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Govt of Mharashtra crafting fear by arresting Activists. – Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee


Govt of Mharashtra crafting fear by arresting Activists. It is a fascist act.
Civil Liberties Monitoring committee strongly condemns the arrest of Adv. Surender Gadling, Genral Secreatery IAPL, Prof Shoma Sen, HOD of English at Nagpur university Sudhir Dhawle, editor vidrohi from Mumbai Rona Wilson, Secretary Committee For The Release of Political Prisoners and Mahesh Rau an anti-displacement activist from Delhi. As per the information received by the committee the Pune police today i.e 6th June 2018 arrested these activists on the basis of FIR registered on 8th January 2018 at Vishram Baug police station, pune in connection of the Elgar Parishad on 31st December, 2017 by the Bhima-Koregaon Shaurya Din Prerna Abhiyan.

This is the fact that the FIR originally registered under usual sections of Indian penal code, but suddenly it was made a conspiracy case and added draconian sections of Unlawful Activities prevention Act ( UAPA). And arrests made today is under this law which is very cruel in practice and which ensure long detention and obtaining bail under UAPA is much more difficult.

These arrests are made to subside the mass demand of several activists and the Prerna Abhiyan in particular to arrest the leaders of RSS and frontier organisations that is Sambhaji Bhide and Milind Ekbote, who were responsible for the violence on 1st January, 2018 at Bhima-Koregaon. But the Hindutva govt of Maharashtra which has been protecting the actual criminals of violence and now targeting and falsely implicating rights activists and falsely propagating that the violence at Bhima Koregaon was caused by the Elgar Parishad and that banned Maoist organizations are behind the Prerna Abhiyan.

It is a matter of fact that Bhima-Koregaon Shaurya Din Prerna Abhiyan is a coalition of mass organizations under the Chairmanship of Retired Supreme Court Justice P B Sawant . In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bhima-Koregaon that vanquished the Peshwa rule, the Abhiyan had organized a mass meeting on 31st December, 2017. The program was hugely successful and attended by thousands from across the state. However on the following day, those commemorating the event at Bhima-Koregaon were attacked by a mob carrying saffron flags and instigated by Sambhaji Bhide and Milind Ekbote, two right wing activists who are closely connected with the ruling BJP and this attack was pre planed and part of high level conspiracy against the Dalits.

It seems that present Maharashtra government using all fascist tactics to supress the Dalit movement and it also an attempt to make influence on judicial enquiry and develop fear in the people so that nobody can come forward to submit their suffering from hindutva elements. These arrests are clear message to Dalit and other oppressed communities not to challenge the hindutva state and the criminals of terror are under the protection of state.

Civil Liberties Monitoring committee denounce these arrests in strong possible words and terms it a fascist act and appeal to the people of India to come forward and continue their struggle and demands the release of activists Adv. Surendra Gadling, Prof Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawle, Rona Wilson and Mahesh Raut forthwith .

Lateef Mohd Khan

General Secretary

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MAHARASHTRA  GOVERNMENT’S  TERROR TRAIL TO PROTECT HINDUDTVA TERRORISTS


Condemn the arrests of Adv Gadling, Prof Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawle, Rona Wilson, Mahesh Raut

The Pune Police at 6-00 am today, 6th June, 2018, arrested Adv Surendra Gadling, General Secretary Indian Association of People’s Lawyers from Nagpur, Prof Shoma Sen, Head of Department of English, Nagpur University, Sudhir Dhawale, Editor Vidrohi from Mumbai, Rona Wilson, Public Relations Secretary Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners and Mahesh Raut, anti-displacement activist from Bharat Jan Andolan and former Fellow at Prime Minister’s Rural Development (PMRD) for Gadchiroli District.

These arrests and searches have been purportedly made under the FIR registered on 8th January, 2018 at Vishram Baug Police Station, Pune with regard to the holding of the Elgar Parishad on 31st December, 2017 by the Bhima-Koregaon Shaurya Din Prerna Abhiyan. This FIR, originally registered u/s 153(A), 505 (1)(b), 117 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), was made a conspiracy case in March 2018 and now has had sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) added to it. The arrests today have thus been made under UAPA, which has several draconian provisions which ensure long detention and makes it difficult to obtain bail.

These arrests are in the face of the mass demand of several political parties and human rights organizations and activists and the Prerna Abhiyan in particular to arrest the leaders of Sangh Parivar organizations, Sambhaji Bhide and Milind Ekbote, who were responsible for the violence on 1st January, 2018 at Bhima-Koregaon. The Phadnavis government, which has been protecting these actual perpetrators of the violence, has been attempting to create a false narrative that the violence at Bhima Koregaon was caused by the Elgar Parishad and that banned Maoist organizations are behind the Prerna Abhiyan.

The Bhima-Koregaon Shaurya Din Prerna Abhiyan is a coalition of around 260 mass organizations under the Chairmanship of Retired Supreme Court Justice P B Sawant and includes prominent political figures like Adv Prakash Ambedkar, leader of the Bahujan Republican Party (Bharip) and Justice Kolse-Patil (Retd). In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bhima-Koregaon that vanquished the Peshwa rule, the Abhiyan had organized a mass meeting on 31st December, 2017 at the historic Shaniwar wada in Pune, with several prominent speakers like Retired High Court Justice Kolse Patil, Adv Prakash Ambedkar, Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani and others. The Elgar Parishad was organised with the stated objective of fighting the Nav-peshwahi. The program was hugely successful and attended by thousands from across the state. However on the following day, those commemorating the event at Bhima-Koregaon were attacked by a mob carrying saffron flags and instigated by Sambhaji Bhide and Milind Ekbote, two right wing activists who are closely connected with the ruling BJP and this attack was part of a pre-meditated plan.

The entire operation has been stage-managed by the Maharashtra government keeping in mind the judicial enquiry headed by Justice J N Patel (Retd) in order to ensure that submissions from the victims of the Hindutva and State violence are suppressed. It has also been done to queer the pitch for the forthcoming elections in the State as well as 2019. The BJP government is desperate to create a reign of terror in order to polarize the dalit and bahujan votes. And also to create a terror narrative thereby protecting the real terror culprits Sambhaji Bhide and Milind Ekbote who will ensure votes for the BJP.

CPDR strongly condemns this open show of State terror and complete bypassing of the Rule of Law by the BJP governments in the State and the Centre and demands the immediate release of Advocate Surendra Gadling, Prof Shoma Sen, Sudhir Dhawle, Rona Wilson and Mahesh Raut forthwith .

Dr Anand Teltumde (6th June 2018)

(General Secretary)

Committee for the Protection of Democratic Rights,
Maharashtra

కోలాటం భజన మండళ్లు – ఆరెస్సెస్ వ్యూహం – డా.జిలుకర శ్రీనివాస్


కోలాటం నేర్పుతానని ఎవరైనా దళిత వాడల్లోకి వస్తే, వాణ్ణి ముందు బట్టలిప్పించి, తన్ని, తరిమేయండి. కోలాటం పేరుతో అగ్రకులాల ముందు మన స్త్రీల చేత డ్యాన్స్ చేయిస్తున్నారు. దేవుడి పేరుతో గతంలో ఆడించే వాళ్లు. ఇప్పుడు దేవుడి కోసం కోలాటం పేరుతో మన ఆడవాళ్ల చేత ఎగిరిస్తున్నాడు. కోలాటం కాపు, కమ్మ, వెలమ ఆడవాళ్లకు మాత్రం నేర్పరట. కేవలం దళిత స్త్ర్రీలకే నేర్పుతారట. అగ్రకుల ఆడవాళ్లు నేర్చుకొని, మా వాడలో కోలాటం ఆడితే, మేము మీరడిగినన్ని డబ్బులిస్తామని తిర్మలగిరి మండలంలోని ఫణిగిరి యువకులు ఎదురుతిరిగారు. మా ఆడవాళ్లకు కోలాటం నేర్పొద్దని పెద్ద పోరాటమే చేశారు. కానీ, కోలాటం ఆడితే డబ్బులొస్తాయనీ, గుర్తింపు వొస్తుందని, తిరుపతిలో మీ చేత ఆడిస్తామని, నేరుగా మిమ్మల్ని దేవుడి దగ్గరికే తీసుకెళ్తామని దళిత ఆడవాళ్లను ప్రలోభ పెట్టారు. ఇదంతా ఆ వూరి కాపుల పని.
వరంగల్ జిల్లాలో మొదట శాయంపేట, పర్కాల, భూపాలపల్లి, మొగిలిచర్ల, గీసుగొండ, రేగొండ, సంగెం మండలాల్లో ఈ కోలాటం నేర్పే కార్యక్రమాన్ని ఆరెస్సెస్ మొదలు పెట్టింది. రాముడు, క్రిష్ణుడు, శివుడి పాటలు పాడుతూ ఆడటం నేర్పారు. కొన్ని జానపద పాటలు కూడా నేర్పారు. అవసరం కోసం తెలంగాణ పాటలు కూడా నేర్పారు. నేర్చుకున్న వాళ్ళలో మాల, మాదిగ ఆడవాళ్లు మాత్రమే వున్నారు. బిసీ స్త్రీలు కూడా లేరు. ఈ ప్రాంతంలో యిది విజయవంతం అయ్యింది. ఆ తర్వాత ఇతర ప్రాంతాలకు దీన్ని విస్తరించారు. అలాగే, భజన నేర్పే గురువుల పేరుతో వూళ్ళలోకి ఆరెస్సెస్ ప్రవేశించింది. ప్రతి వూళ్ళో భక్తి పాటలు పాడే భజన బ్రుందాలను తయారు చేశారు. ప్రతి బ్రుందంలో కనీసం ఇరవై మంది వుంటారు. వీళ్ళకో రామాయణం, మహాభారతం, భాగవత కథలను నేర్పడం ద్వారా హిందూత్వ సిద్ధాంతాన్ని బోధిస్తున్నారు. ఆ తర్వాత వీళ్లను సంస్క్రుతి పరిరక్షకులుగా బాధ్యతలు తీసుకొనేలా సిద్ధం చేస్తున్నారు. మాకే రాజకీయాలు లేవు. మేము ధర్మం కోసమే ఈ గ్రామంలో భజన చేస్తున్నాం అంటారు. కానీ, వీళ్లనే ఎన్నికల సమయానికి బిజెపీ బూతు కమిటీ సభ్యులుగా మార్చేస్తుంది. ఇలా ప్రతి నియోజకవర్గంలో బిజెపీ కోసం పని చేసే భజన మండలి సభ్యులు, కోలాట బ్రుందం సభ్యులు కలిపి, సుమారు నాలుగు వేల మంది కార్యకర్తలను తయారు చేస్తున్నారు. వీళ్ల ద్వారా ఎన్నికల్లో గెలవడానికి ఎత్తుగడ. ఈ తతంగమంతా భజన, కోలాటం పేరు మీద నడుస్తున్నది.
ఈ వ్యూహం కొత్తదేమీ కాదు. నిజాంకు వ్యతిరేకంగా ఆర్య సమాజం 1940 దశకంలో ఇలాంటి కార్యక్రమాలే నిర్వహించింది. రామాయణ, మహాభారత గాధలు, అష్టాదశ పురాణాలను భాగవతాలుగా, హరికథలుగా, కోలాట రూపాలుగా, చిరుతలు కొడుతూ ఆడే రూపాలుగా, చిందు, డక్కలి, బైండ్ల, పంబాల, మిత్తుల కులస్తుల చేతనే కాకుండా, బొందిలి కులస్తులు ఆట నేర్పే గురువులుగా పని చేశారు. భక్తి, దేవుడు, పండగలు, సంస్క్రుతి పేరుతో హిందూ మత చట్రంలోకి సబ్బండ కులాలను తీసుకొచ్చారు. ముస్లింల వల్లనే హిందూ సంస్క్రుతి దెబ్బతింటున్నదనీ, నిజాంకు వ్యతిరేకంగా ఒక ఉద్యమం మొదలు పెట్టారు. గడీలను ఆనుకొని, వివిధ కులాల పురాణాలు, భాగోతాలు చెప్పడం చేసే వాళ్లు. ఆ తర్వాత కమ్యూనిస్టులు కూడా ఇవే కథలను చెప్పటం, ఇవే కళారూపాలను ప్రదర్శించే పని చేశారు. అంతిమంగా, నిజాం వ్యతిరేక పోరాటం గెలిచింది. అధికారం తెలంగాణ బ్రాహ్మణ, వెలమ, రెడ్డి కులస్తులకు దక్కింది. ఇది గ్రంధాలయోద్యమం పేరుతో, తెలంగాణ జానపద కళల పేరుతో జరగిన కుట్ర.
ఇదే పథకాన్ని ఇప్పడు బిజెపి మళ్లీ తెలంగాణలో అమలు చేస్తుంది. మాల, మాదిగ ఆడవాళ్లు క్రైస్తవంలోకి వెళ్తున్నారు. వాళ్ళను హిందూమతంలోకి తీసుకెళ్లడానికి ఈ పథకం రచించారు. మాదిగ, బిసీ మగాళ్లను భజనబ్రుందంగా మార్చి, ఎవరూ గమనించని రాజకీయ నిర్మాణం సంస్క్రుతి పేరుతో ఆరెస్సెస్ చేస్తుంది.
మనం మాత్రం అంబేద్కర్ పేరుతో మగాళ్లతో మాత్రమే మాట్లాడుతున్నాం. ఏ ఉద్యమమైనా మనది మగాళ్ల చుట్టూ తిరుగుతుంది. మన ఉద్యమంలోకి ఆడవాళ్లను తీసుకు రాన్నంత వరకు మనం శత్రువును నిలువరించ లేము. అంతేకుాదు, మన మహనీయుల ఆశయాలను నిజం చేయలేము. అందుకే, మన ఆడవాళ్లను ఆర్గనైజ్ చేసే కొత్త సాంస్క్రుతిక ఉద్యమం చేపట్టాలి. వాళ్లను విజ్నాన వంతులను చేయడానికీ, వాళ్లకూ రాజకీయ చైతన్యం అందించడానికి అవసరమైన సాంస్క్రుతిక రూపాలను, ఉద్యమాన్ని తయారు చేసుకోవాలి. ఈ పని చేయడానికి ఫూలే, అంబేద్కర్ పేరు చెప్పే వాళ్లు ఎవరైనా సిద్ధంగా వున్నారా?

Dadaji Khobragade: The scientist among the farmers – Mangesh Dahiwale


Dadaji died, but people will continue to live on his inventions. On a very small plot of land, this genius invented many varieties of rice, and most of his varieties are now commercialised and marketed and sold in the large quantities.

Dadaji was an illiterate person and having no formal education in the agricultural college. He did not have any degree in the science. What he had was an unwavering love for the agriculture and agricultural processes and desire to invent something new. He went on experimenting and producing different variations of the rice seeds by his experiments in mutations and careful observation.

His work was recognised and he won awards from the PKV, the award that turned out to be a fake metal award and it did not ensure any financial benefit. His practices were stolen and commercially exploited by the bigger cultivators.

Imagine if he could have patented his innovations. He could have become one of the richest persons in a few days time. He did not get support from the government as it was needed to keep his innovative practices studied deeply and documented from the scientific point of view so that more new seeds would have been created.

Only when the social activists from the Ambedkarite movement started paying attention to the work of this great genius, he began to get some recognition, but he was very old man then and he could have perhaps not been able to take benefit of this attention.

His life and his innovative brain can be compared with the great giant from African American community, J.W. Carver, who invented many things in the field of agriculture. Dadaji Khobragade is the “Rice Man” of India.

– Mangesh Dahiwale

Post card from K G Sathyamurty (Shivasagar)


This post card is written to me by late KG Sathmurthy (Shivasagar) one of the founder of people’s war, present Maoist party. His langue and writing was so short and sweet. He wrote this in 2003 https://t.co/nggpdgU86M

IFTU CONDEMNS THE ARREST OF MSS LEADERS BACHA SINGH AND DEEPAK KUMAR DEMANDS THEIR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


INDIAN FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS (IFTU) CONDEMNS THE ARREST OF MSS LEADERS BACHA SINGH AND DEEPAK KUMAR
DEMANDS THEIR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

In the midnight on 31-05-2018, the Jharkand police arrested Bacha Singh,General Secretary and Deepak Kumar,Secretary of the Mazdoor Sangharsh Samithi(MSS) from Chandankiyari in the steel city of Bokaro. It is learnt that their whereabouts are not known and till day they are still in police custody and not produced in any court of law. Their relatives have not been informed of the arrests.While this is illegal detention of two known trade union leaders we apprehend danger to their lives as long as they are in police custody.

The MSS is an open,registered trade union organization fighting for the cause of the workers on which the Jharkand government imposed a ban six months ago and the issue of this repressive act of banning a trade union is pending before the court. In the last few months some twenty activists were detained by the police and now with the arrest of the main leader,Bacha Singh the state government has made its intent clear once again -of suppressing legitimate trade union activity in the state.
The National Committee of IFTU notes with serious concern the growing tendency to stifle the voices of the working class by the powers that be and demands the Govt.of Jharkand to issue orders for the immediate release of Bacha Singh and Deepak Kumar and revoke the ban orders on the MSS.
Aparna Pradeep (9866466457)

Isolated by Caste: Neighbourhood- Scale Residential Segregation in Indian Metros-


Isolated by Caste: Neighbourhood- Scale Residential Segregation in Indian Metros-Historically, Indian cities have also been segregated along caste lines.
Naveen Bharathi, Deepak Malghan and Andalib Rahman
The received wisdom is that the sense of relative anonymity provided by urban areas will result in lower levels of caste-based segregation of space. However, the empirical reality of urban India does not live up to this received wisdom – at least not in any whole measure. Historically, Indian cities have also been segregated along caste lines. According to Karim (1956), the city population in pre-British India was largely segregated geographically by religion, caste and sub-caste, and by occupational and regional groups forming social islands. These social units developed such exclusiveness that the groups constituted cities within cities. Gist (1957) in his study of Bengaluru documents caste and religion based residential segregation. Studies of Jatav thoks and mohollas of Agra by Lynch (1967) and of Lucknow rickshawallas by Gould (1965) show caste as an important and even a predominant factor in the organization of urban neighborhoods. Similarly, Hazlehurst (1970) in his study of Puranapur in Haryana finds that while public spaces like markets showed a mixture of castes, residential neighborhoods were highly segregated along caste lines. Mehta (1969) in his study of Pune demonstrates that urbanization, industrialization or modernization had vitually no effect on residential segregation based on caste, religion or ethnicity. In independent India, a wide majority of communal violence incidents is associated with urban centres. Hansen (2001) in his study of the rise of Shiv Sena in Mumbai documents how the bonds of caste and religion that got transplanted from a village, hardened in an urban setting.
In the early years of the Indian republic, Nehruvian industrial socialism was seen as one of the pathways out of the limitations of narrow parochial identities such as caste, language and religion. The expectation was that over a period of time, caste would cease being a hermetically sealed institution in its urban avatar, and that caste would eventually merge into class. But does industrialization, economic growth and urbanization actually dilute the strong communal and kinship bonds of caste? While robust and systematic empirical evidence is scant, anecdotal accounts suggest that the Indian caste system, rather than collapsing to class has instead adapted even while preserving its essential features. Economic liberalization in the 1990s prompted the Indian cities to remodel themselves along postindustrial globalized metropolises. Economic liberalization changed how one looked at Indian cities – at least, at the superficial level it seemed that there might be a structural change in operations of class and caste relations. Caste was irrelevant in a globalized setting and influence of traditional caste was apparently being eroded by ‘forces of urbanism, secularization, and consumerism’ (D’Mello & Sahay, 2008). In a city which is dominated by private sector – where individual agency, knowledge and competence create meritocratic hierarchies, it was argued that caste based ties become irrelevant. But in personal spaces caste continued to hold sway and its influence undiminished (D’Mello & Sahay, 2008). Available empirical evidence suggests that India’s embrace of the market economy has not made the expected dent in the operation of caste. For example, Barbara Harriss-White’s (2003) work on rural Tamil Nadu demonstrates that India’s foray into globalization has not reduced caste based inequalities.