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The State Versus Naxals: Who Are Criminals? PDF Print E-mail
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Maoist rally in IndiaInaugurating a three-day long conference of Directors General and Inspectors General of police organized by the Intelligence Bureau, home minister of India P. Chidambaram described terrorist attacks on November 26, 2008 as a “game changer”: “The attacks in Mumbai on November 26, last year were a game changer. We can no longer afford to business as usual.” He pointed out Left Wing Extremism (Naxalism or “Maoism”) as one of the threats to the national security, and the biggest challenge to democracy. The prime minister of India also said that the Maoist movement was India’s gravest security threat. In June 2009 the government labeled Naxal group a terrorist organization.

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A tribute to Prof Iqbal Ansari: an undefeatable spirit for Human Rights PDF Print E-mail
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Dr.Iqbal A AnsariProf Iqbal Ansari, the one man army of documentation of facts related to issues of Muslims in India passed away on October 13th in his home town of Aligarh, where he grew up and developed a vast treasure of friends working on human rights all over the country. Even those who might have disagreed with some of his over emphasized and simplistic observations, would not disagree with a fact that he was overwhelming concerned about the growing animosity on the Hindu-Muslim unity, a subject which was very dear to him and brought him constant touch with country’s respected human rights activists, peace activists for India-Pakistan friendship as well as all those who were deeply concerned of the growth of the Hindu fundamentalism in India as a counter to Islamic fundamentalism growing elsewhere.

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Tearing down the wall of caste : Navi Pillay PDF Print E-mail
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The following is an article written by  Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, after she recieved a piece of brick from a demolished dry latrine from a Dalit activist Wilson Bezwada as a symbolic gesture of the global struggle against manual scavenging.
The High Commissioner receives a piece of brick from a demolished dry latrine from Dalit activist Wilson Bezwada as a symbolic gesture of the global struggle against manual scavenging.

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Caste Discrimination in India and Nepal PDF Print E-mail
Dalits and Tribals

India's official stand

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Today I Dismantled my Gods PDF Print E-mail
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HindutvaYesterday was Vijaya Dashami, the Day of Victory that completes the nine-day Hindu Navaratri celebration of the Goddess in all her aspects and manifestations. In mythology, Vijaya Dashami marks the final triumph of the Goddess, after nine days of battle, over the demon Mahishasur. It also marks the start of the harvest season, and invokes the Divine Mother as all the powers of fertility and the life-giving gifts of the earth.

I stand firmly, fiercely, and unequivocally against the global rise of Hindu fundamentalism. In 2002, in the wake of the Gujurat massacres, I wrote Today I Dismantled My Gods (which appears in my poetry collection Shilling Love) and performed it across the US to raise awareness and funds for the survivors.

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