India among World’s 20 least peaceful nations
Kris Hamel analyses the social conditions that create racism and racist violence, racial hatred and white supremacy in the US.
The terror of yet another mass killing struck in the heartland of the United States on Aug. 5, when alleged shooter Wade Michael Page opened fire in a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisc. Oak Creek is a suburb of about 35,000, located 12 miles south of Milwaukee. Six people were killed and three were critically injured. According to eyewitnesses, a cop killed Page as he was shooting another police officer. http://www.workers.org/2012/08/09/u-s-social-conditions-create-racist-massacre-of-sikhs-2/
ONGC aid of Rs 2.55 lakh for St Louis school- The Pioneer
Implement reservation policy for SC/ST in promotion: Paswan- IBN Live
‘SC/ST entrepreneurs on rise in Andhra’- The Hindu
Punjab enforces truce to end social boycott of Dalits
The Punjab government on Wednesday hammered out a compromise in a village between upper caste landlords and Dalit labourers who endured a month-long social boycott and loss of work for demanding “just” wages. But the truce — on paper — at Maha Singh Wala village in southern Punjab’s Sangrur district, 142 km from Chandigarh, appeared unsteady to Dalits as well as the landlords who had enforced the social boycott in the first week of June.
The landlords had also declared at a kangaroo court that villagers maintaining ties with Dalits would be fined Rs. 5,000 each.
Trouble had erupted after Dalits demandedRs. 2,000 per acre as “justified wage” for sowing paddy. The landlords had said they would pay Rs. 1,500. Later, the landlords gave the sowing work to migrant labourers at higher wages than what Dalits had demanded.
“Police pressured a section of Dalits to reach a compromise,” said Dalit labourer Satnam Singh who did not find work in paddy sowing season along with fellow workers. “Officials acted to save their skin.”
Jai Singh, patron of Dalit Movement Against Servitude, said, “We have decided to protest on July 16 in front of the deputy commissioner’s office.” He said the case would be settled only after the landlords were punished.
A landlord who did not want to be named said they had “made up their minds” to continue giving work to migrants. Sub-divisional magistrate Subhash Chander, however, deemed the issue “settled”.
He said the administration had taken affidavits from both parties for settlement with due consent.
State-run energy major Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)—CBM (Coal Bed Methane) Development Project Bokaro, provided financial assistance of Rs 2.55 lakh to St Louis School, Balidih at Bokaro Steel City under its SC/ST component plan on Saturday.
Accordingly, school management has procured 15 personal computers and a computer centre which was inaugurated jointly by Arun Kumar Munda, Chief Engineer (Mechanical) and vice-chairman of All India SC and ST Employees Welfare Association (AISCSTEWA) and Ram Bahal Singh, chief engineer (E&T) and secretary of AISCSTEWA, ONGC Bokaro. Singh said ONGC always believe in holistic development and improving the lives of people around its operational areas. “ONGC is providing a separate fund (in addition to corporate social responsibility fund) called SC/ST component plan fund for the welfare of SC/ST communities. This fund is being utilised in the field of education, health and sanitation, entrepreneurship including others,” he added.
ONGC is involved in pilot and commercial production of Coal Bed Methane (CBM) gas from Parbatput (under Jharia CBM block) in Chandenkiry block and overall 10 locations in Gomia (under Bokaro CBM block) about 35 and 65 km from the district headquarter in Bokaro district. ONGC, CBM division Bokaro has continuously organised initiatives for the wellbeing of its communities around its area of operations at Parbatput.
Notably, commercial production of CBM began at Parbatpur plant on 9th May, 2010 and its production capacity is about 15,000 cubic metre per day from its five wells. Exploration official told that the approximate CBM resource of Jharkhand is 240 Billion Cubic Metres (BCM). The present programme is for production of CBM for 25 years.
IBN Live - Implement reservation policy for SC/ST in promotion: Paswan
Patna, Jul 15 (PTI) LJP president Ramvilas Paswan today demanded that Nitish Kumar government immediately implement the reservation policy for SC and ST in Bihar in cases of promotion. Participating in a sit-in organised by SC/ST Employees Association at Gandhi Maidan here, he accused the Nitish Kumar government of being “anti-Dalit, anti-backward, anti-minority and anti-poor.” Alleging that the NDA government had scrapped the policy which was in operation in the state since Independence, he said LJP would launch a ‘fill-the-jail’ campaign on August 9 if the state government failed to implement it. He said he had already apprised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of the situation and said he would raise the issue in Parliament as well. Paswan said separate budgetary provisions be made for ST and SC under the Special Component Plan and Tribal sub-plan in proportion to their population in Bihar.
The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes have progressed well as entrepreneurs if the statistics doled out at a workshop on ‘SC sub-plan and Tribal sub-plan’ are any indication.
The SC/ST entrepreneurs have increased phenomenally between 2004 and 2012. There were only 178 units owned by SCs in 2004; and 141 units by STs. The subsidies etc. were Rs. 4.11 crore for SCs and Rs.1.68 crore for STs in 2004. It, however, rose to Rs.103.40 crore for SCs and Rs.49.09 crore for STs between 2004 and 2012. The number of units set up by the SCs touched 1,464 and 811 units by the STs.
The Cabinet sub-committee elicited opinions and suggestions from people on SC/ST sub-plan here on Saturday. On the occasion, Major Industries Minister J. Geeta Reddy said the SCs and the STs were unable to reap the benefits of industrial policy. The government understood the lacunae and revised its industrial policy with a view to encouraging the SCs and STs to set up their units.
The Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) was providing incentives to the SC/ST entrepreneurs as per the AP State Industrial Policy. As per the industrial policy, 16.2 per cent of the total plots to the SCs, and six per cent to the STs should be allotted in all the new industrial parks and preferential allotments should be considered for them in the existing industrial parks.The Minister also said a subsidy of 33.3 per cent in land cost, subject to a maximum of Rs.10 lakh should be extended to the SC, ST entrepreneurs, she said.
Primary Education Minister S. Sailajanath also spoke . Deputy Chief Minister Damodara Rajanarasimha, Rural Development Minister Dokka Manikya Varaprasad, and Secondary Education Minister K. Parthasarathy were among those present.
Supreme Court Should Take Suo Motto Action in Killing of 17 Adivasis in Chattisgarh
New Delhi, July 10 : Since the killing of 17 Adivasis on June 28th in Rajpenta, Kottaguda and Sarkeguda many revealing facts have come to public knowledge. The news contradicting the versions of CRPF, State government and Home Ministry, Union Government has come from journalists, social activists, villagers and even the team of State Congress Party and and Union Minister Mr. K C Deo. Home Minister, Mr. P Chidamabram on his part atleast had the gumption to say that, “If a young boy or girl or a woman, who was not involved with the CPI-Maoists, has been killed, I’m deeply sorry,”. This doesn’t absolve him since CRPF falls directly under the Home Ministry and indeed innocents have been killed. What does he propose to do now ?.
Mr. Raman Singh, the CM of Chattisgarh has constantly failed to protect the adivasis of the regions and has continued to protect the security forces, encounters, forced detention, imprisonments, attack on social activists and many other terror tactics of the security forces, Salwa Judum and the crimes of corporations like Jindals, Tata and Essar, who have helped the government in order to protect their investment and continued to displace adivasis and attack activists, latest being firing on Ramesh Agarwal in Raigarh. He must resign rather than continuing to preside over the genocide of adivasis.
A Magisterial enquiry headed by Mr. Kuruvanshi, the SDM instituted by the Chattisgarh Government is nothing but a sham as shown in his interaction with a three member J P Rao, Kopa Kunjam and Nandini Sundar fact finding team, which went and met the villagers and officials. The SDM has no plans to visit the village, and if the villagers wished, they could come and see him in his office on July 9. This shows the seriousness of the enquiry commission.
The fact finding team reported that the three villages merge into each other and have been carved up in an arbitrary fashion between different panchayats (Korsaguda and Chipurbhatti panchayats). The field where the firing took place is an open area surrounded by houses, some of which are in Kottaguda and some of which fall in Rajpenta. The villagers had returned only in 2009 after Salwa Judum had burnt their village in 2005, and are still struggling to put their cattle together and rebuild all houses properly. The meeting on the 28th night was held to discuss how to help those without cattle and single women headed households, and also to plan the holding of the bija pondum (seed sowing festival). The three villages share a common earth shrine – which means they celebrate all their festivals together.
The villagers told the fact finding team that there were no Maoists present, and that the police were most likely injured in cross-firing. The absence of any Maoist leaders is supported by the fact that had there been a squad in the village, there would have been sentries posted in the direction of Basaguda thana. CRPF on its part even when they knew they were in the middle of a village, yet did not use night flares or observe even the most basic precautions when firing. In all 17 persons have been killed, of which 7 are minors; 9 have been injured, and at least 5 women have been beaten / assaulted. One cow has died and one bull has been injured, and there are bullet marks on the houses.
The words of condemnation are not enough for such cold blooded murder by state of its own citizens in the most brazen way. It is high time that Governor of Chattisgarh stepped in and fulfilled his constitutional obligations and protect the lives and rights of Adivasis and the State. We also feel that Supreme Court must take suo moto action based on the facts available in public domain and summon state and central governments.
It also needs to be noted that the no amount of pumping in money in ‘Left Wing Extremism‘ affected districts will build the confidence of the adivasis and others in those regions. However, punishing the guilty security officials and agencies involved in fake encounters, illegal detention, arrests, rape, torture will surely build confidence and lead to peace. The recent killings has surely dented the faith of adivasis who were returning to their villages after attacks of Salwa Judum in 2005, which led to cleansing of nearly 600 villages.
We demand that the guilty officials be tried in the court of law, and the policy of awarding forces and pumping money in name of development be scrapped, because that is fuelling a series of fake encounters and illegal arrests of human rights activists (Seema Azad, Binayak Sen, Arun Ferreira, Kopa Kunjam, Soni Sori & ors.), adivasis and those from other marginal sections of the society. In a civilized society and the world’s biggest democracy we can’t let this continue !
Medha Patkar, Prashant Bhushan, Prafulla Samantara, Sandeep Pandey, Dr. Sunilam, P Chennaiah, Suniti S R, Gabriele Districh, Sister Celia, Ramakrishnan Raju, Anand Mazgaonkar, Suhas Kolhekar, Vimal Bhai, Rajendra Ravi, Mukta Srivastava, Madhuresh Kumar
#InternetHindus at the center of India‘s debate over secularism.
Critics call their online tactics abusive however, netizens identified as “Internet Hindus” find the term offensive and say traditional media has unfairly portrayed them.
In this episode of The Stream, we discuss the online debates about Indian secularism with journalists Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose), a frequent target of “Internet Hindus”, and Sadanand Dhume (@dhume01). We also speak with Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39), a former Indian cabinet minister often considered an ally of the so-called movement.
Kill kill and kill
The nation is supposed to be proud of the
The states triumph over the people.
It took their land,
Destroyed their lives ,
Grabbed the farmer’s fields and
Gave to the MNC hands.
When we, the people protest
You talk of Gandism
And when state act
It is like
Hitler, Mussolini, Bush…
In the AC rooms ,
State talks about freedom.
In the forest,
It acts as weapon.
Kill kill kill again
Kill your own people
Who lacks lands
Who lost lives..
Who dont know the
Elegant Gandhian protest
(How one fast when he has nothing to eat)
Kill the poor, miserables, dalits
Kill all who disturbs your comforts
And ask the middle class
To proud of our democracy.
CHITHRABHANU, AHMEDABAD, INDIA