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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Monday, September 21, 2015

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

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


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

penRespected Chief Minister,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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