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International Campaign Against War on the People in India

 

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No more a war on adivasis alone... It is now an all out war on all the oppressed people of the sub-continent!

Forum against War on People, Public Meeting:  4th May (Saturday)

2pm, Rajendra Bhawan, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, Near ITO, New Delhi

Since 2009 the ground level reports show that lakhs of adivasi people have been pushed out of their natural habitats in the name of fighting ‘Left Wing Extremism’, a pet word for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, to hide his pro-imperialist outright servile model of development that can only bring further miseries to the masses of the people. Thousands of adivasis have been killed, maimed, raped, and brutally wounded, injured. Many of their homes in hundreds have been razed by security forces—who talk, right from the foot soldier to his officer, only about ‘development’ in these areas—setting them on fire. All characteristics of a genocidal war are evidently showing up in these 3 years that have gone by.

Yet no statistics, no Government Commissions, no proof of the War at all! The sullying silence from various arms of the state is the only answer to democratic voices that have marked their protest. The adivasis since 1947 have been an expendable people for the various governments and its pro-imperialist model of development. The war on them in the name of their ‘development’ as well, by successive governments, continues till date unabated. While a pampered new middle class is being wooed to the tilt to hide the ugly face of this so-called largest democracy in the world the Adivasi still remain the subject, as were in the colonial days, to be ‘redeemed’ and ‘civilized’ !

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London: Boycott India’s 63rd Republic Day and stand against sexual assaults on women

DEMONSTRATE OUTSIDE INDIA HOUSE IN LONDON, Aldwych, WC2B 4NA -- 11am to 1pm 26thJanuary 2013

As India prepares to celebrate its 63rd Republic Day on 26 January 2013, Delhi is trying to come to terms with the recent gang rape of a young woman on a moving bus and her subsequent death. Such rapes have become rampant in the Indian cities and towns. Few months ago London Guardian commented India to be the worst country for women among the G20 nations. Indian rape laws are stringent enough; however, the executive and the judiciary are so much feudal and patriarchal that the conviction rate for rape cases in India between 2001 and 2010 was 26%. In the case of Muslim and Dalit women the rate of conviction is almost nil as evident from the gang rape case of Bhanwari Devi in Rajasthan.

However a bigger dimension to this is that the Indian state itself has proved time and again to be the biggest perpetrator of rapes and all forms of assaults on women.

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Delhi, India: Call for Week of National Action against Land Acquisition Act and Forced Displacement

Sansad Gherao ! Delhi Chalo !

A Week of National Action (Sangharsh) Against Land Acquisition (Act) & Displacement For Right to Life & Livelihood

November 22 – 26, 2010, Jantar Mantar, New Delhi

Dear Friends/Comrades,

Many of you participated in the National Consultation on the proposed Land Acquisition (Amendment) and Resettlement and Rehabilitation Bill that was held on 23rd September 2010 at the Indian Social Institute in New Delhi. The consultation was attended by several peoples’ movements, mass organisations, Trade unions, advocacy groups and members from research and academic community.

The consultation was unanimous in its demand:

- for the repeal of the current colonial Land Acquisition Act and complete rejection of the proposed Land Acquisition (Amendment) and Resettlement and Rehabilitation Bills in their current form

- to enact a comprehensive National Development, No Enforced Displacement and Rehabilitation Bill instead of two separate legislations

- for a moratorium on all acquisitions until the process for a new comprehensive legislation is complete

- that a white paper on all the Land acquired since independence and its current status and the situation of the displaced be presented before the people of India

Demonstration against proposed Tata Steel plant in the Kalinganagar industrial area. In 2006, Orissa police killed 12 adivasis protesting the beginning of construction of the Tata plant. Since then, they have stopped any further construction.

The consultation emphasised the need to take a comprehensive look at the land acquisitions and ensuing displacement happening in the country and the co-relation between the Land Acquisition Act, Rehabilitation Bill, Forest Rights Act, SEZ Act, EIA Notification, CRZ Notifications, Water Policy, Mine and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, various Forest Laws and a host of other legislations which are facilitating the land acquisitions for various infrastructure projects ranging from transport, communication, defence, power, irrigation, tourism, consumer goods etc. All these together have threatened the right to livelihood of the millions of the people dependent on the land, water, forests and minerals.

It was also decided that during the Winter Session of the Parliament a national week of Action in Delhi and elsewhere in the country will be held by various movements and struggle groups with the key demands as mentioned above.

It is in this context that we invite you all to join us in Delhi at Jantar Mantar from November 22 – 26th to resist forced displacement and land acquisitions across the country and demand for a comprehensive legislation on development planning.

The dharna is being joined by the groups whose control over land entitlements ensured by the Forest Rights Act will be threatened by these two legislations are also joining the dharna and so are the fish workers living on the coast and adivasis threatened by mining and peasants and agricultural workers threatened by SEZs and infrastructure projects.

The labouring poor from the cities who face eviction from their dwellings and their livelihood threatened by various developmental activities too will join the dharna and so are the peasants whose land is constantly being taken by the urban development authorities in metros.

Other than the general focus on Land Acquisition Act repeal, the key theme based dedicated days will focus on: Dams (especially in North East India, Orissa, Himachal and Central India), Thermal Power projects, SEZs, Mining Projects, Urban displacement, forest rights and community governance, struggles against Corporations (POSCO, Tata, Coca Cola, Vedanta, Mittal, Reliance, Jindal, etc)

We do hope you will be able to join us on these days. Do send in your confirmations for the same and also support our efforts in whatever ways you can. We are looking for volunteers for various things and also resources for meeting the expenses of the programme. For details do get in touch.

VIKAS CHAHIYE ! VINAS NAHI ! LADENGE ! JEETENGE !

In solidarity,

Medha Patkar – NBA & NAPM

Ashok Choudhary, Munnilal – NFFPFW

Shanta, Roma – NFFPFW-Kaimur & NAPM-UP

Mata Dayal, Birsa Munda Bhu Adhikar Manch & NFFPFW-MP

Akhil Gogoi, KMSS, Assam

Guman Singh, Him Niti Abhiyan, Himachal Pradesh

Gabriela Dietrich, Pennuruimai Iyyakam & NAPM-Tamil Nadu

Gautam Bandopadhyay, Nadi Ghati Morcha, Chhattisgarh

Simpreet Singh, Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan & NAPM-Mumbai

Prafulla Samantara, NAPM Orissa

Dayamani Barla – Adivasi Moolniwasi Asthitva Raksha Manch, Jharkhand

Ulka Mahajan, Suniti S R, Prasad Bhagwe – SEZ Virodhi Manch & NAPM-Maharashtra

Bhupendra Singh Rawat, Rajendra Ravi – Jan Sangharsh Vahini & NAPM-Delhi

Arundhati Dhuru, NAPM – UP

Sunilam, Braj Kishore Chaurasia, Adv. Aradhna Bhargava – NAPM-MP

Vimalbhai, Matu jan Sangathan & NAPM-Uttarakhand

Delhi Contact: 6/6, Jangpura B, New Delhi – 110014; Mob: 9818905316/ 9582862682

Ph: 011- 26680883/26680914; Email: napmindia@napm-india.org

From Sanhati  http://sanhati.com/


 

 

 

 

 




 

 

 


Public Meeting in London - June 12, 2011

Please join us for a public meeting and an audience with celebrated authors who will discuss their recent experiences in India with a special focus on the raging war against the poorest of the poor, the tribal people living in the heartland of India.

Arundhati Roy

From India and the author of recently published books
“Walking with the Comrades” and “Broken Republic

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Mumbai Seminar on UAPA: An unlawful weapon in the hands of the state, November 27

Press Club. Mahanagarpalika Marg

Saturday, November 27 · 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Speakers: Gautam Navlakha (PUDR) and Sujato Bhadro (APDR).

When India adopted its republican constitution in January 1950, it also enacted the Preventive Detention Act 1950; Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act 1958, Maintenance of Internal Security (MISA) 1971; National Security Act (NSA) 1980; Terrorist and Disruptive Practices Act (TADA) 1985; Prevention of Terrorist Activities Act (POTA) 2002, the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) 1967 and other state statutes interspersed with numerous special ordinances in between. These laws are used routinely to arrest striking workers, political opponents, the poor, and other sections of the population for demanding justice.

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29 organizations in West Bengal to oppose Operation Green Hunt

Twenty nine organizations and many individuals in West Bengal have formed a citizens' campaign against Operation Green Hunt. "Operation Green Hunt- Virodhi Nagarik Andolan" to  raise the popular voice against the war being waged by the Indian  state against people and the rampant violation of democratic and human rights, in order to facilitate to taking over  of natural resources by corporate interests.

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Odisha: Nov 21 conference in Bhubaneswar to target Indian state's war on people

Cultural Resistance: War on People in Corporate Resistance, Bhubaneswar, Odisha (Orissa)

21st November 2010.

Today, the mineral resources, the earth, the water, the forest of Odisha- the source of livelihood of the common men- are being taken over by the corporate with the naked support of the state. Rather, the state has raised its gun to defend the interest of the corporate against the poor.

So, we witness the blue water of Chilika turning red with the blood of fisher folks; the spill of adivasi blood unto the earth of Kashipur and Kalinganagar for Birals and Tatas; the destruction of Niyamgiri mountain of Dongria Kondh for Vedanta; attacks on the peasants in the plains of Jagatsihgpur for POSCO; threat to the jungle land of adivasis in Keonjher for Arcelor Mittal; diversion of Hirakud dam water to a number of companies leaving the peasants high and dry.

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Protest against CBI coverup of Shopian Rape and Murder case

By Women against Sexual violence and State repression (WSS), Delhi

CALL FOR ACTIONon CBI COVER-UP!!!

Let us Protest against CBI cover up report on Shopian Rape and Murder case

DEMANDJUSTICE FOR NEELOFAR AND ASIYA!!!

A Public Event in New Delhi on 13th December, 2010 at 4pm in front of CBI Office

Come and participate with one white bed sheet with the words ‘TO THE CBI - FOR YOUR NEXTCOVER-UP!!!’ written in huge letters across it with the name of the organisation/individual below.

Dear friends,

Even as the Kashmir valley has been in turmoil, yet again, with excesses by the armed forces, cases of rape and killings remain unresolved especially when involving the police, para military or military.

Shopian Double Death Case: Asiya Jaan and her sister-in-law Neelofar Jaan left home in the evening of 29th May, 2009 BUT did not return. Their bodies were recovered from the banks of Rambiara Nullah on the morning of 30th of May 2009 in the same spot that a search party including the local police had searched- a very well-lit area- till the early hours of 30th May.

The police was very much on the scene but did little to collect evidence; for five days no case was registered. The first post-mortem report (District Hospital, Shopian) and the second-post-mortem report (by a medical team from Pulwama district and analysed at the Forensic Sciences Laboratory, Srinagar) stated rape and murder in its report. Even as Shopian town observed a 45-day long Bandh the people of Kashmir put aside all other political demands to join this agitation and the people of Jammu also lent solidarity.

Further investigations began slowly and progressed in fits and starts. The High Court said that the police were either implicated in the crime or were shielding the culprits. On the basis of the inquiries conducted by the (ex-Justice) Muzaffar Jan Inquiry Commission the interim report was of the view that the two women were sexually assaulted and probably murdered to cover up this crime. It also pointed to acts of omission and commission by members of the civil administration, police and doctors in gross mishandling of investigations.

Amidst the failure of the local police and political pronouncements of the Union Home Minister giving a clean chit to the armed forces before the Parliament, it was decided on September 17, 2009, to hand over the case from a Special investigation Team to the CBI. The CBI, however, built an extra-judicial case and used the media extensively to make all earlier investigations in the case seem motivated or incompetent.

Some of the news leaks were simply fantastic – like finding an intact hymen in a body buried for four months and so deny rape, like finding diatoms of Rambiara to show that the women drowned when the Nullah is the source of drinking water for the whole town or like accusing the gynaecologist of substituting her own vaginal swab in the place of those taken from the victims.

The CBI concluded that the women died from ‘accidental drowning’! Its report is based upon the autopsy conducted in September, 2009 by forensic experts of AIIMS after exhumation of the buried bodes. The CBI inquiry is mired in the highly uncertain and contested medical claims of the AIIMS team, allegations of intimidation of many of the witnesses and state representatives and destruction of evidence, the dubious role of many government agencies, incompetence and lack of transparency. It filed supplementary charge-sheets against the State prosecutors, doctors, advocates for the complainant, advocates demanding justice and the family members of the women.

The CBI report states that there was no rape, no murder and that the implicated and suspended policemen were innocent. The report does not explain how the bodies of the two women were invisible to the search party the whole night and appeared suddenly at dawn how these young women drowned in a shallow, two-feet deep Nullah where no deaths have taken place or explained eyewitnesses’ accounts that Neelofar’s body was wet only from one side nor how the hymen can be found intact in a body buried for four months.

The policemen’s acts of commission and omission - they did not collect any forensic evidence from the site, did not cordon it, did not register the case- have not been punished; the four suspended policemen have been reinstated. The CBI has not made public the findings of the Special Investigation Team.This calls into serious question the credibility of the CBI Report which has simply tried to bury the case and convinced no one.

We have been following up on this case from the very start. A demonstration demanding justice was held in Delhi in mid- June, 2009 followed by a fact-finding in August, 2009. A press conference on the findings was held prior to the submission of CBI’s final report to the Courts in December, 2009. In May, 2010, with no justice in sight, we wrote an open letter to the Chief Justice of India, to the National Commission for Women and to the National Human Rights Commission which was endorsed by many of you.

WE HAVE HAD NO RESPONSE SO FAR. If the country’s leading investigative agency can apparently facilitate a report to suit the political exigencies of the extant governments, whether at State or Union level, rather than conduct a professional and impartial inquiry that serves the purposes of justice, it points to the levels of both injustice and corruption that subverts the due rights guaranteed in the democratic republic of India.

With official channels exhausted we feel that it is time to make the issue public- expose the role of CBI and shame them for this COVER UP. We propose to send them white bed sheets to shame them for their role in this case.

We hope that every one of you, organisation or individual, who feels that the CBI is responsible for perpetrating this injustice, should participate and send us sheets as symbolic gifts to the CBI .

-Send one white bed sheet with the words ‘TO THE CBI - FOR YOUR NEXT COVER-UP!!!’ written in huge letters across it with the name of the organisation/individual below.

WE WILL

-collect all white bed sheetsand display your solidarity with Neelofar and Asiya and the countless other rapes and sexual assaults that have taken place in Jammu and Kashmir and which have seen NO JUSTICE.

-display all your white bed sheets at a Public Event in New Delhi on 13th December, 2010 to mark the anniversary of CBI ’s handing over its COVER-UP REPORT.

THE WHITE BED SHEETS WILL THEN BE GIFTED TO CBI ’S HEADQUARTERS IN DELHI , WITH YOUR COMPLIMENTS.

You can also collect signatures on your sheet from public demonstrations in your region/city.

The Fortnight protesting Violence Against Women could be used to collect signatures in large numbers as many of you might be campaigning and observing this fortnight.

Through this action we want the Home Ministry and the CBI to be aware that we continue to DEMAND JUSTICE FOR NEELOFAR AND ASIYA, for all women of Jammu & Kashmir and for all women of India.

 

The Convention on Asom's Right to Self-determination

Assam Student & Youth Organisation (ASYO) is going to organize a Convention to deliberate on the theme of 'Right to Full-Phased Decentralized Self-Determination of Power' on 9th November, 2010 at Guwahati, Assam. We are honoured to invite you as a speaker for this Convention. It is worthwhile to mention here that ASYO has been taking firm steps on various issues related to its main demand, viz., the right to full-phased decentralized self-determination of power from the very moment of its foundation.

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