Skip to main content

It's state-sponsored terrorism in MP, alleges civil society team: BJP govt "learnt nothing" from 1998 firing under Congress

By Our Representative
The high-level civil society delegation, which visited Madhya Pradesh for an on-the-spot inquiry into the overall situation resulting from the June 6 police firing in Mandsaur, has said that democratic rights and human rights are “at an unbelievable low” in the state, and it seems “Constitution the laws of India seem not to apply here.”
In a note prepared by it following the visit and interacting with villagers, it says, “The heinous and brutal killing of a farmer by beating and torture in the hands of police, after the gunning down of five farmers is unbelievably shocking and can only be termed state-sponsored terrorism.”
It adds, this shows the state government “has learnt no lesson from the findings of the commissions that investigated the Multai firing (on January 12, 1998) during the Congress regime, when 23 farmers were brutally gunned down.”
Wondering whether Madhya Pradesh has ceded from the Union of India, the note, pointing towards how the police and the civil administration have been keeping "strong surveillance" over farmers, says, the team was “illegally stopped from visiting Mandsaur and arrested”, despite the fact that those who formed part of it – Medha Patkar, Swami Agnivesh, Yogendra Yadav and Avik Saha – have had “lifelong adherence to peace and non-violence.”
The note further says, “In the agitation-free Neemuch district, police illegally prevent Yogendra Yadav, Dr. Sunilam, Avik Saha and Ajit Yadav from interacting with villagers, using sheer brute force to push them out of Madhya Pradesh into Rajasthan.”
The note says, there is “complete break-down of rule of law” and “reign of terror” prevails in the districts affected by farmers’ agitation as also surrounding locations, which were “cordoned off”.
“Independent persons and agencies were barred entry while full might of state appears to be influencing and torturing witnesses to the murder of farmers by police, causing disappearance of material evidence and running an extortion racket by intimidation”, the note alleges.
Giving reasons for this state of affairs, the note says, there is “already un-remunerative and further downward spiraling prices of all produce, despite Madhya Pradesh reporting highest agricultural growth in the country and winning prizes”, and this “seems to have lead to widespread discontent.”
Pointing out that the state government’s “inaction” in this crisis has fuelled the unrest, the note says, the situation has been worst confounded because of the “slowdown of purchasing power of traders in mandis due to demonetization.”
According to the note, “Local reports complained of extreme bureaucracy at mandis and looming threat of disentitlement of rights; e.g. compulsory registration of seller-farmers only through aadhaar, downgrading of ration entitlement under public distribution system (PDS) ration if sales above 50 quintals made”, and so on.
“Drought of two consecutive years has severely depleted the farmers and have led to the 4th highest farmers’ suicides in the country in 2015”, the note says, adding, “With added pressure of loan repayment and almost 50% price fall in produce, farmers have reached the end of their tether”.

Comments

TRENDING

Telangana govt proposes to give unfettered powers to forest officials, 'help' corporates

By Dr Palla Trinadha Rao*
The Telangana Government is contemplating to replace the Telangana Forest Act 1967 with a new law - the Telangana Forest Act (TFA) 2019, trampling the rights of adivasis ensured under the Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 (FRA Act 2006) and Panchayats Extension to Schedule Area (PESA) Act 1996 both of which are central acts.

Lynching as state terror? Complete dearth of 'political will' to deal with mob violence

By Fr Cedric Prakash sj*
On Friday July 5, thousands of people had gathered at a rally in Surat to protest against the growing mob lynching incidents in different parts of the country. There are different interpretations at what happened during the rally: with police blaming the rallyists and those in the rally blaming the police for using teargas shells upon them without any reason.

RSS, Hindu Mahasabha were 'subservient' to British masters: Nagpur varsity VC told

Counterview Desk
Well-known political scientist Shamsul Islam, associate professor (retired), University of Delhi, in an open letter to the vice-chancellor of the Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, Dr Siddharthavinayaka P Kane, has taken strong exception to the varsity decision to include RSS’ “role” in nation building in the syllabus of the BA (history) course, citing instances to say that the RSS ever since its birth in 1925 with its Hindutva allies like Hindu Mahasabha led by VD Savarkar worked overtime to “betray the glorious anti-colonial freedom struggle”.

One lakh schools closed down, draft policy 'seeks' commercialisation: Whither RTE?

By Our Representative
A national consultation on the new draft National Education Policy (NEP) with senior experts, teachers’ association representatives and other stakeholders at the India International Centre in New Delhi on July 11, organised by the Right to Education (RTE) Forum, has expressed serious concern over curtailment in the budgeted expenditure on education year after year, even as closure of more than one lakh schools over the "last few years."

British companies export 'deadly' asbestos to India, other countries from offshore offices

By Rajiv Shah
“The Sunday Times”, which forms part of the powerful British daily, “The Times”, has raised the alarm that though the “deadly” asbestos is banned in Britain, companies registered in United Kingdom, and operating from other countries, “are involved in shipping it to developing nations”, especially India. India, Brazil, Russia and China account for almost 80% of the asbestos consumed globally every year, it adds.

Mental health: India's 95% patients "deprived" of medical care, treatment gap 70%

By Moin Qazi*
Among the many challenges India faces, the most underappreciated is the ongoing mental health crisis. Mental illness is actually India’s ticking bomb. An estimated 56 million Indians suffer from depression, and 38 million from anxiety disorders. For those who suffer from mental illness, life can seem like a terrible prison from which there is no hope of escape; they are left forlorn and abandoned, stigmatized, shunned and misunderstood.

Gender budgeting? Govt of India allocates just 2.1%, 0.73% for SC, ST women

By Rajiv Shah
The National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR), one of the most influential all-India Dalit rights networks, has taken strong exception to the manner in which the Government of India has undermined Gender Responsive Budgeting in the Union Budget 2019-20 for scheduled castes (SCs) and scheduled tribes (STs), pointing towards “wide gaps” between the goals and the situational reality of “the Dalit and Adivasi women on the ground.”

UN report notes 'suppression' of Kashmiri independence groups in Pakistan

By Our Representative
A top United Nations (UN) body has suggested that the intense fervour of Kashmiri nationalism isn’t just sweeping the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) state but is equally strong in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), pointing towards how the Pak authorities have been seeking to suppress it by placing restrictions on rights to freedoms of expression and opinion, assembly and association on every section of PoK’s population.

Campaign 'victory': Bihar considers ban on asbestos, carcinogenic to humans

Counterview Desk
In a major victory for anti-asbestos campaigners, the Bihar government has said that it is considering an immediate ban on use of asbestos&based products of all kinds in the state. Speaking in the state assembly, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar insisted on the need to taking a strong policy decision against carcinogenic asbestos factories.
A communication, meanwhile, has been forwarded  to the health secretary by Kumar, referring to concerns of Dr Gopal Krishna, who heads the Ban Asbestos Network of India (BANI) "on hazardous asbestos factories to the health department." Krishna said that the health department should looking into the demand for the creation of a register of victims of asbestos related diseases.
He added, the government should also create a register asbestos laden buildings and products in general and a probe on the health status of workers, their families and communities linked to and in proximity of the two units of asbestos factories…

Satellite data 'identify' Gujarat's Mundra among 6 of India's top air pollution hotspots

By Rajiv Shah
A fresh study, which analyzes data between February 2018 and May 2019, obtained from Tropomi, a satellite instrument on board the Dutch Copernicus Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite, has warned that coal-fired power plants and industrial clusters are India’s “worst nitrogen oxides (NOx) hotspots” contributing hugely to air pollution in Sonbhadra-Singrauli in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, Korba in Chhattisgarh, Talcher in Odisha, Chandrapur in Maharashtra, Mundra in Gujarat and Durgapur in West Bengal.