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This is my Real Life Story: Troubled Galaxy Destroyed Dreams. It is hightime that I should share my life with you all. So that something may be done to save this Galaxy. Please write to: bangasanskriti.sahityasammilani@gmail.comThis Blog is all about Black Untouchables,Indigenous, Aboriginal People worldwide, Refugees, Persecuted nationalities, Minorities and golbal RESISTANCE.

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      Posted:Sun, 23 Aug 2015 22:24:46 +0000
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      Posted:Sun, 23 Aug 2015 22:13:16 +0000
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      Posted:Sun, 23 Aug 2015 18:51:47 +0000
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    • घोर जनविरोधी, भयंकर महंगाई बढ़ाने वाला और लघु उद्योगों की मौत का फरमान है जीएसटी बिल

      Posted:Sun, 23 Aug 2015 18:06:00 +0000
      घोर जनविरोधी, भयंकर महंगाई बढ़ाने वाला और लघु उद्योगों की मौत का फरमान है जीएसटी बिल सरकार ने राज्य सभा में जीएसटी बिल पेश कर दिया। लोकसभा इसे पहले ही पास कर चुकी है। राज्य सभा में इसे पेश करते वक्त...

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    • प्याज की कीमतों पर लगाम लगाएं मोदी : लालू

      Posted:Sun, 23 Aug 2015 16:05:41 +0000
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    • ये कौन हैं जो अपनी पहचान छिपा कर दूसरों को गद्दार कह रहे हैं।

      Posted:Sun, 23 Aug 2015 15:45:11 +0000
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      Posted:Sun, 23 Aug 2015 15:22:32 +0000
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      Posted:Sun, 23 Aug 2015 12:46:29 +0000
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    • मीडिया सत्ता के हक में लामबंद, मीडिया जनता के हक हकूक के खिलाफ

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      Posted:Sun, 23 Aug 2015 10:29:47 +0000
      मध्य प्रदेश में नागरिकों के मौलिक अधिकार को कुचलने की कोशिश 'काले कानून को चुनौती दी जाएगी भोपाल: 23 अगस्त 2015- मध्यप्रदेश सरकार ने ताबड़तोड़ ढंग से एक ऐसा विधेयक विधानसभा से बिना किसी बहस के पारित...

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    • Phenomenon of blind religious nationalism!

      Posted:Sat, 22 Aug 2015 18:04:28 +0000
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    • लफ्फाजों की महाभारत

      Posted:Sat, 22 Aug 2015 17:13:48 +0000
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    • Justice Markandey Katju on "What is India?"

      Posted:Sat, 22 Aug 2015 16:46:16 +0000
      Justice Markandey Katju on "What is India?" at Jamia Millia Islamia – 21 Aug 2015 The post Justice Markandey Katju on "What is India?" appeared first on hastakshep |...

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    • आज उधर से बारात की आमद है

      Posted:Sat, 22 Aug 2015 16:13:10 +0000
      आज उधर से बारात की आमद है —————————– जो  तेरी  हद है  वही मेरी  हद है फिर क्यों दोनों के बीच सरहद है कल इधर से एक बारात उधर गई आज उधर से...

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    • Mamata sees Black Flags in Presidency!

      Posted:Sat, 22 Aug 2015 15:49:42 +0000
      Campus Coup again as Mamata posts Selfies against BLACK FLAGS! JADAVPUR, FTII Repeated! Police Thrashed students in PRESIDENCY! তৃণমূলের হাফ গুন্ডা দের ভয়ে প্যান্টে হিসি করে ফেলা বাঙ্গালার বীর আইপিএস...

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    अभी तो ऊपरी तौर पर महागठबंधन आगे। जिसके पास उधार के उम्मीदवार , उसकी नहीं बनेगी सरकार. मोदी की नौटंकी का अहसास बिहार को वोटर को हो चुका था। नीतीश...
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    घोर जनविरोधी, भयंकर महंगाई बढ़ाने वाला और लघु उद्योगों की मौत का फरमान है जीएसटी बिल
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    आश्चर्य है कि इतने जनविरोधी जीएसटी बिल का उस तरह विरोध क्यों नही हो रहा जिस तरह भूमि बिल का हुआ। क्या राजनैतिक पार्टियां इस बिल के जनविरोधी चरित्र समझने में नाकाम रहीं या...

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    विकसित देशों में और अपने देश में केवल एक अन्तर नजर आता है. वह यह की उन देशों के सिस्टम में जरा भी लचीलापन नहीं है. वहाँ'चलता है'सिरे से गायब है और अपने देश का सिस्ट्म इतना लचीला है कि यहाँ 'चलता है'के अलावा कुछ दिखाई ही नहीं देता. यहाँ तक कि और तो और न्याय की सर्वोच्च पीठ के पीछे तराजू लिये न्याय की देवी भी न्याय करने से पहले प्राय: आखों पर बँधी पट्टी के कोने से पात्र की सामाजिक राजनीतिक और आर्थिक हैसियत देख लेती है

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    BAAT CHEET
    Interactive Wednesdays at Anhad
    6.00 - 7.30pm 


    August 26, 2015.
    Speaker: Dr. Alok Sarin 
    Topic: Memory, madness and madhouses. 

    In this talk, Dr. Sarin will discuss mental disorders, the ways that thinking about them has changed, and the ways that it has not. He will also attempt to explore the space that mental hospitals inhabit in societal and cultural landscapes.

    Alok Sarin is a psychiatrist and mental health activist based in New Delhi, India. He is a consultant psychiatrist at Sitaram Bharatia Institute of Science and Research, New Delhi. He has been a Senior Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti House, New Delhi, and has been a member of the Task Force, set up by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, to write a mental health policy for India. 


    YOU ARE WELCOME

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    TEL- 011-41670722.


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    Protest documentary screening - Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai - Muktangan Rangalaya 25 Aug 6 pm - Join!

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    Dear Friends,


    As part of the countrywide protest screenings of 'Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai' on 25th August(see partial countrywide list below), Cinema of Resistance (Kolkata chapter) has organised a protest screening at -

    Muktangan Rangalaya, Rashbehari Avenue (Kalighat Metro)

    August 25

    6 pm

    Post-screening, we will have representatives of the protesting FTII students interact with us and add to our conversation over the film and our times. 


    Please reach in good numbers, spread the news and defeat the fascist forces trying to muzzle the voices of truth, justice and dissent.

    For more detail please check our full approach statement below, and our facebook page - 'Cinema of Resistance'.

     

    In solidarity,

     

    Sanjay Joshi   

    National Convener, Cinema of Resistance               

    9811577426thegroup.jsm@gmail.com            


    Kasturi

    Convener, Kolkata, Cinema of Resistance

    9163736863cor.kolkata@gmail.com  






    Countrywide Protest Screenings in solidarity with voices of truth from Muzaffarnagar and Nakul Singh Sawhney's film 'Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai..'

     

    On August 1st 2015 members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad exhibiting habitual hooliganism forcefully stopped the screening of Nakul Singh Sawhney-directed documentary, 'Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai..' at Delhi's Kirori Mal College. Videos witnessing this incidence of violent disruption of the screening can be seen in Facebook, Twitter and other social media.


    'Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai…' is a documentary film that quite courageously reveals the conspiracy of the ruling class political parties which deliberated communal massacres to grab political power by-hook-or-by-crook, in their opportunist alliance with the new lumpen capitalist and feudal forces in the society during August-September 2013 in Uttar Pradesh. This documentary is significant in the times when the media, co-opted by the crony capitalist corporate forces, has turned into a fabrication machine than being the fourth pillar of democracy supposed to project truth and reality.


    Narendra Dabholkar, veteran activist who fought vigorously against superstitions was brutally murdered in 2013. Artists of Kabir Kala Manch were put behind bars because their songs were considered seditious! In 2015, comrade Govind Pansare who ferociously blew away communal iconization of Shivaji, was assassinated in the daylight. Teesta Setalwad and Sanjeev Bhatt are continuously being framed and cornered by the state machinery. The same city of Pune where the innocent Mohsin Sheikh was lynched for wearing markers of his faith, also witnessed disruptions during the screening of documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan's iconic film, 'Ram ke Nam'. While the Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle faced a ban at IIT Madras; Tamil writer Murugan had to declare the 'writer' in him 'dead' under fascist pressures. Without any evidence an intellectual and teacher like G. N. Saibaba was incarcerated in Nagpur jail in precarious health conditions. FTII students struggling for their democratic rights were arrested at midnight and every force is used to try and crush their movement. Debaranjan Sarangi, a filmmaker and human rights activist from Odisha was framed with false charges. And on the other side killers associated with the Ranveer Sena and Bajrang Dal - who boasted of massacres on camera - were let go scot-free and let out on bail respectively. What do all these country-wide incidences suggest?


    It appears that there has been a torrent of such incidences as mentioned above. Many a time we don't even get the information of prevalence of such repressions in different corners in India. It is possible to bring them in light only by building strong and united resistance against these dark times. This is precisely the reason why Cinema of Resistance does not look at incidence of muting 'Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai..' at Kirori Mal as an isolated incidence, rather it is observed as a dangerously fascist tendency that strangles the democratic spirit. Strong, committed resistance even by putting our lives at stake is the only possible mechanism to impede this trend. We take immense pleasure to share with you that this appeal of ours to respond by arranging countrywide protest screenings was welcomed from various corners of the country and till this date we are informed that this protest will be organized in 22 states, 50 cities/towns and with more than 60 screenings.

    We appeal to all progressive and democratic spirited citizens, artists, and intellectuals, to expose fascist forces in this country by joining hands in this campaign of protest-screening of Nakul Singh Sawhney's film 'Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai…' on August 25th, 2015.


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    Zindabad!
    COR Kolkata organizing team

    Contact Us
    P: +91-9163736863
    FB: facebook.com/corkolkata

    ABOUT US: Cinema of Resistance (Kolkata Chapter) organizes an annual film festival, called the Kolkata People's Film Festival, in January. Throughout the year, we organize monthly film screenings in Kolkata and also travel in Kolkata and its neighbouring districts (such as North and South 24 Pargnas, Hooghly, Howrah, Birbhum, Nadia etc.) to screen films and hold discussions/dialogues on invitation from non-funded like-minded groups, unions and organizations. We are particularly interested in screening amongst workers, women, children and young adults, civil society groups and folks in general who are allies of people's movements.

    To organize a show in your locality please write to cor.kolkata@gmail.com, or leave a message at 9163736863. We will get back to you.

    To join our initiative, please contact us in the manner above, or simply turn up at one of our screenings for a face-to-face chat!

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    (A) On the country-wide protest day, 25th August 

    - Ahmedabad - students of IIM
    <IIM Ahmedabad | 25 Aug>

    - Banaras - Organized by All India People's Forum and Cinema of Resistance, Banaras chapter 
    <Swayamvar Vatika, outside Lanka Gate, Banaras | 25 Aug | 4 pm>

    - Bangalore - Organized by Law and Society Committee, NLSIU, Bangalore
    <Academic Block, National Law School of India University | 25th August | 9 pm>

    - Bangalore - Organized by Amarkant and team
    <Pixel B, Azim Premji University, Bangalore | 25th August | 4:30 pm>

    - Bangalore - Organized by Khulamanch
    <Cobalt Blr 46/1, 5th Floor, Church Street, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Opposite Hotel Empire, Bengaluru | 25th August | 7 pm>

    - Bhagalpur - Organized by All India People's Forum
    <Rajkeey Kalyaan Chhatravas No. 2, Bhagalpur University Campus | 25th August | 2 pm>

    - Bhubaneshwar - Organized by All India People's Forum, Odisha
    <Nagabhushan Bhavan auditorium | 25th August | 5:30 pm>

    - Chandigarh - Organized by Cinema Of Resistance Chandigarh Chapter
    <25th August>

    - Chennai - Organized by Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle
    <Spaces, Eliots Beach, Besant Nagar | 25th Aug | 6 pm>

    - Chittorgarh - Organized by Cinema Of Resistance Chittorgarh Chapter
    <25th August>

    - Delhi - Organized by Cinema Of Resistance Delhi/NCR Chapter
    <Gandhi Peace Foundation | 25th August | 5 pm>

    - Delhi - Organized by Studio Safdar
    <Studio Safdar and May Day Bookstore and Cafe | 25th August | 6 pm>

    - Delhi - Organized by Aveksha - The theatre society of USS, Indraprastha University
    <Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, C- block auditorium | 25th August | 3 pm>

    - Dungarpur - Home Screening organized by Pragnya Joshi 
    <Pragati Nagar | 25th August | 5 pm>

    - Faizabad - Organised by Jan Manch, Faizabad
    <Tarang Cinema Palace, Faizabad | 25th August

    - Faridabad - Organized by Ideosync Media Combine
    <Ideosync, H. No. 1381, Sector 37, Faridabad | 25th August | 3 pm>

    - Gorakhpur - Organized by Cinema Of Resistance Gorakhpur Chapter
    <25th August>

    - Gurgaon - Organized by Chill Box
    <Chill Box - 234/2, Opp main BSNL Exchange, Sector 12, Old Delhi Road, Gurgaon | 25th August | 7:30 pm>

    - Jamshedpur - Office Screening organized by Kumar Gaurav
    <Meeting Hall, AMG News. Super Market, Near Kagalnagar Petrol Pump, Sonari, Jamshedpur | 25th Aug | 5 pm>

    - Kolkata - Organized by Cinema Of Resistance Kolkata Chapter 
    <Muktangan Rangalaya, Rashbehari Avenue | 25th Aug | 6 pm>

    - Kolkata - Organized by students, professors, staff of Film Studies Department, Jadavpur University
    <Film Studies Seminar Room, JU | 25th Aug | 3 pm

    - Kolkata - Organized by Democratic Youth Federation of India, Jadavpur-Tollygunge northeast local committee
    <Open air, opposite Jadavpur supermarket | 25th August | 8 pm>

    - Lucknow - Organized by Cinema of Resistance Lucknow Chapter
    <Lenin Pustak Kendra, 82/118 Guru Govind Singh Marg, Bhedi Mandi, Lal Kuan | 25th August | 4 pm>

    - Madurai - Organized by Makkal thirai, Chaplin talkies and Ilan Thamizhagam
    <Venue: TBD | 25th August>

    - Mathura - Organized by film society activists
    <Venue: TBD | 25th Aug>

    - Mumbai - Organized by Progressive Students' Forum, TISS, Mumbai
    <25th August>

    - Mumbai - Organized by Democratic Youth Federation of India, Powai unit
    <People's Library, Powai | 25th August | 7 pm>

    - Nainital - Organized by Cinema of Resistance Nainital Chapter
    <Nainital Press Club (near Central Hotel), Mall Road | 25th August | 4 pm>

    - Patiala - Organized by Gurmeet Singh and Nazia Dhanju 
    <Bhasha Bhavan, Patiala | 25th August | 5:30 pm>

    - Raipur - Organized by students of National Law University, Raipur
    <25th August>

    - Shantiniketan - Organized by All India Students Association 
    <Purbapally, near Department of Mass Comm. | 25th Aug | 6 pm>

    - Tiruchi - Organized by Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle, Tiruchi
    <Venue: TBD | 25th August>

    - Tuljapur - Organized by TISS Tuljapur Film Club
    <Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Tuljapur | 25th August | 9:15 pm>

    - Udaipur - Organized by Cinema Of Resistance Udaipur Chapter 
    <16/723, Ganesh Nagar, Pahada, Udaipur, between Sukhadia University main gate to Bohra Ganesh Mandir | 25th August | 6:30 pm>

    - Vishakhapatnam - Organized by Human Rights Forum 
    <Visakha Public Library, Dwarakanagar | 25th August | 6 pm>




    (B) On other days around 25th August 

    - Allahabad - Organized by Cinema Of Resistance Allahabad Chapter
    <Auditorium, Allahabad Centre, Mahatama Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishvidyalay, Civil Lines | 22nd August | 4 pm>

    - Azamgarh - Organized by Cinema Of Resistance Azamgarh Chapter
    <Tahbarpur High School, Tahbarpur Bazaar | 22nd August | 5 pm>

    - Bhopal - Organized by Ektara Collective, Vikalp Sanskritik Manch and Madhya Pradesh Mahila Manch
    <Dushyanth Kumar Pustakalay, Opp. Platinum Plaza, Bhopal | 5th September | 5 pm>

    - Delhi - Organized by Faculty Feminist Collective, JNU 
    <Room 229, SIS 2 (New Building) | 13th August | 5 pm>

    - Gangtok - Organized by student groups
    <5th mile, Tadong | 21st Aug | 4 pm>

    - Howrah - Organized by Bajeshibpur Jubak Samiti 
    <Bajeshibpur Jubak Samiti Club | 15th Aug | 4 pm>

    - Jalandhar - Organized by The People's Voice, Jalandhar
    <Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall, Jalandhar | 23rd August | 5 pm>

    - Kolkata - Organized by Center for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata 
    <CSSSC's Seminar Room, Patuli Campus | 21st Aug | 3 pm>

    - Kottayam - Organized by Department Students' Union, Mahatma Gandhi University
    <MGU Campus | 18th Aug | 2 pm>

    - Nashik - Organized by Vikrant Bachhav
    <Screening Hall, Abhivyakti Media, Kalyani Nagar, Anandwali Shivar, Gangapur Road, Nashik | 26th Aug | 4 pm>

    - Pondicherry - Organized by Agora Discussion Forum, Pondicherry University
    <Dept. of Mass Communication, PU | 26th Aug | 5 pm>


    - Silchar - Organized by Udharbandh Cine Club
    <Udharbandh Cine Club, Kachhar, Assam | 30th August>

    - Sonepat - Organized by a student group in Ashoka University
    <Ashoka University, Kundli, Sonepat | 20th August | 6 pm>



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    War Refugees Trapped, Under Fire Trying To Enter Macedonia
    By CommonDreams

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    Several thousand rain-soaked war refugees and asylum-seekers ran across Macedonia's border from Greece Saturday as riot police chased them lobbing stun grenades, tear gas and beating them with batons. The violence came as Macedonia is cracking down on the flow of thousands of Syrian war refugees attempting to reach safety in western Europe by traveling through the Balkan region


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    Living an ostrich like existence in the face of growing communal fascism will lead the country to destruction said Fr Ajaya Kumar Singh, one of the leading campaigners of Kandhamal justice movement. He said the Hindutva fascist forces are adopting the same tactics that they used in Odisha in Kerala too


    The Wild Edge Of Sorrow
    A Book Review By Carolyn Baker

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    Grief work is unique to each person grieving. There is no one way to grieve in a world where everyone and everything is inundated with sorrow and loss. Nevertheless, The Wild Edge of Sorrow, empathically and compassionately shows us how to begin the descent and how we might intertwine our journey with the journeys of others who long to engage in the sacred work of grief. For there, in the cold, dark well are bright, golden coins of joy and gratitude


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    We have gotten to a point in which the "facts" of the world read like fiction of the absurd. One person's blink of the eye is equivalent to another's life of toil. This is the pernicious math of plutocracy and it has to be undone


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    An argumentative, free thinking and free speaking political culture, buried for decades is once again sprouting with good hopes and dreams in Sri Lanka. Such trends will construct space for healthy social discourse which can, hopefully, re-engineer the nation


    Re-Reading 'Manjhi-The Mountain Man'
    By Adfar Shah

    http://www.countercurrents.org/shah240815.htm

    Already in the political limelight even before its formal release, Manjhi is set to make a big success at box office. Manjhi -The Mountain Man is actually a biography that is based on the life of India's Mountain man, Dashrath Manjhi who was a poor man (labourer) from Gehlaur village of Gaya, Bihar. Dashrat carved a path through a huge mountain for twenty two years as a token of love to his deceased wife, who died after slipping from the same mountain and couldn't reach the far off hospital on time


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    By Concerned Citizens

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    By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

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    Today, in line with their degenerate communal mindset, a phenomenon has emerged among large sections of Muslims which is an extreme form of tahleel-e-haram, or making the unlawful lawful. And that is suicide-bombing—or, in other words, strapping bombs onto oneself and blowing oneself up in order to kill a supposed enemy

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    Dow Jones Industrial Average Plummets More Than 1,000 Points at Open | 24 Aug 2015 | The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted more than 1,000 points at the open Monday, a dramatic dive on a day when intensifying growth fears sparked steep stock-market losses world-wide. The blue-chip benchmark dropped as much as 1089 points before paring some of its losses. It was recently down 603 points, or 3.7%, to 15858. The S&P 500 dropped 99 points, or 5%, to 1872, entering correction territory. The Nasdaq Composite fell 371 points, or 7.9%, to 4335.
     
    Stock bloodbath continues: Dow drops as much as 1,089 points | 24 Aug 2015 | Stocks plunged at the open as the market bloodbath showed no signs of letting up with the Dow tumbling as much as 1,089 points in the opening minutes of trading. The Standard & Poor's 500 index plunged 4.4% as the broad-based index joined the Dow in correction territory, a drop of 10% or more from its recent high. The Nasdaq composite index dropped 5% and also fell into a correction...The global stock rout then moved to Europe where major indexes there are off roughly 5%.
     
    China stocks suffer sharpest one-day fall since 2007 | 24 Aug 2015 | China shares dived Monday as the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index was down 8.49 per cent at closing amid fears of economic slowdown. It was the sharpest daily decline since February 27, 2007, and followed last week's losses of 11 per cent for the week. The smaller Shenzhen Component Index closed down 7.83 per cent and the ChiNext Index, tracking the country's NASDAQ-style board of growth enterprises, closed down 8.08 per cent.
     
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    White House in Chilcot 'cover-up': America bans crucial files that could reveal secret of why Blair invaded Iraq | 22 Aug 2015 | Dozens of documents which could finally reveal the truth about Tony Blair's reasons for invading Iraq have been suppressed by the White House after a year-long fight for their release by The Mail on Sunday. A cache of more than 80 files detailing discussions between Mr Blair and George W Bush in the run-up to the 2003 war have been found by the US Government -- but classified on the grounds of 'national security'. The move has infuriated relatives of British servicemen killed in the conflict.
     
    Three US contractors killed in Afghanistan after suicide car bomber attacked NATO convoy --9 Afghans, three US contractors were killed, 60 were wounded | 22 Aug 2015 | A suicide car bomber attacked a NATO convoy traveling through a crowded neighborhood in Afghanistan's capital Saturday, killing at least 10 people, including three US contractors, authorities said. The attack struck near the private Shinozada hospital in the capital's Macrorayan neighborhood, the sound of the powerful blast roaring throughout the capital. The bombing killed at least nine Afghan civilians and one foreigner and wounded 60, said Wahidullah Mayar, a Health Ministry spokesman.
     
    Multiple explosions spark huge blaze at American military facility in Japan --Residents said explosions began before1am and lasted for ten minutes | 23 Aug 2015 | Multiple explosions have been heard at a US Army facility in Japan, according to reports. The explosions occurred at the Sagami General Depot in Sagamihara City, Japan, according to Shingetsu News Agency. Those in Sagamihara City, where the depot for the US military houses ammunition, heard loud blasts before 1am local time on Monday morning.
     
    S. Korea, US fly 8 fighter jets 'to show off force' amid escalating crisis with Pyongyang | 22 Aug 2015 | South Korea and US forces stationed on the Korean peninsula have flown eight combat jets simulating the striking of enemy targets in a show of force against North Korea's war threats amid the ongoing crisis. Four F-16 fighter jets from US forces Korea and four South Korean F-15k fighters joined together on Saturday "to show off the military might of South Korea and the US combined air force power," an official from South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said. According to the South Korean official, the air warfare group has deliberately taken the flight route that would "alarm North Korea" and show the "allies' resolute determination" to retaliate any kind of provocation from the North as such actions would not be tolerated on the peninsula, reported Yonhap News.
     
    North, South Korea top brass to hold talks on border crisis | 22 Aug 2015 | Senior officials from North and South Korea will discuss the current situation on the peninsula. The meeting will take place at the border village of Panmunjom, said South Korea's presidential office, as cited by the Yonhap news agency. "The South and the North agreed to hold talks related to the ongoing situation in South-North relations at 6pm our time at Panmunjom," said Kim Kyou-hyun, deputy national security adviser at the Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae), the executive office of the South Korean president in Seoul. Seoul said the initial proposal for negotiations came from Pyongyang on Friday.
     
    Men who tackled French train gunman are awarded the Legion d'Honneur | 24 Aug 2015 | Three Americans and a British grandfather who prevented 'carnage' by tackling the French train terrorist have been awarded France's highest honour for bravery. U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, their friend Anthony Sadler and Briton Chris Norman were presented with the Legion d'Honneur at the Elysee Palace in Paris. French President Francois Hollande, who pinned on their medals, praised the men for taking action in the face of terrorism. The ceremony was held as the first heroic passenger who wrestled a machine gun from the terrorist was today revealed to be an American professor.
     
    French Investigators Seek Motive as Gunman Denies Terrorism | 23 Aug 2015 | French investigators are trying to figure out why gunman Ayoub El-Khazzani attacked a train headed to Paris as he denies links to terrorism despite police across Europe flagging him as a radical Islamist. There's no hint of religious motive or affiliation to a radical organization in the 25-year-old Moroccan's statements, according to to a French official with knowledge of the matter, who asked not to be identified because of government policy. He's being questioned near Paris after his attack on a train from Amsterdam was foiled Friday by passengers including U.S. soldiers on vacation.
     
    Suspect arrested after attack on Amsterdam-Paris high-speed train | 21 Aug 2015 | French police on Friday arrested a man suspected of opening fire and wielding a knife on a high-speed train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris, critically wounding two people. According to the Paris prosecutor's office, the suspect -- who was armed with a knife and an automatic firearm -- was overpowered by two military personnel who were on board before he was arrested as the Thalys train stopped in Arras, 185 kilometres north of Paris. Investigators from France's special anti-terror police are leading the investigation into the attack, which occurred just before 6pm local time.
     
    Donald Trump: 'The hedge fund guys are getting away with murder' --'They're paying nothing and it's ridiculous. I want to save the middle class.' | 23 Aug 2015 | Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he would change the tax laws to force people who work at hedge funds to pay more in taxes, because "the hedge fund guys are getting away with murder." In an interview with Time Magazine published last week, Trump said he might want to "switch taxes around" because "I have hedge fund guys that are making a lot of money that aren't paying anything." He confirmed on CBS's "Face the Nation" Sunday that he would change the tax system to force those who work for hedge funds to pay more. [Gee, Scott Walker and the other Koch suckers are not going to like this...Contrast Donald Trump's position with corporatist fraud Obama, who is completely in the service of Wall Street. Obusha has classified TPP corporate takeover documents as 'state secrets,' punishable by imprisonment. --LRP]
     
    30,000 turn out for Trump's Alabama pep rally | 21 Aug 2015 | Donald Trump brought 30,000 supporters from deep red Alabama to a Friday night pep rally in a football stadium, the latest sign that the Republican front-runner has broad, nationwide strength. Over an hour of often rambling remarks, the New York businessman reveled in the crowd size while he offered them his usual menu of patriotic pledges and carefree criticism of the media, his opponents and political correctness that he said his crowd similarly despised. "We've gotten an amazing reception," Trump said as he began his remarks, turning his back to the podium at the Ladd-Peebles Stadium and pointing to the rafters behind him.
     
    Top GOP operative claims RNC has secret anti-Trump war room --Committee mocks: 'It's located at Area 51. Elvis runs it'| 21 Aug 2015 | A Republican operative who used to serve as a political adviser to Donald Trump, and who continues to profess political support for the billionaire, has come forward on national television to accuse the RNC of staging a war room of sorts aimed at secretly dumping Trump in the polls. "I talk to a lot of reporters on background," said Roger Stone, former Trump adviser and current Trump supporter, to CNN...Stone alleged the RNC was engaging in secret, backdoor dealings to get Trump out of the lead for the Republican Party nomination for president - but sadly admitted he had no proof.
     
    Hurricane Danny strengthens to Category 3 | 21 Aug 2015 | Updated, 2:04 p.m. ET: Hurricane Danny strengthened to a Category 3 storm Friday in the Atlantic Ocean, making it the first major hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center said. The maximum sustained winds are estimated to be 115 mph, with higher gusts, the center said.
     
    Dog found buried alive in France triggers online fury, petition for owner's 'maximum sentence' | 07 Aug 2015 | Photos of dog buried alive in the vicinity of Paris have sparked anger and outrage on social media, with the owner having been detained. He may be forced to pay up to a 30,000 euros fine for animal cruelty, and could spend up to two years behind bars. The French mastiff was found and rescued on Saturday by a man walking his dog in Carrieres-sur-Seine, west of Paris. The dog was surrounded by stones, and its lead had reportedly been attached to a sack of gravel to stop it from escaping...The owner claimed that the dog had run away, but security forces described his version as "not very plausible." "The dog is more than 10 years old and suffers from arthritis. It's difficult to imagine her running away," a source close to the probe told AFP.
     
    Family of Bears Caught on Video in Rockaway Township, NJ, Backyard Pool | 20 Aug 2015 | Video was released this week showing a startling find in a backyard in Rockaway Township, New Jersey. The Basso family found a black bear and her five cubs jumping in to cool off in their backyard pool. The mother and cubs were seen playing and frolicking joyfully...The mother bear is also seen taking the garden hose, while two cubs appear to fight playfully on the lawn over the floating mat and a deflated beach ball.
     
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    After FTII – The Oscar goes to .. Gujarati BJP Man in Jury #HaHanews #WTFnews


    AND THE OSCAR GOES TO… GUJARATI BJP MAN IN JURY

    By Shruti Paniker, Mumbai Mirror | Aug 24, 2015, 09.28 AM IST
    And the Oscar goes to… Gujarati BJP man in jury
    The "Gujarat Model" has reached the Film Federation of India too. Senior BJP leader and popular Gujarati actor Naresh Kanodia has become the first Gujarati to find a place in the jury to select India's entries for the Oscars. Gujarati actor-turned-politician Naresh Kanodia who had acted in over 63 Gujarati films including blockbusters like Kanku Ni Kimat, Uchi Medi na Ucha Mol and Man Saiba ni Medie has been approached by the Film Federation of India (FFI) to become a member of the jury.

    At a time when the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) hullabaloo is just refusing to die down, the selection of Kanodia – who was elected as MLA from central Gujarat's Karjan seat in 2002, but lost the election in 2007 — comes as a surprise to many. For the uninitiated, students of the FTII have been protesting the appointment of actorturned-politician Gajendra Chauhan as the institute chief.

    Naresh Kanodia told Mirror that though it is true that he helped BJP gather crowds in the early 90's, this selection is purely on his merit as an actor. Kanodia's son Hitu, also a Gujarati film actor, confirmed his father's selection for the panel.

    "He received a letter from the Film Federation of India (FFI), asking if he'd be interested in being part of the jury. My father has given his consent. It is a huge honour for him," adding: "Finally, Gujarati cinema is being noticed."

    Speaking to Mirror, the senior Kanodia expressed his happiness: "It is nothing short of a miracle. Bau anand thaay chhe (It is a source of extreme happiness). I will be leaving with Hitu – I'm taking him along for support – on the 16th of September for Hyderabad, where I will join other members of the jury."

    The committee will watch the selected films – Hindi and other regional entries – over a week in Hyderabad, after which the decision will be taken. While the decision spells happiness for the Kanodias and Gujarati cinema, could this be another instance of political largesse?

    FFI CLUELESS?

    When Mirror contacted the FFI – the body which decides the jury — its President JP Chowksey was unaware of the entire Kanodia episode.

    "I don't know. I have no clue about it. We send letters to prominent faces in respective regions. Once they send in their consent, it is up to us to choose the panel," Chowksey told Mirror, when asked about the selection of the BJP leader. "Also, we have veteran actor Amol Palekar heading the committee this year. He is the chairman," Chowksey clarified, adding, "They will watch the films and Mr Palekar will then hand over a sealed envelope of the selected films to me."

    'DON'T COMPARE IT TO FTII CONTROVERSY'

    The FFI president was quick to call back Mirror. "Don't compare this to the FTII controversy. Gajendra Chauhan is a bad actor and he has done pornographic films. Naresh anodia is a prominent name in Gujarat and he makes it to our panel only on the basis of that."

    Chowksey added, "We also contacted Mrs Aamir Khan, Dr Jabbar Patel and the like, but they are yet to get back. Mr Kanodia is a simple member of the committee." Regarding the selection criteria, he specified that they never check the political background of their members. "I want to assure you that no one is selected or considered because of his/her association with a political party. And since you have brought it up, we will ensure we do a political background check next time onwards," a hassled Chowksey said.

    'WE RESPECT ALL LANGUAGES'

    FFI secretary Supran Sen also voiced Chowksey's opinion. "We are not connected to politics. It is a criteria that the panel must comprise actors and since we respect all languages, we decided to have someone from Gujarati cinema too," he said. So, how did Kanodia's name pop up? "It was recommended at a meeting of the office bearers. This year we have only approached Kanodia from Gujarat," Sen explained.

    SIGNIFICANT BODY OF WORK

    Kanodia's industry mates backed the decision, saying it shouldn't be objectionable. Bollywood filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt appreciated Kanodia's body of work. Instead, the filmmaker called the Oscars a "non-issue". "This is a non-issue. The Oscars itself is a non-issue. It is made out to be the mother-ofall awards, when it is nothing more than another marketing event. Through controversies like these, we are selling the Oscars to India rather than selling India to the Oscars," said Bhatt.

    "As far as Naresh Kanodia's appointment goes, he's an eminent film actor from Gujarati cinema with a significant body of work. He comes from a film family and with regional cinema asserting itself on the global map, is eminently suitable to be on the FFI jury," Bhatt made it clear, adding "His political affiliation should not be seen as a disqualification. There's a kind of paranoia in looking for a controversy under every rock which is very wearying."

    Actor-playwright Rajoo Barot said, "He's a senior film artiste from Gujarat. His selection is good. There shouldn't be an objection as he has contributed to Gujarati cinema. He has garnered popularity during his period.""FTII ka head hona alag baat hai. This is something totally different, isn't it?" Barot asserted.

    (With inputs from Roshmila Bhattacharya and Yogesh Avasthi)


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    Police Molest And Assault Students At Presidency For Protesting CM Visit #WTFnews


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    Police Molest And Assault Students At Presidency For Protesting CM Visit

    21st of August, Kolkata:  Yesterday, as Chief MinisterMamata Banerjee was entering Presidency University to attend the inaugural ceremony of Presidency University's third convocation at Derozio Hall, she was greeted with black flags and graffiti in the portico by protesting students. With the arrival of the CM's convoy of police cars, the protesting students were assaulted by the police. The CM then entered the auditorium, and stated, "Do I have to be accountable why I have come here? They have invited me. Why shouldn't I go (to the campus)? There is no reason to think that everyone should like me. But why won't I come?"

    When the CM was leaving after the ceremony, the protesters barricaded the CM. The police then proceeded to molest the protesters and beat them up severely, causing 4 students to need hospitalization for injuries suffered. The students then proceeded to gherao the VC, Anuradha Lohia, in her office, demanding her immediate resignation. After several hours of the gherao, the VC stated that she will only release a statement if the protesting students produce proof of molestation and assault by the police. This, despite the hospitalisation of 4 students due to injuries suffered from the beatings by the police. She also stated that she was not responsible for the assault on the students since the police were part of the CM's convoy, when in fact, the CM had arrived upon Lohia's invitation, and it was her responsibility to ensure the safety of her students.

    The gherao of the VC lasted all night and is still ongoing. The convocation is scheduled to be held today at 11am.

    The CM's party, TMCP has organised a rally against the protesting students. The protesting students have asked for more students to attend the protest and show solidarity and strength in numbers.

    The following images document last night's events:

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    Defaced placardThe gherao in the VC's office
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    Gherao underway as the VC looks on

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    Why there's no need to be nostalgic for an undivided India

      • Ramachandra Guha

    Lord Mountbatten and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehruphotographed during the Independence Day Celebrations at India Gate, New Delhi on August 15, 1947. (HT Photo)


    Sixty-eight years is a fairly advanced age for an individual, but a small span of time in the life of a nation. This must be why, every so often, a book or article appears lamenting the Partition of India in 1947. These blame the Congress, the Muslim League, Gandhi, Jinnah, Nehru, Patel — sometimes one, sometimes several, sometimes all of the above — for not doing enough to keep India together, or for actively aiding in its division. These books and articles then feed into what appears to be a widespread popular sentiment, to the effect that the citizens of what are now India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, would have been better off had they all been part of the same country.

    I have thought long and hard about this question, both as a historian and as a citizen. And I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that although the large-scale communal violence before and after Partition could or should have been stopped or stemmed, the division of British India was not by itself a bad thing.

    If Partition was to be avoided, it would have been on the basis of theCabinet Mission Plan of 1946. That plan envisaged a very weak Centre, which controlled currency, foreign policy and external defence. The provinces were in charge of almost everything else.

    This aspect of the Cabinet Mission Plan is moderately well known. What is not, and in fact hardly discussed in the literature, is that under that Plan the situation of the princely states was left extremely vague. They could decide whether to join a province with whom they had boundaries, but the terms were not clearly specified. Besides, the possibility of individual princely states staking a claim to independence was not foreclosed.

    It must always be remembered that when the British left the sub-continent, they left behind not two political entities but more than 500. For they departed without in any way resolving the problem of the princely states. A vast majority of these states were embedded in India; far fewer in Pakistan. It was left to Vallabhbhai PatelVP Menonand their team to painstakingly integrate these chiefdoms, one by one, into what is now the Republic of India.

    Had the Cabinet Mission Plan gone through, there is no saying what would have happened with the maharajas and nawabs. The Centre would not have had the powers it, in fact, enjoyed after August 15, 1947. The princes would have driven a harder bargain; the larger ones might even have stayed out. They might, out of vanity, have wished to retain their stamps, their archaic rail systems; some may have even applied for membership of the United Nations. And the British Tories who hated the idea of Indian independence would have actively aided these efforts.

    This is the first reason why we must not be nostalgic for an undivided India; that this would have created a wholly disunited India, with not just the provinces but the princely states free to threaten, blackmail, or secede from the Union. How could we ever have created the unified Republic, with a single Constitution, a common rail system, and contiguous territory ('from Kashmir to Kanyakumari') that we have now?

    The rejection of the Cabinet Mission Plan was crucial to the survival of what is now India. It allowed Ambedkar and his colleagues to draft a progressive and unifying Constitution that mandated multi-party democracy, judicial independence, free movement of people and goods and programmes to tackle social inequality.

    In India today, the Muslims constitute 13% of the population, or one in seven. Had there been an undivided India, the percentage of Muslims would have been closer to 33%, or one in three. The demographic balance would have been more delicate; and prone to being exploited by sectarians on either side. The politics of late colonial India had already emboldened religious fanatics; Muslim as well as Hindu. However, the Partition of India allowed Gandhi, Nehru and Patel to stamp down firmly on majority communalism and assure minorities a free and equal place in the Republic.

    Because of these great leaders India is not — or at least not yet — a Hindu Pakistan. But had this been one country rather than two it would have been far more difficult to contain communal violence. The first civil war between Hindus and Muslims might have been on the question of the nation's language, and the script in which it was to be written. Other and more bloody battles might have followed. India would then have been Lebanon writ large; a horrifying prospect.

    A third reason not to be sentimental about an undivided India is that we would then have been a frontline State in the Cold War. Sharing borders with Afghanisthan, we would have had to contend with Russian and American rivalries, and with jihad and jihadis, far more actively than we do now.

    By rejecting the idea of an undivided India, I by no means condone the violence at Partition. The division could have been handled more wisely. The last viceroy, Lord Mountbatten, was in too much haste, and more concerned with saving British lives than Indian ones. He failed to heed advice to post more troops in Punjab, sending detachments to protect tea estate managers and missionaries in the interior, while riots raged untamed in the heartland.

    The Republic of India remains a work-in-progress. We are largely united and somewhat democratic. Yet deep inequalities of gender and caste persist. Religious and ethnic violence have not entirely abated. But while sentiment and nostalgia might induce a yearning for Akhand Bharat, the cold logic of history suggests that things would have been far worse for us if Partition had not occurred.

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    DESPONDENCY WRIT LARGE: Houses of Dalits were torched in the clash at Seshasamudram village, Sankarapuram, in Villupuram district, last week. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam
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    DESPONDENCY WRIT LARGE: Houses of Dalits were torched in the clash at Seshasamudram village, Sankarapuram, in Villupuram district, last week. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

    The immediate provocation for the violence was the holding of a temple car festival, but the real issue is of social discrimination.

    Nine days after she had delivered her second child, 23-year-old Banu was recuperating at her grandmother's house in the 'colony'– the Dalit neighbourhood of Seshasamudram village – on August 15. But all that she can recall now is a mob attacking the front door with crow bars, stones and petrol bombs. "I was holding the door from inside to prevent them from breaking open. We just shut our mouths. They wanted to burn us down," recalls Banu's grandmother, still shaking with horror.

    But, Banu and her grandmother are grateful that their house, a corner house on the main road, was next to a Vanniar's. "Our neighbour was concerned that their house will also catch fire. They spared us," she says.

    These horrific events unfolded in Seshasamudram as Indians were celebrating 68 years of independence. The Vanniars of Seshasamudram village in Villupuram district wanted to prevent the Dalit community from asserting their right to take the temple-car procession through the main road of the village. As a last resort, they burned down the temple-car along with seven Dalit houses completely, went on a rampage destroying property, livestock and injuring many, including seven policemen on duty.

    Police estimate that a 200-strong mob attacked the Dalit colony on Saturday evening as the Dalits were preparing for the temple festival scheduled on Sunday. "The attack was well-planned," says Rajamanikkam, a middle-aged Dalit. The mob had cut off electricity supply by vandalising the transformer in the village. Armed with stones, crow bars, sticks, sickles and beer bottles filled with petrol, they simultaneously took positions on the top of terraces overlooking the colony.

    Once the lights went off, they started throwing stones and petrol bombs inside the colony from atop, taking the police by surprise. Another group moved inside the colony and swiftly broke the tube lights and bulbs. They then systematically set the Dalits' huts on fire.

    "I saw men slamming our goats on the floor and running away with them. They wanted to destroy our property," says middle-aged Vennila, who says that if not for the police, they would have lost more. "They took blows on our behalf," she said.

    Seeds of conflict

    The seeds of this specific conflict were sown by Subramanian, a Vanniar, who belongs to Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhakam (DMDK). The Dalits say that he promised them that he will help them conduct the temple festival – a long-standing desire of Dalits –if they voted for him in the panchayat elections. "We supported him. After he won, we even paraded him pompously on a chariot," said a local. With Subramanian contributing over one lakh towards the festival, each Dalit household had contributed Rs. 3500.

    The Dalits had planned to take the deity on a temple-car around the Mariamman temple, which is situated on a small compound inside the colony. The total distance of this proposed procession could not be more than 175 metres, but the disputed stretch – the main road used by both Vanniars and Dalits – is less than 50 meters.

    Severe opposition grew within the Vanniar community for conceding to the Dalit demand. The Dalits claim that Subramanian flipped and reneged on his promise after he realised that it would be disastrous for his political career to be portrayed as the 'Vanniar who succumbed to Dalit pressure'. The Vanniars, who outnumber the Dalit families by at least 10 to one, soon swore to not allow the Dalits to go ahead with the plan.

    In an effort to avoid another caste clash like what Dharmapuri witnessed in 2012, the local officials – Collector and others – had called for 'peace talks' involving all stake holders. This year, the Dalits were given the go-ahead to organise the temple car festival and were promised police protection.

    As the deadlock continued, the tension between the two communities escalated, leading up to the festival on Sunday prompting the local administration to deploy a 40-man police force to conduct the festival without any drama.

    On Saturday evening, they were taken by surprise when a 200-odd strong mob (some say 500), many of whom, Dalits claim, had returned from a meeting organised by Dr. S. Ramadoss' Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) in Kallakurichi.

    "The women carried the stones in their sarees and took it to the terraces overlooking the colony so that their men can attack us. The men had bought petrol from the local shop run by a Chettiar, filled it in beer bottles and threw it inside," says 45-year-old Arumugam, who works as a daily wage labourer.

    "We were totally outnumbered," says the inspector who has been stationed in the village to maintain calm. "Even school-going kids were throwing stones," he says with disbelief.

    As the violence continued into the night, the Dalits say that the Vanniars would have set the entire village on fire if not for a spell of heavy rain. For the rest of the night, the Dalits stayed without any protection as the police reinforcements arrived only on Sunday morning.

    The morning after revealed that at least seven Dalit huts were completely destroyed and at least 7 policemen were injured by the mob including the Villupuram SP, Narendra Nair. Most people in the colony had lost their hard-earned property – some almost everything.

    Saravanan, who works as a daily wage labourer in Kerala, managed to flee with his three-month old child in the nick of time, leaving all his official documents, clothes, gold and wads of cash, which he had saved up to build a house. "We don't have a ration card, voters ID…no bonafides are with me. We haven't changed clothes for the last 5 days," he says.

    Vanniars' woes

    But Vanniars also have their tales of woe. On Sunday morning, hundreds of policemen swooped into Vanniar side of village and indulged in a series of 'shock and awe' raids, arresting Vanniar men. "It didn't matter who they were as long as they were Vanniar men. Even those who had just attended a funeral or were visiting a relative were forced out of the house and loaded into the van," says Thaiyal Nayagi, a Vanniar coolie worker.

    "Bikes, motors and tractors were broken. Even cows and bulls weren't spared. If we resisted them or if the men weren't there at home, they threatened to arrest us as well," says 37-year-old Rajalakshmi.

    It was evident that the Vanniar men of Seshasamudram were missing. The police say that the men might have fled the village or were hiding in the sugarcane fields nearby. Several houses on the two main streets – Raja street and Pullaiyar Koil street – of the village remained locked.

    The immediate provocation for the violence was the holding of a temple car festival, but the real issue is of social discrimination against the Dalits and the caste-bias of the Vanniar community.

    "It's becoming difficult to live in this village," says Solaiamma, who, she says, is old enough to be the mother of young men who took part in the attack but still that didn't stop them from chasing her away.

    "The first house that was burnt down was that of the man who married a Vanniar girl from another village. But how could they even destroy the temple-car of Amman," she asks with tears in her eyes.

    More than a dozen Vanniar women made it clear that they will never agree to let the Dalits take the temple-car through the main road. "When no Vanniar will ever pray or agree to do the 'arthi' to the deity, why should it be taken through this road? Let them do whatever they want inside their colony," they said in unison.

    The Dalits are dejected. "Please tell the government to relocate us to another place where there are no caste Hindus. We have been told that the police will not provide protection forever and that they will teach us a lesson," says Unnamalai (40), who lives in the colony.

    Camaraderie between the two working class castes is impossible as long as one caste insists on retaining hereditary social privileges. While most Dalits in the village say that the government must give them relief and help them relocate, the Vanniar women say that the 'solution' to the problem lies in Dalits giving up their demand.

    Thaiyal Nayagi, who forcefully spoke about how Dalits are crossing the red lines on a daily basis and threatening the closely knit Vanniar community, says: "They rudely ask us, 'Is the blood running in your veins different from that running in mine?' Should we just give up on everything and invite them into our living room?"

    With such strong casteist feelings, another bout of violence in another place on another issue is waiting to happen.

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    The controversial Rohtak bus molestation case has taken a new turn. Bravehearts Pooja and Aarti, who had taught a lesson to molesters in the moving bus, are up in arms against the police which allegedly doctored the polygraph test report and deleted the controversial questions from the challan which was put up in the court recently.

    Manjeet Sehgal   |    |   Mail Today  |   Chandigarh, August 21, 2015 | UPDATED 11:47 IST
    Rohtak sisters

    The controversial Rohtak bus molestation case has taken a new turn. Bravehearts Pooja and Aarti, who had taught a lesson to molesters in the moving bus, are up in arms against the police which allegedly doctored the polygraph test report and deleted the controversial questions from the challan which was put up in the court recently.

    Aarti and Pooja lawyer Attar Singh Pawar said that the police had asked derogatory and indecent questions from molestation victims during the polygraph test conducted in February this year. He said that the police just included a synopsis of the test which was suitable to them and deleted the controversial questions which would have exposed the police role in hushing up the case and making the molesters a hero.

    "They asked the girls how many times they have done the theft, how many boys have been made 'Devdas' by them and with how many boys they went to a room. What was logic behind asking asking these questions and if the report was made part of the challan then why these questions were deleted," Attar Singh Pawar said.

    Aarti and Pooja said that the police had asked at least nine questions from them during the polygraph test. However, the police has included only five questions in the challan.

    Accusing the police of weakening the case,the brave sisters said that despite the assurance given by the Superintendent of Policie that the controversial polygraph report will not be included in the challan, the Rohtak police deliberately included the test report and deleted the objectionable questions.

    "The truth about the indecent and objectionable questions would have come to light had the police included the complete polygraph test report. Now when they have included the test report why the questions which still haunt us were not included in the challan," Pooja said.

    Sources said the police probe has found Kuldeep, Mohit and Deepak guilty of eve teasing and thrashing the girls. They have been booked under IPC 354-a (physical contact and advances involving unwelcome and explicit sexual overtures) and section 323.

    Sources said the police in challan has told the court that the allegations made by the sisters against three men does not appear to be reliable. It also said that the woman who recorded the video has told the police that the mobile phone was handed over by the one of the sisters to her to record the incident.The challan also says that the girls mislead the investigators.

    Attar Singh Pawar has accused the police of working under pressure and said the probe was partial and every effort was made to save the molesters. "The Haryana government in this case behaved as if it was with the molesters. The crime branch did not investigate properly. Whatever was done was to silence the molestation victims. The  police only included those facts in the challan which were against the girls. We will knock at the doors of high court if we come across a substantial evidence," Attar Singh Pawar said.

    Superintendent of Police, Rohtak Shahank Anand did not respond to the phone calls as he is on a leave. SP Jhajjar Sumit Kumar is officiating as SP Rohtak who said that he do not have complete details about the case. "I will not be in a position to comment as I do not have complete details about the case. It will be better if you contact Shashank Anand," Sumit Kumar said.

    Pooja and Aarti had thrashed three eve teasers on November 29, 2014 in a moving state roadways bus.

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    Why repression of adivasis in Chhattisgarh doesn't worry the media


    ARUN FERREIRA AND VERNON GONSALVES

    The Press Club of India should probably be one among the sacred-soil sites of Indian democracy. It ought to be a place from where the Fourth Estate sallies forth to test and stretch the spaces for free speech and democracy. Regrettably, these days that's rarely the case. Nevertheless, on August 18, 2015 this was the venue selected for a press conference where three representatives of the tribals of Bastarin Chhattisgarh – Soni Sori, Lingaram Kodopi and Kawasi Hidme – came to tell of how democracy functions in their land.

    Sori and Kodopi have done this before. In 2010 and 2011 they had exposed before the press the atrocities committed on the common people by the police in Bastar. They were then wrongly implicated and pursued by the Chhattisgarh police on patently fabricated grounds, arrested in 2011, faced severe torture and were only released on bail by the Supreme Court after they spent over two years in jail.

    After release and return to Bastar, they have insisted on continuing to stand up against the innumerable cases of illegal detention, false implication, custodial torture, fake encounters and disappearances that have come to be a part of daily life in that area. Sori, in particular, has been in the forefront of numerous protests where thousands of adivasis have gathered in rallies and demonstrations at police stations and before district headquarters of the police and civil administration.

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    The latest was her exposure of a fake encounter killing of an unarmed villager, Hemla Podiya, in Nahadi village of Dantewada district on July 29, 2015. This killing done by Special Police officers, who have been outlawed by the Supreme Court, was protested by the villagers, who assembled under the leadership of Sori. The Bastar inspector general of police, SRP Kalluri, retaliated by calling for her, and Kodopi to be excommunicated from the area and by instigating local traders to demonstrate outside Sori's house.

    The attempt to "excommunicate" Sori and Kodopi is not something new. It is only the latest in a long line of such attempts and it is definitely not going to be the last. Binayak Sen was targeted in 2007 for his aid to Maoist political prisoners like Narayan Sanyal, as also for his exposure since 2005 of the first armed Salwa Judum campaign launched and equipped by the Chhattisgarh government. Gandhian Himanshu Kumar is another example of an activist and dissenter who has been hounded out of Chhattisgarh, who has had around a hundred cases registered against him and whose centre, the Vanvasi Chetana Ashram, was bulldozed and destroyed.

    There have even been attempts to keep out those attempting to approach the judiciary for relief. In September 2013, activist and journalist Prashant Rahi was picked up from Chhattisgarh's capital, Raipur, where he had gone to consult and coordinate with lawyers who were defending political prisoners. He was whisked off to Maharashtra, tortured and shown to be arrested there and remained in prison for one year. The lawyers of the Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group providing much needed legal help to the local tribals have also faced thinly-veiled threats of implication in cases of abetting Maoists.

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    The abiding reason for this insistence on the eviction of all democratic dissent is the state's gameplan to use maximum force to crush the challenge of the revolutionary movement of the tribals led by the Maoists. Such militaristic solutions require not only the deployment of lakhs of armed personnel, but also the management of "facts" and therefore the evacuation of all civil society support that could potentially carry the truth to the outside world.

    The immediate reason for the repression is, however, the land hunger of the corporate class. The country's biggest corporations and some foreign biggies have all lined up investments to exploit the minerals below the forests of central and eastern India. They are in a mighty hurry to realise their gains and will brook no delay in seizing the land. Both the Centre and state governments alike are therefore scrambling to pander to this hunger. Ten months ago, the Centre spelt out its "Clear, Hold, Build" doctrine that promised "to use any element of its national power" to wipe out resistance. The state government, after the utter failure of its first Salwa Judum campaign, is now getting ready to sponsor a new round of civil war – Salwa Judum 2.0. These cannot smoothly move ahead without the systematic and complete closure of all democratic space.

    Such unholy stratagems call for comprehensive exposure, but it would be far-fetched to fancy that today's mass media organs have it in them to do it. Creeping control of the media by big corporations, with its complement of self-censoring editors, ensures that material inconsistent with corporate interests can rarely slip on to the front pages. Corporate-controlled media is unlikely to report on the effects of corporate land grabbing. This was also probably why, despite a packed house of journalists at the press conference mentioned earlier, there was hardly any reportage the following day.

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    During these days of rising undemocratic tendencies and shrinking democratic spaces, the decay of democracy's fourth pillar is a cause for concern. There are, however, voices that make the horizons less bleak. One such voice is that of the frail-looking Kawasi Hidme, who was arrested at 15, tortured, gang-raped, falsely implicated and thrown into prison for seven years before she was acquitted and released in March this year. As she, with rare daring and dignity, related the horrors she had gone through, her mentor, Sori, had this to say: "I need to give her strength again, I want her to fight. Perhaps we can do something for all women who come out of jail but are still unhappy, to help them get their lives back." She added: "Who knows, perhaps Hidme can become the strongest fighter of us all."

    Voices such as these, with their staunchness and stubbornness in the face of mighty odds can bring the greatest hope. Sori and Kawasi are after all only representative of thousands of other courageous people in their area who are standing up and refusing to give in. Long considered the wretched of the earth, it seems to be their struggle that is redemarcating and redefining what democratic spaces and democracy can mean. Their struggle to attain and sustain liberty, land and livelihood in the remotest forests of the country may be primarily their struggle to survive, but it has the potential to show the way for democracy in our country to thrive.

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