Modi administration creating the bogey of “Maoism out of thin air” to arrest Dalits and Right activists

AHMEDABAD: Several voluntary organisations and “concerned citizens” fighting for human rights have condemned the “indiscriminate” detention of some human right activists and trade union leaders, branding them “Naxalites.”

“It has become an obsession with the Gujarat government and its police to brand human right activists Naxalites to stifle the voice of protest by the poor and the downtrodden. Civil society need to stand up against such undemocratic methods of the police to curb dissensions against the government administration,” Hiren Gandhi, director of “Darshan,” a voluntary organisation, human rights activist and advocate Girish Patel, and several others said here on Tuesday.

They were particularly protesting against the detention earlier this week of a Dalit leader, Ambubhai Vaghela Srinivas Sattayya Kurapati alias Kishore, who hails from Andhra Pradesh but has made Gujarat his work place for the last eight years or so, and his young wife, Hansaben.


India’s Backwards Needs A Better Avatar-Vishal Mangalawadi

India’s Backwards Needs A Better Avatar
(Maoists, Gandhi and Hollywood’s Avatar)
Vishal Mangalwadi

Mother India
You are not in Hollywood’s Pandora . . . where James Cameron’s “Avatar” incarnated as a Na’vi to save the tribals from greed-driven brutal capitalists. You are in Mahatma Gandhi’s land of non-violence, where snakes and monkeys are gods and trees and women are goddesses, and yet where paramilitary forces can slice off a 25-year-old-woman’s breasts before butchering her and her elderly parents and chopping off three fingers from her 2-year-old toddler’s. Why?

Because, her parents were Maoist informers.
If so, why not present the case against them before a court?
Aren’t we a democracy, ruled by law?
Of course! We are the world’s largest democracy,
but who fights a war with democratic niceties?
What? . . . Is India at war?

Why else would anyone blast a bus carrying 12 Special Officers 20-feet up in the air with sophisticated explosives? Does that sound like a law-and-order problem to you? Don’t you know that enemy nations have already trained and equipped a standing army of 10,000 insurgents into becoming brutal beasts? At least one more lakh (100,000) trained rebels are living as “normal” people. Justice is for humans, not animals. The bus had twice as many civilians as paramilitary officers. Had these heartless terrorists allowed civilians to get off the bus before blowing it up, we could have considered treating them with civilized justice. The Prime Minister knows what he is talking about when he says that these Hindus-turned-Maoists are a much greater internal security threat to our nation than the few Muslims-turned-Jihadists.


Kerala Headscarf case: Court issues summons to principal

Alappuzha (Ker), Jun 5 -A local court today issued summons to suspended principal of a church-run school in a case relating to issuance of Transfer Certificate (TC) to a Muslim girl for wearing headscarf while attending classes.

Chief Judicial Magistrate Muhammad Wasin issued summons to Mary Jacinta to appear before the court on July 31.

Jacinta was suspended in the wake of the controversy at the English medium school run by Kerala-based Believers Church.

The court took prima facie cognisance of the case under IPC 504--(insult intended to provoke breach of peace) after examining witnesses and documents submitted by the girl's father Nazir Musliar as complainant despite compromise reached at the instance of district authorities.

The case pertained to issuance of TC to X standard student, Nabala, about two months ago allegedly on the ground that she did not adhere to the school's dress code which disallowed students from wearing headscarf (mafta).


Orissa Riot victims’ struggles continue’

June 2, 2010
Father Ajay Singh expresses concern about the hundreds of people, displaced during the anti-Christian violence in Orissa, facing the imminent monsoon season without a roof over their heads.
Two years after the violence that killed 90 and displaced 50,000, with monsoon season approaching, hundreds of Christians in Orissa are still homeless. Father Ajay Singh, director of social service for Cuttuck-Bhubaneswar archdiocese is urgently seeking funds to provide housing for them. He spoke with’s Christopher Joseph in New Delhi.

Q: How many people have gone back to their villages?

A: We estimate around 75 percent have returned and taken possession of what was left after the riots. But they had no jobs, so many have left for other states. Except for one, all the parishes and mission stations in the area are functioning normally. But Catholics are very few, mostly elderly and children.

Q: What are conditions like for them?