Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Out of Congress, Vaghela,77, declares himself Gujarat CM candidate of new non-party outfit, claims "wide" support

By Our Representative
On being ousted from the Congress for voting for BJP candidates for the Rajya Sabha Amit Shah and Balwantsinh Rajput, former Leader of Opposition Shankarsinh Vaghela, aged 77, has suddenly found that there is something fundamentally wrong with the Indian party system, and it has befallen upon him to reform it.

Delhi Muslims vent their anger: Why did Kejriwal want Urdu school running in Eidgah to be closed down?, they ask

The Urdu school
By Our Representative
A hostile statement made by the Aam Admi Party (AAP) lawyer, in a proceeding relating to allotment of land and building to a minority Urdu medium institution, does not appear to have gone down well amongst the Muslims of Delhi. A large section this correspondent interacted with asked whether AAP is willing to deliver its promises magnanimously made by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Gujarat authorities try to block Karwan-e-Mohabbat's campaign for peace, speakers notice atmosphere of fear

The caravan bus
By Our Representative
Karwan-e-Mohabbat, led by well-known bureaucrat-turned-human rights activist Harsh Mander, reached Ahmedabad on Monday from Rajasthan amidst surprising revelation circles in Gujarat government allegedly pressurised owners of halls across Ahmedabad not to provide a space to hold to an open dialogue with citizens on why it is necessary as never before to bring about rapprochement and peace between different communities.

NGO posts 1 lakh postcards to Gujarat CM, submits plea to 33 district collectors to set up state minorities dept

A minority ghetto in Ahmedabad
By Our Representative
A minority rights civil society organization has asked the Gujarat government to set up an independent minorities’ welfare department. Currently, all minority-related activities fall under the social justice and empowerment department of the state government, one reason why, the NGO, Minority Coordination Committee (MCC), feels there is no focused approach to ameliorate their plight.

Three BJP chief ministers, 2000 Varanasi priests didn't attend Modi's Narmada dam birthday bash; it failed: NBA

By Our Representative
In a statement issued in the aftermath of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday bash, Medha Patkar, leader of the anti -dam movement Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA), has said the "dedication of the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) to the nation" on September 17 "was a complete failure", as the chief ministers of Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh did not turn up for the grand ceremony.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

70% of Gujarat's resettled Narmada oustees not happy, 54% want to go back, 82% don't have pucca houses: Study

Gujarat oustees' protest a year ago
By Our Representative
A London School of Economics and Political Science research, carried out by two Indian researchers, SA Ayiar, an economic journalist with the Cato Institute, and Prof Neeraj Kaushal of the Columbia University, has suggested 70% of the Narmada dam oustees who were sent packing to resettlement : colonies in late 1980s and early 1990s may still not happy with their living conditions.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Operating in tin sheds from Eidgah, razed during Emergency, give Delhi Urdu school land, building: HC orders

By Our Representative
Acting Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court division bench Gita Mittal has asked the lieutenant governor (LG), Delhi, to restore the Urdu-medium Qaumi Senior Secondary School, demolished nearly four decades ago, during Emergency, asking the Delhi government to find a place for rebuilding it. It is currently being run on borrowed land of the Delhi Eidgah ground in tin sheds.

Gujarat farmers' leader writes to Japanese PM Abe on human rights "violations" in state amidst local protests

Dholera SIR farmers on fast
By Our Representative
Even as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Ahmedabad after agreeing to fund the Rs 1 lakh crore bullet train and promising huge Japanese investments in the Delhi-Mumbai Investment Region (DMIC), farmers across Gujarat protested against the move, saying the Japanese money would take away their land.