Rally & Dharna by the Hijra & Transgender Community against the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016

 

RALLY

Date: Friday, 26th August 2016 i.e. today
Starting time: Between 2 to 2.30 pm
Starting point: Goshaalaa, Lower Tank Bund Road
End point: Dharna Chowk at Indira Park, Hyderabad

DHARNA

Date: Friday, 26th August 2016 i.e. today
Time: 4 pm till 6 pm
Venue: Dharnaa Chowk at Indira Park, Hyderabad

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The honorable MP of Rajya Sabha, Sri Tiruchi Siva has consented to join us to show solidarity.

Early in this month of August, the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment (MoSJ&E), Government of India (GoI) tabled a bill on hijra transgender people of India called The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016.

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Demand for dismissal of Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi and apologies for insulting the tribal community

 

Talastarada Vedike 

Kiran Bedi, Ex IAS officer, an active member of a political party and Puducherry Lt Governor, has insulted and condemned de-notified tribes by tweeting on 2 nd August:"Ex-criminal tribes are known to be very cruel. They are hardcore professionals in committing crimes. Rarely caught and/or convicted."

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These words of Kiran Bedi have seriously hurt tribal and nomadic communities who were labeled criminals by the British and treated atrociously by both the British and the Indian government. No one with the least common decency would utter these words. As per the constitution of India discrimination is not allowed based on caste, religion, gender or language but Kiran Bedi has gone against the constitution by calling tribal people criminals. Kiran Bedi's words are not just a petty unjustified statement. It is very clear that there are casteist and racist hatred behind this statement. We strongly condemn the insulting casteist words of the Ex Police officer and current politician,Kiran Bedi. We demand that Kiran Bedi apologises immediately to these communities and retract her words. Also as a servant of a Government's constitutional body, her words have violated SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act section 3(1) and Section 4(2)(g) which is a punishable offence with 5 years of imprisonment.

A recent rape incident in Bulandshahr has been used to spread the prejudiced views of denotified communities. We would like to ask a question here. Ashok Mishra hacked a dalit couple to death with an axe for owing Rs 15 in the Mainpuri district of Uttar Pradesh. Do we call anyone with a surname Mishra as a murderer? Would that not be foolish?

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ತಳಸ್ತರ ವೇದಿಕೆಯಿಂದ ಪುದುಚೇರಿಯ ಲೆ.ಗವರ್ನರ್ ಕಿರಣ್ ಬೇಡಿ ಕ್ಷಮಾಪಣೆ ಮತ್ತು ಅಮಾನತು ಬೇಡಿಕೆ

 

ತಳಸ್ತರ ವೇದಿಕೆ, ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ

ಅಲೆಮಾರಿ ಬುಡಕಟ್ಟು ಮಹಾಸಭಾ

ದಿನಾಂಕ: 09-08-2016 ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು

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ಮಾನ್ಯರೇ,

ಮಾಜಿ ಐಪಿಎಸ್ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಯೂ, ರಾಜಕೀಯ ಪಕ್ಷವೊಂದರ ಸಕ್ರಿಯಕಾರ್ಯಕರ್ತರೂ, ಪಾಂಡಿಚೇರಿಯ ಲೆಫ್ಟಿನೆಂಟ್ ಗವರ್ನರ್ ಆಗಿರುವ ಕಿರಣ್ಬೇಡಿಯವರು ಆಗಸ್ಟ್ 2ನೇ ತಾರೀಕಿನಂದು ಡಿನೋಟಿಫೈಡ್ ಬುಡಕಟ್ಟುಗಳನ್ನು(ವಿಮುಕ್ತ ಜಾತಿಗಳು) ಅಪಮಾನಿಸಿ ನಿಂದಿಸುವ ಒಂದು ಟ್ವೀಟ್ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ.ಅದರಲ್ಲಿ ಅವರು ಹೀಗೆ ಬರೆದಿದ್ದಾರೆ. 'ಮಾಜಿ ಕ್ರಿಮಿನಲ್ ಟ್ರೈಬ್‍ಗಳು ಅತ್ಯಂತಕ್ರೂರಿಗಳೆಂದೇ ಹೆಸರಾಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಅಪರಾಧಗಳನ್ನು ನಡೆಸುವುದರಲ್ಲಿ ಅವರುನಿಷ್ಣಾತರಾಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಅವರನ್ನು ಹಿಡಿಯುವುದಾಗಲೀ, ಶಿಕ್ಷೆ ನೀಡುವುದಾಗಲೀಆಗುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ'.

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ಕಿರಣ್ ಬೇಡಿಯವರ ಈ ಮಾತುಗಳು ಈ ದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ 'ಕ್ರಿಮಿನಲ್ಬುಡಕಟ್ಟುಗಳೆಂದು ಬ್ರಿಟಿಷರಿಂದ ಹಣೆಪಟ್ಟಿ ಹಚ್ಚಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು, ಬ್ರಿಟಿಷ್ ಮತ್ತುಭಾರತದ ಸರ್ಕಾರಗಳಿಂದ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಅಮಾನವೀಯವಾಗಿನಡೆಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲಾಗುತ್ತಿರುವ ಅಲೆಮಾರಿ ಮತ್ತು ಆದಿವಾಸಿ ಸಮುದಾಯಗಳಮನಸ್ಸಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ನೋವನ್ನುಂಟುಮಾಡುವ ಮಾತುಗಳಾಗಿವೆ. ಕನಿಷ್ಠನಾಗರೀಕ ಪ್ರಜ್ಞೆ ಇರುವ ಯಾರೂ ಇಂತಹ ಮಾತುಗಳನ್ನು ಉಚ್ಚರಿಸಲಾರರು.ಭಾರತದ ಸಂವಿಧಾನವು ಜಾತಿ, ಧರ್ಮ, ಲಿಂಗ, ಭಾಷೆಗಳ ಆಧಾರದಲ್ಲಿ ತಾರತಮ್ಯಮಾಡಕೂಡದೆಂದು ಹೇಳುತ್ತದೆ. ಆದರೆ ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಕಿರಣ್ ಬೇಡಿಯವರುಬುಡಕಟ್ಟುಗಳನ್ನು ಕ್ರಿಮಿನಲ್‍ಗಳು ಎಂದು ಹೇಳುವ ಮೂಲಕ ಸಂವಿಧಾನದಆಶಯಕ್ಕೆ ವಿರುದ್ಧವಾಗಿ ನಡೆದುಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಕಿರಣ್ ಬೇಡಿಯದು ಕೇವಲ ಕ್ಷುಲ್ಲಕರಾಜಕೀಯ ಹೇಳಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲ. ಈ ಹೇಳಿಕೆಯ ಹಿಂದೆ ಜಾತಿವಾದಿ ಮತ್ತು ಅಖಂಡಜನಾಂಗ ದ್ವೇಷಿ ನಿಲುವುಗಳಿರುವುದು ಸ್ಪಷ್ಟವಾಗಿಯೇ ಕಾಣಿಸುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಮಾಜಿಪೊಲೀಸ್ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಯೂ, ಹಾಲಿ ರಾಜಕಾರಣಿಯೂ ಆಗಿರುವ ಕಿರಣ್ ಬೇಡಿಅವರ ಈ ಜಾತಿ ನಿಂದನೆಯ ಮಾತುಗಳನ್ನು ನಾವು ತೀವ್ರವಾಗಿ ಖಂಡಿಸುತ್ತೇವೆ.ಕಿರಣ್ ಬೇಡಿ ಅವರು ಈ ಕೂಡಲೇ ಈ ಸಮುದಾಯಗಳ ಕ್ಷಮೆ ಯಾಚಿಸಿ ತಮ್ಮಮಾತುಗಳನ್ನು ಹಿಂಪಡೆಯಬೇಕೆಂದು ಒತ್ತಾಯಿಸುತ್ತೇವೆ. ಮಾತ್ರವಲ್ಲದೇ ಒಬ್ಬ ಸಂವಿಧಾನ ಬದ್ಧ ಅಧಿಕಾರ ವಹಿಸಿಕೊಂಡ ಸರ್ಕಾರಿ ನೌಕರರಾಗಿ ಅವರಾಡಿರುವ ಮಾತುಗಳು SCST ದೌರ್ಜನ್ಯ ತಡೆ ಕಾಯ್ದೆಯ ಸೆಕ್ಷನ್ 3(1) (r) ಮತ್ತು ಸೆ.4(2)(g) ಗಳ ಸ್ಪಷ್ಟ ಉಲ್ಲಂಘನೆಯಾಗಿದ್ದು ಇದಕ್ಕೆ 5 ವರ್ಷಗಳ ವರೆಗೆ ಕಾರಾಗೃಹ ಶಿಕ್ಷೆ ನೀಡಬಹುದಾಗಿದೆ.

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#Caste is not a rumour: The online diary of Rohith Vemula

 

Round Table India

 #Caste is not a rumour: The online diary of Rohith Vemula is a collection of Mr. Vemula's online writing. The book, which is over 40,000 words, includes most of his Facebook posts. The books carries his views on a gamut of issues including politics and academics. His online account is a scathing critique of both the Right and the Left wing political formations in India. His account points a finger at the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and its leader Narendra Modi.

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 Mr. Vemula's critique of the Communist parties in India and its savarna leaders makes his work the vision of a young Ambedkarite. The book is Rohith Vemula's pointer on how caste operates in modern India. More, in his writing Mr. Vemula reveals how caste operates in University of Hyderabad and how it led to his institutional murder.

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How patriarchy benefits the men from different castes

 

Atul Anand

Atul 1When a testimony of Sunita Manjule appeared on an English news portal in the first week of June[1] about domestic violence and abuses by her ex-husband Nagraj Manjule, it shocked a lot of people. I was one of the people who believed there would be a huge backlash in media against Nagraj Manjule. That belief was gone very soon. Though, I still believe that the brahminical media which has nominal or no representation of Dalits and Bahujans, is biased while reporting the issues of the marginalised. There have been two different media surveys by Media Study Group and Janvikalp, which showed that around 90% of the media jobs in Delhi and Bihar are held by the Brahmins and other upper castes such as Rajput, Bhumihar, Kayastha, etc.[2] Majority of which is men from the upper castes. This statistics is worse in the case of representation in decision-making positions in the media organisations. The institution of media follows the caste hierarchy too. The brahminical media denies existence of caste and it selectively chooses to discuss reservations, vote bank politics or certain atrocity cases whenever that is 'news worthy'.

However, it was different in Nagraj Manjule's case. The brahminical institutions, which are inherently patriarchal, benefit the men from different castes when it comes to the issue of gender. The testimony of Sunita Manjule shows that these institutions favoured Nagraj Manjule, from the treatment in his extended family to the divorce case. On social media, a lot of self-proclaimed anti-caste people gave their entire attention to the media which carried the article than the issue itself. Even if the article appeared on a savarna media platform, it was still a testimony by Sunita Manjule. There were many attempts to trivialize the issue. The savarna media was compared to 'Khap' which victimised Nagraj Manjule. It was ironic. Since when have 'Khap' been helping women to bring out their issues? A lot of other people called out this hypocrisy, most of them were Dalit-Bahujan women. Christina T Dhanaraj wrote on her social media account, "...if this happens to me or my Dalit sister, daughter or a friend; and if I do find an opportunity that comes in the form of a newspaper or a website or a blog; and if I do muster up the courage to tell my horrible truth; then I can be sure of only one thing: I have to fight and I have to fight alone." Rama Hansraj commented, "Dalit women who raise their voice or open up about the violence are either branded as opportunists or heartless bitches, over-punishing the great man who struggled his way up."

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Maya Bansode: A story of assertion

 

Yogesh Maitreya

Latur is one of the districts in the state of Maharashtra. Not many of us know about it. Some of us may know it and that too for the destructive earthquake that took place there in the year of 1993 in which almost 30,000 people had died. Latur is far away from our popular imagination. However, no matter how small some places are, they have so many stories, stories of struggle, stories of assertion, stories of celebration and most of these stories go unheard. Maya Bansode's story is one such story.

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"I am interested in politics because in my childhood people used to tease me by calling me Mayawati. But I used to like that." This was what Maya told me about her engagement in educational, cultural, social and political activities in which she has been participating since school. Today Maya is pursuing her Ph.d from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, one of the premier institutes for social sciences in India. But listening to her struggle, one cannot stop oneself from feeling admiration about her struggle to educate herself and assert herself as a woman.

Maya belonged to a Dalit family in the village of Poharegaon, situated in the district of Latur. She has five sisters and one brother. Her parents are peasants who also work on daily-wage basis wherever work is available. To support her large family, during her childhood, she used to work as a shepherd. She had no other option but to do that since it was a question of survival. However, she did not let go of education; she used to scribble down her homework on her hands and read it aloud while the goats grazed. This was how she scored 69% in her 10th standard board examination. It wasn't easy for her since like many Dalit children she too had faced caste-based discrimination. "In my village, upper caste girls used to be jealous of me and tease me since I, being a Dalit girl, was studying, and studying good" she told me, reflecting on those drab experiences of her early life. "One day, even a teacher had beaten me up severely since I was caught in a fight with a girl who belonged to the teacher's caste. That girl even told me that how can Mangs and Mahars like you study." But Maya survived. Maya fought in her own way.

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Zambia, India and London Protest Against Vedanta AGM

 

Foil Vedanta

29th July 2016

* Angry protests across Zambia and India in run up to Vedanta's London AGM on Friday.

* Tribals and Dalit Bahujans protest beating and murder of activists resisting Vedanta's Niyamgiri mine.

* UK courts hear two cases against Vedanta's Zambian operations.

* UNCTAD report reveals scale of KCM's export misinvoicing in Zambia.

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Angry protests will be held in India and Zambia next week in the run up to British mining company Vedanta Resources's(1) AGM at Ironmongers Hall, Barbican, London at 2pm on Friday 5th August. Inside the AGM dissident shareholders will ask questions submitted by protesting Zambian villagers who are suing Vedanta in the UK for twelve years of polluted water, as well as displaced farmers who were never compensated for their land in Lanjigarh, Odisha, India and accuse Vedanta of beating and harassing them with state collusion. A loud protest organised by Foil Vedanta(2) will take place outside the meeting, demanding that Vedanta subsidiary Konkola Copper Mines publish its hitherto secret annual accounts in Zambia, and accusing the company of pollution, human rights abuses and financial mismanagement.

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