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    With this move, Nepal has left India and many western country behind.

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    Didi tried to kill two birds with single shot,the publication of Netaji documents.Which has proved to become Big Big Horse Eggs as her Muslim appeasement!
    I am not surprised that Muslim students have to sit in examination in Bengal on Eid!

    Palash Biswas

    Mamata Didi is known for her heart full of love for Bengali Voters and she specially cares for the decisive Muslim Vote Bank.It is very rare that she fails to convey her poetic emotion whenever Muslim people in India celebrate some occasion.

    Mamata Didi includes herself in prayer in Namaji Mode to win Muslim Vote Bank.
    Because Muslims in Bengal with at least thirty percent nearly en mass support make her invincible against divided opposition so much so that cadre based Left has failed to gain the lost ground afresh and the Shafron tsunami could not make any dent on her popular support base irrespective of the quality of her governance.

    Didi never forgets to say,SALAM or KHUDA Hafiz and always uses the suffix Banglar AMMA.

    However,she emerged as  the greatest saviour for the NDA government stranded in Parliament which needs outside support to push for legislation most urgent for ethnic cleansing.

    For Muslim Vote Bank,Didi understandably dares not to be seen with Modi or Amit Shah despite continuous photobombing and oversharing!

    But Didi consolidates RSS network countrywide  her with every act and populist gimmick as the latest exaple seems to be available around,the declassified Netaji Documents.

    Modi and Didi jointly divided Bengal vertically in Islam and Hindutva which Netaji would never allowed and Hindu Mahasabha could do nothing in Bengal until Netaji left India.

    All gods and goddesses were born just after India could feel that her heart was missing!As Netaji always stood for Pluralism,Hidnustani mixed linguistics as national language and his Azad Hind Fauj represented each and every element of diversity like thousands flowers in full bloom all over the geopolitics.

    The hegemony which refused to support Netaji in his quest for freedom,in his fight for freedom got India divided and rivers are full of blood till this date.

    Every part of the divided geopolitics is bleeding till this date and the Earth and the Nature and the Humanity have to bear the burns as our our world is set on fire for religious identity suicidal blind nationalism enveloping the inherent diversity and pluralism for which Netaji stood.

    Apart from Political as well religious game,we should be inspired with this commitment to diversity and pluralism!

    The status after declassification of 64 Netaji documents remain the same despite Didi`s political gain to sideline the Left as well as Congress!

    What happened to the the unopposed leader of hearts all over the geopolitics across the border,the mystery is not solved.

    What for our Netaji opted to leave the country to ally with fascist Hitler and his allies,NOT Answered.

    Who suppressed the truth about Netaji in self exile and his whereabouts,nothing explained.

    Rumours were harvested all these years that Netaji was alive after 1945 and it could never be contradicted.the status has not been changed.

    Nehru had been always targeted but nothing could be proved.

    That is why RSS government in the centre for two times opted for NOT publishing Netaji documents.

    Those documents rather prove Netaji stand ahgainst fascism aginst which he fought lifelong.The documents would rather expose the myth of his alliance with fascism which is UNTRUE.

    Didi wanted to harvest the Netaji sentiment as she is quite habitual to crop Muslim emotions without doing anything for Muslim humanity.

    Didi tried to kill two birds with single shot,the publication of Netaji documents.Which has proved to become Big BI Horse Eggs as her Muslim appeasement!

    I am not surprised that Muslim students have to sit in examination in Bengal on Eid!

    -পশ্চিমবঙ্গে ঈদের দিনে মুসলিম ছাত্র-ছাত্রীদের পরীক্ষার শিডিউল দেয়া হয়েছে

    আসন্ন ঈদের দিনে পশ্চিমবঙ্গে মুসলিম ছাত্র-ছাত্রী পরীক্ষার শিডিউল দেয়া হয়েছে। ঈদের পরের দিনেও রয়েছে পরীক্ষা। কল্যাণী বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের অন্তর্ভুক্ত বিভিন্ন ৪৯টি প্রতিষ্ঠানে এই পরীক্ষার শিডিউল ফেলা হয়। উল্লেখ্য, এই বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়গুলোতে হিন্দুদের তুলনায় মুসলিম ছাত্র-ছাত্রীদের আধিক্য বিদ্যমান (

    সত্যিই বলতে, ভারতে মুসলিমদেরকে (পশ্চিমবঙ্গে মুসলিম জনসংখ্যা প্রায় ৫০%) অধিকার বঞ্চিত করা হলেও, বাংলাদেশের সংখ্যালঘু হিন্দুদের (জনসংখ্যার মাত্র ২-৩%) অবাধ অধিকার দেয়া হচ্ছে। বাংলাদেশে-
    ১) দুর্গা পূজায় সব স্কুলগুলো প্রায় ৭ দিন পর্যন্ত বন্ধ থাকে।
    ২) জন্মাষ্টমী ও সরস্বতী পূজা উপলক্ষে সবগুলো স্কুল-কলেজ-ইউনিভার্সিটিগুলো মন্দিরে পরিণত হয়।

    ভারতের হিন্দুরা মুসলিমদের অধিকার দেয় না, কিন্তু বাংলাদেশে হিন্দুরা সবচেয়ে বেশি অধিকার ভোগ করে মুসলমানদের চেয়ে।

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  • 09/21/15--07:42: Condolence for Sumit Sen!
  • RIP.Condolence for Sumit Sen!

    Sumit Sen, editor of the Times of India's Kolkata edition is no more. Last we met at a meeting at the office of the TOI, Guwahati. I pay my respect to the memory of Sumit da. May his soul rests in peace.

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    Women Journalists write to Akhilesh Yadav – A Congratulatory Note, Tinged with Regret #Vaw

    -- IN अंग्रेज़ीवेब स्पेशल / BY  / ON SEPTEMBER 21, 2015 AT 10:40 AM /

    penRespected Chief Minister,

    This week, the Banda police identified and caught a man who had harassed Khabar Lahariya journalists over the phone for months. It took just two days. Clearly, if your  so desires, each department that you oversee is obliged to do its job, and well. If we were beginning to think that the spiraling crimes against in UP re
    flect the ineptitude of the police, the way this case panned out shows that the UP police doesn't lack in ability in dealing with crimes against women.If there is will to act, no perpetrator is impossible for them to bring in.

    Yet, we regret the fact that drawing your attention to this case, Mr Chief Minister, required us to draw the attention, first, of thousands on social media. And that the police was only woken out of their nine-month slumber when you, and subsequently, local, state and national media rang alarm bells.

    On the 14 of September, a story we wrote on the case and our experience reporting it was published online. Thousands of wellwishers and journalists read about the man who had harassed us for months, and protested the lack of action taken by the police. The voices of protest were so loud, that they reached even you, Mr Chief Minister. You took swift action, and directed the UP police to catch the culprit. And, incredibly, two days later, the culprit was behind bars.

    We had tried to use the 1090 women's helpline first, to deal with the phone harassment. Then we filed FIRs in January. Nothing happened. We were called to register statements again and again – sometimes because the investigating officer would be transferred, sometimes because the file had been transferred from one police department to another. The police seemed to enjoy listening to the statements repeatedly. We even heard, at the end, that the district police lacked a specialist in crime, and this was the reason for the slow pace of the investigation. Quite shocking, we thought, for a district at the heart of UP's banditlands, with no shortage of crimes of any nature.

    On the 16 of September, when the suspect had been caught, the papers couldn't get enough of the story. We were immediately asked to leave everything we were doing and be present at the Banda Kotwali the same day. Shortly, the police presented the accused. He was asked if he recognized us. We were in a state of physical and emotional shock. Neither had we wanted to see this man, nor did we want him to see us. But the police didn't think to ask us about this, so caught up were they in their big moment of success.

    The immediate impact of this denouement to the case was to award you, Mr Chief Minister, with credit for having galvanized the police and administration into such swift action. We came to Lucknow, we were invited to take a tour of the plush offices of the 1090 Women's Helpline, and hear how the system had managed to resolve over three lakh complaints. Indeed, the system seemed impressive – yet, in our case, it had failed, and it would take more than a tour to establish its value.

    We would like to express gratitude to you and to the UP Police for the promptness and efficiency displayed in tackling this case of harassment. But our gratitude is underlined with regret. The accused has been caught, and will face charges in court. Hopefully, justice will be delivered. But will this case change the situation for thousands of women reporting in small towns or rural areas? In the situations of insecurity and insensitivity in which we work, must we always wait months for complaints to be taken with seriousness, or acted upon? Or is the presence of a helpline, the admission of problematic 'mindsets' of your police department, and one case 'cracked' meant to pacify us, and redeem you from a much greater, graver responsibility?

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    Press Release – Mumbai Press Club condemns Sanathan Sanstha threats against scribe

    Mumbai Press Club notes with serious concern the Sanatan Sansthna targeting
    Shaymsundar Sonnar, a senior journalist with a Marathi newspaper 'Prahaar'
    and senior journalist Nikhil Wagle.

    In view of arrests of people associated with Sanatan Prabhat in connection
    with veteran secularist and Leftist leader Comrade Govind Pansare's murder,
    Sonnar has filed a formal police complaint and has asked the police for
    protection for him and his family from the right wing organisation.

    Sanatan Prabhat wrote an article targeting Sonnar for his interpretation of
    Sant Tukaram's pro-science preaching. Sonnar is a vaarkari preacher who is
    invited by people across Maharashtra for kirtans and public speeches. His
    rationalist views are very much appreciated and well accepted. The
    newspaper's article which appeared on Sept 1, 2015, spat venom against the
    senior journalist and called him anti-Hindu.

    Nikhil Wagle, a senior journalist, is also under threat. He is getting
    threat from Sanatan Sanstha since 2011. Maharashtra police has also found
    that Nikhil's name was mentioned regularly in the telephonic conversation
    between arrested Samir Gaikwad and some other members of Sanatan Sanstha
    including absconder Rudra Patil.  police officials recently met
    Nikhil and requested him for the police protection. Nikhil has refused
    security as it will hamper his journalistic activities.

    The Mumbai Press Club fully stands behind Sonnar and Wagle and his family
    members and calls upon the Mumbai Police and the Maharashtra to
    take serious note of it.

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    Veteran communist leader Sadhan Gupta dies.He was the first visiually challenged MP in India.Condolence!

    আজকালের প্রতিবেদনঃ
    Comred Sadhan Gupta 2009প্রবী‍ণ কমিউনিস্ট নেতা, বিশিষ্ট আইনজীবী সাধন গুপ্ত প্রয়াত হয়েছেন। বয়স হয়েছিল ৯৭ বছর। শনিবার রাত ১১টা ৫০ মিনিটে যোধপুর পার্কের বাড়িতে তাঁর জীবনাবসান হয়। রেখে গেলেন চার মেয়ে, এক ছেলে, নাতি–নাতনিদের। তাঁর মৃতু‍্যতে শোক প্রকাশ করেছে সি পি এম। রবিবার বিকেলে তাঁর মরদেহ আলিমুদ্দিন স্ট্রিটে দলের সদর কার্যালয়ে আনা হয়। সেখানে তাঁকে শ্রদ্ধা জানান সি পি এম রাজ‍্য সম্পাদক সূর্যকান্ত মিশ্র, প্রাক্তন মুখ‍্যমন্ত্রী বুদ্ধদেব ভট্টাচার্য, মহম্মদ আমিন, হাসিম আব্দুল হালিম, রবীন দেব। ফরওয়ার্ড ব্লকের রাজ‍্য সম্পাদক অশোক ঘোষ, হাফিজ আলম সাইরানি, আইনজীবী বিকাশরঞ্জন ভট্টাচার্য, নিশীথ অধিকারী, রবিলাল মৈত্র প্রমুখ। বি জে পি–র রাজ‍্য সভাপতি রাহুল সিনহা এদিন তাঁর বাড়িতে যান। সাধন গুপ্তর পরিবারের সদস‍্যদের সমবেদনা জানান। কেওড়াতলায় শ্রদ্ধা জানান বিচারপতি অসীম রায়। রাতে কেওড়াতলা শ্মশানে সাধন গুপ্তর শেষকৃত‍্য সম্পন্ন হয়। ১৯১৭ সালের ৭ নভেম্বর ঢাকায় জন্মগ্রহণ করেন তিনি। দেড় বছর বয়সে বসন্ত রোগে আক্রান্ত হয়ে দৃষ্টিশক্তি হারান। তার পরও অদম‍্য মনোভাব দেখিয়ে ম‍্যাট্রিকুলেশনে প্রথম ১০ জনের মধে‍্য স্থান লাভ করেন। পরবর্তীতে প্রেসিডেন্সি কলেজ (তৎকালীন) থেকে অর্থনীতিতে স্নাতক হন। অর্থনীতিতে স্নাতকোত্তর ডিগ্রি লাভের পাশাপাশি আইন পাস করেন। শুরু করেন কলকাতা হাইকোর্টে ওকালতি। ছাত্রাবস্থায় বামপন্থী রাজনীতির সংস্পর্শে আসেন, বেঙ্গল প্রভিন্সিয়াল স্টুডেন্টস ফেডারেশনের সভাপতি হন। ১৯৩৯ সালে কমিউনিস্ট পার্টি অফ ইন্ডিয়ার সদস‍্য হন। স্বাধীনতা পরবর্তীকালে কলকাতা দক্ষিণ–পূর্ব কেন্দ্র থেকে সাংসদ নির্বাচিত হন। কমিউনিস্ট পার্টি ভাগের পর সি পি এমের সদস‍্য হন। আমৃতু‍্য তিনি দলের সঙ্গে যুক্ত ছিলেন। ১৯৬৯ সালে কালীঘাট কেন্দ্র থেকে বিধায়ক নির্বাচিত হন। দৃষ্টি প্রতিবন্ধকতাকে জয় করে সাধন গুপ্ত বহু গুরুত্বপূর্ণ মামলা লড়েছেন বিভিন্ন রাজে‍্য, সুপ্রিম কোর্টে। পূর্ব পাকিস্তানের চট্টগ্রামেও মামলা লড়ে এসেছেন। বামফ্রন্ট সরকার ক্ষমতায় আসার পর তিনি রাজে‍্যর প্রথম অতিরিক্ত অ‍্যাডভোকেট জেনারেল হন। ১৯৮৬ সালে রাজে‍্যর অ‍্যাডভোকেট জেনারেল নির্বাচিত হন। দৃষ্টিহীন হিসেবে তিনিই দেশের প্রথম অ‍্যাডভোকেট জেনারেল। ভাল গান গাইতেন। যুক্ত ছিলেন দৃষ্টিহীনদের বিভিন্ন সংগঠনের সঙ্গে।
    এমপি সাধন গুপ্ত কম্যুনিস্ট

    #RIP – Veteran Leftist Sadhan Gupta – Independent India's first visually-challenged MP

    The Hindu reports:

    Independent India's first visually-challenged MP Sadhan Gupta has died following age-related illness.

    The veteran Communist and eminent lawyer died late on Saturday night, Communist Party of India (Marxist) party officials said. He was 98 and is survived by four daughters and a son.

    Biman Bose condoles 

    Left Front chairman and CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Biman Bose condoled the passing away of the veteran leader.

    Born in Dhaka, Mr. Gupta was educated at the Calcutta Blind School and went on to study Economics from the Presidency College and law from the University of Calcutta.

    In 1953, the CPI(M) leader became 's first visually-challenged Parliamentarian when he won from the Kolkata south-east constituency. He was re-elected to Parliament for the second consecutive term and remained an MP till 1962. Later on in 1986, he became the first visually-challenged Advocate General of West Bengal.

    Mr. Gupta was also the founder-president of the National Federation of the Blind and the first president of the Indian chapter of Disabled Peoples' International.

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    Kavita Tayade
    September 21 at 8:25pm
    जाती व्यवस्था नष्ट करना है या जारी रखना है इसकी समिक्षा करो 
    वर्ण व्यवस्था नष्ट करना है या जारी रखना है इसकी समिक्षा करो 

    जाती व्यवस्था से किसे लाभ हुआ है और किसे नुकसान हुआ है, इसकी समिक्षा करो 
    वर्ण व्यवस्था से किसे लाभ हुआ है और किसे नुकसान हुआ है, इसकी समिक्षा करो 

    जात व वर्ण निर्मुलनच्या चळवळीत सामील व्हा. 
    जाति और वर्ण विनाश के आंदोलन में शामिल हों। 

    जे लोक जाति वर आधारित आरक्षण च्या विरोधात आंदोलन 
    करतात परंतु माणसात माणसात जाति च्या आधारावर उच व नीच चा भेदभाव करणा-या जाती च्या विरोधात आंदोलन नाही 
    त्यांच्या सारखे नीच, दृष्ट व अधम दुसरे कोणीच नाही 

    जे लोक आरक्षण ला नष्ट करण्या च्या विरोधात आंदोलन करतात परंतु माणसात माणसात जाति च्या आधारावर उच व नीच चा भेदभाव करणा-या जाती ला नष्ट करण्या च्या विरोधात आंदोलन नाही करतात 
    त्यांच्या सारखे नीच, दृष्ट व अधम दुसरे कोणीच नाही 

    जे लोक जाती वर आधारित आरक्षण ला नष्ट करण्याचे प्रयत्न करतात परंतु क्रमिक असमानता वर आधारीत जाती ला नष्ट करण्याचे प्रयत्न नाही करतात 
    त्यांच्या सारखे नीच, दृष्ट व अधम दुसरे कोणीच नाही. 

    जे लोक जाति वर आधारितआरक्षण चा विरोध करतात परंतु माणसात माणसात उच व नीच चा भेदभाव करणा-या जाती चे समर्थन करतात 
    त्यांच्या सारखे नीच, दृष्ट व अधम दुसरे कोणीच नाही 

    जे लोक जाती वर आधारित आरक्षण चा विरोध करतात परंतु क्रमिक असमानता वर आधारीत जाती चे समर्थन करतात 
    त्यांच्या सारखे नीच, दृष्ट व अधम दुसरे कोणीच नाही. 

    जे लोक आरक्षण ला नष्ट करण्याचे प्रयत्न करतात परंतु माणसात माणसात उच व नीच चा भेदभाव करणा-या जाती ला नष्ट करण्याचे प्रयत्न नाही करतात 
    त्यांच्या सारखे नीच, दृष्ट व अधम दुसरे कोणीच नाही 

    जे लोक जाती वर आधारित आरक्षण ला नष्ट करण्याचे प्रयत्न करतात परंतु माणसात माणसात भेदभाव करणा-या जाती ला नष्ट करण्याचे प्रयत्न नाही चे समर्थन करतात 
    त्यांच्या सारखे नीच, दृष्ट व अधम दुसरे कोणीच नाही 

    जे लोक जाती वर आधारित आरक्षण ला नष्ट करण्याचे प्रयत्न करतात परंतु माणसात माणसात उच व नीच चा भेदभाव करणा-या जाती चे समर्थन करतात 
    त्यांच्या सारखे नीच, दृष्ट व अधम दुसरे कोणीच नाही
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    Hindutva protagonists blame Nehru, Gandhi,Congress and British Raj for partition which is NOT the TRUTH at all.
    রাজকাহিনী,an Indian Film is objected in Bangladesh because it deals with partition of India and the story is about save campaign for a BROTHEL on No man`s land on Indo Bangla Borderand the message is the call for merger of East and West Bengal.
    Bangladesh objects the call to make TWO Bengals ONE and considers it against the Bangla Nationalism as their point is the people of East Bengal never wanted partition nether they happen to be responsible for partition.West Benagl politics is the root of partition of India and Bangladesh never wants to be the subject of class hegemony over again.

    Nayan Chttarejee blasts every call of the merger of divided Bengal into one.

    Nayan Chttarejee also quoted Jaya  Chaterjees book on the partition of Bengal which tells how Hindutva and Hindu communal politics  succeeded to accomplish the task of Partition of India.

    Ironically,Hindutva protagonists blame Nehru,Gandhi,Congress and British Raj for partition which is NOT the TRUTH at all.

    জয়া চ্যাটার্জি'র লেখা 'বাঙলা ভাগ হলো: হিন্দু সাম্প্রদায়িকতা ও দেশ বিভাগ' 
    Palash Biswas
    নয়ন চ্যাটার্জি

    পশ্চিমবঙ্গে একটা সিনেমা তৈরী হয়েছে, নাম রাজকাহিনী। সিনেমাটি এক মাস পর পূজোয় মু্ক্তি পাবে। সিনেমার পটভূমি '৪৭ এর ভারতভাগ। সিনেমাটি ভারতের, তাই ভারত তার পক্ষে কাহিনী রচনা করবে সেটাই স্বাভাবিক, কিন্তু সমস্যা সিনেমাটির এক নায়িকা (জয়া আহসান) আবার বাংলাদেশের। তাই স্বাভাবিকভাবে বাংলাদেশীরা সেখানে মাথা ঘামানোর সুযোগ পাবে।

    সিনেমার ট্রেইলার দেখে ( আমার মনে হয়েছে, বাংলাদেশীদের জন্য এটি আপত্তিজনক কাহিনী। কেননা সিনেমার মাধ্যমে যে মেসেজ থ্রো করা হয়েছে, তা বাংলাদেশের স্বাধীনতার জন্য সত্যিই হুমকিস্বরূপ।

    সিনেমার কাহিনী:
    ৪৭ এর ভারতভাগের সময় যখন হিন্দু-মুসলিম আলাদা আলাদা ভূমিতে চলে যায়, তখন বাংলাদেশ (পূর্ব পাকিস্তান)-ভারত সীমান্তের মাঝে একটি একটি পতিতালয় পড়ে। পতিতালয়টির নাম 'বেগমজান পতিতালয়'। সিদ্ধান্ত হয় সীমান্তের স্বার্থে পতিতালয়টি তুলে দেওয়া হবে। সীমান্তভাগে পতিতালয়কে বাচানোর কাহিনীকে কেন্দ্র করে তৈরী হয় 'রাজকাহিনী'নামক সিনেমাটি।

    সিনেমার মাধ্যমে কি মেসেজ থ্রো করা হলো ?
    আপনাদের নিশ্চয় মনে আছে, কিছুদিন আগে বাংলাদেশে এসেছিলো পশ্চিমবঙ্গের নায়ক 'দেব'। দেব বলেছিলো; "দাও, দুই বাংলা এক করে দাও"। এ সিনেমারও মূল মেসেজটিও কিন্তু সেটি, "দুই বাংলার মাধ্যে কোন সীমানার দরকার নাই", যার কারণে ট্রেইলারের শেষ অংশে দেখা যায়, একটি শিশু সীমানার কাটাতারের মধ্যে প্রশ্রাব করছে।

    '৪৭ এর ভারতভাগের জন্য আসলে কে দায়ি ছিলো ?
    পূর্ব পাকিস্তানবাসী (বাংলাদেশ) '৪৭ এ কখনই চায়নি- বাংলা ভাগ হোক। বাংলায় মুসলমানরা সংখ্যাগরিষ্ঠ হওয়ায় তারা নিশ্চিত ছিলো পূর্ববাংলা, পশ্চিমবঙ্গ, আসাম নিয়ে বৃহত্তর বাংলা গঠিত হবে। কিন্তু এতে আপত্তি জানিয়েছিলো পশ্চিমবঙ্গে অবস্থানকরা হিন্দুরা। কারণ এতে তারা নিশ্চিত হয়েছিলো, সংখ্যাগরিষ্ঠ মুসলমানদের মধ্যে পড়লে তারা ইচ্ছা-অনিচ্ছায় মুসলমানদের অধীন হয়ে পড়বে। তাই পশ্চিমবঙ্গের হিন্দুরা পাকিস্তান নয়, ভারতের সাথে যোগ হওয়ার জন্য গো ধরলো। এ সম্পর্কে জয়া চ্যাটার্জি'র লেখা 'বাঙলা ভাগ হলো: হিন্দু সাম্প্রদায়িকতা ও দেশ বিভাগ'বইতে বলা হয়েছে: "এখন সময় ঘোষিত হয়েছে। ভগ্নী ও ভায়েরা, আমি আপনাদের নমনীয় মনোভাব ত্যাগ করে স্বপ্নরাজ্যের বিহ্বলতার শিখর থেকে বাস্তবের জগতে ফিরে আসার আহ্বান জানাচ্ছি। ঐতিহ্যগতভাবে এবং আবেগের দিক থেকে বাঙলার জনগণ প্রদেশ ভাগের যে কোনো উদ্যোগের বিরুদ্ধে। কিন্তু আমরা যদি অন্তর্নিহিত অর্থ অনুধাবন না করে শুধু পুরনো স্লোগান উদ্ধৃত করি, তাহলে মাতৃভূমির কাছে আমরা'রাষ্ট্রদ্রোহিতা'র অপরাধে দোষী বলে সাব্যস্ত হব। স্বদেশী দিনগুলোতে বিভাগ-বিরোধী আন্দোলন ছিল সাম্রাজ্যবাদের বিরুদ্ধে সংগ্রাম। ঐ সাম্রাজ্যবাদের উদ্দেশ্য ছিল উভয় প্রদেশে বাঙলার হিন্দুদের সংখ্যালঘিষ্ঠ করে দেশের স্বাধীনতার জন্য সংগ্রামরত সবচেয়ে বৃহৎ জাতীয়তাবাদী শক্তিকে পঙ্গু করে দেওয়া। বিভক্তির জন্য আমাদের আজকের দাবি সেই একই আদর্শ ও লক্ষ্যে অনুপ্রাণিত, অর্থাৎ জাতীয়তাবাদী শক্তির বিচ্ছিন্নতা রোধ, বাঙলার সংস্কৃতি রক্ষা করা এবং বাঙলার হিন্দুদের জন্য একটি স্বদেশভূমি অর্জন করা যা ভারতের অংশ হিসেবে জাতীয় রাষ্ট্রে পরিণত হবে।" (সূত্র: বাঙলা ভাগ হলো: হিন্দু সাম্প্রদায়িকতা ও দেশ বিভাগ, জয়া চ্যাটার্জি, ইউপিএল, ২৭৮ পৃষ্ঠা)

    অর্থাৎ হিন্দু রাষ্ট্রের সাথে যোগ হতেই পশ্চিমবঙ্গের হিন্দুরা দেশভাগ চেয়েছিলো। এ লক্ষে '৪৬ এর ১৬ই আগস্ট তারা দাঙ্গা করে হাজার হাজার মুসলিমকে হত্যা করেছিলো। বাংলাদেশের মধ্য হতে উগ্রহিন্দুত্ববাদী দল 'অনুশীলন'ও 'যুগান্তর' (চট্টগ্রামের প্রীতিলতা, সূর্যসেন এক সময় এ দলের সদস্য ছিলো) দাঙ্গা করে মুসলমানদের হত্যা করে। এই দাঙ্গার কারণে বাংলাভাগ তরান্বিত হয় এবং বাংলাদেশের মুসলমানরা বিশাল এলাকা হারিয়ে ক্ষুদ্র ভূমি লাভ করতে পারে।

    কিন্তু এখন কেন পশ্চিমবঙ্গের হিন্দুরা বার বার দুই বাংলাকে এক হয়ে যেতে বলছে?

    আপনারা নিশ্চয়ই দেখেছেন,সাম্প্রতিক সময়ে পশ্চিমবঙ্গ থেকে বেশ কয়েকজন শিল্পী বাংলাদেশে এসেছে এবং তাদের বাংলাদেশের বিভিন্ন স্থানকে পৈতৃক ভিটা বলে দাবি করেছে। যেমন, খবরে এসেছে--
    ১) চট্টগ্রামে পিতৃপুরুষের ভিটায় পার্বতী পাল (
    ২) ঝালকাঠিতে পৈতৃক ভিটায় চোখের জলে ভাসিয়ে গেলেন নচিকেতা, যায়গা ফেরত পেলে হাসপাতাল নির্মাণ করবে নচিকেতা। (
    ৩) ফরিদপুর যেতে চান পাওলি দাম (
    ৪) ২৭ বছর পর পাবনায় সুচিত্রা সেনের পৈত্রিক বাড়ি দখলমুক্ত (
    সত্যিই বলতে পশ্চিমবঙ্গের শিল্পীরা দেবের সেই মেসেজটাই বার বার থ্রো করছে- "দাও, দুই বাংলা এক কারে দাও"। কারণ এখন আর ৪৭ এর মত অবস্থা নেই। এবং যদি দুই দেশের সীমানা তুলে দেওয়া যায়, তবে খুব সহজেই বাংলাদেশকে গিলে খেতে পারবে ভারত। তখন পুরো বাংলায় হিন্দুরা হবে কর্তা, মুসলমানরা হবে পরাধীন। 

    এ জন্যই 'রাজকাহিনী'সিনেমার থিম সং হচ্ছে- ভারতের জাতীয় সংগীত, যেখানে বার বার ভারতকে বলা হচ্ছে ভাগ্যবিধাতা হিসেবে।

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    • Growing hopes Though the betel vines don't belong to Debaranjan Swain, an anti-POSCO activist, he agreed to pose for the photograph. The owner didn't, scared to be identified as these vines grow on 'POSCO land.'
      Growing hopes Though the betel vines don't belong to Debaranjan Swain, an anti-POSCO activist, he agreed to pose for the photograph. The owner didn't, scared to be identified as these vines grow on 'POSCO land.'
    • Abandoned This transit camp in Badagabapur was home to 52 'pro-POSCO' families which have returned to their villages. It hasn't been a pleasant homecoming for them; they had sold their cattle and many found their houses encroached.

    POSCO might be on the verge of exiting the Odisha project, but it leaves behind a model that others will do well to avoid, writes Prince Mathews Thomas

    The eight containers are a strange sight here in Nuagaon, a village in Jagatsingpur district, three hours drive from 's capitalBhubaneshwar. Similar to those used by shipping companies for transportation and storage, the containers are surrounded by stretches of sand and some grass where cows are grazing. A couple of hundred meters away there are a few thatched houses and plots of betel vines. While the paint is largely intact on most of the containers, rust is eating in from the sides. There are no doors and glass panes of the windows are missing. Inside, the containers are empty and in most, the floors have given away. In one of the containers, wiring for what would have been a ceiling fan hangs from the roof. In another, broken beer bottles and empty cigarette packets are littered signs of a late night drinking session.

    The eight containers belong to POSCO. And till February this year, these containers were the most visible signs on the gound of the South Korean steelmaker whose struggle to set up a plant in India is now 10-years-old. These were used as office 'cabins' by POSCO officials who were overseeing land acquisition. On the 16th of the month, locals from Nuagaon and other nearby villages set the containers on fire. "That was the last that we saw of them," says Ramesh Mantri, who lives nearby, of POSCO and its officials.

    Ten days later, news emerged that the company had laid off about 30 employees from its unit Posco Engineering and Construction  Pvt. Ltd. The Gurgaon-based construction firm looks after POSCO's projects and it was clear that the unit didn't have much work to keep its people engaged. On July 16, POSCO announced that it was suspending its operations in Odisha due to delays in regulatory approvals. Remaining doubts of the $12 billion-project evaporated when POSCO announced a joint venture in August with the -based Uttam Galva group to set up a plant in Maharashtra. The JV had been in the works for more than two years but was put on the backburner by POSCO. Till now, it had the Odisha project higher on the priority list. But now the final die seems to have been cast.

    The scene is different far away in the power corridors of Bhubaneshwar and New Delhi, where last attempts are being made to salvage the project. The investment, which would have been the largest by a foreign investor in the country, is important for both the Governments. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to set an example under his Make in India  that seeks overseas investors, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik realises that the failure of the project might become a political tool for his bête noirs in the state.

    A meeting of officials from Prime Minister's Office, Odisha and POSCO was held in late August in Delhi. The PMO reiterated that the South Korean company will have to participate in auction to get iron ore mines, as has been mandated by the new mining law called the MMRDA Act. But it is a clause that has made POSCO's India experience bitter. The company contends that the government had promised to allocate it a mine in Odisha, probably the most important reason for the steelmaker's keenness to set up a plant in India.

    But there is a twist. Governments in the Centre and the State have made a final offer to the company. Can POSCO partner Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) in developing the iron ore mine? The OMC is a state-owned company and according to the MMRDA Act, mines can be allocated to public sector units. The steelmaker can form a joint venture and source iron ore from OMC. But will it agree? Now the ball is in POSCO's court.

    Back in Nuagaon though, people are eager to move on.

    Battle weary

    As the afternoon sun beats down at Nuagaon, the mid-day ritual is being played out. Children are walking back from their schools; men, after the morning work in the betel vines are now washing their hands and legs, and  are seated in front of some of the houses, combing their hair. Everything seems to be normal. In Dhinkia, which is a 20-minute drive away, there are no barricades now to welcome visitors. Earlier, entry points to this cradle of anti-POSCO protests were heavily guarded; sometimes  would join their men with bamboo sticks in their hands. Not anymore.

    "There are no protests now," says Prashant Paikray, spokesperson of POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS), the organisation that has been at the forefront of anti-POSCO agitation. "We burned their cabins and also brought down the boundary wall that was built on the acquired land. POSCO is finished there," adds Paikray, who lives in Bhubaneshwar and is travelling to Delhi the next day to participate in a seminar on land acquisition. But there is still some "unfinished work." Says the activist: "We want the land to be returned and the more than 350 cases, which were filed against us, to be dropped."

    About 2,700 acres of land was acquired by Odisha Industrial Development Corporation (popularly called IDCO) on behalf of POSCO. Almost 1,700 acres had been handed over to the steel company. Though most of it has been demarcated as forest, the 2006 Forest Rights Act empowers people, if they have been using the land for more than three generations, to use it.

    After POSCO suspended its operations, the villagers have started reclaiming the land. At Nuagaon, Paikray's PPSS colleagues guide visitors to the outskirts of the village to show the area where IDCO acquired land on behalf of POSCO. The signs of 're-occupation' are evident. New plots of betel vines have come up on the demarcated land. At one of the plots, a younger farmer is working on the vines. He refuses to talk and doesn't want to be photographed. "There is nothing to be scared, we are here," Prafulla Das, a PPSS activist tries to convince the youngster. It is in vain. Perhaps, he realises that the 10-year-old agitation is not over yet and doesn't want to risk anything.

    Though the move to reclaim land has not become a mass movement as the PPSS would have wanted to, IDCO officials have already taken note of the "transgression." An IDCO official, on conditions of anonymity, said that the organisation will soon write to local administration to remove the betel vines. "We also plan to build a boundary wall," the official added. He admitted that even if POSCO pulls out of the project, there are no plans to return the land to the natives. "There are other companies who are interested in the land," he said. One of them is the JSW Group, owned by Sajjan Jindal. The entrepreneur had backed out of a steel project in West Bengal and is now interested in acquiring the land in Jagatsingpur if POSCO walks away from the project.

    Debaranjan Swain, a member of the PPSS from Dhinkia, is not pleased when he hears this. He stares out in the open for a few seconds and then says, "Whoever plans to set up a project here, we will drive him away. This is our land," says the 36-year-old. But he doesn't sound convincing. Swain grows betel vine over his one acre land and earns about ₹3-4 lakh every three months. "The price of betel leaf has come down from ₹1.2 to 50 paisa per leaf," says the farmer of the present market conditions of the crop that is mostly exported. He must have been relieved when in 2013, POSCO decided to exclude Dhinkia from the beleaguered project. Locals here boast of a better living standard than other rural parts of Odisha. The betel vines attract migrant labourers, who are attracted by the daily wages of ₹350-400 a day, almost twice the government-decided rate.

    Life in transit

    But 52 families in Dhinkia have suffered due to POSCO's change in mind and excluding the village from the project. The families, labelled 'pro-POSCO,' were driven away from their homes by those protesting the project. These families were ready to hand over their land in return for compensation, a 'transit' home and promise of jobs. They had been living in a transit camp for seven years. But early this year, one by one, all of them have gone back to their villages from the transit camp in Badagabapur.

    It was not a happy existence for them. Though each member of the families was given compensation of ₹20 per day, it was not enough to meet their needs. Villagers allege that after the first year, the families didn't get any medical help from the company. "They sold their cattle, left their houses and fields. Everyone has lost because of POSCO's project," says Tamil Pradhan, who earlier led the pro-POSCO group United Action Committee. But with changing ground conditions, Pradhan has shifted sides. "Yes, I used to support the company. But it was on the condition that people are properly rehabilitated. If POSCO can't do that, it should go back," says Pradhan. The activist now is busy helping his wife who is a member of the local Panchayat.

    While many from the 52 families are now struggling to get back their land that has been encroached by others in the village, the transit camp in Badagabapur looks haunted. Rows of abandoned houses have no signs of life expect for a truck that is parked in the front. "The government has committed a mistake by not taking care of the people who left their villages," says Pradhan.

    BusinessLine made repeated attempts to reach POSCO's India spokesperson IG Lee. While calls on his mobile phone went unanswered, there was no reply to messages.

    Unemployment and political fallout

    Back in Bhubaneshwar, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik would be wary about the ground conditions in Jagatsinghpur. In last year's elections to the Legislative Assembly, his party colleague and five-time member of the Legislative Assembly, Bishnu Das lost to Congress's Chiranjib Biswal. Though the elections were a one-sided contest across the state, this huge upset would have bugged the fourth-time Chief Minister. The delay in the POSCO project and the complications arising out of the land acquisition were top issues in the elections.

    Now with the increasing possibility of the POSCO project becoming a pipe dream, Patnaik will be vary of the consequences. The opposition will be quick to highlight the low conversion rate of industrial projects and the increasing incidence of unemployment in the state. Last year, the number of registered unemployed youth in Odisha crossed the one million mark. The steel sector, which is considered one of the biggest employers, has provided jobs to just 19,300 Odiya youth in the last 14 years. The POSCO plant would have provided nearly 50,000 jobs directly and indirectly.

    Patnaik is hoping that the new Industrial Policy Resolution (IPR) will bring the fillip that the local economy needs. "There is a realisation in the Government that industries are important to provide employment to skilled labour," says Sanjeev Chopra, Principal Secretary, Industries. Apart from the new IPR, there is also the Odisha Industries Facilitation (Amendment) Rules, 2015 that was cleared by the State Cabinet in August. Under the Act, a new facilitation cell has been constituted that will have specified formats to assess an investment proposal and clear it within a stipulated period. The administration also unveiled a mobile app and software platform that will help prospective investors get information on policies, subsidies, incentives, and also help track their files through several ministries. "Companies will be given incentives according to the employment generation of their projects," adds Chopra. The eventual target is to attract investment proposals worth ₹1.73 lakh crore.

    There is also a move to develop non-manufacturing sectors in a state that is otherwise known for its rich reserves of minerals. The administration has appointed consultancy firm KPMG to suggest five non-manufacturing sectors that can developed. "They will give recommendations on policy and strategy. The report will be submitted in November," says Chopra.

    But will these initiatives help Naveen Patnaik gain the lost ground due to the POSCO debacle?

    Folding up

    Fortune Towers in one of the biggest commercial complexes in Bhubaneswar, which is otherwise dominated by government offices. The seven-storey building houses offices of most of the top companies that operate in the state, including Tata Steel, , Steel and BHP Minerals. POSCO's office is on the fifth floor, from where it has been operating since the early days. But now there is not much buzz around it.

    The main reception and the space beyond is now bare. Outside, a security guard is idling away. When asked about a couple of POSCO executives, he says, "There is no one here now. Everyone has left. Only a couple of South Korean officials remain." Can one meet them? He goes inside with the visiting card and comes back in five minutes. "Sir, none is around," he says with an apologetic face. Clearly, POSCO doesn't want to face anyone right now.

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    #India – HELP! Domestic Workers

    Millions of domestic workers, who help us work our jobs and parent our children, are often victims of modern-day slavery and trafficking. Our homes, in fact, are at the edge of 's rich-poor divide, says Gargi Gupta as she looks beyond cases of violent abuse to examine the status of the invisible but vital workforce
    Gargi Gupta

    In mid-September, around the time the media was raging against the brutal sexual assault of two Nepalese domestic workers by a Saudi Arab diplomat, another bit of news was tucked away in the inside pages of a few Delhi newspapers. It was about a 12-year-old girl, employed as a domestic help in a Noida highrise, who'd used a sari tied to the balcony grill to climb down from the 13th to 12th floor, in her desperation to flee her "employers". They would, she told the police, not let her leave the house, make her work all hours of the day, and give her food just twice – tea in the morning and two chapattis in the evening; the bathroom was off limits, so she'd have to use the balcony.

    Horrifying? Yes, but no more shocking than the condition of a 15-year-old girl from Jharkhand, who was rescued from Vasant Kunj, a middle-class neighbourhood in south Delhi, some years ago. She was found half-naked with knife and bite injuries and burn marks; her employer, a 50-year-old executive in an MNC, would beat her regularly and make her drink urine. And then was the case of another minor girl from the northeast whose air hostess employer would lock her up for weeks on end when she flew abroad.

    Policy for the 'invisibles'

    And this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. While sensational cases of abuse and violent assault hit the national spotlight, what gets ignored is the daily exploitation of domestic help in urban Indian homes, the irregular work hours, lack of leave, poor pay, and worse, the lack of dignity. Indeed, how many times have you gone to a mall or a restaurant to find these young maids tagging along, holding heavy bags or minding the child, standing by as the family tucks into their meal? It is as if they're invisible.

    The  recently announced that it has prepared a draft national policy for domestic workers, which mandates a minimum monthly wage of Rs9,000, mandatory leave,  cover and a tripartite agreement involving the worker, the employer and the placement agency. This is still at the proposal stage – very far from becoming an actionable legal tool that will protect the domestic worker.

    Bindu, a 22-year-old domestic help, who works as a full-time domestic help in east Delhi, gets paid Rs5,500 a month — this works out to Rs184 a day, far less than the minimum wage of Rs385 a day for unskilled labour notified by the state government. Bindu cooks, looks after a four-year-old child and keeps the house clean for the four-member family. Though her employers don't sting when it comes to food, "there's just so much work that it is often two or three in the afternoon, that I get to eat lunch", she says.

    "I was ill this summer. I had diarrhoea and high fever. I would have recovered fast had I rested but where was the time? Madam had to go to work; the child had to be got back from school and fed, and a hundred little jobs to do in the house," says her friend Vasudha. Vasudha was lucky – her employers took her to the doctor and paid for her treatment. They even took a few days leave when her  took a turn for the worse.

    The lucky ones

    Bindu and Vasudha are lucky in other ways too – their employers do not grudge them a little time off every evening when they accompany their wards to the playground. "We are from the same area in north Bengal and belong to the same Oraon tribe," Vasudha says smiling. "We chat a bit, compare our employers, our pay, what work we do, tell each other what happened through the day. It feels nice to speak in our own language." They've also opened bank accounts back in Siliguri and get their employer to transfer the money direct into their accounts.

    These days, Bindu and Vasudha are worried about Pinky, a girl from their part of the country who's recently come to work in the same apartment complex. Pinky is not allowed to step out of the house. "Her employers say that we gossip and will spoil her. But she told us, when she sneaked out once, that they don't give her proper food, only leftover daal and sabzi and that too after everyone has eaten," says Bindu. "We are worried about her and have told her to speak to the agency that has brought her here if things get too bad." But that too is an uncertain hope – after all, as Vasudha chips in with the wisdom of her six years' work experience, "All the agency cares about is their commission. They don't care about us".

    We Indians can't do without domestic help – the entire motley of part-time bais who sweep and mop, cooks who whip up the daily daal-chawal and drivers who negotiate the chaotic traffic as we chat on the mobile. With the rise in double-income nuclear families in urban India, the demand for domestic help has risen by leaps and bounds in recent years. Numbers are hard to come by in this unregulated, grey sector, but a recent estimate by KPMG for the government's National Skill Development Corporation estimates the domestic workforce in India to be six million strong in 2013, and projected to grow to 10.88 million by 2022.

    Sushmita Dasgupta, a senior marketing executive who lives with her two children and parents in a Gurgaon high-rise, speaks for an entire generation of working  when she says, "I couldn't do without my full-time domestic help. They are my lifeline. Who will look after my father-in-law, who is an invalid and has a separate diet and needs to be given his medicines on time? Who will meet my children at the school bus and give them lunch when they come home? Besides, I have a hectic schedule and get late coming home in the evening. I also have to travel frequently for work."

    Dasgupta has been procuring domestic help from a "placement" agency in Delhi for the past five years – she has two maids, both in their late teens-early twenties, and pays them Rs10,000 each; of this, Rs7,000 goes to the and Rs3,000 to the agency. But it hasn't been easy for her as well. "None of the maids are trained when they come. I've had some  coming straight from the village – one didn't even know how to read the time while another was so homesick she ran away. I spent a few sleepless nights until she was located. Many don't know how to put on the gas, much less use the microwave or washing machine. Their personal hygiene is so poor that I insist that they first have a bath, wash their hair with anti-lice shampoo and clean their clothes properly with detergent."

    Trapped in the network

    Few of us think of the issue in these terms, but in reality our homes are poised on the edge of India's rich-poor divide, the convergent point of a great wave of migration, mostly of women, taking place from the rural remote interiors of the country, by desperately poor hordes untouched by the benefits of government development programmes, and into the cities where they hope to make their fortune.

    At the forefront of this migration is a network of "placement agencies" at one end, the local toughs who act as recruiting agents in the villages and, on the other, grungy rooms located in crowded, rundown localities of cities where these girls are brought to. "The families are promised either that the girl will be made to study or that the work will be very halka-pulka – baccha dekhna hoga," says Rishikant of Shanktivahini, an NGO in Delhi that works with the police to rescue these girls. "The parents, often, don't care. The promise of money, often, is as low as Rs3,000."

    The employers, says Rishikant, are equally to blame. "These placement agencies have no legal standing. Most of them give a receipt with a registration number, but how many care to check whether it is genuine? The forms have the girls' names, address and ages – but where's the proof? There should at least be a certificate from the school, as most have been to one until class two-three – but who thinks of asking?"

    Another matter of concern, as Rishikant points out, is the overlap between the placement agency network sourcing domestic help and the one trafficking women into the flesh trade. The government too, he says, has been slack in monitoring the agencies, or implementing the laws against child labour, or those governing minimum wage, work conditions, hours of work, etc.

    "Only one state in India –  – has a law to regulate domestic workers and placement agencies. In Delhi, which is where most of these placement agencies operate from, the government brought out a notification last year requiring registration of all placement agencies, passbooks issued to every employee, three-way contracts and payments to be made into bank accounts. But it's been nearly a year and not a single placement agency has been registered and neither have the Delhi women's commission or child welfare committee, which are supposed to monitor this, done anything."

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    State blatantly violating SC order in #Aadhaar case #UID

    -- EPTEMBER 18, 2015


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    From inclusion to exclusion: poor and marginalised adversely affected by
    the  project

    Today, a press conference was held to highlight the ongoing blatant
    violations of Supreme Court order in the  case. Aruna Roy, a
    petitioner in the case, said that there was no legal basis for the
    existence of the UID project. Since September 2013, the Supreme Court has
    passed orders five times, directing that Aadhaar is not mandatory for
    accessing entitlements, and no one can be denied any service because they
    are do not have an aadhaar number; yet people continue to be excluded from
    services on the grounds that they do not have an aadhaar card. Guddu, from
    Yamuna Khadar, Delhi, speaking at the press conference, spoke of the denial
    of emergency services in two public hospitals in Delhi when he and his
    friend Mewa Ram needed it because of Mewa Ram's lack of an aadhaar card.

    Reetika Khera, economist, said that the stated assumption that the UID
    project will greatly benefit the poor has been repeatedly proven to be
    wrong. "Rather than being a tool of inclusion, it is fast becoming a tool
    of exclusion", she said. Further, in a reply to an RTI query it is learnt
    that only 0.03% of people enrolled had no form of identification before.
    Those with an ID remain untouched by the project (or the numbers were very
    small). Another stated aim was that the UID would help end corruption in
    the Public Distribution System and the National Rural Employment Guarantee
    Act. It has been seen in the past few years is that leakages have been
    reduced without the use of aadhaar. E.g., in Chhattisgarh, between 2004-5
    and 2011-12, leakages have come down from 50 to 10 per cent, in Bihar from
    90% to about 20% in the same period.

    "In the ration system in Delhi, the UID project has been used as a tool of
    exclusion," said Anjali Bhardwaj of Satark Nagrik Sangathan.  Voices from
    the field spoke of how aadhaar has emerged as a barrier to the poor,
    especially  and children, from accessing their entitlements. For
    instance, Guddu from Yamuna Khadar, Delhi, speaking at the press conference
    spoke of the denial of emergency services in two public hospitals in Delhi
    because of the lack of an aadhaar card.  Ramlalli from Lal Gumbad, Delhi
    had applied for anew ration card, under national food security act (NFSA). She
    explained that her children's names were not added to the ration card. She
    was told at the ration office that this was because their Aadhaar cards
    were not submitted with the application. Under the NFSA, entitlements have
    become individual, and due to theexclusion of her children, Ramlalli's
    family now does not receive adequate foodgrain. "The reality is that
    Aadhaar is not necessary for ending corruption. What we require is greater
    transparency and effective systems of grievance redressal," said Anjali

    Usha Ramanathan, law researcher, explained the latest order of the Supreme
    Court dated 11th August which states that the UID number cannot be used at
    all except for the purpose of the Public Distribution System and in LPG. "So,
    the CBSE or the UGC or banks or anyone else cannot ask for the number at
    all. This is because the court recognised that voluntariness was being used
    as a means of imposing compulsion to enroll on people," she said. "If the
    ask for the number, they will be in contempt of the orders of the Supreme
    Court," she added.

    In addition to the problem of exclusion through the UID project and the
    continuing violation of Supreme Court orders, Gopal Krishna of the Citizens
    Forum for Civil Liberties (CFCL) explained that the status of the data
    collected through the UID project has been suspect from the very start. It
    is being held by companies of dubious provenance, with companies such as L1
    Identity Solutions, Ernst and Young and Safran Morpho having our data
    handed over to them. A contract has been signed between our and
    large private companies which says they will hold the collected data for a
    period of seven years. "Everyone knows that if data is stored for even
    seven seconds, it can last forever," he said, "this is a breach of trust on
    the part of the state to which people have been submitting their data."

    Aruna Roy added that by taking this issue lightly we are tacitly
    surrendering our economic and social rights.

    On the issue of biometrics, Usha Ramanathan explained that the use of
    biometrics in the Indian context is now admittedly experimental. "A Unique
    Biometrics Competence Center (UBCC) was announced on the UID website on
    August 13th where it is said that the Indian working population poses
    challenges to the use of biometrics, and so the UBCC was being set up to do
    research on biometrics", she said. "This is as a statement as we can expect
    to hear that biometrics is not only uncertain technology but also untested
    technology. It seems they only admitted to this weakness because of the
    Supreme Court's order that they may have to share the information that is
    with them with law enforcing agencies. If an outsider to the project were
    to see the database, it seems the unreliability of the biometric database
    would get , and this is a preemptive declaration" she added.A report
    of the World Bank also stated that the rate of exclusion might be about 40%
    if identity systems were to be made the basis of access to entitlements;
    "but the report was soon removed from the World Bank website," she said.
    Ramanathan highlighted that only one government agency had acted promptly
    on the Supreme Court orders – the Election Commission – which released a
    statement the next day and ensured that there would be no linking of voter
    ID numbers and the UID.

    As the matter stands today, the cases challenging the UID project have
    been referred
    to a Constitution Bench. In the meantime the governmental agencies continue in
    blatant violation of the court's orders, possibly bolstered by a confidence
    that the court has not taken any action in contempt so far. The panel
    appealed for the swift constitution of a bench to hear the matter and wide
    reportage on the continued problems faced by people due to the project.

    For more background information visit & read the attached documents:

    1. Decoding the Aadhaar judgment: No more seeding, not till the
      privacy issue is settled by the court

    2. Protect the Right to Privacy as a Fundamental Right!

    3. The Statesman Series:

    4. MoneyLife Series:

    5. UID: from inclusion to exclusion

    6. Article in BENGALI TIMES OF  (ei samay)

    7. The Big Picture – Confusion over NPR and Aadhaar
      Rajya Sabha

    8. Aadhaar is Dangerous

    9. Repository of aadhaar related articles:
      compiled by Ram Krishnaswamy

    10. NATGRID, UIDAI & NPR Emerging As India's NSA

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    CC News Letter 21 Sep- Sorry Bantu- This Happens Only In India!
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    If you think the content of this news letter is critical for the dignified living and survival of humanity and other species on earth, please forward it to your friends and spread the word. It's time for humanity to come together as one family! You can subscribe to our news letter here You can also follow us on twitter, and on Facebook,

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    100% Renewables By 2050 Is Possible
    By Jon Queally

    100% renewable energy for all is achievable by 2050, and is the only way to ensure the world does not descend into catastrophic climate change. Dynamic change is taking place in the energy sector. Renewable energies have become mainstream in most countries, and prices have fallen dramatically. The report shows we could transform our energy supply, switching to renewables, which would mean a stabilization of global CO2 emissions by 2020, and bringing down emissions towards near zero emissions in 2050

    Syriza Voted Back Into Office Amid Mass Abstention In Greek Election
    By Bill Van Auken

    With over 93 percent of the vote counted early Monday, Greece's Syriza had returned to power in Sunday's snap election called last month by the party's leader, former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

    Predators, Near And Far
    By Kathy Kelly

    Young people gathering at the Afghan Peace Volunteer's Borderfree Center long to embrace innumerable people afflicted by war who share Jamila's seemingly insoluble problems. Thoughtfully, carefully, they've designed a campaign that they call #Enough! – a simple yet compelling call to abolish wars and instead work to meet human needs. We asked Jamila if she thought her problems were connected to war. "Yes,| she said. "War leads to poverty and because of that poverty I have had so many problems. I hope the war will end so that I can find enough food."

    How To Censor Yourself Before The Government Even Has The Chance
    By Rebecca Gordon

    I've quietly chosen not to carry a particular book, or wear a particular T-shirt or button, when travelling by air. No reason to give the Transportation Security Administration any more excuses to pay me special attention. It's easier, safer, just to conform. So did my partner and I win our suit? When so many of us become frightened enough of our own government to do its censoring for it, I'd say that we've all lost

    Initiatives For Transforming The Global Economy
    By Chandra Muzaffar

    A number of important initiatives linked largely to the economy made public in the last few years may have a huge impact upon the future of humankind. ASEAN and China have played a pioneering role in some of them

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    By Jane LaTour

    Walking with eyes wide open into the ranks of labor is a necessity. An informed approach is critical. Learning about the history, the limitations and the possibilities of a revitalized labor—or labour—movement becomes part of the tool kit for workers crafting novel approaches to challenge their working conditions. Knowledge is a form of power

    Sorry Bantu- This Happens Only In India!
    By Shah Alam Khan

    The twelve year old had defeated cancer but failed to defeat a disease, which shouldn't have risen to such epidemic proportions in the first place; definitely not in the times of Swach Bharat! Bantu became a statistics in Delhi's Dengue epidemic. His breath, his heartbeat and his courage were sacrificed at the altar of a nation that has recently started romanticizing with the idea of cleanliness! A disease, which has direct bearing to unhygienic, unclean surroundings, was to become the undoing of Bantu and those who loved him and that too at a time when we have a government, which talks of Swach Bharat and in the same breath slashes the expenditure on health by a cruel 20 percent in it's first budget

    Children Are Developing Smokers' Lungs Thanks To Motor Cars
    By Vidyadhar Date

    Children are developing smokers' lungs because of intense pollution caused by motor vehicles, says Gurgaon's joint traffic police commissioner Bharti Arora. She deserves support for her sensitivity and for organizing a car-free Gurgaon on Tuesay to coincide with the World Car Free day to be observed on September 22. Sadly, there has been no intiative from other metropolitan centres in the country though vehicular pollution and congestion are becoming horrendous

    Empowering Power or Capturing Control-The Ways of Naxalism
    By Suparna Banerjee

    It is regrettable that there is a serious dearth of academic engagements in this field of subaltern studies. The history of the indigenous groups are being re-written either by the Naxals or the government thereby once again creating a dangerous chasm between viewpoints that becomes difficult to bridge. In the name of empowerment the marginalised are stupefied to enter from one structure to the other
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    किन आजको बिजय भाषणमा नेपालीलाई भन्दा छिमेकीको बढी चर्चा र बढी गुहारे जस्तो चर्को स्वर सुनिन थाल्यो। अाजको समाचारमा भारतको ७५ प्रतिशत र नेपाल र संबिधानको २५ प्रतीशत जती मात्र चर्चा भयो, भाषण देखी सबै संचार माध्यमहरुमा पनि, यस्तो किन? आफेले गरेको काममा आफैले गर्व र आत्मविश्वाश देखाउन किन डराएको? अब नेपालको प्रधानमन्त्रित्कोरिको ठाउँमा भारत को प्रधानमन्त्री मोदीको बढि चर्चा र परिचर्चा किन? यो संबिदान र संबिधानले उब्जाएको परिस्थिती मोदीले ल्याएका होईनन्, हामी नेपालीले नै निर्निमाण गरेका हौँ।  अब हामी नेपाली आफैले बनाएको संबिधानमा भारतले यसो गरेन र उसो गरेन भनेर घुर्काईमा कहाँ समय खेर फाल्न् पाईन्छ र ? आफुले लिएको निर्णयले अब आज नेपाललाई जे जस्तो आईलागे पनि सामना गर्न पनि भनेर अड्डीलिने नेताहरुले भोलिपल्टै स्वर कपाँउन कहाँ पाईन्मिछ र? तर यदी देशको नयाँ संबिधान मात्र के बन्यो, अब चियापान, दिपावली, भाषण, खुशीको आदान प्रदान र छिमेकिको चर्चा मा बित्न र रमाउनमै खर्च गर्हुन थाल्नयो भने त संघिय राज्य बन्दा सम्म आर्को एक जुग लाग्न सक्छ। अनि हामी माथी स्वर्गबाट हेरौँला नेपालको संघिय राज्यको संबिधान र दिपावली पनि। तर आफ्नै देश भित्रको अर्को आश्चर्य; भुईँचालो पिडित घरवार विहिन नेपाली जनतलाई पुनर्नेस्पाथापनाको लागी जनतालाई व्यवस्था गरिदिने आश्वाशन दिनु त कता हो कता हाम्रा प्रधानमन्त्रिलाई भने संयुक्त राष्ट्र सँघमा सुनाउनै हतार भै सक्यो? अब को को बिदेशीहरुले के के भने भनेर आश्रचर्य मानेर मात्र बस्ने हो भने त फेरी पनि ढिलो हुन सक्छ। 

    तर, जसले जेसुकै भनुन मलाई भने नरमाईलो पनि लागेको छ। आज नेपालका सारा हिन्हिदु ॐकार परिवारहरुले एकै चोटी बाबु आमा गुमायको जस्तो अनुभव गरिरहेका छन। यो दृष्टिकोणले हेर्ने हो भने त  विश्वभरिका हिन्दुहरुले यो दिनलाई कालो दिन माने पनि हुन्छ। यो नेपालको धर्म-निरपेक्ष संबिधान आयपछि मलाई भने विश्वको सबैभन्दा पुरानो साभ्यता र यो साभ्यताको धरोहरले यो विश्वबाट नै बिदा लिएको हो की जस्तो लाग्न थालेको छ। म आफुले आफैलाई पनि कलियुगबाट पनि घोर-कलियुगमा प्रवेश गर्दै छु जस्तो लाग्दै छ। यसमा म गलत पनि हुन सक्छु, अरु म भन्दा बढी सही पनि हुन सक्लान्।  मलाई लाग्यो, हिजोदेखि कार्योतिक ३ गते विश्वको एक मात्र हिन्दु राष्ट्रको स्वर्गवाश भयो। अब नेपालमा Kingdom of God आउँदै छ, हेरि राख्नोुहोला। जस जसले त्यसको लागी बचन दिनु भएको थियो, आज देखी फेरी त्यसैको लागी मात्र भए पनि  खुशी मनाउन थाले हुन्छ।


    तरअब त नेपालमा पनि त लोकतन्त्र आईसकेको छ।  मैले पनि धक नमानी दिल खोलेर मेरो मनमा लागेको कुरात भन्न पाउँछु नि, हैन र?


    हिजो र आज तराई पहाडमा र शुरक्षित शहरमा बस्ने सबै नेपालीहरुले  संबिधान आएको खुशीयालीमा समारोह र झण्डा फहराएर,

    उत्शव र दिपावली गरे।  उनीहरुलाई नेपालका झण्डा बोक्ने र मैनबत्ती बोक्ने दुबै हात खाली यिए, उनीहरुको एउटा हातम झण्डा 

    बोके र फहराए अनी अर्को हातले दियो को बत्ती उठयर हर्षोल्लाश मनाय। उनीहरुको हातमा झण्डा पनि थामियो मैनवत्ती र दियो पनि अटायो। 

    तर महिनादिन देखी  निषेधित क्षेत्र र कर्फ्युको बिचमा रुमल्लिरहेका काला झण्डा बोक्ने हरु संग भने एक हातमा कालो झण्डा अर्को हातमा ढुँगा र हतियार छ। ती उत्तेजित कालोपट्टी बाँधेर आफुमाथी आक्रमण गर्न आउनेहरुबाट आफ्नो रक्षागर्नको लागी  अश्रुग्यास रबर र शिशा ओकल्ने बन्दुकहरु

    बोकेका  शुरक्षाकर्मीहरुलाई भने संबिधान आएको मा हर्ष गर्ने   होश, समय र फुर्शद कहाँ ? 

    आरु सबै नेपालीहरुले शहर, वस्ती पहाडमा खुशीयाली मनाउन, झण्डा र दिपावलीको लागी दियो बालिरहँदा त्यस्तो खुशियाली मनाउन त्यहाँ

    उनीहरुसंग न झण्डा थियो, न ता दियो न ता कुनै मैन बत्ती नै। यदी त्यहाँ भैहालेको अवस्थामा पनि नेपालको झण्डा फहराउन र दियो बाल्न शुरक्षाकर्मीहरुको हातनै खाली थिएन।  उनिहरुलाई पनि यो अवशरमा एक हातमा नेपालको झण्डा र अर्को हातमा बलेको दियो उचालेर आफन्त संग बधाई साटा साट गर्ने कत्रो ठुलो रहर थियो होला? यस्तो शुखद क्षणमा पनि खुसियालीमा झण्डा उठाएर दियो वालेर खुसि व्यक्त गर्न उनिहरुले आफुले समाईराखेको बन्दुक विशाउने फुर्सद सम्म थिएन। 

    यो नेपालकाो यो राष्ट्रिय झण्डा र कालो झण्डाको खेलमा कालो ले जित्ने हो की सेतोले जित्ने भन्ने दोहरिको चेपुवामा रेफरी बस्न बाध्य शुरक्षाकर्मीले भने कहिले यो संबिधान निर्माणमा खुसीले झण्डा र दियो उचाल्न पाउने?  त्यो त अझै हेर्न र कुर्न बाँकि नै छ। 

    On Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 10:18 AM, Tilak Shrestha <> wrote:

    Dear all:


    The constitution directly violates the clear mandate expressed in the recent public opinion on the draft constitution. They were clearly for 'Hindu rastra' and against 'Sanghiyata.' Mere agreements between political parties do not constitute mandate, more so the agreements with undemocratic Maoists. There must be direct input of the people. The CA led by the syndicate of a few undemocratic and foreign influenced leaders deliberately ignored such people's input.

    Compare the current constitution with the 1990 constitution created by PM KP Bhattarai. The 1990 constitution was not objected by any. It was lauded as one of the best. There were enough provisions for amendments, if needed. All the NC, UML and even Maoists leaders got elected under and sworn to abide by it. No serious legal scholars wrote any against it. On the contrary, the 2015 constitution is objected from different quarters. 

    The problem is the Maoists insurgency in 1996 against democracy to impose communism. Unfortunately, it was also aided by European Churches to facilitate conversion, and by India to have better control of internal affairs of Nepal. The NC / UML leaders who swore by democracy and the 1990 constitution ran away as soon as a few Maoists Terrorists showed up. They even agreed to include un-elected Maoists (30%) in the interim parliament. That is, the interim parliament is part democracy (70%) and part communist (30%), a direct violation of the very principles of democracy and the people's mandate.

    The 2015 constitution is a sad and bad case. It does not reflect the core of people's wish. It is designed merely to appease internal and external anti-national forces. The CA deliberately did not even discuss the important national issues. As is, they remain impositions against people's wish through Maoists terror and foreign meddling.

    The following issues must be discussed and referendum held for the mandate.

    a. Democracy vs. Communism

    b. Hindu rastra vs. Secular     

    c. United Nepal vs. Sanghiyata

    d. Parliamentary vs. Mixed system

    It is democracy, let people decide. Imposed decision against people's wish is Treason.

    Thanks, Tilak Shrestha, Ph.D.

    On Sat, Sep 19, 2015 at 4:52 AM, Madan Dahal<> wrote:
    The rise of Nepal !

    The rise of Nepal as a new Federal Democratic Republic country in the world with the emergence of new Constitution (2015) is, indeed, aftermath of incessant struggle for democracy in Nepal for the last six and a half decades. However, it is significant that the new constitution must ensure durable peace, stability and robust growth in conformity with the aspirations of common people and also hope that Nepal would be transformed into a strong economic nation-state with a climax of prosperity in not too distant future. 

    To my presumption the new Constitution is the hallmark of national unity, integration, sovereignty and a gateway to move toward a great leap forward ensuring modernization with existence of glorified civilization. What is important today is to exhibit and strengthen solidarity by preserving greater social harmony among different segments of the society in Nepal. 

    The promulgation of new Constitution on Sunday September 20, 2015 at 5 pm would be the unique and golden memento and also a colorful premium to be presented by the contemporary generation of Nepal to younger generation ensuring their better future with security and prosperity. The bewildered journey toward unidentified destination coupled with great risks and mysterious uncertainties for many years leading to a failure state would be over with the declaration of new Constitution.

    Madan Dahal

    Prof. Dr. Madan Kumar Dahal
    Chairman, Mega Bank Nepal Ltd.
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    Girls from Kashmir, studying in Punjab kicked out of college hostel at night SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 21: Around 40 Kashmiri girls were forced to spend whole night in open after authorities at Desh Bhagat College in northern state of Punjab kicked them out, a media report said today. According to Punjab News Express , the college authorities ordered the hostel inmates to vacate at odd hours in the wake of strike by college students against filling of some seats from management quota. "

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      Azad Kashmir is renamed as Ghazi Kashmir,voices of liberation is on very very high pitch across the borders.Meanwhile Bajrang Dal has launched a campaign pushing for complete BEEF BAN in Kashmir.The situation is going beyond control,I am afraid.just read the following mail !
      Palash Biswas






      Despite the Indian sub-continent partition plan to create a Muslim majority state, and the inhabitants' verdict in the resolution passed under the leadership of Sardar Ibrahim Khan (Ghazi-e-Millat) on July 19, 1947, the Indian government refused to give the Muslim majority state to Pakistan. Meanwhile, in order to fulfill its nefarious design, it collaborated with so called Muslim leaders like Sheikh Abdullah, also known as Mir Abdullah of Kashmir (a term synonymous to Mir Jaffar and Mir Sadiq the famous traitors of Islam). Due to the division among the people, the Indian forces managed to illegally occupy 42,000 square miles of the state of Jammu and Kashmir AKA Maqbooza Kashmir. Thereafter, Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan with the help of Pathans liberated about 4,000 square miles areas of the state known as Pakistan's Kashmir (incorrectly termed Azad Kashmir). Furthermore, we must call to mind the great sacrifices that heroes like Chaudhry Ghulam Abbas (Quaid-e-Kashmir) have done for the cause of Kashmir. In commemoration of the sacrifices and the initiative taken by these heroes, Azad Kashmir is being re-named as Ghazi Kashmir. The moment Maqbooza Kashmir is liberated from Indian occupation it will join as seventh province. INSHALLAH.  Regards,


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      The Hybrid War Crime Court is to set up for probing on around 200,000 ethnic Hindu Tamil minority killed in Sri Lanka.

      Probe on Killing Fields in SL

      UN releases war crimes report on Sri Lanka urging hybrid war crime court. Probe likely upon the killing of 200,000 mainly ethnic Hindu Tamil minority during 1983 – 2009.

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      Using WhatsApp? A New Draft Proposal Raises Concerns 

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      How you use WhatsApp and other communication services on your phone could change dramatically based on a proposal that the government has invited feedback on. Government sources say the end user - individuals - will not be affected, and that the draft proposal should not be considered as endorsed by the government.

      Here is your 10-point cheat-sheet to this big story:

      1. When you send a WhatsApp message, it's automatically encrypted or turned into scrambled text, which is then unscrambled for the person you're messaging.
      2. In the case of WhatsApp and other services like Apple's iMessage, this encryption happens automatically using keys at both ends of the conversation - as a user, you don't need to do anything.
      3. The government has shared the details of a draft proposal on a National Encryption Policy which has alarmed experts. The policy is posted on this website.
      4. The draft from a department of the IT Ministry states this: "Service Providers located within and outside India, using encryption technology for providing any type of services in India must enter into an agreement with the Government for providing such services in India."
      5. This language is loose enough to apply to apps and services like WhatsApp, which has over 70 million users in India, and iMessage - if they don't register how they encrypt messages in India, they could be declared illegal (if the proposal goes through). You can share feedback by emailing
      6. The policy adds that citizens and businesses must save all encrypted messages (including personal or unofficial ones) and their unencrypted (plaintext) copies for 90 days. Read this quote: "All citizens (C), including personnel of Government / Business (G/B) performing non-official / personal functions, are required to store the plaintext of the corresponding encrypted information for 90 days from the date of transaction and provide the verifiable Plain Text to Law and Enforcement Agencies as and when required as per the provision of the laws of the country."
      7. So the simple action of deleting a WhatsApp message would theoretically be illegal.
      8. Businesses are also expected to maintain encrypted and plaintext (unscrambled) copies of all their communication, and share their encryption keys with the government authorities when asked.
      9. The draft proposal also talks about the government deciding what kind of encryption products business and citizens are allowed to use, which could make your favourite application illegal if it's using some other form of encryption.
      10. In 2010, the UPA government said it would ban BBM (Blackberry Messenger Service) in India unless BlackBerry (then Research in Motion) gave security agencies access to [snoop on emails]( The two would eventually reach an arrangement that allows the government to intercept messages sent on Blackberry's platform.


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      Shyamol Roychoudhury
      Shyamol Roychoudhury 12:38am Sep 22
      Kaun hai yeh chutiya, jo bol raha hai ki Hindutya insaaniyat ke khilaf hai!! abe gadha, hinduon se badkar kisi aur dharam ke pas insaaniyat hai hi nahi.
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      Palash Biswas 1:46pm Sep 21हिंदुत्व-को-मुल्क-और-इंसा
      हिंदुत्व को मुल्क और इंसानियत के लिए सबसे बड़ा खतरा बता रहे थे नेता जी, पढ़िए उनका भाषण
      संघ परिवार को सबसे बड़ा डर है कि सच उजागर हो गया तो नेताजी उसके हिंदुत्व के एजंडा के लिए जिंदा या मु...
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