//NCHRO conducted a Seminar entitled, “VTR and Dalit-Bahujan Empowerment” followed by “2018 Mukundan C Menon Award Ceremony”

NCHRO conducted a Seminar entitled, “VTR and Dalit-Bahujan Empowerment” followed by “2018 Mukundan C Menon Award Ceremony”

The Mukundan C Menon Award 2018 to V.T. Rajshekar was presented by Popular Front of India (PFI) National Secretary, Anis Ahmed.

Bengaluru
03-March-2019

The National Confederation of Human Rights Organizations (NCHRO) conducted a Seminar entitled, “VTR and Dalit-Bahujan Empowerment” followed by “2018 Mukundan C Menon Award Ceremony” at Paalana Bhavana, Bengaluru. The seminar welcomed over 300 delegates to meet, listen and inspire with.

Highlights of the event included a welcome and opening speech by Prof P Koya, General Secretary NCHRO, chaired by NCHRO Chairperson, Prof A Marx.

EM Abdul Rahiman, Chairman of the Empower India Foundation, was the keynote speaker. Kancha Ilaiah (Director of the Centre for Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy at Maulana Azad National Urdu University) addressed the audience with a thought-provoking presentation which provided insight and perspective.

Speakers at the Seminar included Smt.Kalai Selvi (Writer & Human Rights Activist), Adv. KP Muhammed Shareef (NCHRO Vice Chairperson), Adv. Bhavai Mohan (President, NCHRO Tamil Nadu Chapter), Adv S Balan(President, NCHRO Karnataka Chapter), Anish Ahmed (Secretary, Popular Front of India).

“Facts Do not Lie” compilation of Independent Fact Finding Reports which was released by Adv Bhavani Mohan by handing over to Kalai Selvi.

NCHRO Seminar & Award Ceremony – Facts Do not Lie Book released by Adv Bhavani Mohan by handing over to Kalai Selvi.

VT Rajshekhar is the pioneering ideologue of Dalit-Bahujan empowerment and has a long history of working for the rights of people especially for the Dalits and other vulnerable groups. He was formerly a journalist on the Indian Express, where he worked for 25 years. Over a period spanning more than half a century, he has represented the sentiments and issues of Dalits in India, used his language and social analysis against upper caste hegemony and Indian apartheid in the form of untouchability and casteism using the Dalit Voice magazine as the main platform. He is also the author of a great number of pamphlets and books, in which he emphasized, that in Indian context, caste is the common denominator or the base structure on which the super structures like politics, law, religion and social institutions are built.

NCHRO Seminar & Award Ceremony – VTR & Dalit Bahujan Empowerment, 03-Mar-2019, Speakers

The Mukundan C Menon Award 2018 was awarded to Shri V T Rajshekar by Anish Ahmed,in recognition of his work in the pursuit of advancing civil liberties and human rights. The Mukundan C Menon Human Rights Award instituted by NCHRO is awarded each year to organizations and individuals which embody excellent activism in the defence of human rights. The NCHRO Award is given in memory of Mukundan C Menon the veteran journalist, human rights defender and the first General Secretary of NCHRO. The award was established in 2006 soon after his death on Dec 12, 2005. Each year we are proud to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of individuals and organizations in promoting and protecting human rights and freedoms. V.T. Rajshekar is the 13th recipient of the Award.

NCHRO Seminar & Award Ceremony – VTR & Dalit-Bahujan Empowerment, 03-Mar-2019 Bengaluru – Delegates

News

1)The Hindu:- https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/kancha-ilaiah-bats-for-english-medium-schools/article26426711.ece

Kancha Ilaiah bats for English-medium schools

Writer says need for Dalits to be educated in the language

Kancha Ilaiah, social analyst and writer, who was in the city, batted for English-medium schools, and argued that there was a need for Dalits and those from the Other Backward Classes to be educated in the language.

His comments come in the backdrop of writers criticising Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy’s decision to start English medium in 1,000 government schools. He was speaking at a seminar organised by the National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations. He slammed writers who are proponents of schools where the medium of instruction is in Kannada but ensure that their children are taught in English and even study abroad.

V.T. Rajshekar was awarded the Mukundan C. Menon Award 2018 for working with the rights of people especially for the Dalits and vulnerable groups. He is an Indian journalist who is the founder and editor of the Dalit Voice.

During the event, a book “Facts do not lie” compilation of independent fact finding report was released.

2) The Cognate :- https://thecognate.com/revolutionary-dalit-journalist-and-advocate-of-dalit-muslim-unity-v-t-rajshekar-gets-the-2018-mukundan-c-menon-human-rights-award/

Revolutionary Dalit Journalist And Advocate Of Dalit-Muslim Unity, V.T. Rajshekar Gets The 2018 Mukundan C Menon Human Rights Award

V.T. Rajshekar, founder and editor of the revolutionary journal, ‘Dalit Voice’, received the National Confederation of Human Rights Organization’s (NCHRO) Mukundan C Menon Award 2018 in recognition of his work in the pursuit of advancing civil liberties and human rights.

The Mukundan C Menon Human Rights Award instituted by NCHRO is awarded each year to organizations and individuals which embody excellent activism in the defence of human rights. V.T.Rajshekar is the 13th recipient of the Award.

NCHRO Seminar & Award Ceremony – VTR & Dalit Bahujan Empowerment, 03-Mar-2019, Welcome Speech – Prof P Koya

VTR, as he is fondly called, has a long history of working for the rights of Dalits, Muslims and other vulnerable groups. He was formerly a journalist with the Indian Express, where he worked for 25 years. Over a period spanning more than half a century, he has represented the sentiments and issues of Dalits in India, mobilised his language and social analysis against Hindu upper caste hegemony and apartheid in the form of untouchability and casteism.

VTR founded the now defunct ‘Dalit Voice’ in 1981, which Human Rights Watch once described as “India’s most widely circulated Dalit journal”. Columbia University library described the magazine as: “characterized by strong anti-Brahminist, anti-caste and anti-racist stance, advocacy of liberation from Brahminism, and polemical tone.”

Facts Do Not Lie – Book Cover

In 1986, his passport was confiscated because of his alleged “anti-Hinduism writings outside of India”. The same year, he was arrested in Bangalore under the country’s draconian Terrorism and Anti-Disruptive Activities Act (TADA). He has also been arrested under the Sedition Act and under the Indian Penal Code.

VTR is the author of a great number of pamphlets and books, in which he emphasized, that in Indian context, caste is the common denominator or the base structure on which the super structures like politics, law, religion and social institutions are built. Some of his notable works are: How Marx Died In Hindu India, Why Godse Killed Gandhi, Hindu Serpent And Muslim Mongoose, Dialogue Of The Bhoodevatas, Dalit: The Black Untouchables of India, India As A Failed State, Brahminism In India And Zionism In West, Brahminism, Know The Hindu Mind and others.

The NCHRO Prize is awarded in memory of Mukundan C Menon the veteran journalist, human rights defender and the first General Secretary of NCHRO. The award was established in 2006 soon after his death on Dec 12, 2005. The award consists of a sum of Rs. 25,000, a citation and a memento.

NCHRO Seminar & Award Ceremony – VTR & Dalit Bahujan Empowerment, 03-Mar-2019 – Dr.Kancha Ilaiah

The award to V.T. Rajshekar was presented by well known Dalit writer and activist, Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd and Popular Front of India’s (PFI) National Secretary, Anis Ahmed in Bengaluru on Sunday March 3. The speakers at the event included, NCHRO Chairperson, Prof A Marx, EM Abdul Rahiman, Chairman of the Empower India Foundation, writer & human rights activist, Kalai Selvi , Adv. KP Muhammed Shareef, NCHRO Vice Chairperson, Adv. Bhavai Mohan President, NCHRO Tamil Nadu and Adv S Balan, President, NCHRO Karnataka.

Previous winners included A Vasu, M. Rasheed, Laha Gopalan, CR Neelakhandan, NM Siddique, Leela Kumariamma, SP Udayakumar, Jamia Teachers Solidarity Association, CK Janu, Ram Puniyani, Suresh Khairnar and O Abdulla. This year the award coincides with the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

News VarthaBharathi – Bengaluru Edition

3) Muslim Mirror :- http://muslimmirror.com/eng/veteran-journalist-v-t-rajshekar-conferred-with-mukundan-c-menon-award/

Veteran journalist V.T. Rajshekar conferred with Mukundan C Menon Award

Bengaluru: The National Confederation of Human Rights Organizations (NCHRO) conducted a Seminar entitled, “VTR and Dalit-Bahujan Empowerment” followed by “2018 Mukundan C Menon Award Ceremony” at Paalana Bhavana, Bengaluru. The seminar welcomed over 250 delegates to meet, listen and inspire with.

Highlights of the event included a welcome and opening speech by Prof P Koya, General Secretary NCHRO, chaired by NCHRO Chairperson, Prof A Marx, EM Abdul Rahiman, Chairman of the Empower India Foundation, was the keynote speaker.

Kancha Ilaiah (Director of the Centre for Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy at Maulana Azad National Urdu University) addressed the audience with a thought-provoking presentation which provided insight and perspective.

Speakers at the Seminar included Smt.Kalai Selvi (Writer & Human Rights Activist), Adv. KP Muhammed Shareef (NCHRO Vice Chairperson), Adv. Bhavai Mohan (President, NCHRO Tamil NaduChapter), Adv S Balan(President, NCHRO Karnataka Chapter), Anish Ahmed (Secretary, Popular Front of India). “Facts Do not Lie” compilation of Independent Fact Finding Reports which was released by Adv Bhavani Mohan by handing over to Kalai Selvi.

NCHRO Seminar & Award Ceremony – VTR & Dalit-Bahujan Empowerment, 03-Mar-2019 Bengaluru – Delegates

VT Rajshekhar is the pioneering ideologue of Dalit-Bahujan empowerment and has a long history of working for the rights of people especially for the Dalits and other vulnerable groups. He was formerly a journalist on the Indian Express, where he worked for 25 years. Over a period spanning more than half a century, he has represented the sentiments and issues of Dalits in India, used his language and social analysis against upper caste hegemony and Indian apartheid in the form of untouchability and casteism using the Dalit Voice magazine as the main platform. He is also the author of a great number of pamphlets and books, in which he emphasized, that in Indian context, caste is the common denominator or the base structure on which the super structures like politics, law, religion and social institutions are built.

NCHRO Seminar & Award Ceremony – VTR & Dalit-Bahujan Empowerment, 03-Mar-2019 Bengaluru – Invitation

The Mukundan C Menon Award 2018 was awarded to Shri V T Rajshekar by Anish Ahmed,in recognition of his work in the pursuit of advancing civil liberties and human rights. The Mukundan C Menon Human Rights Award instituted by NCHRO is awarded each year to organizations and individuals which embody excellent activism in the defence of human rights. The NCHRO Award is given in memory of Mukundan C Menon the veteran journalist, human rights defender and the first General Secretary of NCHRO. The award was established in 2006 soon after his death on Dec 12, 2005. Each year we are proud to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of individuals and organizations in promoting and protecting human rights and freedoms. V.T. Rajshekar was the 13th recipient of the Award.

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Videos:-

“VTR and Dalit-Bahujan Empowerment” & “2018 Mukundan C Menon Award Ceremony”- Snapshot
“VTR and Dalit-Bahujan Empowerment” & “2018 Mukundan C Menon Award” – Prof P Koya, General Secretary NCHRO – Welcome Speech
“VTR and Dalit-Bahujan Empowerment” & “2018 Mukundan C Menon Award” – Dr.Kancha Ilaiah Speech
“VTR and Dalit-Bahujan Empowerment” & “2018 Mukundan C Menon Award Ceremony” – Speech – Prof A Marx, NCHRO Chairperson 
“VTR and Dalit-Bahujan Empowerment” followed by “2018 Mukundan C Menon Award Ceremony” – Speech, Anis Ahmed, Secretary, Popular Front of India

“VTR and Dalit-Bahujan Empowerment” & “2018 Mukundan C Menon Award” – Speech, Adv. S Balan, President, NCHRO Karnataka
“VTR and Dalit-Bahujan Empowerment” & “2018 Mukundan C Menon Award Ceremony” – Adv. Bhavani B Mohan, President, NCHRO TamilNadu Chapter Addressing
“VTR and Dalit-Bahujan Empowerment” & “2018 Mukundan C Menon Award” – VT Rajshekhar Speech