Dalit killed for plucking two brinjals in Bihar village ????


Dalit killed for plucking two brinjals in Bihar village

2010-11-10 20:00:00

Patna, Nov 10 (IANS) A Dalit man was beaten to death for plucking two brinjals (aka eggplant) from a field belonging to a landowner of a higher caste in a village in Bihar, police said Wednesday.

To escape the clutches of law, the landowner later offered the grieving Dalit family Rs.75,000 and a piece of land. The family turned down the offer.

Suresh Manjhi, a resident of Moresand village in Samastipur district, was caught Tuesday evening when Subodh Singh spotted him in his field.

Manjhi’s family members said that Singh then locked Manjhi in a room and thrashed him.

‘He died soon after being thrown at our doorstep Tuesday night,’ a family member told IANS.

Subodh Singh later tried to persuade Manjhi’s family not to approach the police, and offered them Rs.75,000 and a some land in return.

‘But the family approached us, and lodged a complaint. We will take action soon,’ a police officer said.



CPIM to hold rally on Dalit rights in Shimla !!!!!


CPIM to hold rally on Dalit rights in Shimla

Shimla (Nov 13): The Himachal Pradesh state committee of CPI (M) will
hold a mass rally on Dalit rights’ issue on November 15 in Shimla.
This will perhaps be the first-ever rally of any political party on
the issue of social discrimination in the state.

CPIM claims to have conducted a survey in the state to access
different forms of social discrimination being practiced in the state
covering more than 35,000 houses in over 1,000 panchayats. The party
claims that different forms of discrimination ranging from cultural,
economic, lingual, religious and even aesthetic are prevalent in the

“After Punjab, the state has the second largest ratio of scheduled
castes population (24.7%). Nearly 70% of Dalit households either own
no land or very less land. They live in abject poverty with their
strength even according to government estimates reaching over 40%
below poverty line. 97.86% Dalit kisans are either small or marginal
in their capacity. Their education status is also quite dismal with
just 0.53% having industrial education, 5% up to secondary and just 2%
graduates. 15% have completed matric,” the survey states.

CPIM has decided to submit a memorandum to the government to seek
implementation of land reforms and land for the poor; implementation
of 85th constitutional amendment in letter and spirit; special plan
for Dalit households and villages with respect to infrastructure
development; tap water supply for every Dalit house; steps to deal
with unsociability; and reservation in private sector.

Dalits Media Watch – News Updates 16.11.10

Dalits Media Watch

News Updates 16.11.10

Upper caste men lynch Dalit in Bihar – Indian Express


When media becomes a problem Kashmir Dispatch


After 28 yrs, hopes revive for Dalits in Banaskantha with order for re-survey – Indian Express


‘Atrocities Act being misused’ – The Hindu


Implement 85th Amendment and attack untouchability: Himachal CPM – Indian Express


Bihar villagers blame Dalit killing on elections – Indian Express


Atrocities on SCs, STs increasing – Zee News


HC upholds provision in UP service rules for SC/ST – Zee News


Indian Express

Upper caste men lynch Dalit in Bihar


Express news service

Mon Nov 15 2010, 04:18 hrs Patna:

A 55-year-old Dalit was beaten to death, allegedly by upper caste people, at a village near Patna on Friday evening. Tension mounted in the area as there were reports of retaliatory attacks on the house of an accused.

The Vaishali district police lodged a case against 32 upper caste men for the Dalit man’s death. Twenty-seven Dalits, who allegedly torched the house of an accused, were also booked for arson.

Two main accused in the lynching incident were arrested on Sunday.

The police said the incident took place when the victim, Lal Babu Ram, was crossing the fields of an upper caste landowner at Gurmiya village under Kartaha police station, 30 km from Patna, on Friday evening.

A fortnight night ago, Ram had refused to work with the landowner because of a prior commitment.

Two upper caste men, Deepak Thakur and Satendra Thakur, allegedly started beating up Ram with sticks and fists. The police said other members from the locality joined them. The old man succumbed to his injuries the same day.

Deepak and Satendra were arrested on Sunday. Sanjay Tiwari, another key accused, has been evading arrest.

Bihar police spokesperson additional director general of police PK Thakur said tension mounted between the two groups when there was a retaliation bid from the victim’s side.

"We have lodged a case against 32 people under Indian Penal Code and SC/ST Act".

Kashmir Dispatch

When media becomes a problem


Monday, 15 November 2010 09:12 Inam ul Rehman

Peepli (Live), India’s official entry for Oscar Awards, shows that when media enters into the arena it quickly turns issues into problems then to crisis finally turning them into confusing collage leaving them there for others to find answers until they stumble or create issues to make them impossible to solve. That is why media becomes a part of the problem.

But why is media increasingly becoming part of the problem in India? The answers may not be difficult to find. Since the time India opened up its economy there was predictable media boom. From one hour news chunk to round the clock news channels took of. In a country where more than 40 percent population lives below the poverty line and rest live on 2 dollars per day it was new thing.

Here was a country that was trying to imitate capitalist model without giving the benefit of capital to its subjects. The liberalisation boom was good for only a miniscule section who constitute less than 2% of population. Yet the State went ahead with quasi liberalisation process and in turn leaving its population gasping for bread.

Those who benefitted from it, hold a strong grip on media. For them India lives in malls, multiplexes and in big buildings. They being themselves beneficiaries, forget that India lives and dies in villages. For these neo-liberalised class what matters is sensex shares. They are least concerned about the problems of India.

For them a trivial traffic jam is more of a concern then farmer suicides. A student from middle class getting beaten in school grabs more headline then Dalits being lynched by the upper caste Hindus. Media would go to extreme limits to demand justice for Jessica Lal or Ruchika or Aman Kachroo. For a passive audience this represents a brave media.

But just pass for a second and think what is common in all these cases. All of them belonged to new middle class and the killing of them meant that this neo liberalist class was in danger. So they came aggressively at these incidents and generated interest among the same middle class that they cater to come on the streets with candle light to protest against the injustices.

Tell them that on an average two Dalits are killed by upper caste Hindu and more than 2 Dailt women are raped. It won’t ruffle any feathers. Ask them why Muslims are treated as third class citizens in their own country they would just shunt it down. Because the media is controlled by liberalised economy and showing the poor things doesn’t work. After all no one likes to see his s***. Because India is a country where SIM Card is free and rice costlier. Italian dish Pizza reaches home faster than Ambulance and Police. Here you get car loan @ 5% but education loan @ 12%. Two IPL teams are auctioned at 3300 crores and yet more than 400 million people struggle for 2 meal per day. The media is not watched or read by poor. They don’t shell money to buy it. So who cares two hoots for them?

In third world countries media is always presumed to be big and larger than life. The passive audience think that though media they can solve every issue. That is why they are always curious to see their issues popping in the media without realising that the issues only get complicated. Because you would always find politicians in the studio commenting on every thing even though they may have no inkling about it.

Media in the 20th and 21st century is a very effective tool of propaganda. Those who control the media inevitably become the extension of the State. No problem has ever been solved in the studios. The more the media takes the issue more compounding it becomes to solve. After all everything is done with a view to change the opinion or think on their lines. Books and newspapers are no exception. In fact in present world they are the best tools to mould opinions.

That is why, it is bizarre when Kashmiris demand that Indian media should show all the happenings in the Valley as they are. You cannot be so naive and so marred in ‘beautiful resistance’ and still claim that your foes are not giving you enough of coverage. Palestinian have never ever claimed such lucrative deals with Israel.

In fact no resistant group in the world has clamoured such puerile favours. Yet on one side Kashmiris fight with India and on the other side ask its patriotic citizens to go against its State! The poor third world citizens of Kashmir think that if politicians of their ideologue score a point over the rivals in a TV debate they have won. These poor Kashmiris also believe that they should come on the front page forgetting the fact that middle class India doesn’t pay money to read that news.

There is no doubt that press plays an adversarial role to those in power and usually debunks police, politicians and bureaucrats and confronts them on various occasions of public interests. But when it comes to conflict area anywhere in the world press plays this role selectively. In normal times, the press adopts a distanced stance to those it covers and takes the quote of officials with lot of scepticism.

However, in times of crisis the press abandons irony, cynicism, and occasionally even scepticism to see the world through a nationalistic and patriotic lens. Be it United States, England or a developing country like India. For them all those who want to secede from the State are enemies no matter whether they are violent or nonviolent. The fact is that all reporters and media have biases and they function within those parameters. There is nothing wrong in it. Objectivity is subjectivity in the media.

Many journalists in a democracy report consciously about the conflict area that their reporting should instil public faith in the proposition that despite its flaws democratic system does work and there is hope. So when Kashmiris clamour for fair reportage from Indian media does it mean they invariably believe in democratic credentials of India?

(Inam Ul Rehman is a journalist based in Kashmir. He has written columns and film reviews for several publications in Valley.)

Indian Express

After 28 yrs, hopes revive for Dalits in Banaskantha with order for re-survey


Parimal Dabhi

Sun Nov 14 2010, 03:44 hrs Ahmedabad:

In a significant development in the implementation of Agricultural Land Ceiling Act (ALC Act) in Gujarat, revenue authorities in Banaskantha district have ordered “re-survey (re-measure)” of 6,574 acres of land in the district that was allocated to landless Dalits 28 years ago under the Act but is still not under their possession.

Incidentally, the land allegedly illegally occupied all these years records bumper production of castor.

Banaskantha district collector R J Patel gave verbal orders at a public function in Vav town of the district earlier this week. The function was jointly organised by the district collectorate and an Ahmedabad-based organisation, Council for Social Justice (CSJ), which has been running a movement to get the possession of this land for Dalits in Banaskantha.

District SP Harishchandra Patel, concerned revenue officers and social activist Indukumar Jani were also present at the function.

Secretary of CSJ, Valjibhai Patel, said, “Under the provisions of the ALC Act, this land was allocated for 1,713 Dalit families in 1982. However, it remained on paper since authorities did not follow up the procedure. All these years, it was used illegally by the upper-caste people of the region.”

Patel said that after the official allocation of the land in 1982, certain statutory procedure is required to be followed for giving possession of the same to the allottee.

“However, due to criminal negligence on the part of various sections of the district revenue department like the office of the district land records inspector (DLRI) and the mamlatdar to follow the ALC Act provisions, physical possession of the land has not been given to Dalits to date,” Patel added. According to the CSJ secretary, after allocation orders, the offices of mamlatdar and DLRI have to carry out a physical survey (measurement) of the lands to earmark each plot to be given to the allottee. And without this, possession cannot be given.

After sustained efforts by CSJ, district revenue authorities have now ordered to initiate the process of surveying of the 6,574 acres of land that falls mostly in nine talukas; Vav, Tharad, Kankrej, Deodar, Palanpur, Danta, Dantiwada, Deesa and Vadgam.

When contacted, the district collector said, “I have given orders to re-survey these lands so that possession can be given to those families who have not been given the same so far.” The officer, however, said possession of only around 25 per cent of the 6,574 acres of land have not been given to the allottees.

The collector said a survey was carried out earlier but since they do not have records to prove the same, a re-survey has been ordered to be completed in three months.

The castor booty

If Council for Social Justice is to be believed, a significant portion of the castor production in Banaskantha district is being done on the land illegally occupied mostly by upper-caste farmers. Banaskantha is known for its castor production. According to Raju Solnaki, who is associated with CSJ, “Seventy percent of the total castor production in world is being done by India. And in India, around 70 per cent castor is produced by Gujarat more than half of which is being produced in Banaskantha. The nine talukas in which the survey (measurement) has been ordered are significant castor producers.”

The Hindu

‘Atrocities Act being misused’



Dalit association protests against those using the

Act to settle personal scores

Karwar: The Karnataka Adi Jambava Madiga Association has demanded action against those misusing the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities Act) to settle personal scores.

A team led by Gurunath Danappanavar visited the Haliyal taluk office on Monday and submitted a memorandum. In the memorandum, the association alleged that some Dalit leaders were using the Act to blackmail people from other communities.

While drawing the Government’s attention to the fact that the Adi Jambavas themselves are Dalits, the association pointed out that people of all castes lived amicably in Haliyal taluk. However, some Dalit leaders filing cases under the Act against their rivals was causing disharmony, the members alleged.

In an unrelated incident, Dalit leader and School Development Monitoring Committees president at Khamadolli village in the taluk P. S. Danappanavar has filed a case under the Act against Ravidas Suntakar, president of Chibbalageri Gram Panchayat. In his complaint, Mr. Danappanavar alleged that Mr. Suntakar threatened him. In a counter complaint, a woman has alleged that Mr. Danappanavar tired to rape her.

Indian Express

Implement 85th Amendment and attack untouchability: Himachal CPM


Express News Service Tags

Tue Nov 16 2010, 00:02 hrs Shimla:

On the basis of its survey across 35,000 dalit households across 1,000 panchayats, the CPM today claimed that at least 95 per cent of Schedule Caste families were small and marginal farmers. As the party held a rally in Shimla to seek the people’s support to launch a struggle for Schedule Castes’ rights, it said that the survey had shown that the majority of Dalits were living in poor conditions and facing caste-based discrimination.

The CPM has now amalgamated its long-standing agenda of the need for fresh land reforms in the state with dalit rights and has bid to attract supporters of other parties on the issue in Himachal, which has the second highest proportion of Schedule Castes among the states with 24.7 per cent of its population being SC.

“This campaign would not only be led by dalits to assert their own rights. The masses in general will also have to join in. After the Panchayati Raj Institution elections are over in January, the CPM will attract the support of people across different parties to join the mass campaign for Dalit rights that would be launched from Mandi in February,” said CPM Secretary Rakesh Singha.

CPM State Secretariat Member Tikender Panwar said, “We will submit a memorandum to the state government and also the survey about the condition of dalits. Our demand is that the government should implement the 85th Amendment to the Constitution and work to stop caste-based discrimination in villages, where dalits are still not allowed to enter temples, drink water from common sources and eat together at public functions.”

CPM leader Kuldeep Tanwar raised the issue of deliberate efforts not to recruit schedule caste candidates as Anganwadi workers, mid-day meal cooks or water carriers in schools as untouchability is still in practice. The party will seek implementation of a reservation roaster on all these recruitments to change people’s mindsets.

Indian Express

Bihar villagers blame Dalit killing on elections


Santosh Singh

Tue Nov 16 2010, 02:11 hrs Gurhmiya (Vaishali):

Three days after Babulal Ram, a Scheduled Caste man in his late 50s, was reportedly beaten to death by three upper-caste men, villagers here are blaming the fresh incidents of atrocity against Dalits on the Assembly elections.

According to reports, on November 12, Babulal was in his house when he heard the cries of 10-year-old Ruban Ram, who was reportedly being beaten up by three upper-caste men — Satendra Thakur, Sanjay Thakur and Deepak Thakur — for going to the ghats which was “out of bounds” for Scheduled Caste members.

Babulal, a daily wager, tried to intervene, but the trio reportedly started beating him with wooden sticks. Baburam died half-an-hour later. According to the post-mortem report, he died of head injuries.

Villagers said this was the third incident of atrocity against Dalits in the last one month. Machhia Devi alleged that her 22-year-old son Navin Ram was beaten up by upper caste Bhumihars and was undergoing treatment at Sadar Hospital in Hajipur. Santlal Ram, 25, alleged he was also beaten up about a fortnight back for refusing to accept Rs 50 as his daily wage.

Saying that the tension began in the run-up to the Assembly elections, villagers added that the situation had worsened after polling was held in the area on October 28.

“Upper-caste men have been trying to dictate our votes for a particular candidate. How can we allow anyone to decide our votes?” said Babulal’s nephew, Mohan Ram.

Besides the three main accused, Sanjay Tiwari, chief of Gurhmiya Primary Agriculture Cooperative Credit Society (PACCS), is also among the 31 upper-caste men who have been named in the FIR. Villagers say that Tiwari, a Bhumihar, provoked the incident.

Some claimed that Tiwari is a “close associate of JD-U Lalganj MLA Vijay alias Munna Shukla, who had fielded his wife, Anu Shukla, as the party’s candidate for the seat.

But Lalganj Circle Inspector Uday Pratap Singh said: “The FIR has no direct or indirect reference to Munna Shukla. We have already arrested main accused Satendra and Deepak, and are trying to track Sanjay Tiwari”.

Twenty-seven Dalits, who allegedly torched portions of houses belonging to some upper-caste members on November 13, were also booked. Two of them have been arrested.

The upper caste Bhumihar-dominated Gurhmiya village, under Lalganj Assembly segment, has about 20 families of Scheduled Caste Rams and 40 families of Paswans. The incident, which occurred just before the last phase of polling is scheduled to be held on November 20, assumes significance as the Mahadalits are seen as Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s new constituency.

Meanwhile, Babulal’s daughter-in-law, Anita, has been left to fend for her family of five as her husband, Bhola, is differently abled. She said that Babulal had no personal enmity with upper-caste villagers. “Most of us earn our bread by working in the fields of upper caste people,” she said.

Though they have BPL cards, she said that they don’t get enough ration.

Babulal’s nephew, Mohan Ram, said though they were happy with the Nitish government, they were yet to avail of most of the benefits meant for Scheduled Castes.

“Only 30 per cent of the village children go to school, which is located in the area where the upper caste people live. Our women often have to bear their taunts,” said Chandan Ram, a villager, adding that police deployment would provide them only temporary relief.

Meanwhile, the Vaishali district administration sought to defuse the tension with deployment of 100 armed forces from the Bihar Military Police and state police in and around the village.

Zee News

Atrocities on SCs, STs increasing


Updated on Monday, November 15, 2010, 21:07

New Delhi: Cases of atrocities on people belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes are on the rise even two decades after a stringent rule was framed to protect the vulnerable sections, the Lok Sabha was informed Monday.

The police registered 32,407 such cases in 2006, 35,352 in 2007 and 38,943 in 2008, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment D Napoleon said in a written reply.

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Of the total number of cases, 1,03,793 have been disposed of while 32,394 are still pending in different police stations, he said quoting National Crime Records Bureau data.

Zee News

HC upholds provision in UP service rules for SC/ST


Updated on Friday, November 12, 2010, 00:38

Allahabad: The Allahabad High Court today upheld a provision of government service rules in Uttar Pradesh whereby Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, who had joined services availing reservation, had also been entitled to "consequential seniority" while deciding promotions.

Passing the order, a division bench comprising Justice S K Singh and Justice Sabhajeet Yadav observed "it can not be said that by insertion of concept of consequential seniority the Article 16 (right to equality of opportunity) of the Constitution of India stands destroyed and abrogated."

The order came while dismissing the writ petition of Mukund Kumar Srivastava, an executive engineer in rural engineering, who had challenged Rule 8-A of the UP government service seniority rules, 1991, whereby entitlement of consequential seniority had been introduced.

The court ruled "we are of the opinion that Rule 8-A has merely effectuated the provisions contained under Article 16 (4A)) of the Constitution of India, whereby benefit of consequential seniority has been given to the members of the SC/ST due to reservation in promotion by obliterating the concept of catch-up rule of seniority."

The court also turned down the petitioner’s prayer for declaring the aforesaid Rule as ultra vires of the Constitution, but said he could place the claim of his own promotion before the UP Public Service Tribunal. -PTI

NAC to monitor abolition of manual scavenging

NAC to monitor abolition of manual scavenging

Siddharth Varadarajan

New Delhi: The Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council (NAC) on Saturday urged the Centre to coordinate with all State and local governments and also Central government departments, including the Railways, to ensure that the pernicious practice of manual scavenging is fully abolished the latest by the end of the 11th Plan period.

This, it said, would require a new survey in every State and Union Territory, with wide public involvement, of the remaining dry latrines and manual scavengers, demolition of all dry latrines, psycho-social and livelihood rehabilitation in modern marketable skills of all manual scavengers and their families, and special programmes for education including higher education and computer education of all children of manual scavengers.

The NAC has asked the Ministry of Social Justice to formulate 100 per cent Centrally-sponsored schemes to support the rehabilitation initiatives.

The law also needs to be amended, the NAC said, to ensure sharper definitions of manual scavenging, and greater accountability on the part of officials who employ, or fail to prevent, manual scavenging.

The NAC has recommended that the implementation of this law be monitored at the highest levels of the Central and State governments.

It will itself monitor, on a quarterly basis, progress in abolition of manual scavenging, in order to ensure the final end of this most degrading practice of caste discrimination.

Beautiful Thought by Lord Buddha ( Please read it , good for all of us )

Beautiful Thought by Lord Buddha ( Please read it , good for all of us )

Beautiful Thought by Lord Buddha

Once Buddha was travelling with a few of his followers. While they were passing a lake, Buddha told one of his disciples, "I am thirsty. Do get me some water from the lake."

The disciple walked up to the lake. At that moment, a bullock cart started crossing through the lake. As a result, the water became very muddy and turbid. The disciple thought, "How can I give this muddy water to Buddha to drink?"

So he came back and told Buddha, "The water in there is very muddy. I don’t think it is fit to drink."

After about half an hour, again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back to the lake.

The disciple went back, and found that the water was still muddy. He returned and informed Buddha about the same.

After sometime, again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back.

This time, the disciple found the mud had settled down, and the water was clean and clear. So he collected some water in a pot and brought it to Buddha.

Buddha looked at the water, and then he looked up at the disciple and said," See what you did to make the water clean. You let it be, and the mud settled down on its own — and you have clear water.

Your mind is like that too ! When it is disturbed, just let it be. Give it a little time. It will settle down on its own. You don’t have to put in any effort to calm it down. It will happen. It is effortless."

Having ‘Peace of Mind’ is not a strenuous job; it is an effortless process!


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