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, February 16, 2016

Why the attacks on JNU? Because it’s an anathema to RSS ideas #StandwithJNU

Why the attacks on JNU? Because it's an anathema to RSS ideas #StandwithJNU

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Why Kanhaiya Kumar, the JNUSU President, was arrested? Was it JNUSU that organised the event last week in which some raised anti- slogans? No, it was not. Did Kanhaiya raise the slogans or endorse them? No, he didn't. Did any of the main Left students groups on the campus, including Kanhaiya's AISF and the SFI, endorse those slogans? Certainly not. Then why he and his comrades are under police custody with sedition charges? The event was organised by a group of students who were associated with the DSU, a pro-Maoist organisation. The JNU admin had initially given permission to the event, but withdrawn it minutes before it was scheduled to begin in the wake of threats issued by the ABVP. The students still went ahead with the programme. This had happened earlier as well, the most recent being the screening of a documentary on Muzaffarnagar. The slogans were given by a handful, and the Leftist organisations on the campus have clearly distanced themselves from such acts. But the police are going after Leftist students, while the ABVP is busy painting them "anti-nationals".

Secondly, even if there are those who gave the controversial slogans among the arrested, on what grounds have they been slapped with sedition charges? The sedition law itself is a draconian one, a stifling hangover of the colonial past. Still, the Supreme Court has laid down, in several cases, specific conditions for the law to be invoked. As Shivam Vij points out in his HuffPost article, in 1962, the apex court said sedition law should be invoked in incidents where violence or direct incitement of violence is involved. Does raising slogans amount to real and credible threat of violence against the nation? While granting bail to Binayak Sen, who was being tried under the sedition law, the Supreme Court said in 2011, "We are a democratic country. He may be a (Maoist) sympathiser. That does not make him guilty of sedition."

Thirdly, why this selective nationalist outrage? Ever since this came to power we see Hindu nationalist groups issuing threats to the republic and some of its leaders. A group recently observed the  as black day, and took oath to make India a Hindu Rashtra, in an open threat to the Constitution and the Republic. A Hindu Mahasabha leader took pride in the fact that one of their members killed Gandhi and publicly threatened to kill Arvind Kejriwal, a chief minister. The same group is commemorating the death anniversary of Godse, who was hanged by the state for assassinating its father, as Balidan Divas. Has the  invoked sedition charges in any of these cases? It didn't. I am not saying the Hindu nationalists should also be charged under sedition. The tolerated them. Okay, it's fine because we're a democracy. But why the same rights are not given to the students? (I am talking about those who actually raised the slogans, not those being indiscriminately witch-hunted by the ). Why this selective outrage?

Lastly, we all know why this government is after JNU. It's simple. It's not because of nationalism, but because the university promotes critical thinking and produces a lot many students who don't buy into the wicked, hate-filled, pre-modern world view of the Sangh. RSS has long wanted to tame this culture of dissent. From the top echelons of the Sangh to the local social media Sanghis, all share a visceral hatred towards JNU, just because of this reason. Not long ago, the Sangh mouthpiece called JNU "a huge anti-national block". They were waiting for an opportunity. Unfortunately, the objectionable slogans raised by a few have played everything to the hands of the Sangh. With the ABVP thugs acting like stooges of the Sangh ruling class, things were easy for the police. And they have a VC, appointed by this government, who gives the police a free hand to interfere on the campus. This police operation also provides the government an opportunity to deviate the public attention from the suicide of Rohit Vemula, and, to an extent, take revenge on students in general who have been agitating consistently against this government for the last one and a half years.

The JNU students community is more organised than its counterparts in other major educational institutes in the country. It won't be easy for the government, despite using state power, to muscle them down. Yes it's almost dark. But the night hasn't fallen, not yet.


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