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Greenpeace warns Govt of India: Stage is set for a bout between an ant and an elephant

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Well-known environmental NGO Greenpeace India, which faced Government of India ire for opposing corporate houses allegedly polluting the atmosphere and “looting” natural resources, has said that “shut-up or shut-down” is the “new law of the land” in India. In a scathing commentary, Rahul Prasad, a Greenpeace communications campaigner, believes, though Greenpeace’s bank accounts were frozen in October 2018, blocking donations of thousands of environmentally conscious Indian citizens, the clampdown on the NGO would only boomerang.
Already, Prasad says, the Karnataka High Court order has allowed the organization to access its funds on furnishing a bank guarantee of Rs 50 lakhs, directing the ED to expedite the investigation. Meanwhile, he adds, the Enforcement Directorate of the Government of India has begun to drag its feet over the investigations, forcing the organization “to resort to a massive downsizing and restructuring exercise due to paucity of funds.”
However, s…

Telangana's deleted voters: "Hidden danger" in signing forms meant for first time voters

By Our Representative
In a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), Election Commission of India (ECI), Delhi, several political activists, including Magsaysay award winner Sandeep Pandey, have objected to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Telengana, offering Form 6 for deleted voters, which they say is “meant for new voters that has self-declaration clause under s.132 of Representative of People’s Act (RPA), invoking punishment if already has been in the voter list at least once.
According to them, “We have been asking for segregated list of deleted re-registered vis-a-vis first time new voters”, yet the demand has “not been heeded”, adding, “We have been asking for restoration of unauthorized deleted voters and not for fresh registration as new voter in Form 6. But this was overlooked.”
Signed by Pandey, Lubna Sarwath, who contested the Telengana assembly elections this year, Chakri S, and Guru Moorthy all belonging to the Socialist Party (India), the letter to the CEC s…

Not an accidental PM: Dr Singh was actually part of the ruling political dispensation

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat*
The propaganda machinery of the Sangh Parivar is on full swing. One is now being forced to consume loads of information about 'Accidental Prime Minister', and both the government and BJP's social media cell are on an overdrive to promote it. Let me clarify: This is not meant to defend Dr Manmohan Singh or Sonia Gandhi or Narendra Modi, but to point towards issues of accountability and responsibilities of elected representatives.

Ghalib’s Delhi mansion, engulfed in darkness for 364 days, "remembered" on his birthday

By Our Representative
It is indeed lamentable that in this age of communication boom and the onslaught of self-centricity, people appear to have forgotten Mirza Ghalib, about whom, once well-known English novelist Graham Greene wrote that he happens to be the best poet in all languages in terms of thought content. His three-day 221st birth anniversary, “Yadgar-e-Ghalib”, was celebrated in Delhi by Ghalib Memorial Movement under the patronage of renowned Kathak dancer Uma Sharma and other eminent citizens, ending with candle light march on December 30 in Delhi.

Attempt to curb minorities, Dalits may further escalate tension: Lesson from 2018

By Sheshu Babu*
As the New Year draws closer, there is an increase of tensions on caste and communal lines. The Naseeruddin Shah affair has not yet subsided, and another instance of repression took place in Mumbai. The dashing dalit leader Chandrasekhar Azad 'Ravan', who was invited to address a rally on December 29, wanted to use the opportunity to visit Dr BR Ambedkar Memorial in Mumbai at Chaitanya Bhoomi.

Govt of India "bent on selling off" coast to corporates, "eliminate" fishing communities

By Our Representative
The National Fishworkers Forum (NFF), apex body of fisherfolks' organizations, has said that the Government of India, by giving the cabinet approval to the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification 2018, has turned a deaf ear to the protests and objections raised by the thousands of fishing communities, concerned organisations and individuals from all around the coast and the country.
"The sole purpose of the Government of India in drafting and approving the CRZ 2018 Notification has been to pave way to further sell off our coastal land and water to corporate and business houses by removing restrictions on constructions and activities detrimental to coastal natural resources", it said.
Signed by Narendra R Patil, chairperson, and T Peter, general secretary, NFF statement said, "The CRZ 2011 process guaranteed not only environmental protection and livelihood security, but also was a reminder of the robust democratic processes and engagements …

Neo-blacks of Bharat? What happens when "libtard sickular" happens to be a Muslim

By Liaquath Mirza*
So, we have veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah in the news again. No, it's not in connection with any of his movie projects or even his personal life. He is in the news because he wronged the "right" with his 'intolerant' uttering on intolerance.

Morari Bapu, who has installed new statues of Ram, Laxman, Hanuman without weapons

By Sandeep Pandey*
A saint is one who can give some inner peace by his/her voice. This will happen only when s(he) will talk about love and harmony. Morari Bapu is one saint who has been conveying the message of love, peace, harmony, fraternity, etc. Today when a number of saffron clad figures with aggressive posture, spewing venom, fanning hatred to polarise voters are at the forefront of politics of Hindutva it is a relief to see Morari Bapu in a different mould.

NBA's women activists "succeed" in putting an end to tree cutting spree in Narmada valley

By Our Representative
Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) women activists on Friday succeeded in putting a stop to tree cutting spree, going on in a village near Indore city in Madhya Pradesh. This followed a complaint they lodged with the forest official about chopping of trees in village Nandgaon. The official called for contractor, who was involved in indiscriminate tree cutting in this village of Narmada valley over the last 15 days.
The contractor would bring with him three tree cutting diesel machines and other equipment and 12 labourers from Dewas district, chopping off, among others, 50 to 100 years old trees. "He must have transported more than 80 quintals of wood out of the village in the last 15 days", an NBA source said, adding, "Thousands of quintals of wood have been cut in other villages of the valley. Green cover of the Narmada valley has been hit badly."
The NBA source added, "Following NBA activists' complaint, the contractor first agreed to …

Govt of India must stop criminalization of traditional Hijra livelihoods: NAPM

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India's top civil society network, National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM), in a statement signed by senior social activists* led by Medha Patkar, have demanded thst Parliament must "urgently review" two legislations on transgender person's rights and anti-trafficking.

"Politics" of rural votebank: Farmers 60% of India's population, account for 15% suicides

By Mohan Guruswamy*
The suicide of an indebted farmer has now become a nauseating stage drama by politicians and journalists of all hues. They see votes, viewerships and readerships in farmer suicides. Few of them seem to understand the reality that has overtaken farming in India. Though almost 60% of the population is still dependent on it, agriculture’s share of the Gross Domestic Product has declined to just 13% and is falling fast. Very simply, it means that farming only ensures greater relative poverty.

India's gender wage gap "highest" in world, but financial divide now "narrowing"

By Moin Qazi*
Men and women should own the world as a mutual possession. -- Pearl S Buck
Gender inequality is not only a pressing moral and social issue but also a critical economic challenge. McKinsey Global Institute report finds that $12 trillion could be added to global GDP by 2025 by advancing women’s equality. India continues to fare badly in gender parity and that is bad news because leaving half the population behind would.

Uttarakhand High Court: Biodiversity boards can impose fees on Ramdev's Divya Pharmacy

By Mridhu Tandon
In a significant decision, the Uttarakhand High Court on December 21, 2018 has dismissed the writ petition filed by Divya Pharmacy founded by Baba Ramdev and Acharya Balakrishnan, challenging the demand of the Uttarakhand Biodiversity Board (UBB) imposing fees under the provisions of the Fair and Equitable Benefit Sharing (FEBS).

Most statutory bodies "fail" to react to security forces occupying Jharkhand tribal schools

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Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS), a well-known women's rights organization, has taken strong exception to nine schools and two panchayat bhawans in Khunti, Murhu, Arki, Badgaon villages of Khunti and Chaibasa districts of Jharkhand being "continuously occupied by security forces since June 2018."

To Mao, people's health was prerequisite for class struggle to "neutralise" the right

By Sheshu Babu*
Mao Zedong (December 26, 1893 - September 9, 1976) has been criticized for his policies, particularly by western media and writers. However, there is also the view that his philosophy contains human values, too, which are valuable to people. One of the most cited quotation by Mao in this context is his speech at Peking in 1957, where he said, “Letting a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools of thought contend is the policy for promoting progress in the arts and the science and a flourishing socialist culture in the land" (www.phrases.org.uk).

"Failure" to fill up Central Information Commission posts: Activists protest in Delhi

By Our Representative
Hundreds of activists on Wednesday protested outside the Central Information Commission (CIC) Bhawan in Munirka, New Delhi, against the non-appointment of information commissioners against the failure of the Government of India to fill up eight vacant posts of information commissioners, including that of the Chief Information Commissioner, out of the total strenght of 11. The previous Chief Information Commissioner, RK Mathur, retired on November 24, 2018 and since then the CIC is without a chief.

#CHECKIT programme launched in Hederabad to decode fake news

By Our Representative
Hyderabad-based NGO Confederation of Voluntary Associations (COVA) has begun a new project #CHECKIT to address and counter fake news in order to sensitize and educate people to delink the perceived legitimacy of all printed word and broadcasted messages, and also to verify veracity before accepting and forwarding messages to others, especially on social media.
Partnered with faith groups, educational institutions, newspapers, TV channels and organizations working with communities to leverage their outreach to thousands of people on a regular basis to propagate about the phenomenon and dangers of fake news, the project seeks to encourage people to speak and publicize decoded statements, photos, videos etc., and share them to expose fake news.
#CHECKIT’s one-day training programme was inaugurated by K Srinivas Reddy, editor, “Telangana Today”, and Sister BK Anjali from Brahma Kumaris. While highlighting the present scenario in India, Srinivas explained how media …

Salt factory causing pollution closed following Gujarat Lok Samiti intervention

By Our Representative
Thanks to active intervention of the Gujarat Lok Samiti, a Gandhian civil rights organization, and its leaders Nita Mahadev and Mudita Vidrohi, a salt factory situated in Jarvala village in Patdi taluka of Surendranagar district, Gujarat, allegedly causing immense harm to environment, land and water has been closed.
Running for many years, a statement by Mahadev says, the factory caused the people of the village immense problems, with serious consequences to farming and land and water pollution. People of the village tried to find a solution to this in different ways, but to no avail.
Three months ago, the statement adds, the villagers contacted the Gujarat Lok Samiti. Mahadev and Vidrohi tried to understand the situation by doing an on-the-spot inquiry. They found the situation very serious.Citing various studied, including Supreme Court verdicts, people, with the help of the civil rights organization, began negotiating with the Gujarat Pollution Control Board…

Sandwiched between electoral "betrayal", anti-India thrust, Kashmiris lurch for change

By Raqif Makhdoomi*
The conflict in Kashmir has reached a point where any new prospect offered to people makes many of them confused. The reason is that they have witnessed many ups and downs since the beginning that it has become hard for them to trust in any new idea. They have been subjected to so many changes -- be they elections or anti-India direction. If elections got them betrayal, anti-India thrust led to the spillage of blood of innocents.

Raghuram Rajan, others: Right to Education "unnecessary, disruptive" for low-cost private, government schools

By Our Representative
In a surprising comment, a group of leading economists, who include former Reserve Bank of India governor Raghunath Rajan, has said that the Right to Education (RTE) law’s “input based” approach to education quality is “unlikely to succeed”. Pointing out that “extensive evidence” suggests most school inputs are “neither necessary nor sufficient for improving learning outcomes”, the economists say, “RTE has led to an unnecessary and disruptive closure of several low-cost private schools that parents were choosing of their own accord.” Noting that “in many cases, even government schools are in violation of these input-based norms”, the economists recommend “repealing all input-based mandates for schools under the RTE (for both public and private schools) and changing the approach to regulation of private schools based on transparency and disclosure as opposed to input-based mandates.”The comment has been made in the widely-reported “An Economic Strategy for India”…

Noteban: Harvard, Goldman Sachs scholars bemoan lack of "authentic" growth data

By Rajiv Shah
In a sharp observation, scholars of a recent high-profile study, "Cash and the Economy: Evidence from India's Demonetization", whose results have been widely reported, have bemoaned: That there is lack of authentic official data on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with the Government of India, forcing them to use “nightlights data”, a methodology usually adopted by top international scholars to assess socio-economic growth in highly underdeveloped countries of East Africa and parts of Asia, where no authentic ground level surveys are available to assess development.

Demand to take legal action against Vadodara industries discharging untreated waste

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Gujarat's senior environmentalists, Rohit Prajapati and Krishnakant of the Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti, Vadodara, in a letter addressed to the Union environment and forests secretary, with copies to senior office bearers of the Central Pollution Control Board and the Gujarat Pollution Control Board, the Gujarat chief secretary, and other Government of India and Gujarat government officials, have demanded that a chemical emergency should be declared in the industrial cluster of Vadodara district.

Goa's rural children "can't go to school" because of mining dumps on roads

By Our Representative
As many as 70 children of Sonshi village and other neighbouring villages in Goa have allegedly “stuck” in their homes and are “unable to go to school”, as mining companies after the mining operations came to a standstill following a Supreme Court order. No transport is available to these children to go to school, as roads are “inaccessible due to mining dumps placed near Soshi and other villages.
The issue came up for discussion at a district level consultation on Children in Mining Area, Illegal Mining, District Mineral Fund (DMF) and Future Generation Fund, organized by civil rights organizations Samata, mines minerals and people (mm&P) and Setu at Honda Panchayat, Sattari, Goa on December 22, 2018.
Participants said, mining children are nobody’s children and are falling through the cracks, as they are mostly ignored by all the concerned child welfare departments, government authorities, unaware of the mining children’s inclusion in the respective departm…

Gujarat govt holding programmes on Christmas to "undermine" religious fraternity: MCC

By Our Representative
Gujarat's civil rights organization, Minority Coordination Committee (MCC), has strongly protested against the Gujarat government decision to hold government functions on December 25, 2018, which happens to be Christmas. In a letter to Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani, MCC convener Mujahid Nafees has said December 25 is the day on which Lord Jesus Christ was born and government programmes have been organized "deliberately to undermine the great occasion for the Christians."
Nafees added, festivals of different religions are observed across India so as to promote love, friendship and understanding among people belonging to different faiths. "However, the state government has behaved in a way that religious fraternity among different religions gets weakened. We strongly condemn this kind of attitude.”

Reports prepared under UPA to provide land to Dalit, Adivasi tillers "put on backburner"

By PS Krishnan*
A national centrally-funded programme of universal agricultural land distribution to all rural scheduled caste (SC) or Dalit families, and also all rural scheduled (ST) or Adivasi and non-SC-non-ST landless agricultural labour families – and along with them, to all rural landless and poor agricultural labour families – would fulfill the promise of “land to the tiller” of the pre-Independence nationalist movement for Independence.

Kaiga NPP expansion: Karnataka to get just 400 MW, but lose thick forest, fresh water

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In an open letter to the chairman and members of the Atomic energy Commission (AEC) on the issue of Kaiga nuclear power plant (NPP) expansion plan in Karnataka, Shankar Sharma, well-known power policy analyst, has argued that that in case of expansion, the site will face “exponential increase in radiation emission risks”, underlining, “Nuclear safety experts identify such a scenario as enhanced risk for NPPs with multiple reactors and shared technical facilities."
Sharma says the questions that also be asked whether Karnataka should lose more than 54 hectares of thick forests and about 152,304 cubic meters of fresh water per day from Kali river for a meager benefit of 400 MW from the Kaiga NPP, for which “there are many benign alternative options available for the state at much lower overall costs to the state.”
Text of the letter: This has reference to the public hearing under the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Rule 2006 of Ministry of Environment, Fore…

Bulandshahr: 82 ex-officers seek Allahabad HC intervention, Yogi resignation

Counterview Desk Even as demanding Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath's resignation for acting as "a high priest of the agenda of bigotry and majoritarian supremacy" following the murder of inspector Subodh Singh in Bulandshahr on December 3, allegedly instigated and engineered by cow vigilantes, 82 retired civil servants in a statement have said, the state's bureaucracy under the Chief Secretary and the top police administration should abide by their "constitutional duty to fearlessly implement the rule of law rather than the perverse dictates of their political masters."

Greenpeace decides to work with skeleton staff following ED raid: Climate change will "suffer"

By Our Representative
Greenpeace India said it has decided to reduce its "core strength" to 20-25 people following the Enforcement Directorate’s freezing of its accounts. In a statement, Diya Deb, its Campaign Director, said, “We do not understand the reason for this continuous and relentless harassment against the organisation. This is not an attack on just Greenpeace India, but on the choices of thousands of Indians, who are supporting the fight against climate change."
Greenpeace India’s bank accounts were frozen following a raid by the Enforcement Directorate at the organisation’s Bangalore office on October 5, 2018. On November 5, the Karnataka High Court ordered the ED to expedite the investigation against Greenpeace India and allowed the organisation to access its accounts on furnishing a bank guarantee of Rs 50 lakh.
"With this kind of arrangement, the organisation’s funds stand to run dry and requires the organisation to cut-down on its operations and sta…

Nasiruddeen Shah "mustn't" stop speaking: Silence in these times would be "criminal"

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat*
What Naseeruddin Shah said the other day was the reflection of the fear humanists and secularists have in all those societies which are today polarising on religious identities. It is easier to get around that and cry. The cinema in India has remained a vehicle for the Brahmanical hegemony over culture till date, with its leading lights behaving spinelessly before the power-that-be, even as getting benefits from it.

"Nothing" has changed 50 yrs on after 44 Dalits were charred to death in Tamil Nadu

By Qurban Ali
Fifty years ago 44 Dalits, mostly women and children belonging to the agricultural families, were charred to death by landlords. This massacre took place on the Christmas night of 1968, an inconspicuous hamlet Keezhvenmani (also known as Kilvenmani), now in the Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu.

Varanasi sewer death: Anti-atrocities, manual scavenging abolition laws "not mentioned" in FIR

By Our Representative
A memorandum by the National Inquilabi Dalit Adivasi Forum's Dr Anup Shramik to the district magistrate and superintendent of police regarding the recent death of two labourers due to gas leakage in the sewer of Chawkghat in Varanasi on November 10, 2018 says that, even more than a month after the incident, no concrete action was taken by the administration to nab those responsible for this.
"A very weak FIR was filed by the administration against the guilty. It does not even refer to the anti-atrocities Act or manual scavenging abolition Act. There is no mention of the third person who was injured. As a result, till now,the injured person has not received any compensation or any help for treatment. He is being intimidated, instead, by the culprits", Dr Shramik says.

No meeting of Lokpal selection committee held for nearly four years: RTI reply

By Our Representative
Information obtained under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has shown that, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the selection committee of the Lokpal met for the first time only in March 2018 -- more than 45 months after the BJP came to power.
Minutes of the meetings of the Lokpal selection committee were sought under the RTI Act. However, the minutes of the six meetings of the selection committee held between March 2018 till date have been denied by the government saying that the committee includes “high level dignitaries” and therefore the minutes are a “secret document”.
The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) stated: “As regards the minutes of the meetings it is submitted that the authorship of such documents which include 3-5 high level dignitaries does not vest in the DoPT”.
DoPT has not cited any exemptions allowed under the RTI Act, says Anjali Bharadwaj, a senior RTI activist.

Kerala land being acquired using "draconian, anti-people" National Highway Act, 1956

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In a letter Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan, senior activists and politicians have insisted that the Kerala government should not agree to "inhuman displacement and buid-operate-transfer (BOT) Toll system", imposed by the Government of India and the National Highway Authority of India, for widening the current National Highway (NH) 66.

Demand for “Mahagathbandhan” among political parties for education

By Our Representative
A Roundtable Meeting with Parliamentarians and political parties, organised by the Right to Education Forum (RTE Forum), along with the Campaign against Child Labour (CACL) and Alliance for the Right to Early Childhood Development, saw participants demand a “Mahagathbandhan” among political parties on education.
Held at the Constitution Club of India, the meeting put forward the demands listed in the RTE Education Manifesto, collaboratively developed by these three networks, for their inclusion into the probable election manifestos of various political parties for the forthcoming general elections in 2019.
Speaking on the occasion, Congress Rajya Sabha MP Madhusudan Mistry said, “It’s imperative to pay more attention towards education. For this, a firm and honest political will is required." Samajwadi Party Rajya Sabha MP Ravi Prakash Verma observed, “This government is deliberately diluting the provisions of RTE Act and Child Labour (Prevention) Act, thus …

Bombay High Court raps govt for not providing housing to Mahul residents

By Our Representative
Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) president Uday Samant, a Shiv Sena MLA, has sanctioned the proposal to allot 300 houses to the residents of Mahul, Mumbai's toxic hell. The allotment of houses by MHADA "disapproves" the Maharashtra government stand in the Court about non availability of alternative houses, Mumbai's civil rights organization, Ghar Bachao, Ghar Banao Andolan (GBGBA) has said.
However, GBGBA points out in a statement, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA), falling directly under Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, have "still not found out time to take decision on the matter involving the lives of thousands of residents."
High level of toxicity in Mahul has reportedly caused the death of 150 people since 2015. Two people died this week -- one of cancer and the other due to heart attack. They were healthy before forcefully shifted in…

Women farmers' "articulation" on land, debt, suicides at massive farmers' rally in Delhi

By Ashalatha, Usha Seethalakshmi, Seema Kulkarni*
The recent kisan rally, held on November 29-30 at Delhi, saw sizable number of women representing various organizations, and also various sections such as women cultivators, who owned land in their name and who farm on their family land, tenant farmers, landless agriculture labourers, adivasi women, wives and daughters of farmers who have committed suicide etc.

Concern over poor implementation of district mineral fund in Indian states

By Our Representative
In spite of the Mines Minerals Development and Regulation (MMDR) Act, 2015, giving instructions to respective state governments to form District Mineral Fund (DMF) Trust, it has taken almost 3 years for most of the states to set it up and frame rules. Worse, its implementation is still lagging, and most people still do not have any clue about what is DMF and that it exists.
Highlighting this at a state-level consultation on Children in Mining Area, Illegal Mining and District Mineral Fund (DMF), organized on December 16 by civil rights organizations, Samata, and mines minerals and people (mm&P), and collaborated by local organizations Jan Sangram Parishat and Sakhi Trust at Ballari, Karnataka, secretary-general mm&P Ashok Shrimali appealed to the Union and State Governments to create awareness among the people about DMF, its process and implementation.
Shirmali urged state governments to involve the affected people in the process of planning and impleme…

Congress' electoral "success": BJP is hardly expected to be sitting on its haunches

By Anand K Sahay*
Suddenly, the expectation has been given birth in the minds of the people -- not just the political class -- that a credible challenge to the Modi-Shah BJP has sprouted. There is a sense of loosening up in the country, a feeling of normal breathing, a dispelling of the suffocation produced by overt and persistent majoritarian actions of Sangh parivar elements generated through their foul and violent methods which appeared to enjoy the indulgence of those who matter.

Himachal tribals' forest rights "rejected" despite assurance in state assembly

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In what is being interpreted as a "clear example" of how the Forest Rights Act (FRA), 2006, is being flouted despite political assurances, official members of a district level committee under FRA have rejected claims of tribals of Lippa Village, Himachal Pradesh.

Plan to hand over top Ahmedabad hospital to private group a BJP-led "misadventure"

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Board members of the Vadilal Sarabhai General and Chinai Maternity Hospitals, Ahmedabad, Rupa Chinai, Brijesh Chinai, Jay Sheth and Dr Nishith Shah, who represent the original donor families, have denied reports appearing in the Ahmedabad media of December 17-18, quoting the VSH Board Chairperson and Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) Commissioner, who reportedly claim that we have “amicably” agreed to reduce the beds in the VSH to 500 from the original 1,160.
“If indeed they said this, then it is a deliberate and gross misinterpretation of facts and truth. The AMC Commissioner and Board Chairperson then stand accused of abusing the dignity of their office in their determined effort to get their way. In order to cover up for their outrageous behavior, they have sought to then issue a Caveat to us, preventing us from obtaining a restraining Court order”, they said in a statement.
Text of the statement: At the VSH Board meeting on December 14, Friday, the Chairper…

Fading Hindutva? Changing times "impact" vulnerable participants in Gujarat riots

By Rajiv Shah
Has unease finally begun creeping into the majoritarian psyche, which got swayed under the powerful Hindutva wave that followed the 2002 Gujarat riots? It would seem so, if journalist and film-maker Revati Laul’s just released book, “The Anatomy of Hate”, is any indication. The book does not say so in so many words, yet suggests that disconcerting traits for the Sangh Parivar have even sneaked into those who directly or indirectly participated in the violence which engulfed the state 16 years ago.

Minorities rally in Gandhinagar, seek separate minority affairs department, commission, budget

By Our Representative
The civil rights organization, Minority Coordination Committee (MCC), organized a mass rally in Gandhinagar on December 18, which happens to be the International Minority Rights Day, in order to press for the “basic demands” of the minorities, who form 11.5% of Gujarat’s population.
Organized at what has informally come to be known as Satyagrah Chhavani (cantonment) in the state capital, the rally sough to highlight the fact that there is no separate allocation for minorities’ welfare, nor is there any minority affairs department or state minority commission to take care of their rights.
Addressing the gathering, MCC convener Mujahid Nafees said that in Gujarat, the minority community is living in fear. Even those transport buffaloes are lynched by cow vigilantes. Calling the government’s slogan of Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao “fake”, Nafees informed the gathering, “In Gujarat, the Muslim girls’ dropout rate at the junior primary level (classes 1 to 5) is 10.58%, ye…

Kaiga NPP expansion: Why's DAE dragging feet on Nuclear Safety Regulatory Authority?

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EAS Sarma, former Union Power Secretary, replies to the rejoinder by Dr KS Parthasarathy, former secretary, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), to his letter addressed to the secretary, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India, where he had talked of "worldwide anxiety about the consequences of catastrophic nuclear accidents, either due to manual lapses or natural calamities":

Kaiga NPP extension: Overall "futility" of talking about relevance of nuclear power

By Shankar Sharma*
This has reference to the article in Counterview "Rejoinder: Worldwide anxiety post-Fukishima is fading, slowly and steadily" by KS Parthasarathy.
Three recent documents/ discussions** -- a written submission presented at the public hearing as per Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) rules 2006 held on December 15, 2018, an address to the Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka, and a high level analysis of the proposal by the Union government to add 12 additional nuclear power reactors in the country from the general perspective as applicable to Kaiga Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) -- sum up the relevant merits to the people of this country in the arguments of KS Parthasarathy.