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Intercultural Resources is a forum for research and political intervention on issues related to the impacts and alternatives to destructive development. Our effort draws upon the social, cultural, material and intellectual resources that have been generated in the course of dialogues between people of different cultures on questions of social justice, development and self-rule. We are of the view that dialogue can sustain plurality and open possibilities for recovery of the ground lost on account of inter-cultural alienation, which is manifest in a variety of forms of violence that we encounter everyday at different levels of social life. Intercultural Resources is based in Delhi, India. Email: ihpindia@gmail.com

Protest News Updates: 20 December 2017

20 December 2017

 
Proddatur MLA launches fast 20.12.2017 Hindu: National
Seeks houses for the poor free of cost
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Cane ryots launch non-cooperation movement 19.12.2017 Hindu: Cities
Demand reopening of NSF that was shut down 3 years ago
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Medicos stay away from hospital duties across State 19.12.2017 Hindu: News
They threaten to go on indefinite strike from December 23
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2017: A tough year gone for BJP, more challenges ahead 19.12.2017 Central Chronicle
Agencies, Bhopal A violent peasants’ agitation that led to the killing of six agriculturists in… more »
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FACT unions seek revival package ahead of land sale 20.12.2017 Hindu: Kochi
650 acres of company’s land to be sold; unions say price fixed is inadequate
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Need broadest platform of secular forces, alternative policies: CPI-M 19.12.2017 All News-IANS Stories
Calling for forming a “broadest platforma of secular and democratic forces armed with alternative policies” in the aftermath of the Gujarat poll verdict, the CPI-M on Tuesday said it was the only way to defeat “communal” forces of the BJP and the RSS.
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Protest meeting 19.12.2017 Manipur: E-Pao
Protest meeting
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‘Government doesn’t care for workers’ 19.12.2017 Rediff: Business
‘On December 5, the government called unions for pre-Budget consultations.’
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Port workers seek a fair deal 18.12.2017 Hindu: Cities
Federation alleges arbitrary codification of enactments
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The message in the verdict: on Gujarat Assembly poll 20.12.2017 Hindu: Home
The Gujarat result has held the mirror to both the BJP and the Congress and magnified their weaknesses
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The BJP can’t dismiss Rahul Gandhi now 19.12.2017 HBL: Opinion
He has shown an ability to strike new alliances and harvest farm distress to the Congress’s advantage in Gujarat
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Three musketeers behind Congress 19.12.2017 Hindu: Other States
They helped party put up a good fight
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anti-India rebels, woman killed during Kashmir fighting

ABC News 19h ago
 
Related Coverage

Kashmir unrest: Two militants, one civilian killed as protests break out after Shopian encounter [Photos]

From India Firstpost 9h ago 
 

Woman killed, 9 wounded during protests near gunfight site in Indian-controlled Kashmir

Xinhua 17h ago
 
 
 
 
 

Anti- GAIL protest resumes in Kozhikode

Times of India 9h ago
 
 

Ruling party MLAs join cotton protests

Times of India Dec 19, 2017
 

 
 

How India’s Student Activists are Standing Up for the Dalits

World Policy Institute (blog) 11h ago
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

Sunny pullout in ‘New India’

The Telegraph 4h ago
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Rajsamand: Tension over shifting of idol

The Indian Express 2h ago
 

 
 

Isaac’s words irk KSRTC pensioners

Times of India 21h ago
 

 
 

Talking to 100 Rapists

WNYC Dec 15, 2017
 
 
 
 
 

Hindu group warns schools against Xmas celebrations in India

20 December 2017

NEWS DELHI: Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM) has warned schools in Aligarh against Christmas celebrations, saying that any such function by Christian schools was “essentially a ploy to lure and convert Hindu children.”

According to India media, The Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM) has warned the managing bodies of schools run by Christian NGO’s against collecting contributions from Hindu students and threatened schools against celebrating Christmas, claiming it would be “at their own risk.”

This threats instilled fear among the children, halting them to make their presence in the schools. Read more on this at: https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/258124-hindu-group-threats-schools-against-xmas-celebrations-in-india

Gujarat: Economic woes are key factor in Gujarat election

19 December 2017

As the result of the recent Gujarat Assembly election is declared and the ruling party the BJP which has been ruling the state for the last 22 years has captured power once again defeating the nearest rival the Congress Party led by Rahul Gandhi. Gujarat, considered as one of the ideal model for development lacks behind in several factors including education and public health services.

 

Cyril Ramaphosa – President of the ANC

19 December 2017

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has elected Cyril Ramaphosa, the country’s deputy president, as its new leader.

The 65-year-old narrowly defeated Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in the race to replace South African President Jacob Zuma as the head of the party.

Ramaphosa will become the country’s next president should the ANC win South Africa’s general elections in 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Protest News Updates: 19 December 2017

19 December 2017

AgriGold victims launch 30-hour hunger strike 19.12.2017 Hindu: News
Demand immediate payment of compensation
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Lorry owners seek steps to open new sand quarries 18.12.2017 Hindu: News
Association plans to hold hunger strike on December 28 in Salem
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Dents in Saurashtra could spell trouble for BJP 18.12.2017 BusinessLine – News
The Congress saw its seats in the region doubling from 15 in 2012 to 31 this time
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Gujarat results: Rahul’s Congress falters on last mile as Modi spins magic 18.12.2017 India Today| Must Read
Stitching together Patidars, OBCs and Dalits, Rahul Gandhi’s Congress gave a tough fight to the BJP in Gujarat election. But, PM Modi’s personal connect with Gujarat and Amit Shah’s astute booth management exposed Congress’ organisational weakness in the state.
Three musketeers behind Congress 19.12.2017 Hindu: Other States
They helped party put up a good fight
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Scientists ‘inject’ information into monkeys’ brains 18.12.2017 Deccan Herald – Supplements
When you drive towards an intersection, the sight of the light turning red will make you step on the brake. This action happens due to a chain of events inside your head. Your eyes relay signals to the visual centres in the back of your brain. After those signals get processed, they travel along a pathway to another region, the premotor cortex, where the brain plans movements. Signalling the brain Now, imagine that you had a device implanted in your brain that could shortcut the pathway and inject information straight into your premotor cortex. That may sound like an outtake from The Matrix. But now two neuroscientists at the University of Rochester, USA say they have managed to introduce information directly into the premotor cortex of monkeys. The results of the experiment were recently published in the journal Neuron. Although the research is preliminary, carried out in just two monkeys, the researchers speculated that further research might lead to brain implants for people with strokes. “You could …
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Port workers seek a fair deal 18.12.2017 Hindu: Cities
Federation alleges arbitrary codification of enactments
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Israel: Flights suspended at main airport over strike against drug-maker la… 17.12.2017 DNA: Bangalore
Israel: Flights suspended at main airport over strike against drug-maker la…
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TGBKS yet to constitute panels at SCCL mines 16.12.2017 Hindu: Hyderabad
Term of recognised trade union cut to two years
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Photo courtesy: The Hindu: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/agrigold-victims-launch-30-hour-hunger-strike/article21887775.ece

Press Release: Rehabilitation plan for Tansa Pipeline Project Affected

19 December 2017

Rehabilitation plan for Tansa Pipeline Project Affected openly violated Right To Education Act, 2009’

Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan filed complained with MCGM

Demand compensation and strict action for violation of the Act

Mumbai | 18th December 2017: Apart from other major problems in Mahul, Mumbai-the rehabilitation site for the Tansa Pipeline Project Affected Families, the sample survey (of 130 children) carried out by the Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan (GBGBA) revealed that major provisions of Right To Education Act, 2009 are openly violated in the rehabilitation process which resulted in dropping out and traveling to really far off places to attend schools. This is in complete contravention to the core principles of RTE which also include free and compulsory education.

Since the demolition was carried out in the middle of an academic year, children had to continue their schooling in their old schools at original places. The rehabilitation site is variably at a distant place from the original places. The distance range from 10KMs to 20KMs. This has put a financial burden in the form of transportation cost on the poor families. Survey reveals that at least Rs. 200 is spent per day on to and fro transportation cost. This is really a huge cost for a family belonging to EWS or LIG. Majority of the PAFs belongs to these economic groups.Survey also recorded that in some cases where the parents cannot afford this transportation cost have simply stopped sending their children to school.

Due to the long distance between new home and old school, most of the mothers stay at school until it is over so as to save the multiple traveling cost. 
 

No arrangements were made by Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai to accommodate children in a new school at the rehabilitation site so that their academic year is not affected.  MCGM is the responsible body for carrying out rehabilitation of the Tansa Pipeline Project Affected Families.

  

Non-functional local sewage treatment plant has caused sewage to overflow making the streets filthier. School going children making their way to school from one those streets in Mahul rehabilitation site​

RTE provisions stipulate the provisions of schools upto 5th standard and 8th standard within 1KM and 3KM respectively with free transportation so that the travelling cost can be waved off. This is to ensure that transportation cost should not become deterrent in sending children to school. However none of these basic provisions of the Act seems to be taken into consideration while making rehabilitation plan for the Tansa Pipeline Project Affected Families. GBGBA has filed a complaint today before MCGM against the violation of the Act and has sought quick action with a warning of mass action for inaction.

 

Medha Patkar                         Anita Dhole Patil         Uday Mohite     Bilal Khan

Contact: 9958660556

 

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National Office : 6/6, Jangpura B, Mathura Road, New Delhi 110014
Phone : 011 24374535 Mobile : 09818905316
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Twitter : @napmindia

NAPM condemns attack by Hindutva groups on Christians in Madhya Pradesh

19 December, 2017

NAPM condemns attack by Hindutva groups on Christians in Madhya Pradesh

Attack on secular fabric of Indian Constitution continuing, upsurge in religious attacks dangerous for democracy and harmony of the country

Hindutva groups targeting Christians after continuous act of hatred against Muslims

New Delhi | December 18, 2017: National Alliance of People’s Movements expresses deep shock at the unprovoked violence against Christian priests and seminarians in Satna in the Central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on the night of December 14, 2017. A group of people hailing from Bajrang Dal attacked a group of 30 Seminarians and two Priests of St. Ephrem’s Theological College as they were conducting a routine Christmas carol singing programme which has been the practice during the Christmas season for the last 30 years.

The group came with lathis and started threatening the Priests and Seminarians. Just then they called the police, who arrived in just 15 minutes and taken all Priests and Seminarians to the police station. It is very shameful that during the celebrations, not even the police restricted them of their freedom of religious celebrations but also tortured them by putting all of them in a room which cannot accommodate even half of them. Later when other priests from nearby villages came to enquire, the police allegedly beaten them up and shamelessly acted against the spirit of constitution, leaving Bajrang Dal people untouched and free to do violence inside and outside the police station. They even torched vehicles of priests and beaten up in front of police officials which only proves their involvement in the alleged planned attack and harassment of religious minorities in the garb of prevention from religious conversions.

This is not standalone case but we are seeing this as a trend under the rule of current Government. In most of the BJP ruled states, it has seen a rise in the last three years. Only in Madhya Pradesh, a dozen of incidents happened in the past giving a strong indication of religious attacks by Hindutva groups maligning the secular fabric of the country and constitutional rights of citizens of India.

It is worrying that this incident of mobocracy occurs among a host of other incidents around the country. The video clipping of the gruesome murder of Mohammad Afrazul, a migrant worker from West Bengal who was hacked with a cleaver and then set on fire by a man in Rajasmand, Rajasthan on the suspicion of being in a relationship with a woman from another religious faith has gone viral and many Hindutva groups are being proud of the act and also unfurled the flag on Udaipur session court. Lynchings of more than 32 persons over the last two years almost all from one minority community on the suspicion of killing a cow or possessing beef is creating a fear psychosis among the minorities. These acts of Cow vigilantes do not being credit to our democratic nation with its long tradition of being the model of civilized living and harmonious existence in comparison to some other countries in neighbourhood.

The incident in Satna just a few days before Christmas is shameful and deplorable. Even worse, lynchings, mob attacks and brutal killings of innocent people with culprits often not being found or going unpunished for months are largely blots on our democracy and judiciary.

We condemn the inaction of government and connivance of police forces with the Hindutva groups in this incident. We are deeply concerned and hurt at this religious terrorism. We demand the political leadership at Centre and States to follow the rule of law, respect the Indian Constitution, and to immediately arrest and notify the groups those are continuously acting on the behest of saffron terror groups spreading hatred among different communities. Hate politics cannot take India forward and will only create divisions in the society.

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Medha Patkar, Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) and National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM)

Aruna Roy, Nikhil Dey and Shankar Singh, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS), National Campaign for People’s Right to Information and NAPM

Prafulla Samantara, Lok Shakti Abhiyan, and NAPM, Odisha 

P.Chennaiah, Andhra Pradesh Vyavasaya Vruthidarula Union-APVVU and National Centre For Labour and NAPM (Andhra Pradesh)

Binayak Sen and Kavita Srivastava, People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)

Gabriele Dietrich, Penn Urimay Iyakkam, Madurai and NAPM (Tamilnadu)

Geetha Ramakrishnan, Unorganised Sector Workers Federation, NAPM, (Tamilnadu) 

Sandeep Pandey, Socialist Party and NAPM, Uttar Pradesh

Sister Celia, Domestic Workers Union, and NAPM, Karnataka 

Maj Gen (Retd) S. G. Vombatkere, Mysuru, NAPM, Karnataka

Arundhati Dhuru, Manesh Gupta, NAPM, Uttar Pradesh 

Vilayodi Venugopal, CR Neelakandan and Prof. Kusumam NAPM, Kerala

Anand Mazgaonkar and Krishnakant, Paryavaran Suraksh Samiti, NAPM Gujarat 

Ramakrishnam Raju, United Forum for RTI and NAPM (Andhra Pradesh)

Vimal Bhai, Matu Jansangathan, NAPM, Uttarakhand 

Dayamani Barla, Aadivasi-Moolnivasi Astivtva Raksha Samiti, NAPM Jharkhand

Dr. Sunilam and Adv. Aradhna Bhargava, Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, and NAPM, Madhya Pradesh

Samar Bagchi and Amitava Mitra, NAPM West Bengal

Suniti SR, Suhas Kolhekar, and Prasad Bagwe, NAPM Maharashtra 

Kailash Meena, NAPM Rajasthan 

Gautam Bandopadhyay, NAPM, Chhattisgarh

Anjali Bharadwaj, National Campaign for People’s Right to Information and NAPM

Kaladas Dahariya, RELAA, Chhatisgarh

Meera Sanghamitra, NAPM Telangana-Andhra Pradesh

Bhupender Singh Rawat, Jan Sangharsh Vahini, NAPM, Delhi

Faisal Khan, Khudai Khidmatgar, NAPM Haryana

J S Walia, NAPM Haryana 

Lingraj Azad, Samajwadi Jan Parishad, Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti, and NAPM, Odisha

Guruwant Singh, NAPM Punjab

Richa Singh, Sangatin Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan, NAPM Uttar Pradesh

Arul Doss, NAPM (Tamilnadu)

Jabar Singh, NAPM, Uttarakhand 

Sister Dorothy, NAPM Bihar

Kamayani Swami and Ashish Ranjan, Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan, and NAPM Bihar 

Mahendra Yadav, Kosi Navnirman Manch, NAPM Bihar 

Basanat Hetamsaria and Ashok Verma, NAPM Jharkhand 

Bilal Khan, Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan, Mumbai and NAPM

Rajendra Ravi, Nanhu Prasad, Madhuresh Kumar, Sunita Rani, Amit Kumar, Himshi Singh, Uma, NAPM, Delhi

Aaquib Zabed Mazumder, Rajesh Serupally, NAPM, Telangana – Andhra Pradesh 

 

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National Office : 6/6, Jangpura B, Mathura Road, New Delhi 110014
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Twitter : @napmindia

December 16 Delhi Gangrape and Mass Protest that followed

December 18, 2017                                                                                                                                Courtesy: The Wire 

https://thewire.in/205631/photo-essay-look-back-mass-protest-followed-jyoti-singh-gangrape/

Photo Essay: A Look Back at a Mass Protest That Followed Jyoti Singh Gangrape
By Shome Basu on 16/12/2017

Shome Basu documents the response of police on December 20, 2012, when protesters took to the streets to question the administration about the abysmal state of law and order in the country’s capital.

Protest against the Jyoti Singh gangrape in New Delhi.

On December 16, 2012, a 23-year-old was brutally gangraped on a moving bus and left on the roadside near Delhi’s Munirka area. She died at a hospital in Singapore two days later. The incident triggered a mass protests throughout the country. People came out on the streets, demanding justice for Jyoti Singh, who has since come to be known as Nirbhaya.

Delhi police along with other law agencies came down hard on the angry population, subjecting the protesting crowd to indiscriminate tear gas shelling and baton charging.

These images document the response of police on December 20, 2012, in New Delhi when citizens joined by political groups questioned the administration about the abysmal state of law and order in the country’s capital. Many protesters were injured and a policeman died due to heart failure.

The images are a reminder of the power of democracy.

All photos by Shome Basu.

Bolivia: President Morales eyeing a 4th Term

18 December 2017

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales has shrugged off claims he’s a dictator, after announcing he’ll run for a fourth term. 

Tens of thousands of his supporters turned out in the city of Cochabamba, to back his 2019 bid.

But it’s also triggered protests.