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Why are Muslim parties branded as communal? PDF Print E-mail
News from Victims - Minorities

30 October 2014

By Dr. Mustafa Kamal Sherwani,

About 17 or 18 years back, we had a big convention of All India Muslim Forum at Sahkarita Bhavan, Lucknow, in which, Mr. E. Ahamed, M.P. of Indian Union Muslim League was among the prominent participants, and I translated his speech from English to Urdu. As usual, some of the Muslim skeptics had raised the concerns that if ‘Muslim-based’ political parties are established, it may strengthen fascist forces, endanger secular values, alienate the community from the mainstream, and so on, so on.

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Common thread in Gujarat clashes: VHP ‘aiding’ police PDF Print E-mail
News from Victims - StateViolations

9 October 2014

A common thread appears to have emerged from a series of communal incidents in Gujarat over the last two weeks, with residents of the areas affected blaming an alleged nexus between local VHP activists and police in triggering the violence. All the clashes were sparked by crackdowns on the sale of beef during Navratri and Bakrid — the slaughter of cows is banned in Gujarat.

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My book is a form of protest: Arun Ferreira PDF Print E-mail
News from Victims - Prison

5 October 2014

By Kareena Gilani

Colours Of The Cage is an unsparing account of the nearly five years activist Arun Ferreira lost forever in Nagpur Central Jail after being accused of being a Naxalite. In May 2007, Ferreira was forced into a car by 15 men, beaten and blindfolded as he heard his abductors discussed the option of killing him off in an encounter. Till September 2011, Ferreira languished in prison while nine cases were slapped against him.

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India Judicial panel slams Army for human rights violation in Manipur PDF Print E-mail
News from Victims - StateViolations

5 October 2014

Damning reports submitted to the Supreme Court by two panels of judges have confirmed that armed forces personnel were involved in rapes and killing of innocent people in Manipur "under the cover" of the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA).

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Threat triggers exodus of Mahadalits from Bihar village, four sent to jail PDF Print E-mail
News from Victims - Dalits&Tribals

29 September 2014

Hundreds of Mahadalit families have fled their village in Gaya district along with their cattle and other belongings out of fear from upper caste strongmen. The frightened Mahadalit families have taken shelter in a government building, five kilometers from the village, and are under police protection.

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Protesters gear up for Modi events PDF Print E-mail
News from Victims - StateViolations

29 september 2014

Even as excitement surged to a climax for Sunday’s community reception for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Madison Square Garden, protests rallies planned at the event venue appeared to gather momentum, as did a second “Citizens’ Court” protest in Washington, for which an “indictment” was said to have been “served” to the Indian Embassy.

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No Room for 'Alternative Politics' in TS PDF Print E-mail
News from Victims - StateViolations

24 september 2014

Hyderabad: Scores of rights activists, including revolutionary writer Varavara Rao and Jeetan Marandi, folk artiste from Jharkhand, were taken into preventive custody after they tried to hold a seminar here Sunday.

Pratyamnaya Raajakeeya Vedika (Forum for Alternative Politics), a loose conglomeration of different mass organisations and individuals, wanted to mark the 10th anniversary of the formation of the CPI (Maoist) with a seminar at the Sundaraiah Vignana Kendram followed by a rally and a public meeting at the Indira Park in the city on Sunday.

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