Against Chhattisgarh Government and Police
Demand the Release of Soni Sodi and Lingaram Kodopi
Demand unfettered access to Journalists and Civil Society activists across the
conflict torn areas of Chhattisgarh
Demand the repeal of black laws like Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Ac
Shankar Subbu Sr.Adv, High Court of Madras
V Geetha Writer
A Marx Human Rights Activist
Mangai Theater activist
R Mohan Madras Union of Journalist
Tamilazhagan Journalist for Change
Date: 4th November 2011 (Friday)
Venue: Near Panagal Maaligai, Saidapet Bus Stand
क्या आपकी कोई बेटी है ? चलो थोड़ी देर के लिए उसका नाम सोनी सोरी रख देते हैं !
उसे पुलिस वाले बाँध कर घसीट रहे हैं , और वो रोते रोते आपको पुकार रही है , पापा मुझे बचा लो ! आप खड़े होकर देख रहे हैं , आपकी मासूम लाडली बेटी को पुलिस वाले घसीटते हुए ले जा रहे हैं ! इस समय आप विवश होंगे या क्रोधित ? क्या करने का ख्याल आएगा आपके मन में ?
और उन्ही पलों में जब आपकी मासूम बेटी को पुलिस वाले घसीट रहे हैं , मैं उसी मनः स्तिथी में आपके विचार जानना चाहता हूँ , “भारतीय लोकतंत्र ” “संविधान” , “महान भारतीय संस्कृतिक परम्पराओं” के बारे में ? चेहरा उधर मत घुमाइए ! मुझसे आँख मिला कर उत्तर दीजिये ! आपकी बेटी अभी भी चीख कर आपकी ओर आशा से देख रही है ! और आप उसकी चीखों का जवाब नहीं दे रहे हैं ? सोनी सोरी की चीखें इतिहास हो जायेंगी ! पर हमारा पीछा नहीं छोड़ेंगी !
हमें माफ़ कर देना सोनी सोरी , हमारा लोकतंत्र तुम्हारे लिए नहीं है , न संसद , न हमारी दिखावटी नैतिकता और धार्मिकता , ये सब हमारे लिए हैं ! तुम आदिवासी हो , इसलिए तुम्हारे लिए है ,पिटाई , खुरदुरी ज़मीन पर पशु की तरह घसीटे जाना , ज़िंदगी भर जेल में बैठकर ,अपने तीन बच्चों को याद कर रोना , और फिर एक दिन चुपचाप एक गुमनाम मौत म़र जाना !
“सोनी सोरी मेरी बच्ची” मैं तुम्हे भारतीय राष्ट्र की ओर से अंतिम विदाई देता हूँ ! आदिवासियों के सम्पूर्ण संहार के बाद जब हमारा प्रधान मंत्री, लाल किले से इस एतिहासिक अपराध के लिए क्षमा मांगेगा , तब तुम हमें स्वर्ग से क्षमा कर देना ,सोनी सोरी ! अलविदा अलविदा
Dismissed workers taken back
Factory owners buckle under pressure – Locked out mills to start from June 3
New Delhi, June 2. Workers in Gorakhpur achieved a major victory in their struggle when the factory owners agreed to start the two locked out mills from June 3 and take back the dismissed workers. 12 of the 18 workers will join work immediately and the remaining 6 will be taken back after a domestic enquiry. The workers also forced the owners to accept that no one from the management will be in the enquiry committee; it will have two members from the office staff and one workers’ nominee.
The decision was taken at negotiations held till late night at the district magistrate’s residence. The two owners of the VN Dyers and Processors yarn mill and textile mill, the district magistrate and deputy labour commissioner and seven workers’ representatives were present at the meeting.
These two mills in the Bargadwa area of Gorakhpur were illegally locked out since April 10. Around 500 workers work in both of these mills owned by the Ajitsaria family having an annual turnover of more than 150 crores. 18 workers of these two mills were dismissed by the owners. The workers were agitating for reinstatement of their colleagues and restarting the factories.
Their movement took a new turn when around 1500 workers from several factories in Bargadwa and GIDA industrial areas went to take part in a May Day rally called by the Workers’ Charter Movement in Delhi. Almost all the local industrialists were trying to prevent the workers from joining this rally and even the divisional commissioner threatened the workers’ leaders that they will not be spared if they continue to “instigate” the workers.
Madan Mohan, state convenor of Janmukti Sangharsh Vahini (Jasva) for Jharkhand state, has been arrested on 11 May 2011 on false allegations and sent to jail. Madan Mohan is former national convenor of Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Vahini and is also one convenor of Jharkhand Mukti Vahini. Madan Mohan is one of the most active activists of Jasva. He has been in the forefront of the movements against displacement, for the rehabilitation of the displaced and against land grabs by mafia violating the CNT (Chotanagpur Tenancy) Act, apart from other national and local movements.
For protesting against encroachment by certain persons on the land of government’s Agriculture Farm, the goons of the encroachers attacked on Madan Mohan and other activists of Vahini and also filed an FIR with false allegations against them in the police station. It may be noted that encroachment had started 2 days before the incident and the police was intimated about the same but the police did not take any action.
From the performance of the Ska Vengers at the Justice on Trial event on 6 April at Alliance Francaise, New Delhi. Click on the link below to watch:
Excerpts from the Dastan Goi performance at Alliance Francaise as part of the Justice on Trial event on 6 April in New Delhi. Click on the link below to watch:
Dastan Goi-part 3 AAG BIN DHUAAN AKA CASE AGAINST BINAYAK
The three day cultural festival demanding immediate release of Dr Binayak Sen was a unique synthesis of politics, art, music, films and theatre Sadiq Naqvi Delhi
“Don’t you think that Binayak Sen’s story is healthy enough for headlines?” asked Sharmila Tagore. She was speaking at a panel discussion in a cultural festival in Delhi.
The three day cultural festival held at the Alliance Francaise auditorium in New Delhi culminated on April 6 and was a part of the ongoing protest against the conviction of Sen on absurd charges of sedition.
A plethora of eminent artists, filmmakers,journalists, academicians, young students and activists got together for the three day event aptly christened ‘Justice on Trial’. It was a unique synthesis of art, music, films and theatre. “I always say there is no excuse for bad art, but it is so heartening to see this rare combination of wonderful art and politics,” said Arundhati Roy.
There were young musicians who enthralled the audience with what was a mix of music and anger against the system. “Let him go, let him fly like your Tricolour flag. He is just a doctor, why are you so afraid?” were the lines of a song penned by Akhu Chingangban.
Others like theSka vengers a Delhi band performed numbers such as Revolutionary Outlaws; Modi, Our Message to You; and Who Made Kashmir Look Like Gaza.
Also, there were other bands like Them Clones,young singer Faith Gonsalves and Manzil who sang against Sen’s conviction and other atrocities unleashed by the State on its own people.
The art exhibition inaugurated by noted American activist Angela Davis, had works and installations by eminent names like Subodh Gupta, Ram-Rahman et al, most of them hard-hitting comments on globalisation and its fall-outs.
Also, there were posters which spoke louder than words. The exhibition was a series on the work of Dr Binayak Sen and Dr Ilina Sen over the last three decades in Chhattisgarh.This graphic presentation combined the work of seven graphic artists including Orijit Sen, Esa Esasi,Rajiv Gautam, Vishwajyoti Ghosh, Parismita Singh, Girirraj Kang, and Herojit Sinam.
NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF PEOPLE’S MOVEMENTS
New Delhi, April 8 : It’s fourth day of the anti-corruption agitation across the country and NAPM members too joined the struggles across Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and other parts of the country with a demand for Jan Lokpal and addressing the corruption all around. NAPM emphasises the need to repeal the legislations like SEZ Act, Land Acquisition Act and other draconian laws which are facilitating the corruption all around. Addressing the gathering in Hyderabad NAPM AP Convener, B Ramakrishna Raju said, “the need for rooting out the corruption is paramount today and probity in public life along with the transparency and accountability of governments and corporations has to be established.”
Conveners of NAPM Medha Patkar, Bhupender Singh Rawat, Rajendra Ravi, Dr. Sunilam, Dr. Rakesh Rafiq, Faisal Khan; and Vivekanad Mathne (Maharashtra), Akshay Kumar (Orissa), Rajkumar Sinha (MP) from other associated organisations participated in the dharna at Jantar Mantar today.
No Rift in the Agitation, NAPM Reiterates Support
Contrary to media reports in certain sections, Medha Patkar reiterated her support on behalf of NAPM to the agitation and justified the demand for Jan Lokpal, she added, “demand for a joint committee is nothing new, it will only make the law making process more participatory in the country. We are not trying to undermine the sanctity of the Parliament and Constitution, any draft will finally have to be approved by the Cabinet and passed by the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. So, this is not extra constitutional. Perhaps it can pave the way for more progressive legislations in future and similar initiatives must be taken for the proposed land acquisition amendment Act and other Acts with far reaching legislations.”
Time for Political Reforms and Wider Struggle
NAPM welcomes the larger upsurge in the country and coming out of the millions of people cutting across caste, religion, class and professional boundaries on the street in support of the demand for rooting out the corruption. The agitation has given a hope for wider political awakening in the country and hopefully the struggles against the corporate corruption, massive loot of natural resources and larger institutional corruption will gain strength from this. NAPM calls for a broader struggle against communalism, patriarchy and casteism in the society too.
New Delhi, April 7 : Shri Anna Hazare’s indefinite fast and thousands others fasting across the country with a demand for enactment of an independent and stronger Jan Lokpal and Jan Lokayukta enters third day today. NAPM has extended its support to the demand since beginning of the movement and from 5th April organised rallies, morchas, solidarity fasts, public meetings and other such programmes in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Lucknow, Unao, Itawah, Muzaffarnagar, Delhi and many other places across the country. NAPM reiterate its support, and even as the movement gains steam, pledges to intensify our agitation.
Even as we struggle to demand for a stronger Lokpal and Lokayukta to root out the financial corruption and irregularities in different government schemes, NAPM would like to point out that there are far larger issues at stake for our movement.
1. The scale of corruption involved in Common Wealth Games and 2-G Spectrum has shocked the nation and UPA government has to answer for it and take action but at the same time we are concerned about the inaction from all the political parties on ecological corruption and the naked loot of our natural resources rivers, forests, land, minerals etc.
2. Different political Parties across the political spectrum – illegal mining in Bellary, Karnataka (BJP Government); Vedanata mining, POSCO Steel plant, Tata Power and Steel Plants, Jindals and others in Orissa (BJD Government); mining and steel companies in Jharkhand (BJP led government), massive corruption in PDS and others in Assam (Congress led Government); Adarsh Housing Society, Lavasa, Shivalik Ventures and other builders corruption in Maharashtra (Congress led government) and othes are guilty of inaction and facilitating the process of irregularities, gross violation and miscarriage of justice and violence against those struggling against these. None of these parties have shown political will in taking action against them.