Who is eating up 711 million budget of minorities in Sindh?

 

Sufi Ghulam Hussain

sufi 2In Pakistan, 'minority' as a term is implied to mean religious minorities, or non-Muslims. Constitutionally, 'minority affairs' is a provincial subject. Since, the problem of caste is denied, there is no specific budget allocated for Scheduled Castes or Dalits in Pakistan. The State of Pakistan gives primacy to the category of 'minority' to subsume Scheduled Castes under it without allocating any specific budget for it.

Minority Affairs department was established in 1995, after separating it from the Religions Affairs department to facilitate the formulation of overall policy of the minorities. It aimed at providing financial assistance, scholarship, and medical treatment, marriage dowry for the deserving, repair and maintenance of religious places of Minority Communities in the Province of Sindh1.

In the financial year 2017-18, 711.6 million rupees were allocated for the minorities by the government of Sindh2. From June, 2017 to June 2018, it planned to spend 499.05 million rupees on the repair and construction of Hindu temples and dharamshalas and satsang halls near temples and dharamshalas. Except for the 7 million amount allocated but unapproved for the construction of the Monument of Dalit hero Rooplo Kolhi, and construction of shed, washrooms and flooring of the yard at Nagarparkar, the budget did not show any amount specifically allocated for Dalits in Sindh.

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Several attempts to break the Mahar Maraṭha brotherhood

 

 Dipankar Kamble

dipankar kambleIn the late 1700s and early 1800s, Bajirao 2 the Peshwa of Pune executed  Manu Smiriti in the most extreme manner in his regime, The Untouchables (Mahars, Chambhars, Maṅgs) were made to wear a pot around their necks and were made to tie a broom to there waists so that their saliva and foot marks would not pollute the land.

When the British wanted to conquer India they recognised the potential of Maharnags as it was considered as a martial community. They approached the Maharnags and gave them the offer of admission in the British Army. Mukti Nayak Sidnak went to the Peshwa Bajirao II and made him aware of the scenario and offered him that the Maharnags will fight for the Peshwa Army provided , after the battle the Peshwa would admit Maharnags in his army. The Peshwa dismissed the offer and insulted Sidnag. 

 The Maharnags entered the British army and call it frustration, revenge, anger, fight for self-respect, they were so aggressive that an army of 500 Maharnags defeated the army of 28000 Peshwas.

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Bhima-Koregaon: contact list of lawyers working to release arrested youth

 

Round Table India

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As the media continues the blackout of the massive numbers of arrests of young men who the police have identified as Buddhists and or Ambedkarites from Dalit communities all over Maharashtra, social media networks are working hard to keep information flowing to the affected families and victims of police action. Several independent lawyers and lawyer’s association have come forward to fight the cases pro bono. Courts in Panvel saw lawyers rapidly taking in as many cases as they could without any talk of money. Similar scenes were witnessed in many others courts, Kalyan Lawyers Association and Indian Lawyers Association along with others are working round the clock to have the courts release the unprecedented number of arrested people.

At Aurangabad where thousands of youth have been taken by the police, a delegation of lawyers and activists are calling on authorities to immediately stop the arrests and the psychological tactics of terrorizing families with continuous combing operations looking for Ambedkarite youth. Maharashtra Lawyers Organization Pune’s delegation was to meet the police commissioner at Pune District court, Shivajinagar today.

These are lists of phone numbers of lawyers who are providing legal services to the families whose members have been arrested since the last few days. Please share them with friends and families who are reaching out for help through various means.

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'We are one': an appeal to act with sensitivity

Gaurav Somwanshi

This is for the international and non-Maharashtrian activists/academics/journos only.

Currently, the situation across Maharashtra is extremely diverse depending upon place to place.

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In solidarity with Lalu

 

Abhay Kumar

Differences with Lalu Shouldn't Lead One to Blow Hindutva Sankh (Conch)

abhay kumarI was surprised to receive the reactions against Lalu, following his conviction in the second fodder scam case by a Ranchi court. "Congratulations! Lalu has been convicted", said a friend from JNU. Another friend angrily aired his reaction: "My family has been supporting Lalu for last 27 years but what we have got". Ironically, these two friends have no connection with the Hindutva politics. Nor do they belong to upper castes.

In the recent past, the anti-Lalu sentiments have spread among non-upper caste domain as well. The BJP is trying to woo some non-Yadav castes, particularly those who are numerically small among OBCs, with such narratives: "only Yadav castes have been beneficiaries of Lalu-raj." However, it has never spelt what it has done for them where the saffron outfits were in power!

Given that, the need of hour is to firmly stand with Lalu at this critical juncture. Even his opponents would accept privately that the politics of Lalu has been, despite criticisms and limitations, broadly secular and progressive, based on ideas of social justice. Today, these values, particularly after the coming of Modi in the centre, are under severe attack.

Do I mean to say that the Lalu's commitment to secular politics should make him above criticism? I do not mean that. I am aware of the fact that some of us have some serious questions about Lalu, his party RJD and its rule in Bihar.

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What the National Law Schools don't teach

 

Swagat Baruah

swagat baruah 1Law as a profession has been often ridiculed for its lack of integrity, greed, and immorality. Justice as a profession has been criticized for the joyous self-exiles of its people behind their ivory towers. Some would be even offended by me calling it a ‘profession’. It is a ‘service’ they would claim. I don’t entirely subscribe to the disparaging tone against lawyers, not because I am to become one myself, but because I could claim to vouch for their constant moral and ethical dismembering attitude. Lawyers and judges are taught to understand everything down to its bare bones, to be Socratic, to contest, interrogate, examine, historicize and contextualize everything. But what about emotions and integrity and honour and empathy, I ask? Why must they be buried beneath all the facts? Courts are “courts of law and not courts of justice” as remarked the great  Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. But what about our lives? Must our lives be led in no fashion of justice and fairness?

Facts matter, even so, more in this era, the era of ‘post-truth’ where the Nietzschean subjectivity of truth has been betrayed and misappropriated. Previously ‘lying’ was a widely accepted survival tactic in law, politics, and diplomacy. Today, it is accepted everywhere, from college debates to parliament debates, from lying in a Model United Nations to lying in the United Nations. The facts simply don’t matter. Everyone is entitled to their interpretation and opinion and the freedom of speech that prescribes it, and everyone is right. “There are no facts, only interpretations.”

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BJP's gameplan to hinduize Ambedkar

 

Shaik Subhani

shaik subhaniDr. B.R Ambedkar was an eminent scholar, economist, politician, philosopher, leader, activist, architect of India's constitution, and a social reformer who fought for women's rights and also inspired the modern Buddhist movement. He was born on April 14, 1891, in India. He did not belong to the Hindu religion[2] as he was born in a group outside the four-fold Hindu Varna system called the Panchama Varna, which was associated with 'untouchability'[3]. Ambedkar in 1935 at the Yeola conference declared that he was 'born a Hindu but would not die a Hindu.'[4]

In accordance with his statement, he finally converted to Buddhism on October 14, 1956, at Nagpur. Within two months of his conversion, he passed away on December 6, 1956. Ambedkar sacrificed his whole life to reform the Hindu religion, such that it reflected the three principles of Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity.[5] But when he felt it was impossible to reform the Hindu religion[6], he decided to convert to a non-Hindu religion which echoed these principles. Finally, he chose Buddhism which was established by Siddhartha Gouthama and he undertook a mass conversion along with 6 lakh people.[7]

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