition to the Jio platform," he said. By 2017-18, it will be the most integrated TV mobile set of content in India, he said. The RIL Chairman said Jio has deployed a network of nearly 250,000 route kilometres of fibre optics and over the next 3 years, it will more than double than this by deploying fibre optics in the last mile.

    He said by April next year, Jio would have connected over 1 million homes via fibre optics with a capability of scaling up in the top 50 cities of India. "Jio is the only operator in the world providing next generation digital services over an end-to-end all-IP network," he added. Ambani said that Jio is also working on its digital money and digital payment business. "Jio Money will play a crucial role in digitisation of payments in India by offering a platform for ubiquitous, affordable and secure digital payments," he said. The company has partnered with State Bank of India, to apply for the Payment Bank licence.

    "The Payment Bank, if approved, will complement our initiatives on the digital payments business and also enable distribution of financial services by leveraging on retail and other Jio business in the most accessible, simple and affordable manner with specific focus on the financially excluded," Ambani said.

    Reliance set to kick off pricing war

    Promises 4G smartphones for less than Rs 4,000 and voice & data services at Rs 300-500 a month; RIL to invest Rs 1 lakh cr in digital services in 12-18 months

    Business Standard reports:Analysts were concerned the investment in telecom was going to be an expensive gamble for the company as it was not easy to penetrate the cream (top 30 per cent of customers, who account for an estimated 70 per cent of the industry's revenue). But Ambani said he was confident that Jio would play a significant role in lifting India from its current 142nd rank in internet penetration and bringing it among the top 10 nations of the world. The crowd cheered these announcements, while Ambani's wife, Nita, applauded from the stage.

    Mukesh Ambani is set to launch his much-delayed telecom business under the brand name Reliance Jio by December. In what could cause some anxiety to Jio's competitors, the Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) chairman & managing director said the price of the 4G smartphones could be less than Rs 4,000, and voice and data services could be offered for as low as Rs 300-500 a month.

    Jio was well positioned to become a global Tier-I telecom operator, Ambani said at RIL's 41st annual general meeting in Mumbai on Friday, describing it as "one of the largest transformational greenfield (new) digital initiatives anywhere in the world."

    All of this would be accompanied by a suite of digital music, payments, news and cloud storage services, including access to high-definition television and Bollywood movies.

    Jun 13 2015 : The Economic Times (Bangalore)

    Jio is Born, Will it Birth a Telecom Revolution?

    New Delhi | Kolkata

    Our Bureaus



    MAKING WAVES From device makers to operators, telecom space abuzz as Ambani-owned co gears up to change the rules of the game

    Reliance Jio Infocomm, owned by billionaire Mukesh Ambani, will make its longawaited, commercial launch of highspeed broadband services in December, more than five years after re-entering the telecom sector. The move could dramatically alter the industry landscape in the world's fastest growing major economy, experts said.

    Ambani unveiled details of Jio's fourth-generation (4G) services on Friday at the 41st annual general meeting of parent Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL). The company will offer data and voice offerings at half or less than half the current rates.

    The offerings will include instant messaging, live TV , movies on demand, news, streaming music, magazines on the go and a digital payments platform, said the RIL chairman and managing director. Of these, Jio Chat has already been launched.

    "I am confident that Jio will play a significant role in lifting India from its current 142nd rank on internet penetration to among the top 10 na FROM JIO 5 tions in the world," Ambani said. "Digital currency, digital commerce, digital education, digital healthcare, egovernance, M2M and the Internet of things, smart cities...I won't be exaggerating if I say that each of these areas is ripe for hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurial ventures."



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    Baidini byggyaal/// और नंदी कुंड
    बैदिनी बुग्ग्याल: वाण गाँव ताल ही मोटर सड़क है यहाँ से पैदल रास्ता शुरू होता है. बैदिनी बुग्याल के लिए रण की धार और फिर गैरोली पातळ होते हुए जाना पड़ता है.
    कुछ लोग वाँण से चल कर रात को गैरोली पातळ में ही ठिकाना कर लेते है रात का....! ट्रेकिंग कम्पनियां यही कराती हैं क्यों की वो अपने क्लाइंट्स को आराम से ले जाती है और ये स्वार्थ भी होता है की जितने रात के stopage होंगे उनका पैकेज महँगा होगा...वो ज्यादा कमाएंगे. 
    पर हम ठहरे भ्यांस...! सीधे बैदिनी जाकर ही दम लिया...! गैरोली पातळ चढ़े फिर वहाँ से उतर कर नील गंगा में पहुंचे (नील गंगा बाद में कैल नदी में मिल जाती है.), वहाँ से बैदिनी बुग्याल के लिए विकट चढ़ाई है ...सीधी खडी...., बस गनीमत ये है की सारा रास्ता बाँझ, खरसू और बुरांस के जंगल से होकर गुजरता है...पर चढ़ाई थका देती है... 
    सुबह आठ बजे के आसपास चले हम लगभग ढाई तीन बजे बैदिनी बुग्याल पहुंचे...., खूबसूरत बुग्याल सॉफ्ट light में मानो हमारा ही इंतज़ार कर रहा था... बादलों की छिटकी ने light को सॉफ्ट किया था. 
    मुझे थोड़ा migrain की की शिकायत होने लगी थी और कमर भी दुखने लगी थी..., थकान ज्यादा इस लिए भी थी की हाई altitude में था..हवा थोड़ी विरल थी.. और मैंने दमा रोकने के लिए दवाइयां खायी हुई थी...मैं खुश था की चलो आज की चढाई ख़तम हुई..., खच्चर वालेने, जो हमारा कैम्पिंग का सामान लेकर आया था न केवल सामान उतार्दिया था बल्कि हीरा के साथ मिल कर बेहतर जगह में हमारा टेंट पिच भी कर दिया था.....
    यहाँ से अगला पडाव पांच किलोमीटर दूर पातर नाचौनी था...., जब मैं बैदिनी के सुन्दरता, सरदर्द के बावजूद, निहार रहा था तो हमारे एक साथी ने सुझाव दिया की क्यों ना आज ही पातर नाचोनी चल दिया जाय..उसमे ऊर्जा शेष थी...मैं चुक चुका था..थोड़ा सांस और थोड़ा सरदर्द...! मैंने मना कर दिया...! तीसरा साथी भी उर्जावान था..उसने कहा जो तय करो मैं साथ हूँ.., रूको तो ठीक , चलो तो ठीक...
    पर मैंने साफ़ साफ़ कह दिया की मैं तो आगे नहीं जाऊंगा..यही रूक कर बैदिनी बुग्याल की सुन्दरता एन्जॉय करूंगा...क्यों की मैं उन लोगों से ट्रेक शुरू होने से पहले ही कह चुका था की मैं ट्रेक एन्जॉय करने आया हूँ..सिर्फ भागने नही...! रूठने और मनोव्वल के बाद तय हुआ की रात का पडाव बैदिनी में ही हो.., दोस्त मेरी स्थिति समझ कर मान गए....!
    हमारा टेंट लग ही चुका था ...मैंने सरदर्द की दवा खायी और, मैं स्लीपिंग बैग लेकर लेट गया...
    पर हमारे उर्जावान साथी कहाँ मानने वाले थे ... वो थोड़ा rest करने के बाद बगल के ही औली बुग्याल की और चल दिए... उन्होंने वहा औली बुग्याल की खूबसूरत तसवीरें खींची...
    एक घंटे के आराम के बाद मैं बाहर निकला, एक खूबसूरत सूर्यास्त मेरा इंतज़ार कर रहा था..., मैंने सूर्यास्त की फोटो खींची....(कल उन्हें पोस्ट करूंगा...) बैदिनी बुग्याल में ठंडी हवा चल रही थी जो रात में होने वाली ठण्ड का अनुमान दे रही थी...
    ..दूर सूरज की कुछ किरणे पहाड़ में चोरी से उतर रही थी....पहाड़ निश्चल थे की कही किरणों की चोरी पकड़ी ना जाए और सूरज उन्हें वापस ना बुला ले...शायद सूरज भी किरणों की हरकत जानता था....इसलिए उसने तुरंत अँधेरे को बुला लिया.. मेरे दोस्त ब ही वापस आ गए... हम तारों को हाथ हिला कर टेंट में घुस गए..

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    দেশে যখন কৃষক মরে মোদীজি বিদেশে ফুর্তি করে।

    একমত হলে পোস্টটি শেয়ার করুন, নীচের লিঙ্কে ক্লিক করে পেজটি লাইক করতে অনুরোধ করি।
     — with Sekhar BhattacharjeeAsif Ali Haider CheBiswanath Chattopadhyay and 47 others.

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    "शंखनादों से सुबह सहमी है
    आर्तनादों से शाम
    अमन के नाम पर कफ़न किसने उढ़ाया ?
    एक सहमी सी सुबह से मैंने पूछ था ये सच
    शाम होते शहर शोकाकुल सा नज़र आया
    सच की दुनिया अब अखबारों को अखरती है
    झूठ का झंडा उठाये दूरदर्शन दौड़ आया

    सुना है गिद्ध की नज़रें हमारे गाँव पर हैं
    सुना है चहकती चिड़िया आज चिंतित है
    सुना है गाय का बच्चा अपनी मां के दूध से वंचित है
    सुना है यहाँ कलियाँ सूख जाती हैं नागफनीयाँ सिंचित हैं
    सुना है फूल तोड़े जा रहे हैं मुर्दों पे चढाने को
    सुना है कांटे तो खुश हैं पर राहें रक्तरंजित हैं
    सुना है शब्द सहमे हैं साँसें थम गयी हैं
    सुना है न्याय की देवी की आँखें बंद हैं
    सुना है सत्य की श्मशान संसद बन चुकी है
    सुना है मां की ममता खिलौनों की दुकानों से डरती है
    सुना है एक मछली प्यासी हो कर पानी में ही मरती है
    सुना है प्यार भी भी बिकने लगा है अब दुकानों पर
    सुना है सड़क सहमी हैं रिश्ते भी कलंकित हैं अब मकानों पर
    सुना है मां न बनने का सामान अब बिकने लगा है दुकानों पर
    सुना है अब शहर में सड़कें चौड़ी और दिल संकरे हो रहे हैं
    सुना है संत सकते में हैं और शातिर शोर करते हैं
    सुना है कातिलों ने अब खंजर पर अहिंसा लिख लिया है
    सुना है कोई पूतना अब डेरी चलाने जा रही है
    सुना है सभ्यता बैठी है ज्वालामुखी के मुहाने पर
    सुना है मोहनजोदाड़ो बह आया है गंगा के दहानो तक
    सुना है हर कोलंबस अपनी भूल पर पछता रहा है
    सुना है इस खुदा का प्यार कम पर खौफ ज्यादा है
    सुना है आदमी अब आदमी के खून का प्यासा है

    अमन के नाम पर कफ़न किसने उढ़ाया ?
    एक सहमी सी सुबह से मैंने पूछ था ये सच
    शाम होते शहर शोकाकुल सा नज़र आया
    घर पे आया सबको हंसाया
    छत पे जाके अपने आंसू पोंछ आया
    आवाज़ देकर फलक से मुझे किसने बुलाया
    भूकंप से काँपे घर की देहरी पर दिया किसने जलाया
    शंखनादों से सुबह सहमी है
    आर्तनादों से शाम
    अमन के नाम पर कफ़न किसने उढ़ाया ?
    एक सहमी सी सुबह से मैंने पूछ था ये सच
    शाम होते शहर शोकाकुल सा नज़र आया
    आवाज़ देकर फलक से मुझे किसने बुलाया
    भूकंप से काँपे घर की देहरी पर दिया किसने जलाया. " -----राजीव चतुर्वेदी

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    The Additional Director of Education (Act-I)

    Government of NCT of Delhi

    Old Secretariat Building

    Civil Lines, Delhi-54

    June 13, 2015

    Re: Public Circular dated 11.06.2015

    Subject: Comments upon the draft amendments to the Delhi School Education Act & Rules, 1973

    Dear Sir/Madam

    The proposed Delhi School Education (Amendment) Rules 2015 are an improvement over the previous draft in so far as the new Rule 145 clearly empowers and mandates the Director to regulate admission in private unaided schools and uses the term "fair" along with "transparent". However, it is still very vague and amenable to misinterpretations and abuse. I therefore propose that this Rule should prohibit screening at entry level on the lines of Section 13 of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, which would leave no scope for ambiguity and settle the controversy for good. Also, there would not be much left to executive instructions if the Rule itself is worded clearly and explicitly. There is no need for further delegation of power if the Rule can itself be made specific. This Amendment would also be in consonance with the observations of the Hon'ble Delhi High Court in W.P. (C) No.8533/2010 titled Social Jurist vs. GNCTD & ors.

    As far as the Delhi School Education (Amendment) Bill, 2015 is concerned,  it fails to cater to the mischief of exorbitant and unjustified fee-hike for reasons that I have already communicated to the Government vide my letter dated 01.06.2015. The said reasons are reproduced as under:

    Firstly, it presupposes that fee-hike by the private schools is per-se legal and valid, unless the same is challenged through a complaint and is set aside by the committee. If we look at the existing Acts on private unaided school-fee regulation, particularly the Tamil Nadu (Regulation of Collection of Fee) Act, 2009, there is a stipulation of prior approval by the Committee before fee-hike and the said hiked fee, once approved, cannot be further hiked upto three years. While here, this Bill has put the entire burden upon the complainant. It is expected that the Delhi's Act should be advancement over Tamil Nadu Act and should surpass the benchmark set by Tamil Nadu, but this Bill falls way short of even what Tamil Nadu has already achieved.

    Secondly, this Bill suffers from various practical anomalies. The burden has been cast upon the aggrieved parent to move in complaint. This onerous task would make the parent, and ultimately the child, amenable to be subjected to victimization. Further, once a complaint is made, no time-limit has been stipulated for disposal of the same by the committee, making it liable to be reduced to futility by sheer lapse of time. Even after a complaint has been decided, there is enough room for delay as the school can file objections, and even after consideration of the same and final decision by the committee, there is a provision of appeal to the Director, for disposal of which, no time-limit has been stipulated. The school shall thus continue to enjoy its free hand at least throughout the process which has enough scope for inordinate delays. The committee itself is a rather weak one compared to the Tamil Nadu model where a retired judge of the High Court heads the Committee.

    It is needless to mention here that the Hon'ble Delhi High Court in its decision dated 12.08.2011 in Delhi Abhibhavak Mahasangh & ors. vs. GNCTD & ors. [W.P. (C) No.7777/2009] had constituted Justice Anil Dev Singh Committee to look into the accounts of each school and find out whether the fee-hike by private unaided schools on the pretext of 6th Central Pay Commission was justified. The High Court had further directed that if the fee-hike was found to be unjustified, it would be refunded by the school to parents along with 9% interest. Justice Anil Dev Singh Committee has so far indicted more than 450 schools and the refundable amounts cumulatively come to more than Rs.250 crores. However, till date, not a single school has refunded the due amounts to the parents.

    Even in 1997, when the parents had approached High Court against fee-hike on the pretext of implementation of 5th CPC, the High Court vide an interim Order had permitted the schools to increase fee by upto 40%, resulting in recovery of over Rs.400 crores from the parents of Delhi, which was to be subject to the findings of Justice Santosh Duggal Committee and liable to be refunded if found unjustified. However, the working of the Committee was deliberately stifled by the Directorate of Education and the private schools, with the result that till date no amount has been refunded to the hapless parents. Thus, it is our experience that once a school charges fee from the parents, it becomes next to impossible to get it refunded.

    It must also be borne in mind that monitoring and regulation of fee-hike is only one aspect of checking commercialization of education in private schools. In order to effectively check commercialization as a whole, it is necessary that the parents should have an effective say in the Managing Committee of private unaided schools. The RTE Act, 2009 provides for at least 75% representation of parents in the School-Management Committees of schools other than private unaided schools. However, in private unaided schools, there is only one parent-representative in the Managing Committee, who is often a crony of the Management.

    Since education is a charitable activity and profiteering is impermissible in education, and moreover, since it is the parents' money which runs the school and they are prime stakeholders in the functioning of the school, including its financial aspects, the parents in private unaided schools deserve a minimum 50% representation in the Managing Committee. This would not only check commercialization in education but also enhance the overall quality of education in private schools. Thus, Rule 59 of the Delhi School Education Rules also needs to be amended to provide for at least 50% representation of parents in the Managing Committee in order to ensure effective check upon fee-hike and commercialization of education by private unaided schools.

    The Bill needs to be thoroughly reworked in the light of the above. However, I personally feel that it would be a rather better option to enact an independent legislation on fee–regulation on the lines of Tamil Nadu, even more robust and effective than Tamil Nadu.

    With regards

    Ashok Agarwal, Advocate

    National President, AIPA

    M: 9811101923

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    Tribal, forest workers protest against land acquisition ordinance, demand stay on Kanhar dam project भू-अधिग्रहण अध्यादेश और दमन के खिलाफ विरोध प्रदर्शन 12 जून 2015 लखनऊ-उ0प्र0

    Against Land Acquisition ordinance and repression on the communities
    Lucknow, UP
    12 June 2015

    12 June 2015 : Various people's organization, trade unions and political forums participated in  a big  dharna on the issue of land rights, against land acquisition under the banner of " Land rights movement" in Lucknow, organized by All India Union of Forest Working people. The dharna focused on the illegal land acquistion in kanhar valley of sonbhadra, UP, non implementation of forest rights act, repression on adivasi and dalit communities, filing of false cases, illegal arrest and detention of various leaders of the movement and against the land ordinance passed by the central guv for the third time. More than 3000 people participated in this programme. 80% of women participated in this programme, one group from Kaimur region marched from Char bagh railway station in the scorching heat to the dharna site at Laksman mela park, other groups from Tarai belt of more than 1600 people marched from Dalliganj station to the park. The participation was from the various districts of UP, Chitrakoot, Chandauli, Mirzapur, Sonbhadra, Gonda, Basti, Baharaich, Khiri, Pilibit, Gorakhpur, Saharanpur, From other states the participation was from Bihar adhoura, Jharkhand Gadwa, MP Rewa, Uttarakhand, Delhi etc. Various prominent leaders from important people's movement, trade union, political parties farmers organization like, com Hannan Molla Gen sect, All India Kisan SAbha and polit bureau member of CPI(M), Com Dinanath ( sect CPI(M) UP), Krishna Adhikari ( central comm member CPI(ML), Sudhkar yadav Central comm member CPI(ML), Com Salim and com Ramesh from CPI (ML), Com Gautam Modi Gen Sect New Trade Union INitiative, Dr. Sandeep Pandey, Socialist Party, Omkar singh Socialist Party, Shefali and subharli , Nadim from Delhi solidarity group, Ashok choudhary Gen sect AIUFWP, Roma Gen sect AIUFWP, Matadyal, Sokalo gond, kamla kharwar, Dhanpati, Shobha Bharti, Laliti paswan, NAbada Rana, Phulmati rana, Khushi ram, Shivprasad kharwar from AIUFWP and Kanhar Bacho andolan and Ramkumar from dynamic action group. 

    All spoke to form a united front against the central and state policies of illegal land acquisition and repression committed on the people. It is important to wage a wide protest against the land ordinance brought by the central guv for the third time in the Parliament. On the other side Joint Parliamentary committee has also been formed to invite comments on bill of land ordinance from the wider section of society. It was perhaps for the first time that major people organization and left peasant organization came on the same platform to oppose against the land acquisition and for the land rights. 

    Speakers especially com Hannan Mollah, com Dinanath, Com Gautam Modi, Com Krishna ADhikari, Com Sudhakar, Sandeep Pandey also oppposed the state guv of UP on the kanhar dam construction issue and violence unleashed on the tribal and dalits on 14 and 18th april. A detailed memorandum addressed to CM was given to the representative of the Guv Asst City magistrate by the women. The united platform also declared that now all these protest will happen at the district level and the unity process will be formed against the anti people policies of taking away land forcibly from the people. 

    Coordination of the dias was done by Roma and Rajnish. Com Ashok Choudhary convey special thanks to all the participants. 

    संक्षिप्त रिपोर्ट

    भू-अधिग्रहण अध्यादेश और दमन के खिलाफ
    विरोध प्रदर्शन
    12 जून 2015

    दिनांक 12 जून 2015 को देश के विभिन्न जनांदोलनों जनसंगठनों, ट्रेड यूनियनों व राजनैतिक मंचों द्वारा भूमि अधिकार के सवाल पर व भू-अधिग्रहण अध्यादेश के विरोध में  गठित संयुक्त मोर्चा ''भूमि अधिकार आंदोलन''द्वारा तय किये गये राष्ट्रीय कार्यक्रम के तहत उ0प्र0 की राजधानी लखनऊ में भूमि अधिकार आंदोलन व अखिल भारतीय वन-जन श्रमजीवी यूनियन के बैनर तले केन्द्र द्वारा पारित भूमि अधिग्रहण अध्यादेश व उ0प्र0 सरकार द्वारा  सोनभद्र में कन्हर बाॅध के लिये किये जा रहे अवैध भू-अधिग्रहण और गरीब किसानों, खेतीहर मज़दूरों व महिलाओं पर दमनकारी कार्रवाईयों के विरोध में विशाल धरना प्रदर्शन आयोजित किया गया।
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    12 जून की सुब्हा राज्यों के अलग-अलग क्षेत्रों से आने वाले समुदायों के लोग शहर के अलग-अलग स्टेशनों से रैली की शक्ल में अपने हाथों में लाल रंग के बैनरों व झण्डों को लेकर भू-अधिग्रहण अध्यादेश और कन्हर बाॅध विरोधी आंदोलन के समर्थन में पुरजोर नारेबाज़ी करते हुए धरना स्थल लक्ष्मण मेला मैदान में पहुंचे जहां एक विशाल जनसभा की गई। इस जनसभा को समुदाय के नेतृत्वकारी साथियों मातादयाल, सोकालो गोण्ड, निबादा राणा, फुलबासी व श्यामलाल ने सम्बोधित करते हुए अपनी बात में केन्द्र द्वारा भू अधिग्रहण अध्यादेश जारी करने और राज्य सरकार द्वारा कन्हर बाॅध विरोधी आंदोलन को दमन द्वारा कुचलने और अवैध भूमि अधिग्रहण करने की कोशिश को लेकर सत्ता को सीधी चुनौती देने की बात की और यह बात खुलकर कही गई कि कन्हर की लड़ाई महज सोनभद्र की लड़ाई नहीं है, ये पूरे देश की लड़ाई है और अपने जल जंगल ज़मीन को बचाकर अपनी आजीविका और पर्यावरण को सुरक्षित करने की लड़ाई है, जिसे हम सभी क्षेत्रों के साथी मिल कर लड़ेंगे और कन्हर बाॅध विरोधी आंदोलन को सांगठनिक मज़बूती देंगे।
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    Tribal, forest workers protest against land acquisition ordinance, demand stay on Kanhar dam project


    Ashish Tripathi,TNN | Jun 12, 2015, 10.56 PM IST

    LUCKNOW: Tribal and left groups from across the state took part in a demonstration organized by the All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP) at Laxman Mela ground in the state capital on Friday against the land acquisition amendment ordinance of the Modi sarkar. 

    Organized as a part of AIUFWP's land rights movement, the protest saw tribal pledging to fight against the pro-corporate land acquisition amendment till their last breath. Apart from scraping the land amendment ordinance issued by the third time by NDA government after failing to get it pass through Rajya Sabha, the protesters demanded implementation of the Forest Rights Act and land rights for landless peasants and agricultural workers. 

    The leaders said that the Joint Parliamentary Committee examining the land ordinance should reach out to the farmers, tribal and workers of this country and hold wider consultations, public meetings and public hearings on the Bill, especially where local communities have been affected by past or present experiences of land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement like in Kalinga Nagar and Dhinkia to Narmada, Sompetta, Raigarh, Madurai, Mundra, Kanhar, Bhatta Parsaul, Jashpur and Dholera among others in different parts of the country. 

    The tribal also demanded end to state repression in Kanhar valley and action against those responsible for the police firing on villagers protesting peacefully in Sonbadhra on April 14 and 18, 2015, against illegal land acquisition in the Kanhar valley for construction of a dam. They said that the National Green Tribunal stay order on Kanhar Dam should be implemented and all leaders arrested for participating in protest must be released.


    Ms. Roma ( Adv)
    Dy. Gen Sec, All India Union of Forest Working People(AIUFWP) /
    Secretary, New Trade Union Initiative (NTUI)
    Coordinator, Human Rights Law Center
    c/o Sh. Vinod Kesari, Near Sarita Printing Press,
    Tagore Nagar
    District Sonbhadra 231216
    Uttar Pradesh
    Tel : 91-9415233583, 
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    Delhi off - C/o NTUI, B-137, Dayanand Colony, Lajpat Nr. Phase 4, NewDelhi - 110024, Ph - 011-26214538

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    आरटीआई कार्यकर्ता गुरु प्रसाद शुक्ला की हत्या के लिए भ्रष्टाचारी सपा
    सरकार जिम्मेदार- रिहाई मंच
    सूबे में हो रहा इंसाफ का कत्ल, अखिलेश फिल्मों की शूटिंग में मशगूल
    ट्रान्सफर पोस्टिंग के खेल ने साबित किया प्रदेश पुलिस है आपराधिक गिरोह
    अखिलेश सरकार पुलिस विभाग के भ्रष्टाचार और सपा जिलाध्यक्षों की आपराधिक
    रिकार्ड पर जारी करे श्वेत पत्र

    लखनऊ 13 जून 2015। रिहाई मंच ने कहा कि शाहजहांपुर में पत्रकार की हत्या
    के बाद जिस तरीके से बहराइच में आरटीआई कार्यकर्ता गुरू प्रसाद शुक्ला की
    दिन दहाड़े हत्या, आरटीओ चुन्नी लाल पर बेसिक शिक्षा एवं बालपुष्टाहार
    मंत्री कैलाश चैरसिया द्वारा थप्पड़ तानने और उन्हें जान से मारकर गंगा
    में फेंकने की धमकी ने साबित कर दिया है कि सपा सरकार इंसाफ मांगने की हर
    आवाज का कत्ल कर देना चाहती है। मंच ने कहा है कि उत्तर प्रदेश पुलिस के
    कई आईपीएस अधिकारियों और पूर्व डीजीपी ए. सी. शर्मा व ए. एल. बनर्जी तथा
    आगरा के समाजवादी पार्टी नेता शैलेन्द्र अग्रवाल की मिलीभगत से चल रहे
    ट्रान्सफर-पोस्टिंग के काले खेल की पूरी कलई जिस तरह से हर रोज परत
    दर-परत खुल रही है उसने सपा सरकार के काले कारनामों को एक बार फिर से
    बेनकाब कर दिया है। रिहाई मंच ने अखिलेश सरकार से उत्तर प्रदेश पुलिस
    विभाग के भ्रष्टाचार और सपा जिलाध्यक्षों की आपराधिक रिकार्ड पर श्वेत
    पत्र जारी करने की मांग करते हुए उनकी अवैध आय की जांच के लिए न्यायिक
    आयोग की गठन की मांग की है।

    रिहाई मंच के नेता राजीव यादव ने आरोप लगाते हुए कहा कि जगेन्द्र सिंह की
    हत्या के बाद अखिलेश यादव ने सपा के जिला अध्यक्षों की अगुवाई में
    दुष्प्रचार विरोधी टीम गठित करने के नाम पर सूबे में इंसाफ मांगने वालों
    की हत्या करने के लिए अपराधियों की एक संगठित टीम बनाई है। बहराइच के
    गौरा गांव में आरटीआई कार्यकर्ता गुरु प्रसाद शुक्ला की हत्या जिसकी
    तस्दीक करती है। एक जिम्मेदार मुख्यमंत्री होने के नाते होना तो यह चाहिए
    था कि तत्काल पत्रकार जगेन्द्र सिंह की हत्या, बलात्कार आरोपी और खनन
    माफिया मंत्री राम मूर्ति सिंह वर्मा को बर्खास्त करते हुए जेल की सलाखों
    के पीछे भेजते। पर अखिलेश यादव का यह कहना कि राज्य में विकास का माहौल
    है, फिल्मों की शूटिंग चल रही है, विदेशी निवेश कर रहे हैं, सौहार्द का
    माहौल है जो साबित करता है कि उनके मंत्रियों और पुलिस द्वारा हत्या
    रिश्वतखोरी में वह बराबर की भागीदार हैं। प्रदेश ही नहीं पूरा देश
    पत्रकार जगेन्द्र सिंह और आरटीआई कार्यकर्ता गुरु प्रसाद शुक्ला की हत्या
    पर स्तब्ध है और अंधेर नगरी का यह चैपट राजा फिल्मों की शूटिंग में मशगूल

    रिहाई मंच नेता हरे राम मिश्र ने कहा कि शैलेन्द्र अग्रवाल के पकड़े जाने
    के बाद जिस तरह से थानेदारों और इंस्पेक्टरों की ट्रान्सफर, पोस्टिंग और
    प्रमोशन में बीस-बीस लाख रुपए लेने की बात सामने आ रही है वह साबित करता
    है कि पूरा का पूरा पुलिस विभाग ही बिक चुका है। यह जांच का विषय है कि
    इन सब पुलिस अधिकारियों ने प्रमोशन के लिए कितने फर्जी एनकांउटर किए,
    फर्जी मुकदमें और नाजायज वसूली की, इन सब की भी गहराई से जांच की जाए।
    हरे राम मिश्र ने कहा कि आज उत्तर प्रदेश पुलिस में ट्रान्सफर-पोस्टिंग
    का खेल बड़े पैमाने पर चल रहा है और इसकी कमाई ऊपर बैठे सत्ता के लोगों
    तक जा रही है और यही वजह है कि चाहे वह कानपुर दंगे की माथुर जांच कमेटी
    में आरोपी बनाए गए ए. सी शर्मा हों या फिर हत्या का मुकदमा दर्ज होने के
    बाद खुले घूम रहे डीजीपी विक्रम सिंह और बृजलाल, इन लोगों की यही काली
    कमाई इनके लिए सुरक्षा कवच का काम करती है।

    रिहाई मंच राज्य कार्यकारिणी सदस्य अनिल यादव ने कहा कि उत्तर प्रदेश
    पुलिस में जिस तरह से अंडरवल्र्ड की तरह रिश्वत के लिए बकरा, मुर्गा,
    शर्ट, मिठाई आदि कोडवर्ड का प्रयोग किया जाता है वह साबित करता है कि
    उत्तर प्रदेश पुलिस आपराधिक गिरोह में तब्दील हो चुकी है। ऐसी भाषा तो
    फिल्मों में 'डी'कंपनी के माफिया इस्तेमाल करते हैं। उन्होंने कहा कि
    जिस तरह से महिलाओं के अश्लील फोटोग्राफ के कारोबार में क्राइम ब्रांच
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    Dalits Media Watch

    News Updates 13.06.15


    Two dalit youths shot dead in dispute over Rs 4- The Times Of India

    14-year-old girl's body found hanging from tree in Badaun- Hindustan Times

    Dalit-Adivasi Women Rise Up: A Swabhiman Yatra Across Odisha- Counter Current

    Two get life term for honour killing, judgment copy a week later- Hindustan Times

    New mines law: Opportunities galore for local growth- The Pioneer

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    The Times Of India

    Two dalit youths shot dead in dispute over Rs 4


    GHOORPUR (Allahabad): A clash over payment of mere Rs 4 turned deadly when a group of brahmans fired at two dalits, killing them, and injuring three others in Mohddinpur village in Ghoorpur, 25 km from Allahabad on Friday

    In the backlash that followed, angry dalit mobs set fire to the flour mill and a portion of the house of the people who had shot and killed the dalits. Four people, including the main accused, Suresh Dubey, were arrested, and heavy police force was deployed in the village.

    Rahul was a BSc student while Ashu had cleared his intermediate. Rajat and Vikas Bhartiya, and another youth injured in the attack, were admitted to a nursing home where their condition was said to be stable.

    Trouble began when Rajat (22) reached the flour unit of Suresh and Rakesh Dubey and demanded 154kg of flour that he had given them for grinding on Thursday.

    When Suresh told them the cost of grinding was Rs 154, Rajat paid him Rs 150 and said the remaining Rs 4 would follow. At this, Suresh began arguing with Rajat and allegedly made some coarse remarks. Rajat left and returned to the shop with Rs 20, and allegedly threw it at Suresh's face, asking him to take his Rs 4 and return the rest.

    Feeling insulted, Suresh and his brothers attacked Rajat with a sharp edged weapon, leaving him bleeding.


    Suresh then ran to his cousins Rahul, Ashu, Gulab, Vikas and others, exhorting them for revenge. When the relatives and other villagers saw Rajat bleeding, they moved towards Dubey's mill and surrounded the house and the shop.

    Sensing danger, Suresh took out his licensed double barreled gun and fired from the terrace twice, killing Rahul and Shubham instantly. Hearing the gun shots, other villagers came out of their houses and attacked and flour unit and set the house of Dubeys on fire.

    A case was lodged with Ghoorpur Police under relevant Sections. The licenced weapon used in the crime was seized. 

    Senior police officers including SP Ashutosh Mishra, rushed to the spot with heavy police force and brought the controlled the situation.


    Hindustan Times

    14-year-old girl's body found hanging from tree in Badaun


    A year after two Badaun cousins were found hanging from a tree in the village, the body of a 14-year-old Dalit girl was found hanging from an acasia tree in the Badaun region on Thursday evening, police said. The body had injury mark on the cheeks and neck, police said.

    The girl's father, however, did not want police action in the matter. Murder after rape was feared in the case, a source in the police department said.


    Police said that action would be taken on the basis of a post-mortem examination.


    A resident of Chichaita village, the girl went to a field near her house at around3pm on Thursday. When she did not return till late evening, her family members searched for her.


    The girl's father later found the body and took it down without informing the police.


    Police officer Satyadev Yadav said the girl's father had denied any enmity with anyone and stressed that he did not want any action in the matter.


    Counter Current

    Dalit-Adivasi Women Rise Up: A Swabhiman Yatra Across Odisha


    Dalit Adivasi Mahila Swabhiman Yatra travelled more than 3000 kms across 11 districts of Odisha, conducted more than 45 village/street meetings, several public rallies in towns and submitted memorandum at District Collectorate of all districts. The Yatra team comprising of Dalit leaders from Haryana, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, volunteers, leaders and cultural activists from Odisha and several Dalit Adivasi community women leaders who travelled from village to village, town to town, district to district are now witness to brutal and heinous crimes against Dalits & Adivasi's and Dalit women in particular.


    We have shed tears and shared pain with the victims – survivors and their family members. We have shared the grief of losing lives of young daughters, mothers and wives to the clutches of the evil caste system.


    The team has also expressed their anger and anguish at the utter failure of the Odisha police and administration in securing justice to the victims of caste violence. From wilful negligence of duties to the complicit in the violence against the women and young girls; and the indifference by the investigation officers, doctors, administrative officials was observed in several cases. It is shocking to note that the team came across with uncooperative police and officers who were unwilling to listen to the pleas of the victims-survivors.


    Asha Kowtal, Gen. Sec. All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch expressed her disgust saying, ' Past ten days in Odisha reveals the full spectrum of caste violence, particularly the women. To my utter shock, I have met survivors and victims of every sort of violence, including kidnap, rape, murder, sexual assault, stripping, naked parading, beating, verbal abuse, untouchability and discrimination.'


    Gayatri, a 27 year old rape survivor in Kendrapada district explained, ' I have been running from pillar to post demanding the arrest of the accused but there is nobody in the administration to hear my cries of justice. The perpetrator is scot free and I am struggling by myself to maintain my life and dignity.'


    Violence against Dalit women is often a tool in the hands of the dominant caste people to induce fear, maintain status quo, control access to resources and reinforce the caste hegemony. Bodies of Dalit women are often the sites on which caste wars are fought. We have observed this in Zabara village of Jajpur district in which women are fighting hard to to save the common grazing land. Many of the women said, ' Instead of arresting the accused, who created hell for us by beating our people, the police have filed false cases against us. How can we expect a safe, secure and dignified life, when the entire system is working against us?'


    Police inaction and purposeful negligence in the investigations reveal severe lapses in the implementation of the SC/ST PoA Act. Absolute lack of relief, legal support, compensations, pyscho social support has left the community in deep trauma, fear and state of hopelessness.


    Ms. Anju Singh, National Coordinator, AIDMAM exclaimed, ' Where should we Dalits and Adivasi's go to seek justice? This is a utter shame of the Odisha Government for turning a blind eye to the severe caste atrocities.


    What is the use of special legal provisions when none of them are of any meaning for me and my community?'


    We note that several instances of caste based violence against women. There is an increasing insecurity and vulnerability among the women and young children in different corners of Odisha such as the issues in a village in Jajpur district, where a small altercation involving Dalit youth led to violent attack by dominant caste people on Dalit colony; destroying houses and brutally assaulting the women and children. Worse still, the culprits went even to the extent; one of the Dalit women was stripped and paraded naked. She said, 'Not a single officer has visited us since the incident. In fact we are living in constant fear of the bullies. They have also imposed social boycott on us and we can't even go to the nearby shops. The violence has shattered our lives adding to already stricken by poverty..'


    Young wives and mothers of little children are battling alone in search of justice for their murdered and seriously injured husbands. Both in Kendrapada and Jajpur districts, we learnt that there is no financial compensation and relief, no legal support nor medical assistance provided while the perpetrators have impunity. It is sad to note the police have closed their eyes.


    In the recent chilling and inhuman case, there is no head way into the 15 years girl of Sargipally village in Bolangir district.


    Caste is not cultural, but criminal. The caste based gender violence perpetrators seem to think otherwise.


    These few instances of caste violence represent only the tip of the iceberg ! This cross section of cases of violence committed against Dalits Adivasi historically is deep seated in Odisha. Untouchability practices of various forms including discrimination in schools, anganwadi's, shops and hotels, access to water in public places, renting houses in villages and towns, entering places of worship are rampantly practised in many villages.


    There is huge surge of trafficking of young girls to other states due to rising of drop outs and abject poverty.


    Ajaya Kumar Singh, Convenor - Odisha Forum for Social Action said, ' For the last ten days, the Dalit Adivasi Mahila caravan that visited from villages to villages, towns to towns, meeting the victims survivors to community leaders; from civil society groups to district officials. There is an overarching fear and insecurity not just among the victims survivors but also among the dalit adivasi communities as the perpetrators of the caste based gender violence make mockery of criminal justice delivery system The executives and the police if not complicit remain indifference and callousness to the atrocities giving rise to untold sufferings and increased violences. The caste based gender violences could only be addressed if civil society and human rights groups come together to make the duty bearers accountable as well as right holders aware of the due rights and equality. Sure, the Yatra has brought in a new energy to carry on the struggles for equity and dignity.


    This 10 days caravan that ended in candle Rally in Bhubaneswar and intense mobilisation of community on the ground leaves us with the hope of collective action in breaking impunity by calling out the authorities to take immediate action in curbing violence against Dalit women and monitor the policies meant to protect and deliver justice to the victims-survivors.


    Our Demands:

    1. Govt must strengthen the institutional mechanism (Exclusive Special Courts) for the protection and security of Dalit and Tribal women in the state through establishing the special cell through allocating special budgetary package for the same.


    2. As the number of rape cases in Odisha is increasing day by day in the State, hence police must take proactive steps to create an atmosphere and environment to ensure that Dalits /Tribal girls and women are safe.


    3. It is saddening to note that, there are no head ways for horrible inhuman tragedy to the Dalit young girls of Sargipali village of Bolangir. Hence we demand a stringent and urgent action against those perpetrators.


    4. Adequate compensation and proper rehabilitation must be ensuring to the Atrocity victims along with a Govt job as per Rules 12(4) of SCs & STs (PoA).


    5. Special Component Plan should be legislated in the State of Odisha. 50% budget should be reserved for women and direct schemes for their empowerment should be introduced.


    6. Govt should amend the PoA Act and strengthen the implementation of PoA Act in the state.


    7. Stringent punishment should be given to the Govt officers for their wilful negligence of their duties & responsibilities on deliver justice to the victims-survivors of caste based gender violences.


    8. There is no representation of Dalits and Adivasi communities in all the existing commissions including Women Commission, Children Commission and other bodies; thus these commissions become cover up bodies rather ensure justice for the victims survivors even though they communities constitute nearly half of the population in the state.


    9. The sexual violence and pregnancy cases against Dalit and Tribal minor girls in SC/ST Ashram schools are continuously increasing in different districts in the state. Hence we demand that Govt must set up a strong monitoring mechanism to ensure that, these children are safe and well protected.


    10. Govt should establish hostels for the minority children of Dalit and Muslim origin in every block with a proportionate pre and post metric scholarship.


    11. The officials purposefully interpreted wrongly in the FRA to deny the land rights to Dalits, who have been inhabitated in the same areas for centuries. Thus, we demand the land rights for the Dalits in the same.


    12. It is a very sad thing that, due to the caste system and untochability practice in the state, the rented houses are not being provided to Dalits and Tribals resulting huge exclusion. Therefore Govt should amend the PoA to give justice to these marginalised communities in the state.


    Asha Kotwal, General Secretary, All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch, New Delhi


    Ajaya kumar Singh, Convenor, Odisha Forum for Social Action, Bhubaneswar


    Hindustan Times

    Two get life term for honour killing, judgment copy a week later


    A week ago, two middle-aged men were found guilty of honour killing and handed life terms by a city court. The court observed that the boy had been killed by the men because he was a different caste and had married one of their female relatives, despite objections.

    The convicts, the father of the girl Satpal Singh and her uncle Neeraj, were also slapped with fines of Rs 10,000 and Rs 20,000. Satpal was charged with conspiracy to commit murder and Neeraj was charged with murder and possession of an illegal firearm," said advocate Suresh Sisodia who is representing two co-accused in the case.


    The duo was sentenced by additional sessions judge Neena Bansal Krishna on June 6. The judge, however, till Friday had failed to supply a copy of the judgment and order to the accused, Sisodia said, delaying Neeraj and Satpal from filing an appeal.


    "The accused have a right to get a copy of the judgment convicting and sentencing on the same day, as per the law," says retired Delhi High Court Judge SN Dhingra.


    The case involves two college students — a Thakur girl and a scheduled caste boy — who fell in love while they were in Meerut college. The girl, who had suffered from polio in her childhood, later defied her family to marry Ashok Kumar. The couple later had a baby girl.


    Their happiness, however, was short lived.


    The girl's father Satpal and her uncle Neeraj tracked the couple down in late 2012. Once they had found their targets, the duo started making "threats to kill Ashok as he (Satpal) felt humiliated in his society due to this marriage," the police told the court.


    The couple then moved to Delhi's East Sagarpur area to try and get away from Singh and Neeraj. The girl there started working as a clerk in a defence company; while the guy Ashok was still looking for employment. On January 16, 2013, five men cornered Ashok near a railway line in Sagarpur and shot him dead.


    Neeraj was the first of the five gunmen to be identified and arrested. A gun was recovered from him, and ballistics matched its bullets to those found in Ashok's corpse A manhunt was launched for one of Neeraj's associates, 25-year-old Govind. The Delhi Police Commissioner had also declared a reward of Rs 30,000 for any information leading to his arrest .


    Then, on January 12, 2015, the police received information about Govind's whereabouts and located him in hiding in Uttam Nagar. A seven-member team lay in wait in the evening hours of the same day and apprehended him.


    During the trial, the woman turned hostile and refused to identify her uncle's accomplices.  As a result, Govind and Neeraj's other aide Rinku were acquitted for want of evidence.


    Neeraj is currently in Tihar Jail, while his lawyers await a certified copy of the court's order so they can prepare his appeal. The court is on its annual summer leave and is due to start working again in a fortnight.


    The Pioneer

    New mines law: Opportunities galore for local growth


    Saturday, 13 June 2015 | MANAS JENA | in Bhubaneswar


    The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Act, 2015 has brought a major institutional arrangement with the provision of District Mineral Foundation (DMF) as a nonprofit trust for ensuring welfare of the mining affected areas and the inhabitants.


    DMF is created under the provision of the Act, by insertion of section 9B to the principal Act, to work for the interest and benefits of persons and areas affected by mining related operations. Any district affected by mining related operation will have a DMF as a nonprofit body to be created by the State Government by notification.


    The State Government has to make rules regarding the composition and functioning of the trust. It is further said in the Act that while making rules, the Government has to be guided by the provisions of administration of scheduled area /tribal area and provisions of PESA 1996 and FRA 2006. The lease holders of major and minor minerals will have to pay to the DMF in the manner decided by both Centre in case of major minerals and by State in case of minor minerals.


    This DMF is going to play a major role in the development of mines area as well as the affected people there.


    The Government of Odisha has initiated the process to set up DMF in all mines bearing districts. As said by the Minister of Mines, it is decided by the State that Collectors of the respective district will be the Chairperson of the trust along with senior officials and representatives of the mining companies as its members but Government must include the local peoples representatives specially Adivasi, Dalit and women in such bodies to make it inclusive of all social groups in mining area.


    With the Chief Minister's order to the Rural Development Department to prepare a master plan for the development of mineral bearing districts such as Jharsuguda, Sundargarh, Keonjhar, Angul, Jajpur, Koraput, and Rayagda, the DMF has raises hopes high among the people in mines areas because this provision is created by law and a complete institutional mechanism is going to be established locally to address the interest of the people and the area which bears the impact of mining for last few decades. In the coming days, the mining operation will grow manifolds because the lease period has been extended to 50 years and the lease area will also be expanded.  There are a number of mining companies including the MNCs with FDI are already operating in Odisha for mining and mineral based industries. Odisha, being a mineral bearing State, is a favorable destination for companies. The DMF is going to play a major role in the overall development of the State including the mines area.


    Odisha has about 58 varieties of major minerals and 22 varieties of minor minerals with four major mineral belts.


    The coal belt covers central Odisha on the bank of river Mahanadi which include districts of Angul, Sambalpur, Jharasuguda and Sundargarh where about one third of the coal deposit of the country is available. The Sukinda chrome valley having 98 per cent of the chrome deposits of the country on the bank of river Brahmani in Jajpur and the adjacent areas of Keonjhar district, parts of Mayurbhanj and major parts of Sundargarh district constitute the chrome, iron ore and manganese belt. The south west Odisha includes Malkanagiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Balangiri, Kandhamal, Kalahandi  districts having 70 per cent of the bauxite  deposit along with tin, graphite and other minerals. The coastal mineral belt includes Ganjam and Puri district with minerals of sand and rare earth.


    Besides, natural gas, petroleum and metallic minerals have been identified in the Mahanadi delta and Puri –Brahamagiri belt. The Sundargarh district has highest number of mines followed by Keonjhar and Maurbhanj. Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Angul and Keonjahr are ahead of all districts in terms of displacement due to mining operation.


    Odisha is home to 10 per cent of the tribals of the country and 44 per cent of the total geographical area of the State is declared as fifth scheduled area inhabited by 62 tribal communities. About 60 per cent of the mines are in scheduled area and these areas are home to tribals,  Dalit and other farming communities. The last few decades of mining operation has impacted over life and livelihood of these communities who have been primarily depending on forest and agriculture base livelihood for survival. Along with displacement, they face huge loss of livelihood which resulted in landlessness, poverty, distress migration and unemployment.


    Since independence, in spite of people's movement and protest, a number of constitutional provisions such as PESA and TSP and protective laws for Adivasies are not being implemented by State and deliberately violated in many ways to benefit the mining companies operating in scheduled areas. In case of Samata Judgment, the Supreme Court order in the year 1997 to spend certain percentage of the profit for local area development, and similar provisions of periphery development, rehabilitation and resettlement are openly flouted. The funds earmarked for the purposes are not spent properly by any mining company in the absence of State monitoring of these provisions in the interest of the local people specially the Adivasies and other marginalised sections.


    The impact of mining on people's socio-economic and environmental condition, quality of life and standard of living in the State in general and mines areas in particular gives a negative picture as poverty and deprivation with environmental degradation are hallmarks in the mines bearing areas. Many studies have found that it is always the poor and marginalized mostly the Adivasis, Dalits, farmers, women and children are the worst sufferers. The majority of mining workers live in mining slums and their living condition has not been improved to a minimum standard. They have been deprived of getting basic minimum such as drinking water and housing in spite of organized trade unions intervention in mining areas. The majority of people in mining slums are Adivasies, who are mostly landless, homeless and depend on physical labour in mining. They have been made homeless in their own soil and face displacement directly and indirectly due to mining operation.


    Mining has been a major cause of deforestation, soil and water pollution with improper implementation of all environmental protection and pollution control laws. The temperature in mining area has gone high and the ground water table has gone down as well as the water bodies getting dried up. The mining areas become inhabitable due to both underground and open cast mining. There has been no refilling of abundant mining in major mineral area which is a matter of concern as it is prone to underground eruption and such other serious problem. The DMF funds can be used for creation of land by refilling the abundant mining and regenerating the waste land with soil and water treatment. It will bring back the devastated area into a habitable climatic zone by restoring the ecosystem. The land can be given back to the landless and farmers still depending on agriculture for livelihood.


    The State Government should use this opportunity to rebuild the mining areas by using such huge funds going to be available locally for the social and human development along with the eco system of the zone. The DMF should target basic things like health, education, communication and basic infrastructure focusing the most marginalized sections in mining area, and the affected core, buffer and periphery of the mining area. The district plans can be supported out of DMF funds for the overall development of the districts by integrating the development of the poor and mining areas of the districts. The districts like Keonjhar, Sundargarh, Mayurbhanj and Jajpur can be integrated as a zone by linking the development of the whole region. Similarly, the coal areas of Angul, Jharsuguda and Sundargarh can be combined into a common action plan. The undivided Koraput district can have a common development plan. The State may constitute a mines area development board to plan and coordinate all such developmental activities at State level by integrating all developmental plans of mining areas.


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    Yuva Samvad
    June 13 at 3:22am
    सदियाँ लग गयी थीं जब इस देश के हिंदुओं और मुसलमानों ने एक साथ मिलकर मिश्रित सभ्यता बनायीं थीं, यह एक ऐसा खूबी थी जिसे दुनिया की दूसरी सभ्यतायें हम से सीख सकती थीं।लेकिन ब्रिटिश शासकों ने भारत में आज़ादी की लड़ाई को नियंत्रित करने के लिए दोनों संप्रदायों के नेताओं में होड़ को पैदा करते हुए "फूट डालो और राज्य करो" की नीति पर अमल किया और योजनाबद्ध रूप से हिन्दू और मुसलमान दोनों संप्रदायों के प्रति शक को बढ़ावा दिया, अब आज हमारे अपने ही लोग ठीक वही काम कर रहे हैं और सांझेपन की इस बहुमूल्य पूँजी को तार–तार किये जा रहे हैं।
    रूबरू : एमआईएम और संघ परिवार की विभाजनकारी राजनीति

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    Kavita Tayade
    June 13 at 1:24am
    पत्रकार: बाबासाहेब, आपण, सुख आणि दुःख, मान आणि अपमान, अनंत अडचणीची पर्वा न करता दाबलेल्या (दबाये गये -Depressed Classes -अनुसूचित जाती, अनुसूचित जमाती, ओबीसी, व्ही.जे, एन.टी) लोकांच्या प्रगतीसाठी आपले संपूर्ण जीवन आयुष्याची चाळीस वर्ष (1916- 56) सामाजिक चळवळीत घालविले. 
    आपली चार मुले वेळेवर ओषधोपचार न मिळाल्यामुळे मरण पावली, तरीही आपण ह्या प्रचंड कौटुंबिक दुःखाला न डळमळता, धीर न सोडता आपले सामाजिक आंदोलन पुढे पुढे आपण ठरवलेत्या उदिष्टा कडे नेत गेलात. 
    आपल्या सामाजिक चळवळी चा (सामाजिक आंदोलन) काय परिणाम झाला आहे ? 

    बाबासाहेब: अमानवीय समाज व्यवस्थे मुळे हा माझा समाज अपमान आणि गुलामगिरी च्या मृतपाय अवस्थेत जगत होता. 
    ह्या माझ्या समाजात मी स्वाभिमान जागविला , माझ्या समाजात मी ही जी स्वाभिमानाची ज्योत पेटवली आहे, 
    मला आशा आहे, मी ही जी स्वाभिमानाची ज्योत पेटवली आहे, ज्योतीने माझा समाज ह्या अमानुष सामाजिक व्यवस्थे ला जाळुन राख केल्याशिवाय स्वस्थ बसणार नाही व ह्या असमानता, गुलामगिरी , अन्याय च्या अमानवीय समाज व्यवस्थे मधुन स्वतंत्र होतील. 
    हे माझे भाकित माझे लोक खोट ठरू देणार नाही, असा मला माझ्या लोकावर पुर्ण विश्वास आहे.

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    Media blacks out – Gang Rape and murder of Dalit Minor girl in Odisha #Vaw #WTFnews

    Posted by :kamayani On : June 13, 2015

    On 22 May 2015 morning, a Dalit minor girl Snehalata (15 years) went missing after she went to the river for bathing in Sargipali village, Khaprakhol block, BalangirOdisha.

    Next day late afternoon, her brutally violated and mutilated body was found 50 metres away from where she was picked.

    Till now, not a single arrest has been made.

    For more than a decade, Khaprakhol block has been a laboratory ofcaste terror of all kinds, while the perpetrators are given unprecedented impunity.

    Snehalata's gang rape and brutal murder is the latest in the long list of caste atrocities spreading unabated in the region.

    Coordination Committee Against Caste and Gender Violence, Balangir
    Contacts: 07751009775, 09937550439, 09439137893

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    Please read this comment by Hamid Mir in Naya Diganta 
    মোদির অর্ধসত্য ও মুক্তিবাহিনী
    হামিদ মীর
    ১৩ জুন ২০১৫,শনিবার, ০০:০০


    ভারতের প্রধানমন্ত্রী নরেন্দ্র মোদি সম্পূর্ণ সত্য বলেননি, বরং অর্ধসত্য বলেছেন। মোদির এ বক্তব্য সঠিক যে, ১৯৭১ সালে ভারত পাকিস্তান ভেঙে দেয়ার ব্যাপারে গুরুত্বপূর্ণ ভূমিকা পালন করেছে এবং ভারতের সেনাবাহিনী মুক্তিবাহিনীকে সহায়তা করেছে। তবে তার এ বক্তব্য সঠিক নয় যে, ১৯৭১ সালে তিনিসহ প্রতিটি ভারতীয় বাংলাদেশ প্রতিষ্ঠা চেয়েছিলেন। ঢাকায় দেয়া মোদির বক্তৃতা নিয়ে পাকিস্তানে বিতর্ক চলছে। পাকিস্তানের পররাষ্ট্র দফতরের মুখপাত্র কাজী খলিলুল্লাহ বলেছেন, মোদির বক্তব্যে পাকিস্তানের ওই ধারণাকেই সত্যায়ন করা হলো যে, পাক-ভারত উপমহাদেশে ভারতই সীমান্তে সন্ত্রাসের সূচনা করেছিল। জাতীয় অ্যাসেম্বলিতে বিরোধীদলীয় নেতা খুরশিদ শাহ বলেছেন, অপরাধ স্বীকারের পর পার্লামেন্টে তার বিরুদ্ধে প্রস্তাব পাস হওয়া উচিত। পার্লামেন্টে মোদির বক্তব্যের ওপর অবশ্যই আলোচনা করতে হবে, তবে এটাও মনে রাখতে হবে যে, মোদি পুরোটা সত্য বলেননি। মোদি অর্ধসত্য এমন এক অনুষ্ঠানে বলেছেন, যেখানে ভারতের সাবেক প্রধানমন্ত্রী অটল বিহারি বাজপেয়ীকে বাংলাদেশের স্বাধীনতা আন্দোলনে সমর্থন প্রদান করার কারণে অ্যাওয়ার্ড প্রদান করা হয়। বাজপেয়ি ১৯৭১ সালে ভারতের লোকসভায় বক্তৃতা করার সময় দাবি জানিয়ে বলেছিলেন, পাক সেনাবাহিনীর বিরুদ্ধে লড়াইরত বাঙালিদের সাহায্য করা হোক। বাজপেয়ি বাংলাদেশের প্রতিষ্ঠা সমর্থন করেননি। বাজপেয়ির অ্যাওয়ার্ড গ্রহণের জন্য মোদি ঢাকায় পৌঁছেন। তিনি সেখানে বাজপেয়ির আলোচনা কম করেছেন, নিজের কথা বেশি বলেছেন। ওই অনুষ্ঠানে মোদির এটা বলা ভুল হয়েছে যে, তিনি ১৯৭১ সালে বাংলাদেশের সমর্থক ছিলেন। তার দল বিজেপি ও কংগ্রেসের মাঝে অনেক মতবিরোধ রয়েছে, কিন্তু উভয় দলই অখণ্ড ভারতের দর্শনে বিশ্বাস করে। অখণ্ড ভারতের উদ্দেশ্য কী? অখণ্ড ভারতের দর্শনকে বোঝার জন্য মোদি ভারতের গুজরাট রাজ্যের সরকারি স্কুলগুলোর পাঠ্যসূচিতে পরিষ্কার লিখে দিয়েছেন, অখণ্ড ভারত বলতে শুধু ভারত নয়, বরং পাকিস্তান, আফগানিস্তান, নেপাল, ভুটান, তিব্বত, বাংলাদেশ, শ্রীলঙ্কা ও মিয়ানমারও অন্তর্ভুক্ত রয়েছে। মহাভারতের সমর্থক মালদ্বীপ ছাড়া আশপাশের সব দেশকে ভারত তার অংশ বানাতে চায়।
    ১৯৭১ সালের যুদ্ধে পাকিস্তানের পরাজয়ের পর ইন্দিরা গান্ধী তার এক বক্তৃতায় বলেছিলেন, ভারত দ্বিজাতিতত্ত্বকে সমুদ্রে নিপে করেছে। ইন্দিরা গান্ধীর ধারণা ছিল, পূর্ব পাকিস্তান পাকা ফলের মতো ভারতের ঝুলিতে এসে পড়বে। কিন্তু এমনটি হয়নি। পূর্ব পাকিস্তানের জনগণ ভারতে যুক্ত হওয়ার পরিবর্তে বাংলাদেশ গঠনের পথকে বেছে নেয়। বাংলাদেশের প্রতিষ্ঠা কায়েদে আযমের পাকিস্তানের জন্য একটি মর্মান্তিক ঘটনা তো অবশ্যই, তবে বাংলাদেশের প্রতিষ্ঠা অখণ্ড ভারতের স্বপ্নকেও ভেঙে দিয়েছিল। আর এ জন্য ভারতে এ কথা বলা হতে লাগল যে, ইন্দিরা গান্ধী এক পাকিস্তানকে শেষ করতে গিয়ে দু'টি পাকিস্তান বানিয়ে দিয়েছেন। আজো যদি আপনি বাংলাদেশে যান এবং সাধারণ বাঙালিদের সাথে কথা বলেন, তাহলে দেখবেন তারা বেশ গর্বের সাথে বলবে, পাকিস্তান আন্দোলনের সূচনা বাংলা থেকেই হয়েছিল। পাকিস্তানের সেনা স্বৈরশাসকদের বিরুদ্ধে আজো তাদের কিছু অভিযোগ রয়েছে। তারপরও তারা আজকের বাংলাদেশে বহু সমস্যার জন্য ভারতকেই দায়ী মনে করে।
    বেশির ভাগ পাকিস্তানির এটা জানা নেই যে, বাংলাদেশের স্বাধীনতার প্রথম ঘোষণা শেখ মুজিবুর রহমান নয়, বরং পাকিস্তান সেনাবাহিনীর একজন বিদ্রোহী অফিসার মেজর জিয়াউর রহমান চট্টগ্রামে দিয়েছিলেন। পরের দিন ভারতের প্রধানমন্ত্রী ইন্দিরা গান্ধী মেজর জিয়াউর রহমানের নেতৃত্বে বিদ্রোহ ঘোষণাকারীদের সাহায্যের ঘোষণা প্রদান করেন। এই মেজর জিয়াউর রহমান যখন বাংলাদেশের রাষ্ট্রপতি হন, তখন তিনি ভারতের পরিবর্তে পাকিস্তানের সাথে সম্পর্ক উন্নয়নে জোর দেন। তার বিধবা স্ত্রী বেগম খালেদা জিয়ার দল বিএনপি ও তার জোট অভিন্নমত পোষণ করে বলে ধারণা। বাংলাদেশে আওয়ামী লীগকে ভারতের বন্ধু মনে করা হয়। তবে আওয়ামী লীগের মধ্যে বিদ্যমান শিতি শ্রেণী বাংলাদেশের স্বরাষ্ট্র ও পররাষ্ট্রনীতিতে ভারতের নিয়ন্ত্রণের কট্টর বিরোধী।
    বাংলাদেশের শিতি সমাজে ভারত সম্পর্কে সতর্কতা, সন্দেহ ও দ্বিধার বেশ কয়েকটি কারণ রয়েছে। তন্মধ্যে বড় কারণ হচ্ছে, মুক্তিবাহিনীর সর্বাধিনায়ক জেনারেল এম এ জি ওসমানীর (মোহাম্মদ আতাউল গনি ওসমানী) সাথে প্রতারণা। জেনারেল ওসমানী মূলত পাকিস্তান সেনাবাহিনীর একজন অবসরপ্রাপ্ত কর্নেল ছিলেন। ১৯৬৫ সালের যুদ্ধে তিনি জিএইচকিউতে মিলিটারি অপারেশনের ডেপুটি ডাইরেক্টর ছিলেন। ১৯৬৭ সালে অবসর গ্রহণের পর তিনি আওয়ামী লীগে যোগদান করেন। ১৯৭০ সালের নির্বাচনে সিলেট থেকে পাকিস্তানের জাতীয় পরিষদের সদস্য নির্বাচিত হন। জেনারেল ইয়াহিয়া খান, জেনারেল টিক্কা খান ও জেনারেল এ এ কে নিয়াজি কোয়েটার স্টাফ কলেজে ওসমানীর সাথে কাজ করেছেন। শেখ মুজিবুর রহমানকে জেনারেল ইয়াহিয়া খানের সাথে আলোচনায় প্রস্তুত করতে জেনারেল ওসমানীও বেশ গুরুত্বপূর্ণ ভূমিকা পালন করেন। কিন্তু আলোচনা সফল হয়নি। যখন লেফটেন্যান্ট জেনারেল সাহেবজাদা ইয়াকুব আলী খানকে সেনা অভিযানের নির্দেশ দেয়া হলো, তখন তিনি অপারগতা প্রকাশ করলেন। তিনি ইস্তফা দিয়ে পশ্চিম পাকিস্তান ফিরে যান। এরপর শেখ মুজিবুর রহমানকে গ্রেফতার করা হলে জেনারেল ওসমানী ছদ্মবেশ ধারণ করে ঢাকা থেকে সিলেট চলে যান। তিনি ইস্ট বেঙ্গল রেজিমেন্টের অফিসারদের সাথে মিলে সশস্ত্র বিদ্রোহের পরিকল্পনা গ্রহণ করেন। ১৯৭১ সালের এপ্রিলে তাজউদ্দীন আহমদ বাংলাদেশের প্রবাসী সরকারের প্রধান হন। তিনি জেনারেল ওসমানীকে মুক্তিবাহিনীর সর্বাধিনায়ক মনোনীত করেন। মুক্তিবাহিনীর বেশির ভাগ কমান্ডার মূলত ইস্ট বেঙ্গল রেজিমেন্টের বিদ্রোহী অফিসার ছিলেন। তন্মধ্যে মেজর জিয়াউর রহমানও ছিলেন। ভারত থেকে মুক্তিবাহিনীর জন্য অস্ত্র ও আর্থিক সহযোগিতা আসত, কিন্তু মুক্তিবাহিনীর মধ্যে নির্দেশ চলত জেনারেল ওসমানীর। ভারত সরকার মুক্তিবাহিনীকে দুর্বল করার জন্য 'মুজিব বাহিনী'গঠন করেছিল। যারা জেনারেল ওসমানীর নির্দেশ মানত না। 'মুজিব বাহিনী'র কারণে ওসমানী ও ভারতের সেনাবাহিনীর মাঝে মতভেদ সৃষ্টি হয়েছিল। ওসমানীর ধারণা ছিল, ভারতের সেনাবাহিনী মুক্তিবাহিনীর পরিশ্রমকে হাইজ্যাক করতে চায়। ১৯৭১ সালের ১৬ ডিসেম্বর ঢাকায় অস্ত্র সমর্পণ অনুষ্ঠান থেকে জেনারেল ওসমানীকে দূরে রাখা হয়। জেনারেল ওসমানীর ভাবনা ছিল, ঢাকার আশপাশে পাকিস্তানের সেনাবাহিনীর বিরুদ্ধে ভারতের সেনাবাহিনী নয়, বরং মুক্তিবাহিনী লড়াই করেছিল। তাই তিনি ঢাকা যাবেন এবং ভারতের সেনাবাহিনীকে ঢাকায় অভ্যর্থনা জানাবেন। ১৬ ডিসেম্বর সকালে তিনি হেলিকপ্টারে ঢাকায় রওনা দিয়েছিলেন। সিলেটের কাছেই মাটি থেকে তার হেলিকপ্টার ল্য করে গুলি ছোড়া হয়। তার সঙ্গী কর্নেল এম এ রব আহত হন। যে এলাকায় হেলিকপ্টারে গুলিবর্ষণ করা হয় সেই এলাকাটি ভারতের সেনাবাহিনীর নিয়ন্ত্রণে ছিল। ওসমানী হেলিকপ্টার মাটিতে অবতরণ করালে সেখানে ভারতের সেনাবাহিনী উপস্থিত ছিল। ওসমানী ভারতের সেনাবাহিনীর অফিসারদের বললেন, তাকে যেন ঢাকায় পৌঁছে দেয়া হয়। কিন্তু এমনটি হয়নি। অস্ত্র সমর্পণের দস্তাবেজে ওসমানী স্বার করতে পারেননি। ফলে বাংলাদেশের স্বাধীনতা আন্দোলনের ক্রেডিট মুক্তিবাহিনীর পরিবর্তে ভারতের সেনাবাহিনী অর্জন করে নেয়।
    ১৯৭১ সালে ঢাকা পতনের কয়েকটি গুরুত্বপূর্ণ দিক আজো পাকিস্তানের জনগণের কাছে গুপ্ত রয়েছে। আমরা এটা জানার প্রয়োজনটাও অনুভব করি না যে, শেখ মুজিব ১৯৬৪ সালে প্রেসিডেন্ট নির্বাচনে মুহতারামা ফাতেমা জিন্নাহর পোলিং এজেন্ট ছিলেন। ১৯৭০ সালের নির্বাচনে মমতাজ দৌলতানা ও সরদার শওকত হায়াতকে পূর্ব পাকিস্তান থেকে মুসলিম লীগের জন্য ২০টি আসনের প্রস্তাব করেছিলেন। অথচ ১৯৭১ সালের সেনা অভিযানের পর বাংলাদেশের সমর্থক কিভাবে হলেন? আমাদের এটা জানারও কোনো প্রয়োজন নেই যে, মুক্তিবাহিনীর সর্বাধিনায়ক মূলত পাকিস্তানের জাতীয় পরিষদের নির্বাচিত সদস্য ছিলেন। এরপরও তিনি পাকিস্তানের বিরুদ্ধে বিদ্রোহ কেন করলেন? ১৯৭২ সালে জেনারেল ওসমানীকে চার তারাবিশিষ্ট জেনারেলের পাশাপাশি কেন্দ্রীয় ক্যাবিনেট মন্ত্রী বানানো হয়। কিন্তু শেখ মুজিবের জীবদ্দশাতেই ওসমানী ক্যাবিনেট থেকে পদত্যাগ করেন। শেখ মুজিবের মৃত্যুর পর তিনি আওয়ামী লীগ ছেড়ে দিয়ে জাতীয় জনতা পার্টি গঠন করেন। ১৯৮৩ সালে তিনি ক্যান্সারে আক্রান্ত হয়ে ইন্তেকাল করেন। ভারতের সেনাবাহিনীর ধোঁকা ও প্রতারণার কাহিনী বুকে নিয়ে এই দুনিয়া থেকে তিনি চলে যান। জেনারেল ওসমানীর সাথে ১৯৭১ সালের ১৬ ডিসেম্বর যা হয়েছিল, তা মোদির ওই অপ্রকাশিত অর্ধসত্যের প্রতিচ্ছবি। মোদি বাংলাদেশের সমর্থক ছিলেন না। বরং পূর্ব পাকিস্তানকে অখণ্ড ভারতের অন্তর্ভুক্ত করতে চেয়েছিলেন। কিন্তু অখণ্ড ভারত ধারণা পরাজয় বরণ করেছে।
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    Modi all set to PRIVATISE the lifeline,Indian Railway!

    Debroy committee suggests corporatization of Railways

    Panel's interim report suggests separation of roles of operation, regulation and policy making in the sector

    Excalibur Stevens Biswas

    [PDF]Interim Report of the Committee for Mobilization of ...

    Policy making is not to concern the cabinet and legislation has to do nothing with the Parliament.The total Privetization,Total FDI and Total disinvestment TRISHUL of RSS Fascist governement of Hindu streamlined on making in Gujarat model.

    An official panel's recommendation to allow private players in Railways has met with strong opposition from employees' union which has given a call for observing "black day" on June 30 across the country. "We have decided to observe black day on June 30 all over the country by wearing black badges," said Shiv Gopal Mishra, General Secretary, All India Railway Federation. 

    Terming it as a "clear roadmap for privatisation", Mishra said, "We hope that the Debroy report will not be accepted by the government." 

    However,Railway workers' union trashes Bibek Debroy report on restructuring

    According to NFIR, it is not desirable to experiment with FDI and private players in infrastructure without building massive railway infrastructure first!

    But as it happened since 1991,trade unions guided by corporate funded Parliamentary politics may not resist PRIVATIZATION of Indian lifeline which is virtually already PRIVATIZED as far as Railway services are concerned.

    However,Scrap Bibek Debroy report on railway restructuring, say trade unions!

    BAGULA expert committees consisting of private parties constituted and their reports are final for the KILL the Public Sector Units,PSUs selected for disinvestment.

    Railway Minister Prabhuji just rolled the ball in the court and the game starts.However,Modiji with his dream project of bullet trains have already declared the war against Indian Railway which in no more so public as every thing is managed by private companies for example Ticket Booking,Track maintenance, infrastructre, passenger services,catering and so on.Only Operation and Signaling to be managed by Ralway employees and the drives and guards,ticket checkers have not lost their job and  trains with  Railway stations still remain public property.

    Thus,the committee headed by economist Bibek Debroy has recommended corporatization of the railway board and separation of roles of policy making, regulation and operations suggesting that the ministry of railways be only responsible for policymaking.

    In its interim report that has been put on the ministry's website for feedback, the committee suggested forming an independent regulator for economic regulation and a railway infrastructure company that will own the railway infrastructure, thus de-linking both from the railways.
    Bibek Debroy is a permanent member of the NITI Aayog.

    The Bibek Debroy committee on the proposed restructuring of Indian Railways (IR) has recommended  private sector participation in projects and setting up an independent regulator to promote competition in the segment.Businee Standard reports.

    The final report of the panel has not yet been given but is ready.

    "It needs to be understood that this committee does not recommend privatisation of IR," the panel clarifies. "It does, however, endorse private entry, with the provision of an independent regulator," officials said the committee had said in its final report.

    The panel also said that if all its recommendations highlighted for the first five years -- creation of a independent regulator, reorganisation of the Railway Board, reorganisation of Group A railway services, revision of dividend policy and many others -- are implemented and issues related to social costs are addressed, the annual railway budget could be phased out. The Gross Budgetary Support (GBS) to IR could be mentioned as a paragraph in the Union Budget and no more.

    One basic change between the interim and final report of the committee, officials said, is on the powers of rail general managers and divisional railway managers to choose the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Railway Protection Special Force (RPSF). In both cases, the interim report had said this should be separated from the core function of IR, which is to run trains. However, in the final report, officials say the committee said the entire cost of the General Railway Police should be borne by the state government concerned. Else, GMs and DRMs should be given adequate freedom to choose between private security agencies and RPF for security on the trains.

    Similarly, in the case of railway schools, the Committee suggested educational needs be met through subsidising their education in alternative schools, including Kendriya Vidyalayas and private schools, rather than hiring educationists on the rolls of IR.

    For medical services, an official said the committee suggets GMs and DRMs and even other employees get the option of choosing either services offered through the Indian Railway Medical Services (IRMS) or privately empanelled practitioners.

    "For preventive and curative health care of employees, the choice might be extended to the CGHS (Central Govt Health Scheme) framework and subsidised health care in private hospitals, which should not be restricted to referral services," the official said.

    The committee also recommended expanding the powers of station managers, also known as station superintendents, and not limiting these to commercial powers.

    It also gave a firm timeframe to achieve the recommendations, which are divided into one span of five years and another of more than five years. In the first five years, it suggested major initiatives like reorganisation of the Railway Board, creation of an independent regulator, reorganisation of Group 'A' railway services, revision of dividend policy, etc.

    For the next five years, it envisages a scenario where IR has six production units, each headed by a GM, all production units are placed under a government Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), whose directors are chosen through the Public Enterprises Selection Board, coaches  and locomotives are produced in the private sector and the independent regulator resolves access to track issues for not only private train operators but also for IR zones, which compete with each other.

    The panel said its recommendations had three pillars -- commercial accounting, changes in human resource (HR) policy and the independent regulator. The regulator will have quasi-judicial powers, with the functions of rate and safety regulation, fair access regulation, service standard regulation and licensing, and setting technical standards.

    It also recommended bringing all the zonal construction organisations under the umbrella of one or more public sector units in the railways.

    "The VII pay commission in 2016 would further push up the staff costs and pension costs, which will have serious financial implications on the railways. Thus, there is an urgent need to rationalise the manpower," the committee has said. Also, to ensure IR appropriates more money to the Depreciation Reserve Fund, the committee has recommended a review of the dividend policy and provides it a GBS net of the dividend payment.

    Officials said the Debroy panel has also called for separation of social objectives and their costs – Rs 25,000 crore annually -- for IR from commercial considerations. The committee also asked for adopting the Kakodkar committee's recommendations to improve safety.

    IR, it says, must also tap into extra-budgetary sources of funding such as multilateral funding agencies. And, change its investment strategy through ring-fenced investments in high-yield projects. Also, more remunerative activities like station development must be separated as SPVs involving the states.

    Media reports:Angry about the recommendations of the Bibek Debroy-led panel,  Railway trade unions are planning to launch mass demostrations and large scale rallies in protest. They are also demanding scrapping of the report that recommends "privatisation in the name of liberalisation". 

    "A bare perusal of the report reveals that the committee in the name of liberalisation has recommended entry of new operators into railway operations, that is, privatisation," said Guman Singh, President of National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR), which represents more than 80% of Indian Railways' over 1.3 million workers.

    The federation's press secretary also said the unions' brass has given clear directions to its affiliates to arrange mass demonstrations, large scale protest rallies and press conferences to express the anger of the railway employees against the recommendations of the committee.

    NITI Ayog member Bibek Debroy had on Friday submitted his report on the restructuring of the railway board and mobilisation of resources for railway projects to the rail ministry. He is also expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the weekend to brief him about the recommendations.
    While Debroy has recommended liberalisation of railways and sought to define liberalisation separately from privatisation in the report, he has also said that entry of private players into the system is already provided by the extant policy. 

    Trade unions fear any effort at bringing in private players into railway operations would jeopardise workers' jobs and negatively impact railways' financial health.

    The Debroy panel has also recommended setting up an independent regulator, merging of the eight existing Group A railway services, rationalising of the workforce and restructuring of Indian Railwayson the lines of British railways. 

    Unions complain Debroy did not examine the actions of successive governments in starving the railways of investments and instead blamed the workforce for its problems.

    NFIR said it is not desirable to experiment with FDI and private players in infrastructure without building massive railway infrastructure first and in his euphoria for a roadmap, Debroy ignored the shortcomings of European railways including the failed privatisation model of British Railways. 

    "Restructuring cannot be an exercise subjected to such a 'disastrously confused perspective' of connecting the current state of affairs with what is desired for the future," the union said in its comments on the report.

    The other influential union, All India Railway Federation (AIRF) has also called for observing June 30 as "Black Day" in protest of the Debroy report. AIRF General Secretary Shiv Gopal Mishra termed the report as clear roadmap for privatisation and hoped its recommendations are not accepted by the government.
    The committee recommends that the railway board function like a corporate board for railways. The chairman of the railway board should be like a chief executive officer, it said, and the composition of the railway board should be changed to five members (traction and rolling stock, passenger and freight business, human resources and stores, finance and PPP, and infrastructure) and two independent experts.
    Suggesting decentralization of decision-making powers it says the head of each zone (general manager) must be fully empowered to take all necessary decisions without reference to the railway board.
    The railway ministry had in September 2014 constituted this eight-member committee for the mobilization of resources for major railway projects and restructuring of railways under then railway minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda, who felt that the railway board had become unwieldy because of overlapping roles of policy formulation and implementation.
    The Debroy committee's recommendations lay down the direction of the reforms required to turn around the national carrier.
    "There should be clear division of responsibility between the Government of India and railway organizations. The ministry will only be responsible for policy for the railway sector and the parliamentary accountability and will give autonomy to the IR (Indian railways)," said the committee in its report.
    The larger thrust of the recommendations is to make the railways attractive for private sector participation.
    Apart from creation of an independent regulator and corportization of the railways, the Debroy committee recommends that the railways move away from non-core activities like production and construction, leaving room for private entry. It suggests separation of rail track from rolling stock with two independent organizations responsible for these.
    "Private sector participation can be implemented in the form of service contracts, management contracts, leasing to the private sector, leasing from the private sector,concessions, joint ventures and private ownership," the report said.
    Importantly, the committee has suggested the formation of a railway infrastructure company in the form of a special purpose vehicle that will own the railway infrastructure be created.
    "The creation of such a railway infrastructure company makes the market for operating trains contestable," the report said.
    Media reports:The Bibek Debroy committee's report on ways to restructure and modernise Indian Railways has come in for severe criticism from the leading employees union, National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR).

    In a 32-page letter to Debroy, NFIR has trashed most of the recommendations, including introduction of foreign direct investment (FDI) and private partnership in operations, formation of a regulatory authority and revamping the railway board through its bifurcation, made by the NITI-Aayog member.

    NFIR has alleged Debroy did not examine the actions of successive governments in starving the railways of investments and deliberately withholding passenger fare hikes through a decade. "For instance, when fares were raised and withdrawn during one Railway Budget, the loss was around Rs 7,000 crore. The organisation is not responsible for the investment-starved situation," the union said.

    According to NFIR, it is not desirable to experiment with FDI and private players in infrastructure without building massive railway infrastructure first.  It argues political compulsions and commitments are responsible for slowing down of the railway network and train speeds and not the railway workforce.

    "In its euphoria to provide a new road map for the Railways, with private players pitching in, perhaps the committee has failed to go deep into these initiatives on the European railways, whose tariffs soared, and most of the rail systems such as the one in Britain still provide huge subsidies to infrastructure companies, which remain State-owned," the letter said.

    The union also invoked British author and railway historian Christian Wolmar to highlight the failed privatisation experiment in the British Railways, which has been recommended by Debroy. Wolmar had stated that "privatisation and fragmentation had created a dysfunctional (British) Railways, as it was undertaken for ideological and financial reasons with little consideration of passengers.

    Interestingly, the union has also claimed that either the inputs for the Debroy panel were hurriedly taken from the railway board or sufficient time was not spent in understanding what was supplied.

    "For instance, a table at Page 66 of Debroy report wrongly shows Parbhani as another Division under South Central Railway, whereas it has only 6 Divisions-Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Guntur, Guntakal and Nanded," NFIR contended.

    Dismissing Debroy's argument in favour of increasing competition by introduction of new players, NFIR argued his report has ignored how, thanks to massive gauge conversion exercise since 1990s, Indian Railways has managed to successfully increase freight volumes without substantial increase in route kilometre.

    "There are certain elements of discord and inconsistency within the report. For instance, it is stated the committee does not recommend privatisation of IR except in very specific non-core segments and goes on to state that privatisation is to be implemented as liberalisation' while deliberating on rationalising production of rolling stock, which is essentially a core segment of IR. This is basically the irony of the entire report," NFIR said.

    The union has also cautioned against the negative impact of introducing PPP at a time when projects worth Rs 1.86 lakh crore to be implemented under the mode are virtually stalled. "Restructuringcannot be an exercise, which can be subjected to such a disastrously confused perspective of connecting the current state of matters with what can be actually and effectively desired for the future," the letter stated.

    Criticising the Debroy panel for failing to understand the real reason for a regulatory body, NFIR has argued: "The necessity is perhaps of not a 'regulatory' mechanism but of an automatically processed routing-and-rating system in-built within the IR. Similarly, if pension liability is 'unbundled' from IR's liability, staff costs would sound almost menial."

    The union has said Debroy panel missed the crux of the issue – unlike many other railways in the world, railways has not had a connection between the volume of freight carried on a line and the freight rate fixed for that line.  

    The letter also states that Debroy has also wrongly concluded that railways is to be freed from certain activities in order to concentrate on core business. It asks the committee to appreciate that self-sufficiency is essential in production and maintenance of locomotives and coaches and entrusting railways' activities to outside agencies would dilute quality of service

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    No place for "anti-Indians" in Bangladesh!

    It is surprising but true, according to a BSS news item of June 5, 2015, veteran Awami League leader Suranjit Sengupta while terming BNP as an "anti-Indian" party  asserted: "There will be no place for any 'anti-Indian' in Bangladesh". As believers in the freedom of expression, we must not have any qualms with his portrayal of BNP as "anti-Indian", but we can never condone his undemocratic assertion, which is tantamount to justifying proscription of a political party, and expelling "anti-Indians" from Bangladesh. We do not know what Mr Sengupta meant by "no place for any 'anti-Indian' in Bangladesh", but we know the ominous implications of such irresponsible remarks. He sounded undemocratic, and promoter of one-party rule.
    Blaming the victim could be an easy option, but not always. Victims and aggrieved people – for genuine reasons or because of perceived victimization by others – often resort to undemocratic methods of protest, including violence and terrorism. We have many examples of violent protests by perceived or real victims of oppression in the history of ethno-national uprisings, revolutions, and failed rebellions. The ongoing violence and terrorism in the world in the name of Islam may be cited in this regard.
    I am not sure if Mr Sengupta, his party people and followers have even thought of the implications of kicking out all so-called "anti-Indian" people from Bangladesh. The nation is already fractured and over-polarized; people having very little tolerance, mutual trust and respect for each other. Bangladesh can no longer afford further polarization of people between "patriots" and "enemies". Drawing the synonymy between "anti-Bangladeshi" and "anti-Indian" is not different from dogmatic Islamists' drawing a parallel between secular Muslims and "enemies of Islam".
    We have so many examples of divisive lines between "good" and "evil", drawn arbitrarily by ruling elites, colonial powers, religious extremists, throughout history: between Patricians and Plebeians; Aryans and non-Aryans; Christians and pagans; Europeans and "Natives"; White and Black; Germans and Jews; Pakistanis and anti-Pakistanis; Muslims and non-Muslims, etc. And Bangladesh is already polarized between "pro-" and "anti-Liberation" people. Unfortunately, Mr Sengupta's rhetoric is not different from what Hindu extremists in India say publicly about Indian Muslims, who they believe should either go to Pakistan or be sent to the Qabarstan (graveyard).
    Before considering all "anti-Indians" in Bangladesh as "anti-Bangladeshis", Mr Sengupta should have done some homework to find out as to why and how many Bangladeshis started harbouring anti-Indian sentiment soon after the creation of their country with direct help and support from India. Not only pro-Pakistanis but many pro-Liberation Bangladeshis started swelling the ranks of anti-Indian people and organizations under the leadership of Maulana Bhashani. One wonders as to why the young, popular, and charismatic Sengupta, who was an MP in the 1970s, never ever portrayed Bhashani and other avowedly anti-Indian people as "enemies of Bangladesh"! One may recall Bhashani's leading the historic Farakka March in 1976, demanding Bangladesh's due share in the Ganges water.
    Since India has problematic relations with all its immediate neighbours (except tiny Maldives), people in the neighbouring countries love to hate India. Bangladesh is not an exception in this regard. For all the right and wrong reasons, many pro-independence, liberal, secular and left-oriented Bangladeshis turned anti-Indian, not long after the Liberation. They imputed the post-Liberation socio-economic and political crises to India's "colonial designs and ambitions".
    There are so many other issues besides the Farakka, Teesta and Tipaimukh that embittered the Indo-Bangladesh relations. One cannot just sweep them under the carpet. One knows how India harboured, armed and sent dissidents to destabilize Bangladesh following the August 1975 coup. The whole world knows who armed, trained and sheltered thousands of Shanti Bahini guerrillas to bleed Bangladesh, almost for two decades up to the late 1990s. One may mention Indian Border Security Force's (BSF) incursions in 2001, and the killing of scores of unarmed Bangladeshis (presumably smugglers) by BSF troops at the border, till the recent past.
    Thus there is nothing surprising about the rise and growth of anti-Indian sentiment in Bangladesh. Similarly, one cannot blame Indian nationals for harbouring anti-Bangladeshi sentiment for various reasons. The BNP Government's controversial role in harbouring, arming and promoting ULFA militants to bleed India, may be mentioned in this regard.
    In view of this, nobody has the right to force Bangladeshis to shun sentiments that question India's role and actions, let alone consider them "anti-Bangladeshi" or even worse, personae non grata, as Mr Sengupta has done, hopefully unwittingly. We know there are people almost everywhere who harbor serious suspicions against their neighbours across the border. There are even people who hate their own countries. Some Americans are publicly anti-American; many Scottish and Quebecers want independence; and they do so with impunity. This is what democracy and freedom of expression are all about.
    Last but not least, despite Prime Minister Modi's promises to Bangladesh – especially during his recent state visit to the country – about the latter's right to its due share of water in the common rivers, the way India has been dillydallying to implement the over-promised and overdue Teesta Agreement for the last four years, and took 41 years to ratify the LBA, many Bangladeshis neither trust India nor expect any fair deal from it in the foreseeable future. In this backdrop and if nothing changes dramatically, it will be difficult to stop Bangladeshis from turning "anti-Indian", and it is absurd to portray them as "enemies of Bangladesh", hence personae non grata.
    The writer teaches security studies at Austin Peay State University. Sage has recently published his latest book, Global Jihad and America: The Hundred-Year War Beyond Iraq and Afghanistan.

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    Where do Ram and Allah Live?

    Ram Puniyani


    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made it a point to keep visiting temples when visiting other countries. His visit to Dhakeshwari Mandir and Ramkrishna Math in Bangla Desh were part of his itinerary (June 2015). On the heels of this he is planning to visit the oldest mosque in India. This happens to be Cheraman Jama Masjid in Thrissur in Kerala. Contrary to the present perception and propaganda that Islam came to India with Muslim kings with sword in one hand and Koran in the other, the initial Islam in India came via the Arab traders in Kerala to begin with. It is due to this that the first mosque in India came up in Kerala. Wikipedia gives the brief history of this mosque. There were trade relations between India and Arabia. Arabian trader used to come to Malabar Coast even before the advent of Islam. With the rise of Islam in Saudi Arabia, the traders brought this faith with them. "Cheraman Perumal, the Chera king, went to Arabia where he met the Prophet and embraced Islam and changed his name to Tajuddin. From there he had sent letters with Malik Ibn Dinar to his relatives in Kerala, asking them to be courteous to the latter. In the 7th Century, a group of Arabs led by Malik Bin Deenar and Malik bin Habib arrived in north Kerala and constructed a Masjid at Kodungalloor, naming it after their contemporary Cheraman Perumal.


    This interesting peep in to the history; when the issues related to mosque, church and temple is very much in the air; should help us to delink religion from politics. Modi's associates within BJP and with RSS family (Sakshi Maharaj and the like) have begun asserting that Ram Temple will be built soon at the site where Babri Mosque was demolished. As Modi led NDA Government came to power we witnessed a series of attacks on Churches in Delhi, which many tried to pass off as series of thefts, despite the fact that not much was stolen; only damages were there, religious symbols were desecrated. The trend continues. In Atali in Haryana the violence was unleashed and the half built mosque was destroyed. In Rajagir (Bihar) the issue of holy place is being raked up. Subramniam Swami of BJP is facing a court case for saying that Temple is a holy place but mosque is not a holy place.


    The communal politics has been built around the issues related to identity. Even during freedom movement when the communal streams (Muslim League-Hindu Mahasabha-RSS) came up the issues related to pig in the mosque and beef in temple were made the pretext of violence. In Independent India the story begins with Ram Temple issue in the decade of 1980s when BJP made it a political issue. Its seeds were sown in 1949 when some miscreants installed Ram Lalla Idol in the mosque. The rest is history. The culmination of this has been that the Allahabad High Court gave the verdict on the ownership of land on the grounds of faith of majority community, and divided it into three parts. The judgment was a precedent of sorts as faith became the base of judgment. The matters are pending in Supreme Court but to keep the pot boiling VHP-BJP has started making noises for construction of temple.


    There is a long trajectory of incidents related to mosque-temple-dargah. Disputes have been constructed around them systematically. In Karnataka the Baba Budan Giri dargah was claimed to be the Datta Peetham. In Hyderabad near Charminar, Bhgyalaxmi temple is gradually being extended to be dangerously close to the Charminar. In Madhya Pradesh Kamaal Maula Masjid in Dhar has been claimed to be Bhojshala. In most of these places the campaigns were launched and polarization around these was brought in leading to electoral benefit to BJP at most of the places.


    Historically it is amusing to see that while kings had diverse policies towards the holy places, the communal historiography which became prevalent looked at Muslim kings as destroyers of temples. This irrespective of the fact the Kings were there to rule primarily for power and wealth, religion being incidental to their policies. Emperor Asoka was the only king who worked for spreading his religion, Buddhism. Kings also could not rule just on the strength of sword and had to respect the faith and feelings of their subjects. That's how we see that Babar in his will to Humanyun writes "Son, this Nation Hindusthan has different Religions. Thank Allah for giving us this Kingdom. We should remove all the differences from our heart and do justice to each community according to its customs. Avoid cow-slaughter to win over the hearts of the people of this land and to incorporate the people in the matters of administration. Don't damage the places of worship and temples, which fall in the boundaries of our rule. Evolve a method of ruling whereby all the people of the kingdom are happy with the King and the King is happy with the people."



    Tipu Sultan got the temple of Shrirangpatanam repaired after it was damaged due to the attack by Maratha armies. Primary cause of destruction of Somanth temple was the massive wealth kept there. Even Babri Mosque has been the pretext of biggest communal polarization in recent times. Hindu King Shivaji got a mosque built at the entrance of his fort in Raigadh. ## The clever British policy of introducing communal historiography and dividing the history into Hindu, Period, Muslim period and British period paid them rich dividends and the communal streams picked this version from their angles and this came in handy to incite the feelings of people.


    Currently as India on one hand has claims for industrial growth and the figures of GDP are juggled to silence the critics, the fact is that India as a country is very low on the index of human development and per capita calorie consumption by large section is declining. At such a time the issues around temple and a mosque are a definite derailing of the priorities of the society. Lately many from RSS stable have been making damning statements about holy places. Yogi Adityanath of BJP said that non Hindus should not be permitted in Haridwar's ghats. Somanth trust is barring the entry of non Hindus into the temple. Such attempts will be a great detriment to our social practices which have united the society. People from different religions keep visiting places of all the faiths. These are practices where people overcome the religious divides in practice. These will weaken the fraternity which is integral part of our values.



    While watching the TV debates on Ayodhya temple-mosque issue, one can see VHP spokespersons beating their breast that Lord Ram has to live in the tent, while he deserves to live in the Bhavya (great) temple. Here is the question, contrary to the belief of communal forces; for most of the medieval saints; the place of worship was within one's own heart and soul. The identity issues have been brought to the fore by communal forces for their own vested interests. What we need is not the issues related to identity but struggle for a society which wants to see that all its citizens have bare minimum facilities, food clothing, shelter, employment health and dignity.



    Lord Ram and Allah are almighty and the mortals like us, including the breast beaters from communal formations, should prefer to see that the housing is provided to all the mortals, ordinary people so that they don't have to live on the pavements-slums and suffer the ignominy. Can one hope that rather than presenting the past in a one sided; divisive manner we look at the story from all the angles, and put forth the rational one. We need to cultivate our faith for well being of all our society as a whole on the lines of Vasudhaiva Kutumbkam.  



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