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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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Hand that rocked rules now

Hand that rocked rules now

Calcutta, Nov. 21: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee today put responsibilities of governance before demands for payback by a section of civil society that described as "fascist" the denial of permission to hold a protest in the heart of the city to push for demands voiced by Maoists.

"There are many who had supported me before the elections and have turned away since then…. It does not matter to me," Mamata said today in response to a chorus of criticism from several card-carrying members of the "susheel samaj" who had rallied around her before the Assembly elections.

If the irony of one-time friends clawing at each other was striking, so was the transformation of a politician whose street-fighting years suggested she would forever remain a rabble-rouser and would be unable to make the crossover that governance demands.

At the forefront of the critics was author and activist Mahasweta Devi who asked "have we invited fascism?"

The alleged provocation was the denial of permission for a rights outfit to use Metro Channel — the passage near Esplanade that is frequently held to ransom by those championing democratic rights to trample the right of movement of other citizens — to hold a protest.

Police said the venue was already "booked" by a Trinamul union and the Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR) secured permission to hold the programme at another venue.

That neither the upholder of governance nor the crusaders for democracy found anything untoward in blocking Metro Channel is another enduring irony of Bengal. (See Metro)

But the APDR and 20 other organisations convened a media conference, where the 87-year-old Mahasweta Devi said: "In the past 34 years, I criticised all the anti-democratic activities of the previous government and I will continue to do the same. I strongly condemn the new government's hukumat (diktat)."

Looking extremely angry, Mamata herself chose to strike back from Writers' Buildings through a hastily convened media conference. "I saw how some people were prompting Mahasweta Devi during the press conference. She is very old and I respect her age. I will not say a word against her… But I must add that I am not liking the fact that some people are taking advantage of her age and forcing her to tell lies," the chief minister said.

"What can be done if some other organisation has already booked the venue on both the dates?" Mamata asked.

Sources in Writers' said the chief minister could not remain silent after Mahasweta Devi — whom Mamata had described as a pillar of strength on several occasions — launched an assault.

Several prominent members of the culture clan — actress Aparna Sen, theatre personalities Bibhas Chakraborty and Suman Mukhopadhyay, writer Suchitra Bhattacharya and singer Pratul Mukhopadhyay and poet Sankha Ghosh — also criticised the government for not allowing the APDR to hold its meeting.

Sen and Bhattacharya said they were not in agreement with the APDR's demands, but they stood by the rights organisation, saying the denial of permission curbed its democratic right.

The APDR has lined up the programme to seek unconditional release of political prisoners and withdrawal of joint forces from Jungle Mahal — demands voiced by the Maoists and echoed by Mamata before she came to power.

The chief minister cited her constitutional obligations to decry such demands. "We suspended the operations for five months in the interest of peace. It was also mentioned in the Trinamul Congress manifesto. But after eight to 10 killings, we felt we are bound to ensure security of the people. I cannot deny my constitutional responsibilities," Mamata said.

The chief minister also hit out at some of the rights organisations. "These are veiled outfits of the Maoists. They hold the banner of democracy in public and hail the Maoists in private. But these so-called human rights organisations did not raise their voice when one after another Trinamul activists were murdered in the past few months," she said.

Repeating her word of caution for Maoist sympathisers, she said that people found "glorifying" the rebels would not be spared.

Mamata also made a fresh appeal to the Maoists to return to the mainstream. "There is no time limit for patience in democracy. Let us hope for the better. One should not lose faith. Peace is a continuous process and I will definitely keep faith," she said.

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