Chhattisgarh must investigate allegations of dispossession of Adivasi land through coercion, cheating

 

Amnesty International India

Press Release

The Chhattisgarh police must conduct a prompt, independent and impartial investigation into allegations by over 80 Adivasi villagers in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh that they had been unlawfully dispossessed of their lands by people acting as agents for two private companies.

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On 14 June, 81 Adivasi women and men tried to file First Information Reports at the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Welfare Special Police Station in Raigarh, alleging that they had been forced into selling their land – as a result of threats, intimidation, coercion, and misinformation - to agents of TRN Energy and Mahavir Energy Coal Beneficiation Limited (MECBL), operating in collusion with local land registration officials. The police accepted the complaints but refused to register First Information Reports and stated that they would first conduct a ‘preliminary enquiry’ to determine if a cognizable offence had been committed. Under India’s Code of Criminal Procedure, a preliminary inquiry is required to be concluded within 15 days, or six weeks in exceptional situations.

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Oppose the scrapping of financial aid to SC, ST students in TISS

 

 

ASA TISS

Statement Against the arbitrary note by Registrar (TISS) deciding to discontinue DH and Hostel to eligible GoI-PMS SC/ST students

"Lack of education leads to lack of wisdom, which leads to lack of morals,

which leads to lack of progress, which leads to lack of money,

which leads to the oppression of the lower classes.

See what state of the society one lack of education can cause!"

~ Jyotirao Phule

Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, which is a fully centrally funded public educational deemed university located in Mumbai and has three more campuses in Tuljapur, Hyderabad and Guwahati. According to the institute data presented during Convocation 2017, there are around 5000 students studying in the four campuses under the Masters, MPhil and PhD Programs. The institute came up with a circular dated 25th May 2017 stating that the institute will not support SC, ST and OBC students apart from tuition fees. The reason for this arbitrary decision was given as the 20 crores of deficit that has not been paid (whose accountability is not totally in public domain) by various ministries of Social Justice and Empowerment, Ministry of Tribal Affairs and other ministries of state governments. This is not the first time when TISS has introduced such a move. In 2013, a similar notification was brought by the institute, but was rolled back after protests by students. In 2015, the institute decided to stop financial support given to OBC students. In 2016, it stopped non-NET fellowship for the research scholars. Also, in the same year, they did not reimburse the field expenses of the many students belonging to SC and ST categories.

The current TISS administration's interim circular in the beginning of the semester without prior notification or any mention in the prospectus is not only arbitrary but also a deliberate attempt to exert sudden financial pressure on the GoI beneficiaries of all campuses leading them to a state of financial helplessness. The larger section of the student community is against this decision. This arbitrary decision leads to the questioning of the ill motive of administration and leads to the following questions: Why was this not informed in the prospectus itself? and suddenly payment of DH and Hostel fees is demanded from the students to secure admission. If the second year students were admitted as per GoI norms (which was mentioned in the prospectus) then why the policy change overnight and the student should has to pay the concern fees?

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How UPSC snatched 3 IAS seats from SC to reserve them for upper castes?

 

S Kumar

Three IAS seats may look small in the total of 1099 finally selected candidates but let's look at statistics to understand how big 3 IAS seats are.

A total of about 11 Lac candidates applied for the UPSC Civil Services 2016 examination and finally, 1099 successful candidates were selected. Every applicant applying for Civil Services exam dreams of becoming an IAS, which has only 150 seats and among those 150 seats only 90 seats are general category open seats. So, we are talking about 3 seats from 11 lac applicants and 90 general category open seats within 150 total IAS seats. That is 2% of total IAS seats and above 3% of all open category IAS seats. The readers can understand the importance of 3 seats among 1099 considering that a significant number of successful candidates not getting IAS during allocation process decide to write the Civil Service examination again the following year to get the coveted IAS.

During this examination, three SC candidates were among the top 90 candidates in the written results. However, none of them possibly can get among the open category IAS seats, just because they were given such low interview marks that they can get IAS seat only within the reserved category seats, and thus leaving the seats for upper castes in the open category.

The top 3 SC candidates based on the written results are following:

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The above details do not provide the complete insight of the conspiracy. Let's look at more details of how these 3 fared among other candidates.

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साऊ_रमाई बूक बँक विहार_तेथे_ग्रंथालय उपक्रम

Bhagyesha Kurane

kuraneपुर्वाश्रमीचा अस्पृश्य समाज आजही ग्रामीण भागात मोठ्या प्रमाणात रहिवास करताना आढळतो.तसेच यापैकी ज्या जनसमुदायाने रोजगाराच्याशोधात शहरी भागामध्ये स्थलांतर केलेले आहे अशा समुदायापैकी जवळपास 70% समाज आजही झोपड़पट्टी भागात रहिवास करताना आढळतो.उर्वरित शैक्षणिक संधीचा हकदार वर्ग शहराच्या मध्यवस्तीमध्ये स्थिरावलेला दिसतो.निम्नस्तरीय झोपड़पट्टी व शहराच्या मध्यवस्तीत राहाणाऱ्या समाजामध्ये एक आर्थिक सामाजिक दरी कायम दिसून येते.झोपड़पट्टी भाग , वस्त्यांमध्ये राहाणाऱ्या समाजात शिक्षणाबाबत उदासीनता,शैक्षणिक संधींबाबत अनभिज्ञता,मार्गदर्शनाचा अभाव आढळून येतो.व याचेच पर्यावसन मग बेरोज़गारी,व्यसनाधीनता,दारिद्र्य,गुन्हेगारी यामध्ये झालेले आढळते.या वस्तीमध्ये राहाणाऱ्या तरुण वर्गाचे प्रबोधन कशाप्रकारे घडवून आणू शकतो , याबाबत विचार सुरू होता व या मधूनच साऊ रमाई बूक बँकेची संकल्पना अस्तित्वात आली. 

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An Appeal by Adivasi Dalit Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh

 

Adivasi Dalit Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh

Appeal by Adivasi Dalit Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh

Raigarh
13 June 2017

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Dear friends in Media and Civil Society,

Displacement without consent is a crime! Please come and support the Adivasi struggle against the illegal dispossession of their lands by companies and land mafia.
On 14 June 2017 around 100 Adivasis of villages Bhengari, Khokhroama, Katangdih, and Nawapara (Tenda) will be invoking their Constitutional and statutory rights and approaching the SC ST Welfare (Special) Police Station, Raigarh to submit complaints against the illegal dispossession of their lands that has occurred through threats, intimidation, coercion, and misinformation, and to request the registration of FIRs against the accused.

 Adivasis are encouraged by the 8 May direction of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes to officials in Raigarh to take action under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 in cases wherein the land of tribal people was transferred illegally. We are also encouraged by the Supreme Court judgment on the mandatory registration of FIRs in Lalitha Kumari vs Govt. of U.P. & Ors.

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Caste in the UK - British Government Seeks Answers from Indian Community

 

Round Table India 

If Hindus migrate to other regions on earth, Indian caste would become a world problem.
~ Babasaheb Dr. BR Ambedkar, Castes in India (1916)

A new initiative by activists in the UK to combat caste: http://casteintheuk.org/

This website has been started in the wake of the UK government's announcement calling for an open and public consultation on Caste in Great Britain and Equality Law to ensure there is adequate legal protection against caste-based unlawful discrimination. The government needs to hear from the UK residents – of South Asian origins and others – as to how individuals and groups should be protected against discrimination on caste grounds.

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As predicted by Babasaheb, with the mass migration of Hindus to other countries, caste has become a global problem. One of the countries which face strongest caste discrimination is the UK. Several newspaper reports and academic works address the caste problem in the UK.

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Global Bahujan Movement - Dr. Manisha Bangar's North America Tour April - May 2017

 

Round Table India

Dr. Manisha Bangar has just returned from a trip to the US and Canada, where she gave a series of talks about Ambedkarism, and the state of the caste struggle in India. Dr. Bangar is a leading organizer of Mulniwasi Bahujans of India (the Indigenous majority population). Currently serving as National Vice President of BAMCEF (Backward and Minority Communities Employees Federation), she is former National Vice President of Mulniwasi Sangh and National President of Mulniwasi Mahila Sangh the mass based offshoot wings of BAMCEF.

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A good orator, freelance writer and poetess, she has continued to speak for more than a decade at Universities, Civil/Human Rights and Phule Ambedkarite Organizations, both Nationally and Internationally (USA, UK, Europe and Middle East) including the United Nations on issues of Caste, Gender Equality, Health and Education rights, Comparative Religious thought and Phuley, Periyar, Ambedkar ideology. Even as global organizations and foreign governments are taking cognizance and condemning India's shameful caste system, India is reeling under recent spate of caste atrocities against Dalits and Adivasis.

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Mayor Pro-Tempore of the city of Manteca, California, Gary Singh presenting Dr. Manisha Bangar with the "Global Bahujan Award"

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