Case against Dalit leader should not disturb peace”

Case against Dalit leader should not disturb peace”

The Madras High Court Bench here on Wednesday asked Additional Advocate General (AAG) K. Chellapandian to come out with a solution, in consultation with the Ramanathapuram Collector and the Superintendent of Police, to curb flaring up of emotions pursuant to registration of a criminal case against a Dalit leader on charges of promoting enmity between two caste groups.

Dealing with a writ petition filed by P. Chandra Bose, general secretary of Thyagi Immanuel Peravai, to quash the First Information Report, Mr. Justice V. Ramasubramanian said that his endeavour was to ensure that the registration of the case following a public meeting at Paramakudi on November 5 should not snowball into a controversy and disturb tranquillity across the State.

The public meeting was organised to condemn the police firing, which led to the death of six Dalits at Paramakudi on September 11.

Stating that courts have to deal such issues with caution, the Judge said: “My only concern is where to put an end to this. Nowadays, courts have a greater responsibility. If it had been any other writ petition, I would have thrown it out. But this case is different.”

Earlier, the AAG contended that the speech given by the petitioner in the public meeting squarely attracted Section 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race and so on and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) of the Indian Penal Code. However, petitioner’s counsel P. Rathinam said that the speech was nothing but the cry of the hapless Dalits.

When counsel referred to historic incidents related to atrocities committed against Dalits, the judge intervened and said that Mahatma Gandhi had the ability to bring about peace even in the worst of communal disturbances. “Unfortunately, we do not have someone like him. Today, nobody wants to be a Mahatma Gandhi as they do not want to be shot dead.”

He recalled that Mahatma Gandhi had written to his friend on January 25, 1948, just five days before his assassination, stating he would prefer to die chanting the name of Lord Ram if he happened to be shot dead in an attempt to bring about communal harmony. “It is amazing that he died in the same manner within five days of writing that letter,” Mr. Justice Ramasubramanian said.

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PPSS leader Abhaya Sahoo arrested

PPSS leader Abhaya Sahoo arrested

The POSCO Pratirodha Sangram Saminit (PPSS) leader Mr. Abhaya Sahoo has been arrested by police at 7.45 pm today (25th November 2011) at a place called ‘Nua Pokhari’ when he was returning from Paradip though Manijangha and Ersama. We got the information that he has been now kept in Jagatpur Police station.

This is part of the game plan of the coward state government to suppress the anti-POSCO movement by hook or by crook. The state government is reportedly finalised the draft of the MoU to be renewed with POSCO. Earlier it has facilitated a private company’s goons to attack our people while we were peacefully protesting against the extension of IOCL road. All these show the nervousness and cowardice of the state government and the haste in which it wants to push through the project.

Earlier also Abhaya Sahoo was arrested in 2008 and was kept in jail for 14 months.

PPSS strongly condemns the arrest of Abhaya Sahoo. We simultaneously make it clear that the impression of government, that our protest will be weakened by this, will be proved incorrect. Our peaceful protest will be stronger and mightier than ever before till POSCO project is scrapped.

We call for all the Jan Andolans, People’s organisations, Political parties, activists, intellectuals and people at large to condemn in strongest possible terms the dastardly act of theadministration. We call for all our friends to demonstrate and demand immediate release of Abahya Sahoo. Also lodge your protest near the following authorities.

We will keep you intimated the developments and our next move.

Kindly circulate this mail widely.

In Solidarity,

Prashant Paikary

Spokesperson, POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS)

Mobile no – 09437571546

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Politicking over AFSPA

Politicking over AFSPA
Date: 25 Nov 2011

Threatened Occupy LA counters mayor, buys gas masks Add a comment Deborah Dupre, Human Rights Examiner November 24, 2011 – Like this? Subscribe to get instant updates. 4Share Print Email ‘Para Todos Todo, Para Nosotros Nada: For Everyone, Everything,

Threatened Occupy LA counters mayor, buys gas masks


For Everyone, Everything, For Us, Nothing’ Occupy Los Angeles human rights defenders say to city officials in solidarity with oppressed Occupiers globallyPara Nosotros Nada:

In solidarity with oppressed occupiers globally, Occupy Los Angeles rights defenders have rejected LA city’s proposal for it to vacate its LA City Hall encampment by November 28 despite closed-door negotiations Tuesday, and instead, with full General Assembly consensus, the occupiers passed a resolution Wednesday including ten grievances based on human rights of free speech and assembly protected under U.S. Constitution First Amendment, that they released in an official statement at 6:15 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. Police declined to tell LA Times reporters what they plan do to rights defenders refusing to vacate their City Hall Park encampment, now renamed by the rights defenders "Solidarity Park" in honor of the peaceful revolutionaries’ struggle across the planet, but one LA resister has bought a gas mask due to the recent police gassing torture of Berkley rights defenders and military gassing massacre of Egyptian rights defenders.

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Politicking over AFSPA

Politicking over AFSPA
Date: 25 Nov 2011
Politicking over AFSPA

http://kashmirwatch.com/humanrights.php/2011/11/25/politicking-over-afspa.html
A pliant CM cannot afford to defy his masters in New Delhi

The unseemly controversy on the issue of revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), generated by the chief minister as a matter of political expediency rather than any genuine concern for the unabated human rights abuses being committed in the troubled state, refuses to die down, though it has taken several turns and twists. Omar Abdullah has been blowing hot and cold in the same breath, asserting on the one hand that he was the boss and he alone can decide on this issue and then leaving the matter to New Delhi. He has been vacillating on this question, as on several other issues of disagreement between him and his masters in New Delhi, shifting his stance, realizing that he is not in a position to defy New Delhi, with whose support and backing he has come to power and without whose support he cannot retain his chair. Initially he voiced for the revocation of the draconian law which arms the armed forces with blanket powers and provides a culture of immunity and which has been recklessly used to shield those guilty of resorting to grave human rights abuses in Jammu and Kashmir. With those in authority in New Delhi, particularly those at the helm in the defence establishment, raising alarm and vehemently opposing any move to even relax the AFSPA, not to speak of its total repeal, Omar Abdullah started talking of withdrawing it from selected areas, mostly those where it has never been enforced. First he tried to assert his right to decide on this question and later shifted his ground by saying that it has to be decided collectively by the Unified Headquarters or by the state and central governments. On several other issues too the chief minister had to beat a hasty retreat. His father and Union minister Farooq Abdullah too has been fuming and fretting by categorically stating that his son is the boss in J&K, which the Abdullah dynasty considers as their inherited fiefdom, and at the same time admitting that no government in the state can survive by defying New Delhi, citing his own bitter experience.

The fact of the matter is that no major policy decision in J&K, even on matters under the purview of the State government, can be taken and implemented without New Delhi’s blessing and help. New Delhi is sarkar mai baap and nothing can move without its consent. If the chief minister is really the boss then what prevents him from deciding about the withdrawal of the Disturbed Areas Act which is the basis on which the AFSPA stands. New Delhi has left everyone in no doubt that even this is beyond the power and authority of the chief minister as it is the prerogative of the State governor. If the chief minister is genuinely concerned with the tyranny of AFSPA then why did he not moved on this issue by implementing the recommendations of the Working Group headed by M.A, Ansari, present Vice President of India, which in its report submitted in January 2007 categorically stated: “Certain laws made operational during the period of militancy (e.g. Armed Forces Special Powers Act, Disturbed Areas Act) impinge on the fundamental rights of and adversely affect the public. They should be reviewed and revoked. Law and order matters should be dealt with, to the maximum extent possible through normal laws.” And these abnormal laws included the notorious Public Safety Act, under which hundreds of persons including the children have been detained and kept in custody without trial, which is a state law and within the purview of the State government to repeal. Clearly, those who owe their position to their masters in New Delhi and can retain it with their support alone, cannot be the masters of their own affairs. They have to bow to the diktats from New Delhi.

(editorial- Kashmir Times-Nov 25, 2011)

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