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/

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[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

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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

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The real Mandela of Badal’s state: Surat Singh, a relentless old man fighting for civil rights

The real Mandela of Badal's state: Surat Singh, a relentless old man fighting for civil rights


-- While Modi lauded Prakash Singh Badal as Nelson Mandela of India and has turned himself a butt of jokes of twitter, we must know the real Mandela of Punjab. After coming  from Californa, he has been fighting relentlessly for the rights of political prisoners in Punjab and has been on hunger strike since January 15th, much like Irom Sharmila's fast. Just yesterday, he was discharged from the PGIMER Hospital n Chandigarh where he was admitted about two weeks ago and kept at the Advanced Cardiac Department forcibly.

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The Sikh Feminist Research Institute has this brief information about him –

"When he left California, his family did not know of his intention to begin a hunger strike unto death. However, his decision did not surprise them; he always invoked the lessons of Guru Nanak: that the concept of family extends beyond that of biological family.

BAPU-SURAT-SINGH-4Surat Singh had followed the news about Mr. Gurbaksh Singh, who executed his first hunger strike in 2013 and then another in 2014. Gurbaksh Singh recited an ardaas (a solemn Sikh supplication), proclaiming that he would protest, by fasting, the unjust imprisonment of political activists by the Indian government until they were freed. When he was not able to compel the release of the prisoners and gave up his fast, Surat Singh took the mantle. Surat Singh believes in staying committed to those behind bars since the 1980s, and to their families waiting indefinitely.

Punjab saw over a decade of conflict. There are men in jail for conflict-related violence, alleged crimes, and non-violent crimes; some are now in their late 70s and 80s. Many were convicted under the now repealed Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act(TADA), which national and international groups have widely condemned as "draconian." Surat Singh is asking for the release of these men, particularly for those who have no pending case in any legal court, have shown good behavior in prisons, and are senior citizens. Regardless of the debate around the unjustness of their underlying sentence or the context of conflict, it is important to note that those on his list have served the terms of the sentences given to them by conflict-era courts. Surat Singh considers such asks as "common sense." Yet, main-stream media and the Indian paint his cause as "radical" and "hardline."

The Indian Government's reaction escalated from ignoring, belittling, slander, to violence, arrest and force-feedingof Surat Singh. When Ravinderjit Singh (Surat Singh's son) travelled from the U.S. to see his father in his declining , he was illegally and arbitrarily detained and jailed, without court hearing and, between February 26 to April 27, 2015, put in solitary detention, and beaten by a police official in front of a courthouse. As pressure from groups like People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), the people of Punjab, and lawyers of Punjab mounted, the government suddenly released Ravinderjit Singh. A few days earlier, on April 23, in the middle of the night, without notice, the police released Surat Singh from force feeding, placed him in a wheelchair and told him he was free to go. Since this incident, Surat Singh has been in his village of Hasanpur, Punjab where a diverse group of Sikhs visit, support him, and vigil over him, in an attempt to prevent another arrest. All that changed again on July 20, 2015.

For the past few weeks days, while hundreds of supporters were flocking trying to visit Surat Singh, the police and paramilitary cordon around his village had reportedly been intensifying. Then water and electricity to Surat Singh's home was mysteriously cut. Finally, on July 20, while senior officials were inside the house with Surat Singh, his son, daughter, and a few supporters, convincing Surat Singh to break his fast, chaos broke out outside the house. Led by junior level police officials and vigilante militia groups, the village was raided and supporters were threatened and beaten. Two bus full of people were detained and driven away by the police. Videos from inside the house show the few people left asking the Deputy Commission (the highest ranking government official of the area) how this could happened on his watch. He claimed ignorance, miscommunication, and government incoordination. Meanwhile, Surat Singh's property was destroyed during the police action on his home including vandalism, broken dishes, and cut electrical wires cut."

Will the mainstream media ever shed light on the story of this old man's continuing fast-unto-death, n the state run by the political clan whose mentor was just called Mandela by the the Prime Minister?

http://www.indiaresists.com/the-real-mandela-of-badals-state-surat-singh-a-relentless-old-man-fighting-for-civil-rights/

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