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Department of social exclusion studies,  the English and foreign languages university Organising a public lecture
by Prof. N. Sudhkar Rao Dept of Anthropology University of Hyderabad  

On Research in Margins: Social Exclusion and Cultural Construction among the Adivasis and Dalits    

Venue Conference Hall Administrative Building 
Date & Time
5th September 2014 at 4 pm 
All Are Invited 

Prof. N. Sudhakar Rao teaches in the department of Anthropology, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad. He obtained Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, USA, and also a recipient of Junior Research Fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies, Chicago, USA and Visiting Research Fellowship from the University of Bergen, Norway, besides University of Rochester Fellowship. He is also farmer Dean, School of Social Sciences, and Registrar of Assam University, Silchar, and founder Director, Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, He engaged in several research projects, written four books as author and as co-author, in addition to publishing several papers in academic journals

Press Release 2-9-2014    Visakhapatnam  
 The Human Rights Forum (HRF) finds unacceptable the decision of the AP Cabinet to locate the Capital city in the Vijayawada-Guntur region. We concur with the recommendation of the Sivaramakrishnan Committee that locating the capital in this area would entail loss of very precious agricultural land that would impact negatively upon food security and the environment and would also displace farmers and agricultural labourers in large numbers. Discarding this recommendation would amount to a historic blunder.   We also agree with the Committee’s view that a single ‘super-city’, like the one being repeatedly touted by the TDP government, is undesirable.  The capital must be more or less centrally located and accessible to all parts of the State and land acquisition for it must involve minimal displacement and environmental damage. Official activity must be dispersed across the State with decentralization being the cardinal principal.   However, there are several aspects of the Expert Committee’s report that we find problematic. It is obvious from a reading of the report that it is at best a perfunctory exercise, not based on wide data collection and thorough research. Where was the need to rush through the report when the Committee could have sought extension of the deadline so as to bring out a more thorough, well thought out and comprehensive one? Also, we have serious objections to some of the recommendations.   Most glaring is specific omission in the report of the acute predicament of forest dwelling adivasis and coast-based fishers. If the committee was at all sensitive to their needs, it would have placed on record its serious disquiet to both the Polavaram project and the Vizag-Chennai PCPIR industrial corridor as they would devastate these communities. It does no such thing. Some of the formulations in the report are plainly contradictory. For instance, it is stated that sustainable development must be a core principle and yet it endorses the Dugarajapatnam Port proposal even though it will threaten the highly eco-sensitive Pulicat Lake. Indeed, an uncritical acceptance of the current destructive economic model, instead of a people-driven and inclusive one, is a major failing of the report.   We appeal to the government not to rush through the finalisation of the Vijayawada-Guntur region as Capital. This is no time to pander to narrow interests but to keep the long-term democratic perspective in sight. We urge the government to take some more time and come to a final decision about the Capital only after wider consultation and taking into consideration the opinion of all sections of the people, particularly those of Rayalaseema and other backward regions of the State

V.S. Krishna
( HRF General Secretary)
S Jeevan Kumar   
 (HRF president)

I was present in the 12th annual convocation of nalsar university of law today in hyderabad. The President of India, Sri Panab Mukherjee was the chief guest. While speaking about law profession,  he said that many of our national leaders are lawyers,  Gandhi, Nehru, Patel and Rajendra prasad.  Surprisingly he missed the name of eminent lawyer and the first Law Minister of India  Dr.B.R.Ambedkar.
He also spoke about the social evils including untouchability,  I thought this time,  he will mention the name of Dr.B.R.Ambedkar as Dr.B.R.Ambedkar faced and fought against untouchability. But he didn’t
He spoke about the constitution, and advised students to read and understand the constitution and systems,  I thought,  he will mention Dr.B.R.Ambedkar name here as he’s the chairman of drafting committee of constitution. But he didn’t mentioned this time too. Why one shouldn’t get a doubt, whether Dr.B.R.Ambedkar and marginalised communities are part of national life of this country?


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Press Release 21-7-2014 Hyderabad
Stop the killings in Gaza and end the siege of Palestine    

The Human Rights Forum (HRF) is organizing a dharna on July 22 (Tuesday) to protest against the ongoing inhuman attacks on Gaza by Israel and to call for their immediate end. The attack is almost two weeks old and has already resulted in the death of over 300 Palestinian civilians including many children. Thousands have been injured and many homes have been destroyed in constant bombing by Israeli rockets. In complete disregard of international humanitarian law, Israel is deliberately targeting civilian areas, even hospitals. The people of Gaza are living through a nightmare.    Tuesday’s dharna will be held from 3 to 4 pm at Chaderghat Chaman. We invite all democratic-minded people who are opposed to this militaristic onslaught on the Palestinian people to gather at Chaderghat Chaman and express their opposition to the attacks and to stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine. We also demand that the Indian government adopt a proactive approach and condemn Israel’s brutality.

Karthik Navayan (HRF Twin Cities general secretary)
Syed Bilal (HRF Twin Cities joint secretary)

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