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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – July 7th, 2014

by newsdigest on July 8, 2014

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup

Communal Harmony

News Headlines

Opinions & Editorials

Communal Harmony

Over 150 Hindu inmates keep Roza with 2,300 Muslims at Tihar (Jul 6, 2014, Indian Express)

Setting an example of rare communal harmony, more than 150 Hindu inmates of Tihar Jail here are keeping roza, the dawn-to-dusk fast during Ramzan, along with over 2,300 Muslim inmates. The holy month of Ramazan commenced on June 29 this year. Tihar Jail authorities said the Hindu inmates started keeping Rozas along with the Muslim inmates from the very first day and have said they will continue the month-long fasting to its completion.

“The inmates have symbolised the strong bond of unity among them which is appreciable. Jail authorities have made all the arrangements so that those observing Ramzan do not face any difficulty,” Tihar jail PRO Sunil Gupta said. Special arrangements have been made for the inmates to perform prayers and enjoy their pre-dawn ‘sehri’ meal and evening meals known as ‘iftars’.

“Food items like seasonal fruits, sweets like ‘Jalebi’, dry fruits, and various other snacks are being made available to them for both ‘Sehari’ and ‘Iftar’,” he said. Gupta said that the day-long ‘roza’ ends with ‘iftar’ in their respective wards of the jail following which they offer Namaz outside their cells. Over 70 women inmates are also a part of the religious practice, he added. …

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/over-150-hindu-inmates-keep-roza-with-2300-muslims-at-tihar/

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12 years on, Gujarat riots probe panel gets 22nd extension (Jun 30, 2014, Times of India)

The Gujarat government today granted yet another extension to the Justice Nanavati commission which is probing the 2002 post-Godhra riots. “Today, the state government granted a two-month extension to the commission, valid up to August 31,” said secretary to the panel C G Patel.

This is the 22nd extension granted to the commission. In December 2013 it had got a six-month extension, which was to expire today. The commission comprises Justices G T Nanavati and Akshay Mehta (both retired).

In 2008 it submitted a part of its finding, which held that burning of S-6 coach of Sabarmati Express near Godhra railway station on February 27, 2002, which led to the riots, was “a planned conspiracy”. …

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/37529200.cms

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Ishrat case: CBI gives more proof to MHA (Jul 2, 2014, Hindustan Times)

In a fresh move to break the deadlock with home ministry over sharing of case diary in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter probe, the CBI has provided it other key evidence, including statements of the accused and witnesses relied upon in chargesheeting four Intelligence Bureau (IB) officers in February.

HT had first reported on June 23 about the CBI decision to share other key case evidence, but not the case diary, with the ministry. The CBI did not give the case diary since only the courts – and not the home ministry – were entitled to examine its case diary under the law, section 173 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

“We have given key relied-upon-evidence to the home ministry that should be sufficient for them to decide if the government should sanction prosecution of the then four IB officers as requested by the agency,” said a CBI source.

“The evidence shared with them included statements of the accused, witnesses and a few other documents requested for by the ministry,” said the source. “Now, the onus is on the ministry to take a decision on the grant of the prosecution sanctions,” said the source. The home ministry had insisted that it would need the case diary to decide whether to sanction prosecution of the four then IB officers.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/1235750.aspx

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Karnataka Congress Govt drags 23 terror acquits rotting in jail since 14 years to Supreme Court (Jul 5, 2014, Twocircles.net)

Twenty three Muslim youths languishing in Karnataka jails for past 14 years on flimsy terror charges received a serious disappointment as Congress Government approached the Supreme Court to challenge their long struggled acquittal from the state High court. Two days back aged Ifteqhar Ali received a bulky notice from the Supreme Court at his wielding workshop in Asifnagar informing him about the state appeal against acquittal of his son Farooq Ali. “I tell you, I have always tried to be strong before my family, but when my son was finally acquitted by the High Court I cried out of happiness, but this summon has again brought us back on the verge of despair,” Mr. Ali told TwoCircles.net, narrating in apparent frustration. …

In the year 2000, from 21st May to 9th July a series of minor gelatin stick blasts were stroked in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Goa. In a span of just 50 days, 12 churches and one mosque became the target. No one was killed but five persons had suffered minor injuries. In the initial period, Hindutva groups were in the radar but subsequently SIT arrested 52 Muslim youths belonging to organization Deendar Anjuman in Hyderabad. The organization was immediately banned under UAPA act, all of the 53 accused faced trail in Hyderabad TADA court under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy), Section 121 (waging war against the nation), Section 121A (conspiracy to wage war), Section 124A (sedition) and other different sections of Indian Explosives Act and Explosives Substances Act.

In November 2004, TADA court acquitted 31 from all charges, 21 of them got four year imprisonment for possessing inflammatory literature, a book called ‘Imam-ul-Jihad’ written by founder of Anjuman Maulana Deendar Siddiqui in 1936. Twenty three accused were immediately shifted to Karnataka to face trail in special court formed to hear five church blast cases. In November 2008, on the very same charges they were acquitted from TADA court, special court found them guilty and awarded death sentence to 11 Muslim youths on 2 counts and life sentence to 12 other youths for 10 counts. …

Sajjida Begum mother of Izhar Baig, sitting in her humble house was wondering, “We can’t understand why Congress is doing this to us,” she said, adding, “When Rehman Khan was the Minister he made big promises to release innocent Muslim youths, now when Muslims are getting acquitted from the High Court, his own party, his own Government, in his own state is running to Supreme Court to stop their release.” Skeletonised with obscurity of life Raheemunnisa mother of Akheel Ahmed jumps in to vent her anger, “Now I think all of them (politicians) are hypocrites, no one care for Muslims.”

Almost all of the families of the accused are economically weak. Many of the relatives of the accused TCN spoke to express their helplessness in arranging lawyer on their behalf in Supreme Court. One of the brothers of the accused who doesn’t want to be named told that they sold their only property to arrange for the cost of fighting in lower court and High Court and with Supreme Court appeal becoming another hurdle, he said it seems to be the end of the tunnel for poor families and the dozens of accused perishing their youth in prison on trivial terror charges.

http://twocircles.net/2014jul05/karnataka_congress_govt_drags_23_terror_acquittals_rotting_jail_14_years_supreme_court

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Moradabad SSP holds BJP’s call for Mahapanchayat responsible for Kanth violence (Jul 5, 2014, DNA India)

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Dharamvir told media here on Saturday that the situation in Kanth got tense only after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) called for a Mahapanchayat. Dharamvir said that Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) called for a Mahapanchayat despite denial of permission from the administration. He also blamed BJP Member of Parliament (MP) Sarvesh Singh for polarizing the situation as assembly by-elections are round the corner.

“The incident happened on the issue of a temple in which, according to the tradition, loudspeakers are placed only on Mahashivrati and then taken off. But this time on June 16 MP Sarvesh Singh went there and forcefully got the mike placed due to which there were tensions. Both communities were called for the discussion but Sarvesh refused to remove the mike,” said Dharamvir.

He also told the media that the police had arrested 62 people among the protesters and had lodged an FIR against them. They will now be presented in the court today. “We were fully alert with full force and we prevented communal violence. Tensions were created purposely to win up coming by-elections. Nobody from Kanth was involved in yesterday’s incident,” he added.

Yesterday, BJP Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Sangeet Som and five others were released from police custody after being detained earlier for heading a Mahapanchayat in Kanth near Moradabad to protest against the administration’s decision to remove loudspeaker from a temple. Som was one of the legislators booked and later released for inciting the last year’s bloody religious clashes in Muzaffarnagar that killed about 60 people, according to reports. …

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-moradabad-ssp-holds-bjp-s-call-for-mahapanchayat-responsible-for-kanth-violence-1999829

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Three BJP MPs, MLA detained for defying ban on mahapanchayat (Jul 4, 2014, The Hindu)

Four BJP legislators, including Muzaffarnagar riots-accused Sangeet Som, were on Friday detained here after they tried to defy a ban on the party from holding a ‘mahapanchayat’ in Kanth area here. The ‘mahapanchayat’ or gathering was called by the state BJP on Friday after a recent dispute in Kanth, over a loudspeaker installed at a temple, which led to communal tension in the area.

Mr. Som, a Sardhana MLA, Amroha MP Kunwar Singh Tanwar, Sambhal MP Satyapal Saini from and Rampur MP Nepal Singh have been detained and sent to police lines, Moradabad Commissioner, Shiv Shankar Singh said. Apart from these legislators, members of RSS and Hindu Maha Sabha along with their supporters were also present who wanted to hold the mahapanchayat, he said.

Section 144 has been imposed in the area. All roads have been sealed. And, we will take all measures to stop the party from holding this gathering, Mr. Singh said. “Rail traffic route has been disturbed due to the agitation. Train services in both the lines were also affected,” ADRM Moradabad Division, Hitendra Mehrotra said.

BJP agitators sat on the tracks and disrupted rail services. They also resorted to stone-pelting there. Moradabad District Magistrate Chandra Kant was injured during the incident, SP, Rural Area, Anil Kumar Mr. Singh said.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/three-bjp-mps-mla-detained-for-defying-ban-on-mahapanchayat/article6177648.ece

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Sena, Christian evangelist’s followers clash in UP village (Jul 8, 2014, Indian Express)

Three persons were injured in a clash that broke out between Shiv Sena members and a Christian evangelist and his supporters in Saraiyya village in Jaunpur district, police said Monday. The clash took place on Sunday when Shiv Sainiks reached the spot to protest against alleged religious conversions.

Police have registered counter cases in this connection and arrested 10 people, including the evangelist, Lalchandra Rajbhar, and the district head of Shiv Sena, Achhey Lal Tiwari, on charges of rioting. Police said the place was being used for offering prayers and there have been no reports of any religious conversions as alleged. Shiv Sainiks had earlier given a letter to the Sub-Divisional Magistrate seeking permission to stage protest at the site. However, the administration denied it.

According to police, the incident occurred when Lalchandra Rajbhar, a resident of Saraiyya village, was holding a prayer meeting in an enclosure on Sunday morning. Around 10.30 am, Shiv Sainiks, led by Tiwari, reached the spot and began protesting. Some policemen deployed at the spot tried to resolve the issue. However, soon arguments led to fisticuffs and stone pelting. Apart from Tiwari, another Shiv Sainik Manoj Tiwari and Pramod Rajbhar, one of Lalchandra’s followers, were injured.

Senior officials rushed to the spot with additional reinforcements and PAC was also deployed. Police used force to disperse the crowd. Around the same time, former district BJP convenor, Harendra Prasad Singh, also reached the spot. He, too, was detained but later released.

“Both the sides have given complaints and we have lodged FIRs accordingly. At least 10 people have been arrested. A few others are absconding,” said police. Superintendent of Police (Jaunpur), Pramod Kumar, said: “The fight was between the Shiv Sainiks and those offering prayers. The BJP leader had nothing to do with it. We are keeping a watch. Further investigations are on.”

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/sena-christian-evangelists-followers-clash-in-up-village/

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Chief Justice Lodha breaks his silence, calls decision on Gopal Subramanium unilateral (Jul 2, 2014, Indian Express)

Breaking his silence on the issue, Chief Justice of India R M Lodha on Tuesday disapproved of the NDA government’s move to “unilaterally” segregate former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium from the panel of four names recommended for appointment as Supreme Court judges by the collegium and said it was “not proper”.

“The first thing I had taken objection to was the segregation of Gopal Subramanium’s file unilaterally by the executive. It is not proper,” said the CJI. “I, as the CJI, and four senior colleagues in the collegium spotted the best talent, who in our opinion would be good judges. We forwarded four names to the executive for appointment on May 6,” he said.

“On my return from abroad on June 28, a file was placed before me by the Ministry of Law and Justice, indicating that out of the four names, three proposals had been approved and the name of Gopal Subramanium was segregated. It was done unilaterally… without my knowledge and consent,” said the CJI at a farewell function for Justice B S Chauhan who retired on Tuesday. …

While Subramanium’s withdrawal averted a possible face-off with the executive, the issue produced a test case for the judiciary, wherein a government with a powerful mandate flagged a “negative” report against a candidate recommended by the collegium for elevation as a Supreme Court judge.

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/cji-r-m-lodha-breaks-his-silence-says-gopal-subramanium-was-rejected-without-my-consent/99/

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Sharia courts not legal, can’t enforce fatwas, says SC (Jul 7, 2014, Hindustan Times)

Shariat courts have no legal authority and their decisions are not legally binding, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, saying fatwas must not violate rights of individuals guaranteed by law. The court, however, refused to declare Dar-ul-Qazas (Islamic courts) or practice of issuing fatwas as illegal, saying it was informal justice delivery system for bringing amicable settlement and it was for the persons concerned to accept, ignore or reject it.

“Dar-ul-Qaza is neither created nor sanctioned by any law made by the competent legislature. Therefore, the opinion or the fatwa issued by Dar-ul-Qaza or for that matter anybody is not adjudication of dispute by an authority under a judicial system sanctioned by law,” a bench headed by Justice CK Prasad said. …

AIMPLB said the judgment vindicated its stand that Dar-ul-Qazas were not running “parallel judiciary”. Board spokesman Qasim Rasool Ilyas said “in the absence of any legal backing, Shariat courts role was of arbitrator.

Abul Qasim Nomani of Dar-ul-Uloom, Deoband, an influential Islamic seminary, said the verdict did not restrain clerics from issuing advisories of a legal nature. Any interference in personal law of Muslims would not be “acceptable”, Nomani, who objected to Salman Rushdie’s presence at Jaipur literary festival two years ago, said. …

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/1237635.aspx

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Fate of 800 kids hangs in balance as Urdu school in Kurla slum faces demolition (Jul 1, 2014, Times of India)

The fate of about 800 students of the Maharashtra Urdu High School in Kurla is at stake as their 16-year-old educational institute faces closure. The school in the sprawling Kranti Nagar slum may be demolished as it falls within 10 metres of a water pipe. A Supreme Court order says structures within 10 metres of a water pipe should be cleared.

The school has now pinned its hopes on civic authorities allotting it an alternative plot and says its closure will deprive the impoverished people of the area of the only school in the locality. The BMC has already surveyed and marked the distance up to which it plans to clear the area.

Last week trustees of the school discussed the issue with a select group of media-persons. The plea by the school management for an alternative plot near Kalpana theatre, just a half-kilometre away, has reached municipal commissioner Sitraram Kunte’s office. …

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/37590833.cms

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My husband wanted power, that’s why he brought men from both Congress and BJP to me: Rajasthan rape victim (Jun 29, 2014, Indian Express)

There are two things that set the 20-year-old apart from the rest of the girls in her village. Her height – she stands tall at 5’8″ – and her courage. “Woh to bahut himmatwali hai,” says 60-year-old Hanuman Shroff Ranjit, one of the elders in Abubshahar, a village in Sirsa district that sits on the cusp of Haryana and Rajasthan. It’s this “himmat”, they say, that got her to lodge a complaint of sexual exploitation against her husband Om Prakash Godara and 16 others, including BJP MoS for Chemicals and Fertilisers in the Narendra Modi Cabinet Nihal Chand Meghwal.

She was married off at the age of 16. “Because she is so tall, people in the village kept telling us to get her married. We were under a lot of pressure. She was independent even as a child and would cycle five kilometres to go to school. But in our villages, girls need to be married off and with her height, we were worried we wouldn’t find a match. Her father’s brother told us about Om Prakash, who was from Pilibanga in Rajasthan. Om Prakash told us he was a property developer and seemed very well-off. We were taken in. He seemed like a big man. We thought our daughter’s future was made, we thought this alliance would make her happy,” says her mother.

These days, she shuttles between her parents’ home in Abubshahar and her maternal uncle’s home in Sadulshahar that’s across the border in Rajasthan’s Sri Ganganagar district. “This is to ensure that she is safe. She spends three days here and three days with her maternal uncle. We have received threats from Om Prakash that he will abduct her and our other three daughters as well,” says her mother.

She was married off at the age of 16. “Because she is so tall, people in the village kept telling us to get her married. We were under a lot of pressure. She was independent even as a child and would cycle five kilometres to go to school. But in our villages, girls need to be married off and with her height, we were worried we wouldn’t find a match. Her father’s brother told us about Om Prakash, who was from Pilibanga in Rajasthan. Om Prakash told us he was a property developer and seemed very well-off. We were taken in. He seemed like a big man. We thought our daughter’s future was made, we thought this alliance would make her happy,” says her mother.

These days, she shuttles between her parents’ home in Abubshahar and her maternal uncle’s home in Sadulshahar that’s across the border in Rajasthan’s Sri Ganganagar district. “This is to ensure that she is safe. She spends three days here and three days with her maternal uncle. We have received threats from Om Prakash that he will abduct her and our other three daughters as well,” says her mother.

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/my-husband-wanted-power-thats-why-he-brought-men-from-both-congress-and-bjp-to-me/

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Opinions and Editorials

Modi Back to his Agenda – By Kuldip Nayar (Jun 28, 2014, Mainstream)

When Narendra Modi broke down in Parliament at his party MPs’ meeting while hailing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a pro-Hindu outfit, as his mother, I thought it was an emotional outburst. And I felt assured when he said after becoming India’s Prime Minister that he would take along with him all the 125 crore Indians on the path to development.

But as the party unfolds its programme, I find that it is only a cover-up of the divisive strategy that the RSS has formulated. Modi projects an image of an unbiased person while the BJP-cum-RSS takes steps to dilute pluralism. The RSS is already posting its trusted men as members of different commissions or at key positions. The youth from its cadres are being recruited for lower assignments. Since the bureaucracy tilts in the direction in which the wind blows, the BJP and RSS are finding no resistance in implementing their agenda.

Sharad Pawar, the former Union Agriculture Minister, who was also the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, is justified in his remark that after the BJP’s victory communalism is beginning to be visible all over. And this is only in the first fortnight of Modi’s government. It is yet to run the full course of a five-year term. What happened in Pune, the most liberal city in Maharashtra, indicates the forces which have run amuck. An extremist Hindu group killed Mohsin Sheikh, a 28-year-old IT manager, following the posting of derogatory photographs of Shivaji and Bal Thackerey, the founder of the extremist Shiv Sena. Mohsin was a suspect, with no evidence and proof.

True, the BJP condemned the murder. But this was an ideal opportunity for Prime Minister Modi to assure the Muslims, feeling insecure, that his government would see to it that the perpetrators were brought to book quickly. Even when specifically requested for a word of sympathy for the victim’s families, Modi kept quiet.

This attitude should not come as a surprise. As the Gujarat Chief Minister in 2002 when more than 2000 Muslims were killed with the complicity of the administration, including the police, he never expressed regret. In fact, Modi threw at the face of criticism a clean chit he got from a Magistrate’s Court at home. Till today he has not said sorry. His regret at the murder in Pune would have gone a long way to assuage the feelings of Muslims and strengthen the idea of India based on the concept of pluralism. …

http://www.mainstreamweekly.net/article5027.html

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Hindu nationalist organisations take root in the United States – By Hakeem Irfan (Jul 7, 2014, DNA India)

Hindu nationalist organisations have established a strong network in the United States, with around 140 Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh shakhas across the country and over $55 million dollars in aid, largely sent to groups in India in the last 10 years.

Major US-based tax-exempt non-profit Hindu nationalist organisations include the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS), Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America (VHPA), Sewa International USA, and Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation-USA. The Overseas Friends of the Bharatiya Janata Party – USA (OFBJP) is quite active as well, though it is not a tax-exempt group.

The report was published on the South Asia Citizens Wire (SACW), a website mostly run by Indian diaspora based in the US and Europe. However, according to Harsh Kapoor of SACW, authors of the report have “categorically opposed to doing any interviews now or in the near future” and just used the initials ‘JM’ in the report.

The data in the report has been extensively referenced and compiled from publicly available tax records, newspaper articles, and other materials on non-profit groups in the United States affiliated with the Sangh Parivar (family of Hindu nationalist groups) from 2001-2014. …

“The findings of the report should be taken seriously as it has raised some critical questions. It needs to be investigated,” said US-based Dr Raja Swamy of the Coalition Against Genocide, who is also associated with SACW.

http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-hindu-nationalist-organisations-take-root-in-the-united-states-2000363

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The IB Report: A Potential Threat To The Real National Interest And Security – By Sukumaran C. V. (Jun 30, 2014, countercurrents)

The following is the first paragraph of the notorious IB report (IR/IS No. 002): “A significant number of Indian NGOs (funded by some donors based in US, UK, Germany and Netherlands) have been noticed to be using people centric issues to create an environment which lends itself to stalling development projects. These include agitations against nuclear power plants, uranium mines, Coal Fired Power Plants (CFPPs), Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), mega industrial projects (POSCO and Vedanta), hydel projects (at Narmada Sagar; and in Arunachal Pradesh) and extractive industries (oil, limestone) in the North East. The negative impact on GDP growth is assessed to be 2-3% p. a.”

If you peruse the 20 page IB report, you will feel that even if the IB is very poor in its linguistic skills, it is very rich in its unconditional support to the corporate giants that destroy the Environment and the livelihood of the vast majority of common people of this nation and are potential threats to the national security and wellbeing, if national security means the security and wellbeing of the common people.

On the 7th page of the report, the IB says that ‘Greenpeace expanded its activities to oppose Coal Fired Power Plants (CFPP) and coal mining activity… While its efforts to raise obstacles to India’s coal-based energy plans are gathering pace, it has also started spawning mass-based movements against development projects and is assessed to be posing a potential threat to national economic security.’

The IB report is absolutely correct to discern that the mass-based movements are posing a potential threat to ‘national economic security’. But IB should specify whose economic security is dubbed as ‘national’. And IB should develop the intelligence to know that mass-based movements are not ‘spawned’ by NGOs, they are born when the very existence of the people is threatened by the ‘economic security’ of the corporate world. Indian National Movement under the leadership of the Mahatma was a mass-based movement and it was not ‘spawned’ by a foreign funded agency, but by the people of India and the reason was that the colonial rule and exploitation were threatening the very survival of the people.

What the colonial rule had been doing to India and its people is exactly what is being done to the people today by the corporate world with the help of our own rulers and their IBs. … If national interest means the welfare of the vast millions of the poor and the ordinary people of the nation, arguing for nuclear power plants and GDP centric ‘growth’ and the so called economic development does have nothing to do with it.…

http://www.countercurrents.org/sukumaran300614.htm

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Is BJP fishing in choppy waters of communally sensitive UP? – By Mohit Dubey (Jul 6, 2014, Yahoo)

Is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fishing in choppy waters for electoral gains in Uttar Pradesh? Activities of the saffron leaders in the last few days suggest that the party’s state unit was not only in overdrive to consolidate its gains in the April-May Lok Sabha elections when it won 71 of the state’s 80 seats. On its part, the Akhilesh Yadav government alleges that BJP leaders were taking “law in their own hands and whipping communal passions.”

The latest instance concerns the small village of Kanth in Moradabad, a predominantly Muslim district, which has been at the centre of all activity for the past week. It began with the police removing loudspeakers from a Shiva temple on the instructions of the district administration. The Hindu residents objected and there were sporadic protests. …

Appeals to BJP leaders and backroom parleys failed to deliver the desired results after which, sources said, both sides decided to stick to their guns. BJP state president Laxmikant Bajpai, meanwhile, “took command of the show” and directed senior leaders to reach out to Kanth’s villagers and express their solidarity by their presence at the July 4 “mahapanchayat”. Many say while Rampur, Amroha and Moradabad MPs heading to the village was justified, they question the presence of Sardhana legislator Sangeet Som in the region.

Som, referred to as “Mr Trouble” by officials, was accused of inciting passions in Muzaffarnagar during the riots and was briefly jailed. BJP leaders refused to comment on Som’s presence. BJP state spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak, however, told IANS that the party was not playing politics in the issue and was “merely siding with the sentiments of the pople in Kanth”. Asked if these were not pre-meditated attempts to foment trouble, he answered in the negative. …

Rajendra Chowdhary, the state spokesman of the SP and the state’s political pensions minister, however, accuses the BJP of inciting communal passions for electoral gains. “Ever since they have formed a government at the centre, they are running amok, but the SP government will not allow them to destroy the secular fabric of the state at any cost,” he said. Congress and BSP leaders have urged the state government to act strongly against BJP leaders. Uttar Pradesh has had more than 150 small and big communal clashes in the past two years of SP rule.

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/bjp-fishing-choppy-waters-communally-sensitive-075614753.html

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39th Anniversary of Internal Emergency – Editorial (Jun 29, 2014, Peoples Democracy)

Thirty nine years ago, on this very day in 1975, as we go to press today, ‘Internal Emergency’ was declared by the then Congress party government at the centre headed by late Indira Gandhi. As the sun rose that day, thousands of people were arrested and jailed, thus, heralding the darkest chapter in the history of democracy in independent India. It was only after a relentless struggle by the people of our country that this emergency regime was defeated in an election that Ms Gandhi was forced to call in early 1977.

For the first time in India’s post-independent history, the Congress party was resoundingly defeated and a non-Congress central government was formed. However, this turned out to be transient, given the very nature of the conglomeration of political forces that came together to fight the emergency and some of them who came together to form the government under the ‘Janata Party’.

Apart from all the internal squabbles and infighting that plagued the Janata Party from its very inception, its inability to meet the people’s aspirations as it essentially represented the same class interests as that of the Congress party led to widespread people’s discontent, particularly when people’s aspirations were roused during the anti-emergency struggle.

All this is, of course, important in terms of drawing proper lessons from history. But this, however, is besides the point today. The defeat of emergency after 18 months was an important landmark in the evolution of modern India in the sense that this people’s struggle laid deeper the foundations of democracy in our country – the bulwark that can prevent any future rise of authoritarianism. …

This is important to recollect on today’s 39th anniversary of the imposition of internal emergency when there is this new RSS/BJP government that has assumed the reins of power at the centre. …

http://peoplesdemocracy.in/2014/0629_pd/39th-anniversary-internal-emergency

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Annihilation by Caste: Lessons from Budaun and Beyond – By Kalpana Kannabiran (Jun 28, 2014, EPW)

The murder of two children in Budaun, Uttar Pradesh, forces us to re-examine our understanding of aggravated assault, murder, sexual assault, atrocity, annihilation by caste and structural violence that is constitutive of the rogue state – not an exceptional state, but the rogue state as the norm in a caste-ridden society. This is not an isolated story. These children were not victims of exceptional violence and brutality. Rather, routine heightened violence and torture of the worst kind are constitutive of caste society, with the condonation (indeed tacit acceptance of the necessity) of such violence written into inaction and equivocation at every level.

My raging grief is about the loss, the deaths of these children, both girls; but there are accounts of a boy killed here as well not so long ago after being brutalised; it is about the unspeakable torture they were subjected to, of which sexual assault was a part; it is about our collective inability as people committed to the annihilation of caste, to make any difference in a context where caste atrocity is at best a spectacle for consumption and speculation; where images of children who have been brutally assaulted and murdered are traded by the media in unthinkable ways and their experience negated by the rogue state. Where does one begin to roll this back?

Although the writing on the Budaun violence has opened out several discussions – from eliminating open defecation to increasing helplines to castigating the Government of Uttar Pradesh – I think this is an issue that goes far beyond the sexual politics of the Samajwadi Party (SP), or the tasks before the toilet ambassadors of the Ministry of Rural Development. Can we forget that Mathura was sexually assaulted in the toilet of a police station? While unarguably women need access to secure basic facilities, this issue is quite separate from their vulnerability to sexual assault. Days have rolled into years and years into decades with us speaking out about the sexual politics of each of our political parties and their treatment of sexual assault. The only difference perhaps is that the SP has perfected the art and woven it densely into statecraft.…

The road that we leave behind is soaked in the blood of victims and built through generations of servitude, and the road that lies ahead is blocked by caste. This takes me to the heart of Ambedkar’s assertion that the only road to freedom, life and indeed humanity is the annihilation of caste – for us all, because violence and the habit of impunity dehumanises the dominant – not only the perpetrators and their cohorts but also the nonchalant bystanders and the distant, studiously indifferent viewers – and annihilates entire classes of vulnerable peoples in full public view with impunity.

http://www.epw.in/commentary/annihilation-caste.html

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – June 30th, 2014

by newsdigest on July 1, 2014

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup

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Opinions & Editorials

Bhatt accuses Nanavati panel of misleading HC (Jun 25, 2014, Indian Express)

Accusing the Nanavati-Mehta Commission, appointed by the Gujarat government, of misleading the Gujarat HC on the issue related to inspection of intelligence records pertaining to the 2002 riots, suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt wrote to the Commission Monday to take appropriate measures to clarify the “misrepresentation” before the HC.

The issue pertains to a related to Bhatt’s demand to inspect some documents. On June 16, a division bench of the HC had ordered the Commission probing the 2002 riots to let Bhatt inspect at least 38 documents since the state had stated that nine of those documents had been “destroyed” by it.

But when Bhatt went to inspect the documents at the office of the Commission in Ahmedabad, the Commission did not allow him to inspect them. Accordingly, on June 18, the Commission moved a review petition before the HC, seeking to quash the June 16 order.

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/bhatt-accuses-nanavati-panel-of-misleading-hc/

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Trend of intolerance towards dissent under Modi: Amnesty calls for decriminalization of free speech (Jun 27, 2014, Counterview)

In an important submission before the Law Commission of India, the Amnesty International India has insisted on the need to undertake critical legal reforms to better defend the right to free speech. Saying that this is important against the backdrop of a “growing trend of intolerance towards dissent and criticism” in the recent weeks, elucidating the submission, Amnesty’s senior policy adviser Shailesh Rai said, “Authorities have shown a worrying eagerness to arrest and detain people for the lawful exercise of their constitutional rights to free speech, especially when it concerns the new Prime Minister.”

Giving reasons for the submission, Rai said, “In May 2014, police in Bangalore arrested a man for sending a photograph on his phone depicting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a funeral pyre. The same month, police in Panaji, Goa filed a First Information Report against a man who said in an online post that if Narendra Modi came to power, it would lead to a holocaust.”

Rai added, “In both cases, police relied partly on section 66A of the Information Technology Act, which criminalises online communication that is ‘grossly offensive’, and persistent sending of information known by the sender to be false, to cause ‘annoyance, inconvenience, danger, obstruction, insult, injury, criminal intimidation, enmity, hatred or ill will”.

Rai further said, “In June, police arrested students and staff at a college in Kunnamkulam, Kerala, over an article that featured the Prime Minister in a list of ‘negative faces’ in a college magazine. The next week, police in Guruvayur, Kerala arrested students and staff at a different college over a crossword puzzle that used derogatory language to refer to the Prime Minister and other political leaders.In both cases, the police said that the expressions amounted to criminal defamation, among other offences”.

“While these expressions may be offensive to some, they certainly do not merit arrests and criminal cases,” said Rai, adding, “Unfortunately, some Indian laws, including those on defamation and online speech, fall short of international standards on freedom of expression and enable the criminalizing of opinion. The government must act to urgently amend these laws.” Amnesty’s submission follows the Law Commission of India’s request for comments in May 2014 on a consultation paper on aspects of media laws. …

http://www.counterview.net/2014/06/trend-of-intolerance-towards-dissent.html

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Days after he pulled up Amit Shah, CBI judge shifted (Jun 26, 2014, Indian Express)

Days after special CBI judge J T Utpat pulled up BJP general secretary Amit Shah for failing to make an appearance before the court hearing the case pertaining to the alleged fake encounter of Tulsiram Prajapati in Gujarat in December 2006, the judge received his transfer order on Wednesday.

Sessions judge Utpat, who was transferred to Pune, has been replaced by judge B H Loya. The transfer order came on the day the special CBI court was expected to pass an order on the discharge application filed by Shah, a close aide of prime minister Narendra Modi and one of the key accused in the alleged fake encounter case.

When contacted, Utpat declined to comment. Registrar general of the Bombay High Court Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi told The Indian Express that the High Court had acceded to a request made by Utpat towards the end of May or early June.

“He had made a representation to the High Court for a transfer to Pune because of his daughter’s education. We often get such requests from judicial officers who seek transfers because of personal or family reasons,” Joshi said. She said apart from Utpat, three other judges had also been transferred.

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/days-after-he-pulled-up-shah-judge-shifted/

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Gopal Subramanium opts out, attacks Narendra Modi government, cites Amit Shah case (Jun 25, 2014, Financial Express)

Eminent lawyer Gopal Subramanium today opted out of being considered for appointment as Supreme Court judge after lashing out at the Narendra Modi government accusing it of ordering CBI to “scrounge” for “dirt” against him to scuttle his elevation. Subramanium, who had assisted the Supreme Court in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case in which Amit Shah, a close aide of Prime Minister Narender Modi is now an accused, said that he was being “targeted” because of his independence and integrity.

He suggested that his role as amicus curiae, a friend of the court, in the Sohrabuddin case, could have been the reason for government opposing his elevation, although he had no direct evidence. Subramanium, a former Solicitor General, sent a 9-page letter to the Chief Justice of India R M Lodhawithdrawing his consent to be appointed as a judgesaying that he did not want his elevation to be “the subject matter of any politicisation”.

His name had been recommended for appointment to the Supreme Court bench by its collegium along with three others, Chief Justices of Calcutta and Odisha High Courts Arun Mishra and Adarsh Kumar Goyal respectively and senior advocate Rohinton Nariman. Recent reports have suggested the NDA government’s reluctance to Subramanium’s appointment while it is said to have cleared the other three names. The CBI and the Intelligence Bureau (IB) are said to have given adverse reports against him.

Subramanium said that he had been informed by the Chief Justice on May 15 that he had been given a clean chit by both IB and CBI.But in the past two weeks media reports had spoken about alleged adverse reports against him by the two agencies. The events of the past few weeks “have raised serious doubts in my mind as to the ability of the executive government to appreciate and respect the independence, integrity, and the glory of the judicial institution”, he wrote to the Chief Justice, adding, “I do not expect this attitude to improve with time”.

He said that he had never met Modi except once when he was the Solicitor General and the former was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. He had been greeted “with a measure of respect” by Modi who had invited him and his wife to Gujarat as his guests of honour although he had not availed of that hospitality. Subramanium said that he had never met Amit Shah and had only seen his photographs in newspapers recently. In the course of hearing on Shah’s bail application, he had said that his liberty should not be infringed and he may be allowed bail but asked to remain outside Gujarat. …

http://www.financialexpress.com/news/gopal-subramanium-opts-out-attacks-narendra-modi-government-cites-amit-shah-case/1264167/0

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Why a former minister is making BJP, RSS leaders uneasy (Jun 25, 2014, First Post)

Many senior BJP and RSS functionaries in the country find their heartbeats linked to the fate of former minister Laxmikant Sharma, once a key aide to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Sharma, now in the custody of the special task force (STF) for his pivotal role in the Professional Examination Board scam, is being treated with kid gloves while over 150 students and young professionals apprehended through a couple of days’ swoop were treated like hard core criminals. The detainees include many girls.

Sharma is expected to confront his former aide OP Shukla, who spilled the beans on Sharma’s omissions and commissions. Shukla’s confessions include details of how the former overlooked merit to promote acolyte Pankaj Trivedi as controller of PEB examinations. Sharma has alleged that three bureaucrats have framed him at the instance of a senior BJP leader. He has not elaborated. Bureaucrats are closely watching Sharma’s interrogation as more skeletons might tumble out.

The Jabalpur high court had warned it would hand the case to the CBI if STF continues to soft-pedal it. Chouhan is facing the heat after Sharma’s arrest spurred the proceedings. Sharma headed the higher education ministry during the vital period covering the scam. He quit the party on his arrest. The BJP accepted his resignation through a terse SMS.

Though Laxmikant Sharma was named among the core culprits over six months ago, the STF avoided arresting him. With his proximity to senior RSS and BJP members, Sharma wielded immense power. Many party bigwigs ate out of his hand. He even nurtured chief ministerial ambitions. …

http://www.firstpost.com/politics/mp-former-minister-making-bjp-rss-leaders-uneasy-1588183.html

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Rightwing groups call upon Hindus to prepare physically, spiritually to fight against Muslims (Jun 26, 2014, Daily Bhaskar)

In a move that can cause embarrassment to the Narendra Modi government, some rightwing organisations, as per reports, have intensified their efforts to expand their base in the country and called upon Hindus to “prepare themselves physically and spiritually to fight against Muslim terrorists”.

In a convention – All India Hindu Convention – being organised under the banner of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti at Ponda in Goa, around 125 organisations from India and abroad (as claimed by organisers) are set to give a “call for establishment of India as a Hindu nation”, an ideal “long abandoned by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)”,Business Standard reported.

“To think that the recent change of power at the centre is conducive for the establishment of the Hindu Nation is a delusion, because the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the offspring of the RSS, which distances itself from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Swatantryaveer Savarkar, will never take up the mission of the Hindu nation. The struggle for the liberation of the Hindus that commenced in the year 711 is not yet over,” the report quotes Charudatta Pingale, national guide of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, as saying.

“A time has come for Hindus to restart the freedom struggle with the same old exceptional will-power and unmatched bravery to protect our self-respect and seats of pride. Mind you, the Hindu Nation is not going to be established through the ballot, it will simply be the culmination of a battle; and hence, Hindu sects and organisations have to blow the bugle for the second freedom struggle,” he added.

According to the report, Advocate Harishankar Jain, who is fighting Ayodhya’s Ram temple case in the Supreme Court, told the gathering, “This is the ideal time to make our country a Hindu nation. It is time to implement the slogan ‘Jo Hindu hit ki bat karega, vahi desh pe raj karega’ (Whoever talks about the welfare of the Hindus will rule the nation).” …

http://daily.bhaskar.com/article-ht/NAT-TOP-rightwing-groups-call-upon-hindus-to-prepare-themselves-physically-spiritually-t-4659503-NOR.html

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National Commission for Minorities expresses concern over “delay” in arrest of Muzaffarnagar riots accused (Jun 28, 2014, IBN)

The National Commission for Minorities on Saturday expressed concern over the “delay” in arrest of accused in Muzaffarnagar riot cases, but said it was satisfied with the relief works in the affected areas.

Chairman of the Commission Naseem Ahmad on Saturday held a meeting here with district magistrates and district police chiefs of riot-affected districts of Muzaffarnagar, Shamli, Meerut, Saharanpur and Baghpat to review the progress of relief and rehabilitation works.

“Even after more than nine months of the riots, all the accused have not been arrested,” Ahmad said while talking to reporters after the meeting. “Though some accused have been arrested in several cases related to the riots, the Commission is not satisfied with the delay in the arrest of all the accused,” he said.

“The Special Investigation Team (SIT) and court have initiated attachment proceedings against people who were found involved in the riot cases by the SIT, but they have not been arrested,” he added. …

He said he has directed officials to take prompt action to gain confidence of both the communities, especially the riot-affected people. Ahmad along with a member of the Commission Farda Abdulla Khan also visited Palda village in Muzaffarnagar district. …

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/national-commission-for-minorities-expresses-concern-over-delay-in-arrest-of-muzaffarnagar-riots-accused/482398-3-242.html

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Inspector suspended for Titlagarh violence (Jun 30, 2014, The Hindu)

Normalcy returned to the western Odisha town of Titlagarh a day after violence erupted over death of a person allegedly due to police torture. Heavy police bandobast was made in the tiny town to ensure that locals do not take to the streets over the issue. There was no report of any untoward incident from the town on Sunday. Prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC were also lifted from many places.

Agitating locals had set Titlagarh police station on fire and attacked police personnel after Basant Pradhan, a shop keeper, died on Saturday. Locals had alleged that victim’s health condition had deteriorated after prolonged torture by police.

To bring the situation under control, the State government has ordered a crime branch probe into the death and placed inspector-in-charge of Titlagarh and Bolangir police stations under suspension.… “The situation is under control. Fourteen platoons of police have been deployed in Titlagarh,” said Sunil Joshi, Additional Superintendent of Police of Bolangir.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-otherstates/inspector-suspended-for-titlagarh-violence/article6161786.ece

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CBI files FIR against entire police station for murder, sexual assault (Jun 27, 2014, Mumbai Mirror)

The Central Bureau of Investigation late on Wednesday night filed an FIR against all policemen working in the Wadala railway police station for the alleged murder of detainee Agnelo Valdaris and sexual assault of a minor, among other charges.

This is also a rare case where alleged sexual assault perpetrated by policemen on detainees has been documented in detail in a First Information Report. While naming the 10 policemen identified by the victims, the specially constituted CBI team has also charged all the other personnel attached to the station.

The premier investigation agency has booked the policemen for murder, falsifying evidence, wrongful confinement, using force to get confession, kidnapping, unnatural sex. They have also been booked under the stringent Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act for aggravated penetrative sexual assault on a minor.

The CBI action follows a strongly-worded high court order in a petition filed by Agnelo’s father Leonard Valdaris and his three friends who were also allegedly tortured in custody on the night of April 15 after they were picked up on suspicion of chain snatching. …

http://www.mumbaimirror.com/articleshow/37274408.cms

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Balad Kalan village clash: SFS protests cops’ ‘anti-Dalit’ action (Jun 29, 2014, Hindustan Times)

The members of Students for Society (SFS) staged a protest against the alleged police action at Balad Kalan village of Sangrur district in Punjab, at the student centre in Panjab University on Saturday. The members raised slogans claiming that police action was anti-Dalit.

SFS president Arishdeep Singh said they strongly condemned the inhumane action of the police and these incidents reflected ‘bitter realities’ of the society, where the oppressed were unable to avail of even their legal and constitutional rights.

“We demand inquiry into the incident so that erring officials can be brought to trial and strict action should be taken against the erring policemen,” he said.

Nearly 23 persons, including 11 cops, received injuries in a clash between police and members of the Dalit community in Bhawanigarh in Sangrur on Friday. The Dalits had gathered in Balad Kalan village to get auction of panchayat land, reserved for Scheduled Castes, cancelled.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/1234852.aspx

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Opinions and Editorials

India’s New Prime Minister: Does He Belong To The Times? – By Graham Peebles (Jun 23, 2014, Countercurrents)

The landslide election earlier this month of Narendra Modi does not bode well for the 800 million or so Indians living in destitution, or the 120 million minority Muslims in the country, or the Adivasi (indigenous) people and Dalit groups sitting on resource-rich land in Orissa, Jharkhand and elsewhere. He may well come from a humble background, but Mr. Modi’s loyalties lie firmly with the corporations of India, not the chai wallahs working the train station at Vadnagar in Gujarat State like his father once did.

And certainly not the Adivasi families being forced from their homes to make way for multi national bulldozers, or the marginalized millions on the fringes of India’s cities living in tin shacks with no sanitation or health care, where children play alongside open sewers, and women work on mountains of refuse collecting Chinese plastics for a few rupees a day.

Modi is a far right Hindu Nationalist whose election suggests India is “entering its most sinister period since independence.” [The Guardian] Hindu nationalism is an exclusive club made up of upper-caste Hindus who form the ruling elite; it is of course closed to the devout worshipers from the lower castes. The Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) openly promotes the ideal of an India run by and for Hindus. It is “quite open about its belief in the Hindu India…where everybody else lives…as second-class citizens.” Modi’s rise to electoral stardom is a “terribly sad thing and something to be ashamed of.” [ Arundhati Roy ]

His election campaign was the most expensive ever staged in India, funded as all these political games are by the men with the money. The billionaires and millionaires, the rupee resplendent corporations that own India; her sacred putrid rivers; the forests and bauxite rich mountains; the media – print, radio, Television, the schools, hospitals and water ways. Everything of value, catalogued within the business portfolios of a tiny few, whilst the majority starve, defecate in public, are violated, exploited, ignored. Nobody knows the precise cost of the new PM’s campaign: it is estimated to have exceeded Rs. 5,000 crore – that’s about $840 million. …

Massive exposure facilitated by the corporate media that avoided asking probing questions, or ” pointing to some of the clear dishonesty in the claims made about his success in Gujarat.” [The Guardian] Such are the benefits of being in bed with the corporations. Big business rightly saw in Modi someone who would deliver all the benefits they have become used to.

http://www.countercurrents.org/peebles230614.htm

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Environment, Development and Corporate Hindutva – By Archana Prasad (Jun 29, 2014, Peoples Democracy)

Almost a year before it came to power at the centre, the present minister for environment, Prakash Javadekar termed environmental clearances as a new form of “license raj.” This comment was made in the context of the slowdown of the economy and he accused the ministry of environment and forests of being a “roadblock” in the path of development.

Then, following this very line of argument, the BJP manifesto promised that it would relook into the procedures for environmental clearances and reframe the environment clearance laws in a manner so that there is no confusion and there are “transparent and time bound clearances.” This has been reiterated by the new environment minister who aims to provide clearances to 200 infrastructural projects on a priority basis – literally within the first hundred days.

His counterpart in the power and coal ministry is adding to the pressure by vocally stating that one time expansion plans for existing coal mines and power projects should get “automatic clearances.” Though this thrust is not new in this drive, it has acquired a new meaning today as the Modi government has used the rhetoric of nationalism and religious symbolism to showcase its priorities in the environment and development debate. …

Rather than studying the best way of water use for local needs along the 2500 km long banks of the Ganga, the plan aims to develop a tourist hub along the bank. This is clearly inspired by Gujarat’s Sabarmati project which displaced at least 5,000 local families and became a conduit for the sale of prime real estate to corporate developers. Not surprisingly, many eminent ecologists have termed this plan as old wine in a new bottle. The newness of this plan is precisely that it is intended to be linked with Hindutva revivalism. Hence the term being used is not river development but river rejuvenation, by which they mean restoration of the spirituality of the river, along with its purity.

From the above discussion it is clear that the environmental agenda of the Modi led BJP government is meant to serve the interests of corporate Hindutva. While regulations are being eased in the name of national economic security, the genuine issue of environmental protection is being used, in fact misused, as a cover for religious mobilisation. In this situation, compliance with and strengthening of environmental regulations can serve as a good political instrument to stop the corporate penetration in conflict ridden but natural resource rich regions.

http://peoplesdemocracy.in/2014/0629_pd/environment-development-and-corporate-hindutva

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Mohsin Sadique’s Murder And The Solapur Jigsaw – By Siddharthya Roy (Jun 25, 2014, Countercurrents)

The murder of 28 year old computer technician Mohammad Mohsin Sadique Shaikh, on Monday the 2nd of June 2014 in Pune has been called shocking by many on more accounts than one. For one the crime was a ghastly violent one. After being severely with hockey sticks and thick wooden staves, his head was smashed in with a heavy stone to finish the job.

Secondly, despite its proximity to Mumbai which has seen repeated communal violence, the biggest one being the 1992 riots which killed many hundreds and displaced over two million people; and despite being a well known hub of extreme Hindu Right wing groups, Pune has little history of communal riots. So the hate crime enacted at around 8:30 pm in the Hadapsar area of the city, wherein two dozen odd motorbike riding people bludgeon a young man to death is a troubling exception.

But what seems to have struck people most is the sudden and unfortunate tragedy that befell a random innocent citizen. As was his daily routine Mohsin came back from work, freshened up and went for the Isha Namaz and collecting his tiffin from the mess next door was headed home for dinner with his roommates when this gang of two dozen odd men belonging to a hitherto unknown group, the eponymous Hindu Rashtra Sena, came riding on eight motorbikes and even though completely unprovoked, chose a man randomly picked out from the street and bludgeoned him to death. The randomness of the killing and the question it entails “who next?”, has been hard to digest for many. …

While it may be too early to take a call on whether there will be communal for sure, the political air in Solapur is tense. With nearly 40% Muslim voters in Solapur and the state assembly elections just round the corner, the Muslims are wary that all of these stray episodes may well be adding up to a widespread communal flare up.

http://www.countercurrents.org/sroy250614.htm

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Malegaon blasts case: Political patronage of ATS investigation – By A. Mirsab (Jun 27, 2014, TwoCircles.net)

The 2006 Malegaon bombings were a series of bomb blasts that took place on September 8, 2006 in Malegaon, a town in the Nashik district of the Indian state of Maharashtra, located at some 290 km to the northeast of state capital Mumbai. The explosions – which resulted in at least 37 fatalities and 125 injuries – took place in a Muslim cemetery, adjacent to a mosque, at around 13:15 local time after Friday prayers. A stampede ensued after the devices exploded.

Though the site (a compound housing a mosque and Muslim cemetery), the date (Alvida Juma) and the time (during afternoon prayers on Friday) of the bomb blasts clearly indicated that Muslims were the target, but the ATS promptly blamed Muslim terrorists and arrested nine persons from the community. Even at that time, ATS investigation met with skepticism and disbelief by many NGOs, but the ATS explicitly ruled out the involvement of Hindu right-wing groups although there were leads suggesting Hindu radicals’ involvement in the case.

ATS investigation of implicating and blaming Muslims for the bomb blasts at a Muslim cemetery was strongly condemned by Muslim community and who called ATS investigation as illogical and against the victim which was carried out with predetermined and jaundiced perspective. …

The present case was investigated under R R Patil’s supervision and another controversial case of Pune Germany Bakery blast; for which Himayat Baig was convicted; was also investigated under his supervision. Investigations of both these cases by ATS have been blatantly rejected by central agency NIA and have termed ATS accused as innocent.

Even the case of 7/11 train blasts in Mumbai was also investigated by ATS in 2006 under full eyes of R R Patil which has also come to the stage of controversy after the alleged confessional statements given voluntarily by Indian Mujahideen suspects after their arrests by Crime branch in 2008.

http://twocircles.net/2014jun27/malegaon_blasts_case_political_patronage_ats_investigation.html

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Stirring up a judicial storm – Editorial (Jun 27, 2014, The Hindu)

Gopal Subramanium might have sought to give a quietus to the controversy surrounding the NDA Government’s opposition to his nomination as a judge of the Supreme Court by withdrawing his consent, but the episode has raised troubling questions over the roles of the executive and the judiciary in judicial appointments, and the process of their interaction. In his statement, Mr. Subramanium has suggested that the reason for his exclusion from a list of four names recommended for appointment by the collegium headed by the Chief Justice of India was that he was considered too independent to toe the government’s line. He has also faulted the judiciary for failing to stand up for him.

It is understandable that he should feel let down after being invited by the collegium to be a judge of the Supreme Court, in a rare instance of a member of the Bar being sought to be directly elevated to the Bench of the highest court. However, his claim that the splitting of the list by sending three of the four names to the President for appointment compromised the appointment process is debatable.

Sending a recommendation back to the collegium is part of the consultative process and there is no reason why the appointment of those about whom no issues had been raised should be held up, particularly if seniority within the list would not be affected. More serious is his allegation that his independent role as amicus curiae in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case may have been the real reason behind the Narendra Modi government’s rejection of his candidacy.

The government’s silence has not helped its case, as the nature of its reservations about Mr. Subramanium remains unknown. Now that the matter is in the public domain, it may have to clarify whether it had communicated to the collegium why it considered him unsuitable. The collegium had the option of reiterating its recommendation, a move that will be binding on the executive, but Mr. Subramanium has chosen not to wait for its decision. By voicing his “sense of unease over the judiciary failing to assert its independence,” he is actually charging the collegium with meekly acquiescing in the rejection of its own recommendation.

It implies that even a valid recommendation could be circumvented by unverifiable intelligence reports and unproven allegations in an opaque process. It also raises the question whether the present legal position that accords primacy to the Chief Justice’s opinion has goaded the executive to find other means of having its way. The present opaque procedure needs to be replaced by an appointments process that is genuinely consultative and transparent, so that the best legal brains are attracted to the bench.

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/editorial/stirring-up-a-judicial-storm/article6152401.ece

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The IB Report: A Potential Threat To The Real National Interest And Security – By Sukumaran C. V. (Jun 30, 2014, Countercurrents)

The following is the first paragraph of the notorious IB report (IR/IS No. 002): “A significant number of Indian NGOs (funded by some donors based in US, UK, Germany and Netherlands) have been noticed to be using people centric issues to create an environment which lends itself to stalling development projects. These include agitations against nuclear power plants, uranium mines, Coal Fired Power Plants (CFPPs), Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), mega industrial projects (POSCO and Vedanta), hydel projects (at Narmada Sagar; and in Arunachal Pradesh) and extractive industries (oil, limestone) in the North East. The negative impact on GDP growth is assessed to be 2-3% p. a.”

If you peruse the 20 page IB report, you will feel that even if the IB is very poor in its linguistic skills, it is very rich in its unconditional support to the corporate giants that destroy the Environment and the livelihood of the vast majority of common people of this nation and are potential threats to the national security and wellbeing, if national security means the security and wellbeing of the common people.

On the 7th page of the report, the IB says that ‘Greenpeace expanded its activities to oppose Coal Fired Power Plants (CFPP) and coal mining activity… While its efforts to raise obstacles to India’s coal-based energy plans are gathering pace, it has also started spawning mass-based movements against development projects and is assessed to be posing a potential threat to national economic security.’ …

Does the IB have the intelligence to see that the words of the INSAF will turn to be prophetic if the largest democracy’s Intelligence Bureau and Government behave as if they are the advocates of the likes of CIL, VAL, Essar and POSCO that undermine the safety and security of the people of this great nation?

http://www.countercurrents.org/sukumaran300614.htm

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – June 16th, 2014

June 17, 2014

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony BARTI to take communal harmony lessons to schools, may train teachers News Headlines Rise of communal tensions after BJP Government formed at center Online posts against Narendra Modi spell trouble Gujarat HC directs Nanavati panel to allow Sanjiv Bhatt examine intel reports during 2002 riots IB’s NGO-scare [...]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – June 9th, 2014

June 10, 2014

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Communal Harmony Muslims safeguard Hindus in Hadapsar post the Pune Muslim techie murder News Headlines ‘Hinduize politics, militarize Hindus’ is slogan of group suspected of Pune techie’s murder First wicket has fallen, say killers of Pune Muslim youth 18 policemen guilty in fake encounter case Delhi policeman found involved [...]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – June 2nd, 2014

June 3, 2014

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Announcements Bigoted accusations against Fr. Cedric Prakash condemned by Indian Americans Communal Harmony ‘Open dialogue needed between Hindus and Muslims to dispel misconceptions’ News Headlines ‘Even your Allah cannot help you; I am your Allah here’ Muslims in Malegaon burn effigy of new Minority Minister Najma Heptullah It’s Batra [...]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – May 26th, 2014

May 27, 2014

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Announcements All Indians need to be vigilant in safeguarding secularism say Indian Americans News Headlines The SC release of Akshardham suspects raises questions about PM Modi ‘They asked me to choose: Godhra, Pandya or Akshardham’ Goa professional booked for anti-Modi post, people call it an attempt to muzzle free [...]

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All Indians need to be vigilant in safeguarding secularism say Indian Americans

May 26, 2014

Muslim community urged to work towards development and pursuit of justice May 26, 2014 Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, has called on all Indians to be vigilant in safeguarding the secular institutions under the NDA (National Democratic Alliance) administration. It has also [...]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – May 19th, 2014

May 20, 2014

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Announcements Mukul Sinha’s demise a loss for justice and accountability say Indian Americans News Headlines Supreme Court pulls up Gujarat police, orders release of Akshardham convicts ‘Modi’s remarks fuelled violence in Assam’ Bail plea of three riot accused rejected MBT demands registration of murder cases against police for firing [...]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – May 12th, 2014

May 13, 2014

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup Announcements Atrocities against Assamese Muslims must cease now, demand Indian Americans News Headlines Tension prevails in Meerut after communal clash, one dead Narendra Modi awarded contracts to snoopgate victim’s family, alleges Congress CBI court summons Amit Shah, 36 others Lalu attacks Amit Shah over Azamgarh remark, calls him a [...]

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IAMC Weekly News Roundup – May 5th, 2014

May 6, 2014

In this issue of IAMC News Roundup News Headlines 32 killed in 36 hours by Bodo militants in Assam, curfew imposed No ‘clean chit’ yet CBI fails to move SC against bail of 3 cops accused in Sohrab case RSS following in the footsteps of Hitler: VS Bail plea of three persons accused of murder [...]

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