THE HIMALAYAN TALK: INDIAN GOVERNMENT FOOD SECURITY PROGRAM RISKIER

http://youtu.be/NrcmNEjaN8c The government of India has announced food security program ahead of elections in 2014. We discussed the issue with Palash Biswas in Kolkata today. http://youtu.be/NrcmNEjaN8c Ahead of Elections, India's Cabinet Approves Food Security Program ______________________________________________________ By JIM YARDLEY http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/indias-cabinet-passes-food-security-law/

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICAL OF BAMCEF LEADERSHIP

[Palash Biswas, one of the BAMCEF leaders and editors for Indian Express spoke to us from Kolkata today and criticized BAMCEF leadership in New Delhi, which according to him, is messing up with Nepalese indigenous peoples also. He also flayed MP Jay Narayan Prasad Nishad, who recently offered a Puja in his New Delhi home for Narendra Modi's victory in 2014.]

THE HIMALAYAN DISASTER: TRANSNATIONAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT MECHANISM A MUST

We talked with Palash Biswas, an editor for Indian Express in Kolkata today also. He urged that there must a transnational disaster management mechanism to avert such scale disaster in the Himalayas. http://youtu.be/7IzWUpRECJM

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS LASHES OUT KATHMANDU INT'L 'MULVASI' CONFERENCE

अहिले भर्खर कोलकता भारतमा हामीले पलाश विश्वाससंग काठमाडौँमा आज भै रहेको अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय मूलवासी सम्मेलनको बारेमा कुराकानी गर्यौ । उहाले भन्नु भयो सो सम्मेलन 'नेपालको आदिवासी जनजातिहरुको आन्दोलनलाई कम्जोर बनाउने षडयन्त्र हो।' http://youtu.be/j8GXlmSBbbk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS LASHES OUT KATHMANDU INT'L 'MULVASI' CONFERENCE

अहिले भर्खर कोलकता भारतमा हामीले पलाश विश्वाससंग काठमाडौँमा आज भै रहेको अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय मूलवासी सम्मेलनको बारेमा कुराकानी गर्यौ । उहाले भन्नु भयो सो सम्मेलन 'नेपालको आदिवासी जनजातिहरुको आन्दोलनलाई कम्जोर बनाउने षडयन्त्र हो।' http://youtu.be/j8GXlmSBbbk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS BLASTS INDIANS THAT CLAIM BUDDHA WAS BORN IN INDIA

THE HIMALAYAN VOICE: PALASH BISWAS DISCUSSES RAM MANDIR

Published on 10 Apr 2013 Palash Biswas spoke to us from Kolkota and shared his views on Visho Hindu Parashid's programme from tomorrow ( April 11, 2013) to build Ram Mandir in disputed Ayodhya. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77cZuBunAGk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALSH BISWAS FLAYS SOUTH ASIAN GOVERNM

Palash Biswas, lashed out those 1% people in the government in New Delhi for failure of delivery and creating hosts of problems everywhere in South Asia. http://youtu.be/lD2_V7CB2Is

Palash Biswas on BAMCEF UNIFICATION!

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS ON NEPALI SENTIMENT, GORKHALAND, KUMAON AND GARHWAL ETC.and BAMCEF UNIFICATION! Published on Mar 19, 2013 The Himalayan Voice Cambridge, Massachusetts United States of America

BAMCEF UNIFICATION CONFERENCE 7

Published on 10 Mar 2013 ALL INDIA BAMCEF UNIFICATION CONFERENCE HELD AT Dr.B. R. AMBEDKAR BHAVAN,DADAR,MUMBAI ON 2ND AND 3RD MARCH 2013. Mr.PALASH BISWAS (JOURNALIST -KOLKATA) DELIVERING HER SPEECH. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLL-n6MrcoM http://youtu.be/oLL-n6MrcoM

Imminent Massive earthquake in the Himalayas

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICIZES GOVT FOR WORLD`S BIGGEST BLACK OUT

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICIZES GOVT FOR WORLD`S BIGGEST BLACK OUT

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS TALKS AGAINST CASTEIST HEGEMONY IN SOUTH ASIA

Palash Biswas on Citizenship Amendment Act

Mr. PALASH BISWAS DELIVERING SPEECH AT BAMCEF PROGRAM AT NAGPUR ON 17 & 18 SEPTEMBER 2003 Sub:- CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT ACT 2003 http://youtu.be/zGDfsLzxTXo

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Makbool Veeray Chief Editor at Daily Kashmiriyat & Sach News ISIS, Bokoharam, TTP and such other Organisations are defaming ISLAM : Moulana Abdul Rashid Dawoodi , Chief of J&K " Tehreek-e- Soutul Awliya " in an exclusive Interview to Urdu Daily " CHATTAN" Srinagar. 

ISIS, Bokoharam, TTP and such other Organisations are defaming ISLAM : Moulana Abdul Rashid Dawoodi , Chief of J&K " Tehreek-e- Soutul Awliya " in an exclusive Interview to Urdu Daily " CHATTAN" Srinagar.  ( Part 2 )


‘The Express was never a mere business to him (RNG) and it is not a business to me and never will be. It was and is, a mission’ Full text of Express Group Chairman & Managing Director Viveck Goenka's address to employees on July 3, 2015 - See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/viveck-goenka-address-to-express-group/#sthash.HDuADaXO.dpuf

'The Express was never a mere business to him (RNG) and it is not a business to me and never will be. It was and is, a mission'

Full text of Express Group Chairman & Managing Director Viveck Goenka's address to employees on July 3, 2015

The Indian Express Group Chairman Viveck Goenka after addressing to employees at Mahape in Navi Mumbai. (Source: Express Photos By Pradip Das)
The Indian Express Group Chairman Viveck Goenka after addressing employees at Mahape in Navi Mumbai.(Source: Express Photos By Pradip Das) - 

Updated: July 3, 2015 9:41 pm

Here is the full text of Express Group Chairman & Managing Director Viveck Goenka's address to employees on July 3, 2015:

Dear colleagues, this is the first time ever that somebody is addressing the entire Institution. It is a very good feeling. It is for a joyous occasion – to celebrate the redesign and relaunch of The Indian Express. To convey to you my vision for the paper and the launch of a new campaign. To tell you that we will massively grow all our brands on the Internet. To announce the launch of our Jaipur edition next week.

This year, the Express will complete 83 years. In human terms that is old. In the life of this paper, I am sure that it will be a mere decimal. We stand today on the cusp of a transformation where we can together build on all the good work of the past and create a lasting institution which will unify independence, ethics and integrity with financial strength. That is our stated goal and we will achieve it. As one part of this, we completed the redesign of the Indian Express which gave it a fresh new energy. As another part, we have refreshed The Indian Express mobile and web app so as to make the paper reader friendly and accessible on any device. Our content, which was always excellent has gained depth and breadth. A similar effort has begun in Loksatta and other brands will follow.

The Indian Express is created every day by a dedicated team of people. What I want of these people is a fierce commitment to illuminating the truth and to do so with integrity and grace. I have made sure we have a newspaper which owes nothing to page 3, planted stories or pandering to politicians or large corporates. We must build on that. We must hold the attention of the thinking Indian. What this means is that the reader I want, irrespective of the medium must be an engaged citizen who is deeply committed to India and engaged with the events and issues of the day. I believe there are tens of millions of such readers and I would like them to have a newspaper which they respect and trust. I would also like the political class to have a paper which they open every morning with apprehension but also with anticipation. I want to see a paper which will combine investigative stories with insightful and differentiated analysis. And, we must not forget to take a holistic view while doing so.

We are at a moment in time where there are few certainties. Continuing innovations in the digital space have made the world a place which is hard to understand. However, some things are timeless. Courage, conviction, integrity and intellect will always be respected and that is what The Indian Express must reflect each day – on the paper and on the internet. The internet has become an equaliser where mere money power cannot overwhelm great content. We are already at the number 3 position among Indian newspapers on the internet and this is most certainly not because of frivolous content. We must therefore concentrate on the creation of quality content. Further, this must be done in a way that can be understood by any concerned citizen. An ability to simplify complicated issues and make them accessible to all readers is, according to me, a precious gift. I want us to cultivate it every day. With Raj, George, Anant and Unni at the helm and such wonderful colleagues in our editorial and online teams I feel optimistic that all this can be achieved.

Express staffers listen to the CMD's address at the Mahape office in Navi Mumbai on Friday. (Source: Express photo by Prashant Nadkar)Express staffers listen to the CMD's address at the Mahape office in Navi Mumbai on Friday. (Source: Express photo by Prashant Nadkar)


When I had met with some senior members of The Indian Express editorial team some months back, I had said we will soon have a few new centers for the paper. I am happy to be able to announce that we will commence printing at Jaipur this Sunday – July 5.

I cannot conclude without mentioning the outstanding leadership which George has brought to his task as the CEO. He has successfully connected all the different threads of the company be it editors, reporters, online media, BPD, marketing and circulation, finance, printing, back office, HR and operations into a harmonious whole. He understands, as I do, that all parts of a company are important and need nurturing. I am fortunate to have him and Raj here to bring my vision for The Indian Express to fruition. I promise all of you that there are exciting times ahead for the Express.

This is the 40th anniversary of the emergency and an appropriate moment to remember the courage and fortitude which our founder Ramnath Goenka had shown at that difficult time. The Express was never a mere business to him and it is not a business to me and never will be. It was and is, a mission. I know I speak for Anant too when I say that ours is an Indian institution which will endure as a pillar of freedom and democracy.

I thank you and wish you all the best.

- See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/viveck-goenka-address-to-express-group/#sthash.HDuADaXO.dpuf - See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/viveck-goenka-address-to-express-group/#sthash.HDuADaXO.dpuf

***BJP Leaders & NAARI SAMMAAN***

 ***BJP Leaders & NAARI SAMMAAN***

Ashok T Jaisinghani

   What is the type of NARI SAMMAAN that the BJP leaders give to their women? Does even Prime Minister Narendra Modi know what are the RIGHTS of his own WIFE Jashodaben Modi? 

*****Does Jashodaben Modi have the RIGHT to LIVE with her HUSBAND Narendra Modi in his BUNGALOW at New Delhi?*****

   Why has the National Commission for Women NEVER taken up the case of Jashodaben Modi for giving a DECISION on her RIGHTS as the WIFE of Narendra Modi? 

Delhi Budget 2015-16 Betrayed urban poor in night shelter, housing, water and Sewerage programs

 Delhi Budget 2015-16 Betrayed urban poor in night shelter, housing, water and Sewerage programs

Dear Friend,

 

Human minds are changed from observation and not from arguments. This comprehension can be applied on the ruling party Govt. of NCT of Delhi. We tried to observe budgetary issues for Homeless and Poor people living in Delhi. In the report, attached herewith, we have covered three major programs - Shelter / Housing, Water and Sewerage & Sanitation for poor people. Budget has been reduced in all these major programs. We are sure that this report will help you to understand that how political assurance contradicts with programme shown in the budget documents. This report is an effort to support the movement working for urban poor and Jhuggi Jhopadi Bastis.

 

Further, we would like to mention that this report is in continuation of our Union Budget analysis sent to you in March 2015. Our Union budget analysis was debated and discussed at larger level amongst the Community Leaders and Movement Leader in different parts of the country. To meet people's demand, DSG also facilitated two days interactive programme on budget for movement / community leaders

 

We feel nexus of Political Parties, Corporates and Land Mafia embezzling public resources in the rural and urban areas. And Power entrusted in the govt. institutions, functioning at public expenses, are also being monopolised. DSG has entered into the research of such institutions. To begin with we have done the State Budget Analysis from the perspective of urban poor and homeless people.  We already know that for the Smart Cities, land will be acquired from poor people and finance will be arranged by imposing tax on them (our previous report shows that poor people pay three times more tax than the corporates to the government). Therefore, DSG is also planning to do such analysis for other metropolitan cities and forthcoming smart cities which will strengthen different movements and groups working for the urban poor.

 

Please suggest your comments and feedback on the report attached herewith. Your suggestions are very important for the movements.



 

Thank you very much

 

Umesh Babu and Subhrali Kochari



For    Delhi solidarity Group



F-10/12, Malviya Nagar

New Delhi – 110017

Tel: +91 11 26680914, Mob: +91 9990683769

Email: umeshbabu@delhiforum.net

A 15-year long wait for justice.Dalits Media Watch News Updates 03.07.15

Dalits Media Watch

News Updates 03.07.15


A 15-year long wait for justice- The Hindu

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Day after Ballabhgarh communal violence: Behind Atali's second brush with violence, a spat over drinking water- The Indian Express

http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/day-after-ballabhgarh-communal-violence-behind-atalis-second-brush-with-violence-a-spat-over-drinking-water/

DALIT MAN MURDERED IN PALAMU- The Pioneer

http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/ranchi/dalit-man-murdered-in-palamu.html

Dalit youth burial: security strengthened in Salem, Omalur- The Hindu

HTTP://WWW.THEHINDU.COM/NEWS/NATIONAL/TAMIL-NADU/DALIT-YOUTH-BURIAL-SECURITY-STRENGTHENED-IN-SALEM-OMALUR/ARTICLE7381028.ECE?REF=TPNEWS

Census throws up reality check on girl child marriage among SCs- Business Standard

http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/census-throws-up-reality-check-on-girl-child-marriage-among-scs-115070300025_1.html

Caste system has not spared even the dead, laments HC- The Hindu

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Congress alleges irregularities in issuance of free house site pattas- The Hindu

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73% of households live in rural India- The Hindu

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/73-households-live-in-rural-india-socioeconomic-and-caste-census/article7382614.ece

 


Please Watch :

Meeting on Dalit Rights and the Law in Bhopal -- June 2013, Part 25

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The Hindu

A 15-year long wait for justice

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K.S. SUDHI

Discrimination case against St. Teresa's College hostel drags on

 

Fifteen years after registering the case, justice still eludes the SC/ST inmates of the St. Teresa's College hostel, who were reportedly discriminated against on caste grounds.

 

The case is still lagging in court and till now, only the examination of eight witnesses, including some inmates of the college hostel has been completed.

 

Though the city police had registered a crime in 2000 in this regard, the trial of the case began at the Judicial First Class Magistrate Court 2 only in 2009. The then college principal Sr. Tessa was arraigned as the first accused in the case. The then hostel warden who died subsequently and Teresa David, the former head accountant of the college were listed as the second and third accused respectively in the case.

 

The 12 Dalit students who stayed in the college hostel in 1999 were reportedly discriminated against. There were also reports that the SC/ST students were insulted by the college staff when they went to collect their grant from the college office.

 

The FIR registered by the Kochi city police in 2000 states that the college principal, hostel warden and head accounts officer discriminated the SC/ST inmates of the hostel by housing them together in a dormitory. The case documents accessed by The Hindu said that though there were vacant rooms in the college hostel, those rooms were not allotted to the SC/ST students, who were forced to stay in the dormitory.

 

GireeshPanju, the assistant public prosecutor, Ernakulam, who is pursuing the case, said summons will be issued to seven other witnesses in the case.

 

The authorities have booked the case invoking the Section 5 (a) and (b) of the Protection of Civil Rights (PCR) Act, 1955.

 

The Section 5 of the Act deals with the "punishment for refusing to admit persons to hospitals, etc." According to the act, "whoever, on the ground of untouchability, refuses admission to any person to any hospital, dispensary, educational institution or any hostels, if such hospital, dispensary, educational institution or hostel is established or maintained for the benefit of the general public or any section thereof; or does any act which discriminates against any such person after admission to any of the aforesaid institutions," shall be punished.

 

The law prescribes an "imprisonment for a term of not less than one month and not more than six months and also with fine which shall be not less than one hundred rupees and not more than five hundred rupees" for those found guilty in the case.

 

Sr. Vinitha, director of the college, said students were never discriminated in the college or its hostel. Earlier, there was dormitory system in the hostel, but it was demolished after renovation. The number of hostel inmates has also come down, said Sr. Vinitha, who had also served as the hostel warden earlier.

 

The Indian Express

Day after Ballabhgarh communal violence: Behind Atali's second brush with violence, a spat over drinking water

http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/day-after-ballabhgarh-communal-violence-behind-atalis-second-brush-with-violence-a-spat-over-drinking-water/

 

While the Jats in the village admitted that the altercation at the temple had taken place on Tuesday night, they strongly denied allegations about instigating the violence.

 

An altercation between Jats and Dalits over drinking water eventually led to the second round of communal clashes at Ballabhgarh'sAtali village on Wednesday, according to villagers.

 

Around 9 pm on Tuesday, while the last prayers of the day were being offered at the village mosque, a kirtan was going on at the adjacent temple.

 

"Both Dalits and Jats from the village were participating in the kirtan. After it got over, there was an altercation between the two communities over drinking water. A Jat man asked a Dalit to fetch drinking water. But he said it very rudely which led to an argument and a fight," said Mohammad Ehsaan, who said he was present during the incident.

 

The temple in the village is adjacent to the mosque, which had been the target of miscreants when violence first erupted in the village back in May. Nearly 2,000 armed men had set fire to the mosque as well as to several homes and shops owned by Muslims. Both the temple and mosque source their water from a small pond and a tube well on its edge.

 

The altercation between the Jats and Dalits ended on Tuesday evening after the police, who had been posted at the mosque, intervened.

 

But tempers flared once again on Wednesday morning, and the Muslim community also became involved in the argument, said locals.

 

"The fight between the Dalit man and the Jats evolved into an issue about the mosque and Muslims in the village. Some members of the Jat community became involved and said that Hindus should not fight amongst themselves and (they should) unite against Muslims and our mosque," said Majid Ahmed, a resident.

 

The Dalits in the village claimed that while there was an altercation between a member of their community and the Jats, they had not been involved in the stone-pelting that took place in the village on Wednesday.

 

"A Jat man was very rude to the young boy. The boy told him that the Jats only turn to the Dalits when they need something — support for the temple or votes. This led to a fight. But we didn't take part in the stone-pelting. In fact, we locked ourselves inside our homes," said Ravi Kumar, a resident.

 

While the Jats in the village admitted that the altercation at the temple had taken place on Tuesday night, they strongly denied allegations about instigating the violence.

 

"The women and children at our temple were praying and not disturbing anyone. But they started throwing stones at us and abusing us, (so) we retaliated. But the police only wants to take the side of the minority. The fact remains that a mosque and a temple can't coexist like this. They will have to leave," said Randeep Singh, a resident.

 

Meanwhile, a delegation of Muslims from the village is trying to meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. "We will be going to his office and we will try and meet him," they said.

 

The Pioneer

DALIT MAN MURDERED IN PALAMU

http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/ranchi/dalit-man-murdered-in-palamu.html

 

Friday, 03 July 2015 | PNS | DALTONGANJ | in Ranchi

 

Police are investigating the murder case of a dalit Ramesh who was found dead with a sharp weapon at Bhusra village last night. The DSP HiraLal Ravi has confirmed the murder of this dalit saying that he used to live with his in law's family member and last night on July 1 around 11.30 Ramesh was murdered. Brutality marked the death as head and throat was hit the hardest way by the weapon, added the DSP.

 

About the murdered dalit the DSP Ravi said Ramesh had been to Daltonganj jail in 2005 -06 and had come out on bail just 12 months back only.The motive behind the murder is unknown, he said. The in law's family members of the deceased had fled. Police are zeroing on his relatives to crack the case.

 

The Hindu

Dalit youth burial: security strengthened in Salem, Omalur

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SYED MUTHAHAR SAQAF

 

The law and order machinery was galvanised optimally to ensure elaborate and tight security in Salem city and nearby Omalur town, as the body of the murdered Dalit youth V. Gokulraj was handed over to his relatives and later buried on Thursday.

 

The body was handed over to his relatives at the Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College Hospital, and later shifted to the victim's native town.

 

The city police cordoned off the medical college hospital and its surroundings. Along with a strong police force, a company of Tamil Nadu Special Police Force Battalion, Kovaipudur, was also on guard at the hospital.

 

The sick and their relatives who came to the hospital were allowed only after being screened at the main entrance to prevent mobilisation of crowd at the hospital campus. Even on the hospital premises, the road leading to the mortuary was sealed blocked till Gokulraj's mother received the body at noon. Only a handful of relatives and VCK cadre were allowed to accompany the mother.

 

Police personnel were deployed in good number on both of sides of the national highway as the body was taken to Omalur from Salem and police teams accompanied the vehicles that went with the ambulance to Omalur.

 

At Omalur, the police made security arrangements to regulate the people who flocked to Gokulraj's house in large number.

 

Business Standard

Census throws up reality check on girl child marriage among SCs

http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/census-throws-up-reality-check-on-girl-child-marriage-among-scs-115070300025_1.html

 

Bihar leads the pack with over 30,000 girls below the age of 15 years married off that year

 

BS Reporter  |  New Delhi  

July 3, 2015 Last Updated at 00:22 IST

 

There are several states where girls were married before they reached 15 years of age among Scheduled Castes in 2011. Bihar leads the pack with more than 30,000 girls below the age of 15 years married off that year, according to Census figures released on Thursday. This was followed by Rajasthan, notorious for child marriages, at 28,644, West Bengal at 26,894 and Madhya Pradesh 18,923.


The argument of economic disadvantage being a principal cause behind such social evils is busted by devastating figures for states generally considered better off. Punjab had 11,845 girls being married off before 15 years, followed by Haryana with 6,822 girls from these castes. Gujarat also saw more than 6,441 such marriages.

The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006, penalises the marriage of girls below the age of 18 and boys below 21over 18 years of age who enters into a marriage with a minor be punished with up to two years of imprisonment, or a fine.


There could be more girls married off before the age of 18 years, but the data could not exactly be deduced as figures for the age group of 15-19 are given in this Census.the panel's mandate would be two-fold. It will 'facilitate granting of permissions for both foreign as well as domestic producers from relevant authorities of central and state governments'.


It would also meet regularly to monitor the facilitation process and issue directions to the authorities concerned.

 

The Hindu

Caste system has not spared even the dead, laments HC

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MOHAMED IMRANULLAH S.

 

 "What is prevalent and practiced in Hinduism appears to have been percolated into Christianity."

 

The Madras High Court Bench here on Thursday expressed deep concern over the caste system not having spared even dead bodies from its fold and lamented that the practice had percolated into Christianity too by making the followers of the religion fight among themselves over the right to maintain separate burial grounds for different denominations.

 

Disposing of a public interest litigation petition related to a dispute between Roman Catholics and Pentecosts over a burial ground at A. Vellodu village in Dindigultaluk, a Division Bench of Justices S. Manikumar and G. Chockalingam said: "Christianity has no caste system. What is prevalent and practiced in Hinduism appears to have been percolated into the above said religion."

 

Wondering whether the holy Bible allows such a practice, the judges said that it was a question best left to be answered by the conscience of the practitioners "who seek pride in having their caste tags." They rued that the caste system was so deep rooted that people fight over places for burying dead bodies, force revenue officials to convene peace committee meetings and even litigate.

 

Authoring the judgment, Mr. Justice Manikumar said: "During their lifetime, people fight for rights — customary, personal, property and so on. We are pained to see that even after death, the fight continues for burial… Graveyard is a place to rest. We wish the dead 'Rest in Peace' but on the facts and circumstances of this case, we could see that there is no peace for the living as well as the dead."

 

The Bench also recalled former judge K. Chandru to have quoted the lyrics of a Tamil song 'SamarasamUlavumIdame…' from the 1956 movie ' RambaiyinKadhal ,' in a decision rendered in 2008 to state: "At least in departure from this world there should be unity and apartheid may not be practised by official acts of Madurai Corporation by maintaining different sheds for different castes at Thathaneri cremation ground."

 

In so far as the present case was concerned, the judges accepted the submission of Dindigul Revenue Divisional Officer that he had settled the issue by allocating a separate site to be used as burial ground for Pentecosts and said that it should be treated only as an interim arrangement until the Collector resolves the issue by keeping in the mind the Constitutional goal of achieving equality and fraternity.

 

"We only pray that our religious heads would also address the mass about equality, fraternity and brotherhood," the Bench concluded.

 

The Hindu

Congress alleges irregularities in issuance of free house site pattas

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R. SIVARAMAN

 

Alleging grave irregularities in the issuance of free house site pattas to people belonging to Scheduled Caste, the Congress leaders on Thursday took up the issue with Lieutenant Governor A.K.Singh seeking his immediate intervention.

 

Talking to reporters later, Leader of the Opposition and Senior Congress leader V.Vaithilingam said the Lieutenant Governor had been urged to ensure that only genuine poor homeless SC people are issued house site pattas.

 

The delegation, led by Mr. Vaithilingam and comprising PCC president A.V.Subramanian and Congress MLAs, submitted a memorandum to Mr. Singh.

 

They said on June 15, free house site pattas were issued to around 300 Scheduled Caste persons who are residents of Seliamedu and Adingapet villages in Bahour commune in gross violation of rules. Unmarried persons, people from adjoining areas in Tamil Nadu and those working in government received the pattas instead of the eligible local residents.

 

The memorandum alleged that bypassing the 3,150 beneficiaries identified during 2011 by the AdiDravidar Welfare Department under the previous Congress regime was in violation of the Madras High Court's directive to issue pattas to those who were having priority cards issued by AdiDravidar Welfare Department.

 

The Hindu

73% of households live in rural India

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/73-households-live-in-rural-india-socioeconomic-and-caste-census/article7382614.ece

 

TCA SHARAD RAGHAVAN

 

The data also shows the hand-to-mouth existence of large parts of rural India.

 

Around 73 per cent of households in India are rural, according to the Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) data released by the government on Friday. Of these, 18.5 per cent and scheduled caste households and 11 per cent belong to the scheduled tribe category.

 

The SECC, jointly released by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Minister Chaudhary Birendra Singh, also shows that the bulk of India's rural households subsist on very low incomes. According to the data, 74.5% of rural households have an income of the highest earning member below Rs. 5000 per month. Only 8.3% of rural households have an income of the highest earning member above Rs. 10,000 per month.

 

Only the provisional data pertaining to rural India was released on Friday. The Census also provides data on households regarding various aspects of their socio-economic status-housing, land-holding/landlessness, educational status, status of women, the differently-abled, occupation, possession of assets, SC/ST households, incomes, etc.

 

The data also shows the hand-to-mouth existence of large parts of rural India. For example, over 50 per cent of rural households get the bulk of their incomes from manual casual labour and 56 per cent do not own any land.

 

News Monitored by Girish Pant & AJEET

 


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MADRASSAS REBOOTING, GOING BEYOND RELIGION

MADRASSAS REBOOTING, GOING BEYOND RELIGION

By Ankita Bhatkhande & Jyoti Shelar, Mumbai Mirror | Jul 3, 2015, 12.24 AM IS
Madrassas rebooting, going beyond religion
Computers, English, geography… one of Mumbai's biggest Islamic seminaries is a shining example.

The BJP-led government has fuelled an anti-minority controversy yet again by labeling madrassas as 'nonschools' and the children studying in them as 'out of school'. But a closer look at madrassas in the city reveals that most are pushing the envelope by offering more than just religious text. From English to computers, these madrassas are offering much more to equip students to face the world.

One of the biggest madrassas in the city, Madrassa Dar Ul Fallah inMumbra, is a shining example. With more than 7,000 students (boys and girls) and over 500 resident students in the hostel, this madrassa offers courses in spoken English, geography and other interesting subjects.

Unlike a typical madrassa where the entire emphasis is on religion, the Mumbra one has adopted a progressive approach since the last few years and has included a curriculum for computers, spoken English speaking and basic geography – all taught along with religious texts. "We understand that the world is changing and thus our education system also has to adapt to these changes. This is why we have introduced all these modules to our students with a view to generate a better understanding of the subjects and to help them be at par with any other student studying in city civic schools," said Maulana Sharif, the principal.

Sharif said that considering students studying in the madrassas as out of school is like rejecting the very existence of the parallel education system. "We understand that only religious education is not enough and hence several students who study in our madrassas appear for their SSC exams privately and pass with good marks. But at the same time, some parents still have a traditional approach and would prefer madrassas over schools due to the religious education that we teach," said Sharif.

Sharif says that madrassa students compare with the best out there. "They can memorise the entire Quran at a very early age and can easily pick up spoken English. This moral and religious assertion of the government should end," he added.

Maharashtra's decision is being looked at as yet another anti-minority move by people in the community. "Decisions coming from this government have largely been anti-Muslim. So even if the decision has been made with a good intention, which seems unlikely, it is being looked at with a lot of suspicion," said Norehejan Safia Niaz of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan.

According to Niaz, the government should instead work towards strengthening the system of madrassas by introducing various courses. "I agree that madrassas are not enough for education but why not equip them then," said Niaz.

Dr Zeenat Shaukat Ali, former professor of Islamic Studies at St Xavier's College said that there is a stereotypical assumption about all madrassas being regressive which needs to be broken. "There are many madrassas which have introduced new courses along with religious education. Instead of considering them out of the mainstream education when education itself has become unaffordable for the larger population, there is a need to enhance the already existing education in madrassas by extending assistance for equipment and expertise," said Ali.

Charge, counter-charge over govt's move

Education minister Vinod Tawde, however, said that there is no question of de-recognizing madrassas. "We want to introduce subjects like science, social science and maths to the madrassas with no interference in their religious education. How is that anti-Muslim," he asked.

In Delhi too, Maharashtra's decision evoked strong reactions from all quarters.

Union minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi blama the previous Congress government for not including madrassas under theRight to Education Act and thus cutting them off from government grants.

"Madrassas can't be blamed for not giving mainstream education. If they have not been able to provide mainstream education, it is all because lack of finance," he said. But the BJP's argument did not cut much ice with the All-India Muslim personal law board member, Kamal Farooqui. "The Maharashtra government is lying. Madrassas have produced graduates and other professionals. There is also an IAS officer," he said.

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