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PUDR on the disruption of the Kashmir program in Delhi

Let Delhi not go the Mumbai way: Oppose intolerance and hatred of disruptors

Statement from People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR)

22 October 2010

PUDR strongly condemns the intolerance and hatred that a section of the audience, described by the media as Panum Kashmir, showed during a seminar on Kashmir held in New Delhi on October 21.

Organized by the Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners, the focus of the seminar was on the issue of azaadi in Kashmir. Various civil and democratic rights activists and thinkers from different parts of the country, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, addressed the audience.

The meeting was disrupted soon after the second speaker reiterated the UN Charter of Civil and Political Rights which guarantees the right of self-determination to all citizens. The disruptors shouted Hindutva slogans and attempted to thwart the meeting. The effort was clearly to intimidate and prevent the organizers, speakers and the audience from participating in the seminar.

PUDR believes that since the democratic right to hold a dissenting opinion is a fundamental right which the Indian Constitution guarantees to all its citizens, the disruptors should have intervened, as was suggested by the organizers, in the course of the discussion and enriched the debate with their viewpoints. The strong-arm tactics of bullying and heckling, a method perfected by the Shiv Sena and recently demonstrated in the Mumbai University’s syllabus episode over Rohinton Mistry’s book, Such a Long Journey, is condemnable.

PUDR believes that the views of the disruptors are neither surprising nor original. The fact that they refuse to debate their viewpoints is a sign of the times. PUDR appeals to all democratic minded people to resist the politics of jingoism as was shown in the meeting.

Moushumi Basu and Asish Gupta

Secretaries, PUDR

Azadi: The Only Way - Report from a Turbulent Few Hours in Delhi

by Shuddhabrata Sengupta :: Friday, October 22, 2010

Dear Friends,

I was present and speaking a few hours ago at a meeting titled 'Azadi: The Only Way' on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, organized by the Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners at the Little Theatre Group in Delhi yesterday (21st October). I was not present from the beginning of the meeting as I was traveling from another city, but can vouch for what occurred from around 4:30 pm till the time that the meeting wound up, well after 8:00 pm in the evening.

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Condemn Indian State’s Heinous Raid on Activist and Delhi University Prof. G N Saibaba’s Residence

On September 12, in a joint operation in India, a 50 member squad of police personnel - comprising of members of National Investigation Agency (NIA), Delhi police, Special Cell of the Delhi Police and Maharashtra police - barged into the Delhi University staff quarter of Prof. G. N. Saibaba, a noted civil rights activist and professor of English at Ramlal Anand College, University of Delhi. The wheel-chair bound professor is a Joint Secretary of the Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) and the convener of several forums against ‘Operation Greenhunt’ and the persecution of millions of adivasis and tribal population of Central and Eastern India. He teaches English at Delhi University.

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Toronto, Canada: Kashmiri Protest at Consulate General of USA

Punjab Newsline Network, 26 September 2010

TORONTO:Under the banners of Friends of Kashmir, World Kashmiri Diaspora Alliance and Anti War Coalition, people of all walks of life full of emotion and zeal gathered in front of the Consulate General of USA in Toronto to express their anger over the killings of innocent Kashmiris in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The protestors were carrying banners and vocalizing “Indian army out of Kashmir”, “We do not want to see gross human rights violations in Kashmir”, and “Stop the brutal killing of our children.” It began at 12:00 PM and concluded in approximately three hours.

The protesters were angered by continued and unabated reports of killing of unarmed protestors, torture, and rape being used as a weapon to break the ‘will’ of the Kashmiris as documented by Amnesty International (AI), Asia Watch and various NGOs (Non-governmental organizations).

Farooq Papa the head of World Kashmir Diaspora Alliance called on the Canadian Government to take cognizance of how Indian democracy has in the past and at present responded to the peaceful unarmed protests of the Kashmiri masses. He further stated that Indian democracy has failed miserably as a democratic country to reach the minimum standards of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to which India is a signatory.

Allowing India to get away with impunity for its human right records in Kashmir will embolden the ill conceived model of using state terror as a means of governance and stifling the peaceful protest of millions of Kashmiris, who are within their right to demand self determination and freedom from Indian occupation, properly recognized by the international community as a state whose political future is to be decided by an impartial referendum.

Farooq Papa said that while India is preparing for holding the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, the Kashmiri civilian population is being traumatized, and cities and towns in Kashmir are being converted into garrisons. Due to extreme repressive measures being used by the Indian forces, a humanitarian crisis is fast developing in Jammu and Kashmir, with an unprecedented day and night curfew, acute shortage of medicine, milk, and even baby food, obstruction in the movement of ambulances, doctors and medical staff, shortage of blood and life saving drugs in hospitals, disruption in water and electricity supplies and telephone and internet services, banning of SMS services, clamping down on local media and beating of media persons, and nocturnal raids to harass people.

Dr. Azrab Khan, of Friends of Kashmir strongly condemned the use of indiscriminate force against the peaceful protesters who demanded immediate withdrawal of draconian black law of PSA (provincial security agency), and Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). These laws give the security forces the right to kill with impunity. Such powers are in contravention to the international law and violate the basic tenets of human rights. These gruesome acts and violations of human right are shielded by the pro-governments of states, he added.

Mr. Khawaja Rafiq of Friends of Kashmir noted that India forgets that no military force has ever quelled popular movements; as such, the military occupation is unjustified. It is well known that Indian intelligence agencies have had a big role in shaping phony political parties and politicians having no roots in the masses, holding fraudulent elections and installing puppet regimes detested by the people and using armed personnel in filling the ballot boxes in the so-called ‘undemocratic elections to look like democratic’. Such processes are to rig the elections by undemocratic means, that is, too, under gun points and intimidation of the alleged Indian democracy.

Mr. Zahid Khan of Friends of Kashmir stated that since 1989, the Indian force has mercilessly killed 107,324 innocent Kashmiris, 9870 women and girls raped, 755 students burnt alive, 10,3440 arrested, 120,989 orphan children and 105,929 homes destroyed.

Mr. M. A. Qureshi, Zarar Siddiqi, Aftab Malik, Asif Sherazi, Sajjad Hyder, and Asad Afaqui asserted if India could not suppress the voice of Kashmiris in 63 years, it would never be able to do so.

Ms Marlene Obeid, spokesperson for the Anti War Coalition condemned the atrocities done against the Kashmiris by the Indian Government and promised that their group will keep working to stop the cruelty.

Habib Yousafzai of World Kashmiri Diaspora Alliance stated that the solution of the Kashmir problem, which has persisted chronically for over sixty three years, is uncomplicated and that is, to allow the Kashmiri people to decide in a UN supervised plebiscite about their future. The United Nations has to follow the situation of ‘Two’ referenda employed by the Government of Canada, under the leaderships of Right Honourable Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Right Honourable John Chretien, a few years ago for the people of the Province of Quebec. Both times, the people of the province of Canada gave their verdict to remain a part of Canada.

The second example is of the people of Puerto Rico, when the United States Congress said it is up to the people of Puerto Rico to decide whether they wish to live independently or would like to be a part of the United States. During the elections, the people of Puerto Rico made it crystal clear to the United States that they would be like to be governed by the United States. The UN should follow the referenda conducted by the Governments of Canada and the United States of America. Under no circumstance and as long the plebiscite is not conducted, India must understand that the people oppressed in the territory of Jammu and Kashmir are not the ‘integral’ part of Hindu-Brahmin India.

RDF: "OBSERVE ALL INDIA WORKER’S STRIKE ON 20 AND 21 FEB. 2013!"

Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) extends its solidarity with the workers who are going on a two-day All India general strike on 20 and 21 February. While all the major trade union centres affiliated to various ruling class parties of the country have come together for giving a call for this strike due to the pressure from the working masses, the revolutionary and militant trade unions and workers’ organisations too have given a strike call for these two days. This strike is an opportunity for the workers across different sectors of the economy and regions to come together to highlight the burning problems of their common concern, which require urgent redressal. All the progressive, democratic and pro-people organisations and individuals of the country as well as the peasantry, the students, teachers, intellectuals, government and private employees, need to stand in solidarity with the striking workers in the struggle for achieving their just and genuine demands.

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The Flames of Narayanpatna, Orissa

Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh, Narayanpatana

A few words

The agitation launched by the tribes, farmers and daily wagers of Narayanpatna has caught the imagination of exploited people of Odisha and India as well. The consciousness of the exploited people of Narayanpatna has been developed, culminating in the agitation, which today is an organic entity dynamic in its spirit. The land dispute, which remained unsettled for generations together, could be solved due to concerted efforts of thousands of people led by the 'Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh', who, in the long run, have been able to take their lands back from the landlords, what was rightfully theirs.

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Petition in support of GN Saibaba

Please sign the following petition in support of GN Saibaba, which can be found by clicking the link given here:

Please sign the petition and also forward the link to your contacts who might be interested in signing the petition.

Regards
Hany Babu, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Delhi
hanybabu@gmail.com

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The text of the petition is reproduced below:


Dr. M. M. Pallam Raju
Minister of Human Resource Development
Government of India

Dear Dr. M. M. Pallam Raju,

We the undersigned are astounded to know that the University of Delhi is withdrawing a facility provided to a severely disabled teacher of its College. Taking recourse to technicalities as the benchmark to forcefully evacuate a disabled teacher ignoring further national and international developments in law pertaining to the differently-abled is a sad state of affairs of one of the leading universities in India. Any future perusal by the university authorities of the question of special accommodation at the warden's flat, Gwyer Hall accorded to Dr. G. N. Saibaba cannot ignore the specific grounds of his 90 percent disability.

Universities should be centres of excellence, where cutting edge ideas are discussed and deliberated towards building a future which is humane and compassionate. University of Delhi is witness to a comparatively sizeable increase in the intake of differently-abled people as faculty, students and non-teaching staff. Given the fact that there are few Universities in the country with such intake it becomes imperative that Delhi University also be a model in providing a humane and dignified space for the differently-abled. And this demands urgently a disable-sensitive administration which is humanely conversant with the new developments in jurisprudence pertaining to the differently-abled.

Under the disabilities laws and United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2006 to which India is a signatory country since 2007, it is the primary obligation of all institutions of the Indian Government to provide all facilities including "reasonable accommodation".

Instead of extending the facilities and making them broad-based for all disabled teachers and students on the campus, the present proceedings of the University to forcefully evict Dr. G. N. Saibaba is highly deplorable. What is required today is to make the University Campuses habitable and create workable environment to the differently-abled teachers and students. It is the legal and ethical obligation of the University to provide reasonable accommodation on the campuses to the differently-abled teachers and students in order to increase their participation in the higher education.

The University of Delhi cannot take away this facility provided to Dr. G. N. Saibaba on any technical grounds which is a total misreading of the very grounds on which the whole premises was allotted to him. On the contrary such facility has to be broadened and extended to all differently-abled teachers and students of the Colleges and Departments.

Thus we would like you to:
1. Instruct the University to desist from withdrawing the residence facility to Dr. G.N. Saibaba and,
2. Constitute a high powered committee to find ways and means to provide all facilities including "reasonable accommodation" to disabled persons in the University as mandated by the disabilities laws and United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ratified by India in 2007.

Issued for endorsement by:

Anand Teltumbde, Professor, School of Management, IIT, Kharagpur.
Contact: tanandraj@gmail.com.

Maya Pandit Narkar, Professor, Department of English Language Teaching,
English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad.
Contact: maya@efluniversity.ac.in.

Indian government rejection of Vedanta bauxite mine a “landmark victory” for Indigenous rights

Amnesty International :: 24 August 2010

Amnesty International today described the Indian government’s decision to reject the bauxite mine project in Orissa’s Niyamgiri Hills as a landmark victory for the human rights of Indigenous communities.

India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests today rejected the mine project proposed by a subsidiary of UK-based Vedanta Resources and the state-owned Orissa Mining Corporation, after finding that the project already extensively violates forest and environmental laws and would perpetrate abuses against the Dongria Kondh adivasi and other communities on the Hills.

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Revoke ban on RDF: Arundhati Roy

Hyderabad, Indian Express News Service, Sept 24, 2012

Writer and social activist Arundhati Roy on Sunday demanded an immediate revoke of the ban imposed on Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) in the state.

Addressing the gathering at a meeting organised by the Viplava Rachaitala Sangham (Revolutionary Writers' Association) against the ban, Roy termed the ban unconstitutional and urged the members to keep on with their struggle against state-sponsored violence. "RDF is not a armed organisation. It's activities are in consonance with the Indian constitution. Then why is it banned?," she questioned.

However, she said that the ban had indirectly helped the RDF in growing strong. "The ban has indirectly benefited the RDF. It has allowed it to grow stronger and the bond among it's members and with the people grow deeper," she said. She lauded RDF's members for fighting for the human rights of the dalits and the adivasis in rural India.

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