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Gujarat's Wounds:Can Fasting bring harmony, while the scars remain unattended to? PDF Print E-mail
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21 sep 2011
by Ram Puniyani

Life is full of strange paradoxes. Narendra Modi undertook fast for three days for Sadbhavna (Harmony), to mark complete peace, unity and harmony (Sept 2011). This came in the backdrop of the Supreme Court verdict which has asked the trial court to examine all the evidence and amicus curie’s report so that his culpability or otherwise in Gulbarg society case is decided. The Supreme Court order has directed the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to file its final report into the allegations of Narendra Modi being the architect-in-chief of the 2002 Gujarat massacre. This was interpreted by BJP as a clean chit to Modi. Modi in turn took sigh of relief and pronounced, ‘God is great’. Shrewd as Modi is, he has tried to project that this has exonerated him from his sins of Gujarat carnage

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India: The Communal Character of Anna Hazare’s Movement PDF Print E-mail
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by Bhanwar Megwanshi

(Translated from Hindi by Yoginder Sikand)

6 Sep. 2011

It has now been confirmed that the Anna Hazare-led so-called ‘second freedom struggle’—as some sections of the media have mistakenly chosen to call it—has close links with the RSS. From conceptualizing this media-propelled movement to successfully organizing it, the RSS, it appears, played a key role in it. This being the case, it is imperative to analyse the specific communal character of this self-styled Gandhian movement against corruption.

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INDIA: Human Rights Council's intervention sought concerning India's violations of indigenous people PDF Print E-mail
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HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
Eighteenth session, Agenda Item 3, Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples

A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status

31 Aug. 2011

The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to highlight the Government of India's failure to ensure the rights of indigenous people in the country, particularly in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Orissa, where the indigenous population (also known as Scheduled Tribes or Adivasis) is predominant. India has amongst the largest concentrations of indigenous populations globally, with official records indicating that 664 tribes live in India. 62 tribes recognised as Scheduled Tribes live in Orissa and 46 in Madhya Pradesh.

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ANNA’S RSS PDF Print E-mail
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The Sangh Parivar is riding piggyback on the anti-corruption campaign. But what is Anna camp’s not-so-secret game?
Akash Bisht Delhi
27 Aug 2011
As Baba Ramdev
approached the dais at Jantar Mantar on the fourth day of Anna Hazare’s fast against corruption in April 2011, the crowds jostled for space to get a view of the television celebrity. Loud applause greeted Ramdev. The entire Anna camp had smiles on their faces. Pumping himself, Ramdev started his speech with ‘Anna tum aage badho, hum tumhare saath hai’ and ‘Vande Mataram’ before declaring that all the corrupt should be hanged. He also sang a “typical RSS song”, as a Hindi TV journalist informed. His supporters had literally taken over the show; it appeared as if the Anna campaign had skidded and Ramdev had successfully hijacked it. “Yes, he tried it. Had he come just to support us, he wouldn’t have engaged in such a drama. When someone tries to hijack something, it shows,” Swami Agnivesh later told Hardnews in April.
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Can the hungry go on a hunger strike? PDF Print E-mail
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27 Aug 2011
By Arundhati Roy

Our country is poised at a dangerous place right now for many reasons. There are all kinds of battles for supremacy. There are real resistances, there are theatrical and false resistances, revolutions from the top, revolutions from the bottom. And sometimes all of this is interpreted by an increasingly hysterical media which doesn't allow space for reflection, for thought, that will only bombard, control the public imagination.

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