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The Denial of Right to Education

Posted by Admin on November 30, 2009

By Gladson Dungdung, Orissa Diary
The right to education is a fundamental right of every child in India. However, there are millions of children whose rights are neglected, denied and deprived. According to the Education Survey, only 50 percent children of the age of 6 to 14 have access to education, 35 millions children do not attend schools and 53% of girl children in the age group of 5 to 9 years are illiterate. The India government has enforced the ‘Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act’ on 26 of August 2009 with the prime objective of providing free and compulsory education to all children of the age of six to fourteen years. Ironically, it was enforced only after 62 years of Indian Independence, when the state realized about its failure in fulfilling the promises made in the constitution of India. The fundamental question here is does this legislation have comprehensive provisions to address the issues of denial of the children’s right to education?

According to a pioneer child rights organization the ‘Child Rights and You’ (CRY), the Act does not cover every child. The major argument is, since a child below the age of 18 has been considered as “child” in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989, which has been ratified by the Indian government therefore the children of the age of 14 to 18 should be included in the Act. Similarly, the children below the age of 6 are also denied for free and compulsory education in the Act which needs to be reconsidered. The CRY demands on the budget allocation as 10 percent of the GDP for the education as the union budget has been reduced from 3.84 percent in 2008-09 to 3.03 percent in 2009-10. It also demands that there should be schools within a distance of 1 kilometer with quality teachers and basic amenities so that all children including girls (neglected in legislation) can be ensured their right to education. However, the question continues is will this legislation address the issues of right to education of the poor children?

Obviously, one analyst would say “No” because the Indian government is totally failure in the policy implementation (meant for the marginalized people) and also it has always adhered to the principles of double standards. According to the latest development, the government has enforced the legislation for ensuring the children’s right to education on the one hand and the security forces have been occupying more and more government schools (where the children of the marginalized communities pursue their studies) in the name of the national security on the other. For instance, the security forces have occupied 43 schools in Jharkhand and 22 schools in Lalgarh for more than six months, which affected the studies of nearly 25000 children and the security forces are ready to vacate some of these schools only after the intervention of the Jharkhand and Calcutta High Courts on the basis of the PIL.

The question comes into one’s mind is does the state have right to suspend the human rights in the name of the so-called national security? According to the prominent Human Rights Activist Dr. Binayak Sen, “The human rights are beyond sovereignty”. In that case, the state should not be allowed to violate the human rights in the name of sovereignty. But the major problem is, the India middle class does not bother about the rights of the marginalized people, whose rights are violated in every walk of their lives. The former DGP of UP Prakash Singh argues that there should not be ‘the states within state’. The question is how can you deny, suppress or bury the centuries old concept of Munda Dishum, Santhal Dishum and Ho Dishum (Munda, Santhal and Ho countries) when the existing state regularly neglects, denies and deprives the rights of the children of Munda, Santhal and Ho communities?

Indeed, the schools, where the children of the marginalized communities are suppose to pursue their studies do not remain like schools but are converted into military camps, which is a deliberate attempt of the state to encourage the Maoist for blowing up the school buildings so that it can comfortably get rid of its constitutional responsibilities. Of course, the Maoists’ acts of blowing up school buildings can not be justified but at the same time, can we accept the government’s justification when it argues that the children’s studies do not get affected by the security forces occupying the school buildings? Do we want our children to engineer their destiny under the shadow of the guns?

The fact of the matter is this kind of meaningless argument would go on only because in the either ways, the sufferers are always the children of the Adivasis, Dalits and Marginalized people and not the children of the sunglasses families. When the security forces occupy the school buildings, the education of the marginalized children get affected. Similarly, if the Maoists blow up the school buildings, their studies are stopped and the government secures one blank warrantee card, where is writes that ‘the development activities can not be carried out in the region till the Maoist vacate the vicinity’ and the denial of the children’s rights to education continues.

Therefore, one must ask a question to the Corporate Home Minister P Chidambaram, will he allow his gunmen (the security forces) to occupy the Delhi Public School, Doon School or so-called high standard Minority Schools (the poor minorities can not afford to send their kids to these schools), where the kids of the sunglasses pursue their studies? Though the foundation of India lies on the principles of liberty, equality, dignity, justice and fraternity but we walk with the dual education system, which only facilitates in widening the disparity in the country day by day. According to the American philosopher Allan David, “Education is the movement from darkness to light.” If we want the marginalized children’s rights to be ensured, we must (in the ongoing democratic debates) ask a question repeatedly to the Indian government, does a poor child really have the right to education in the so-called largest democratic country?

Gladson Dungdung is a Human Rights Activist and Writer from Jharkhand. He can be reached at gladsonhractivist

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Green Hunt:Homeless triblas wanderers in their own country

Posted by Admin on November 29, 2009

Internally displaced persons from Chhattisgarh’s Kistaram Panchayat before their shack of sticks and palmyra leaf in Andhra Pradesh’s Khammam.
Javed Iqbal

As Operation Green Hunt gathers steam in Chhattisgarh state violence is also going up steadily. The result is that more people, mostly tribals, in the state’s Maoist-dominated areas are crossing the border to find sanctuary in Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh as Internally Displaced Persons.Each of them fled their homes either after a raid or because they feared for their lives. The stories these people tell of their ordeals are also beginning to provide a picture of the true extent of the destruction.Gachanpalli is a small village some 30 km from the town of Konta in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh. According to witnesses, the security forces raided Gachanpalli sometime in late October. They allegedly killed Madvi Admaya, Madkam Sulaya, Madvi Joga, Kovasi Gangaya, Madkam Moiyi. Witnesses say four of the five men were past 60 and too old to escape into the jungle. Madkam Moiyi was apparently crippled and incapable of walking.

They were said to have been bayoneted and shot to death in the middle of the village.Nineteen homes were also burnt down.This was the second attack on Gachanpalli.In 2005, the Salwa Judum burnt down 65 homes in the village.“I have so much land at Gachanpalli, but no one to work on it now.” Kovasi Jogi, 60, lived in Gachanpalli. Now she inhabits an Internally Displaced Persons settlement in Khammam. Her village is almost empty now, peopled by ghosts and memories. Most of the people have scattered. Read the rest of this entry »

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Judicial probe demanded into Narayanpatna firing

Posted by Admin on November 28, 2009

narayanpatna_rai_roko.jpgKalingaTimes Correspondent

Bhubaneswar/Koraput, Nov. 28: The activists of Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangha and several other organisations observed a bandh in the southern Odisha district on Saturday in protest against the recent police firing at Narayanpatna police station where two CMAS activists were killed.

The supporters of the bandh also demanded a judicial probe into the police firing.

The bandh, however, received partial response from the people in the districts of Koraput, Rayagada, Malkangiri and Gajapati districts. The passed off peacefully with no incidents of violence reported during the day.

In Berhampur town several mass organisations and political parties such as CPI(M-L) Liberation and CPI(M-L) New Democracy took out a rally demanding a judicial probe into the police firing that took place on November 20.

A large number of people who participated in the rally also burnt the effigy of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik condemning the police action against the CMAS activists who were agitating for securing land rights for the tribals in Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon Blocks of Koraput. Read the rest of this entry »

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CHHATTISGARH : RALLY OF ANTI-DISPLACEMENT MOVEMENTS IN RAIPUR ON 6TH OCTOBER.

Posted by Admin on November 28, 2009

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The unrelenting loot of the abundant mineral resources of Chhattisgarh – iron ore, coal, limestone, bauxite, and even diamond and uranium has meant the total stranglehold of big corporates – foreign and Indian – over the State’s bureaucracy, polity, and even judiciary.

Multinationals Holcim and Lafarge have gobbled up the Indian cement companies and persist in earning super profits from the illegal exploitation of contract labour; Vedanta can get away with, and is in fact ably assisted by the State administration in, the criminal cover up of murder by negligence of nearly a hundred workers in a recent chimney collapse; Jindal and Monnet specialise in managing the pollution control department and so the Raigarh district, labouring under black clouds, drying water sources and disappearing forest cover, sees public hearing after public hearing where the public is never heard and clearances are granted, (Jairam Ramesh honestly called these environmental public hearings “match fixing” by the companies); a rash of sponge iron factories – mushroom in Raipur; Tata and Essar, with a little help from Collector Sahab, manipulate gram sabhas in the scheduled areas in gross violation of the PESA Act and employ every trick in the game to coerce people to accept compensations for land. Read the rest of this story

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Inside Maoist land, Lalgarh: CNN IBN Special Report

Posted by Admin on November 28, 2009

Being inside Lalgarh, West Bengal, is like entering another country, a different timezone. It is the liberated area where the state government is desperately trying to regain some foothold. Lalgarh is an area of ruthless confrontation, where a group of armed combatants who don’t believe in the Constitution dictate the pace of life. They have made the jungles their home, the adivasis their friends and the state and police their enemy number one.

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Video: Human Rights Violations in Chhattisgarh

Posted by Admin on November 28, 2009

When the State Declares War on the People: Video – Gopal Menon

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A 15 minute Trailer on the Human Rights Violations in Chhattisgarh resulting from Operation Green Hunt.SynopsisWe have been hearing many stories about the human rights violations before and after Operation Green Hunt was announced. Allegations and counter-allegations have been going around. Fact-finding investigations have uncovered the atrocities security forces are committing in these areas, but now those very findings are being questioned.At such a time it is crucial to present the reality and tear the veils obscuring the truth. When the State Declares War on the People is a 15-minute trailer by Gopal Menon based on his recent coverage of the ground reality in Chhattisgarh. This short film contains exclusive interviews with victims and their testimony including 1 1/2 year old Suresh who had three fingers chopped off his left hand, an old man who was electrocuted and whose flesh was ripped off with knives, women raped by Special Police Officers and CRPF.The film also presents the views of Arundhati Roy and Mahesh Bhatt, two eminent citizens who have been closely following developments in Chhattisgarh. The clear intention of the State – to wipe out all resistance through terror in the name of fighting the Maoists – is demonstrated in this film.About the DirectorGopal Menon is an activist-filmmaker focusing on caste, communalism and nationality. He was arrested twice while trying to go to Lalgarh and beaten with rifle butts and lathis. He was detained in Dantewada too. This is a trailer of a larger film on the Indian State’s war on the people.Some of Menon’s earlier films are Naga Story: The Other Side of Silence, Hey Ram!! Genocide in the Land of Gandhi, PAPA 2 (about disappearances in Kashmir) and Resilient Rhythms (a rainbow overview of the Dalit situation) amongst others.The trailer for this film is available on YouTube in two parts:

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We will not leave our village (Gaon Chodab Nahin)

Posted by Admin on November 28, 2009

The song describes the present day exploitation of tribal land and forests in the name of development.

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Convention Against War on People, 4th December, Delhi

Posted by Admin on November 27, 2009

INVITATION

Convention Against War on People

10am – 7pm, 4 December 2009 (Friday)

Speaker’s Hall, Constitution Club,Rafi Marg, New Delhi

Friends,

As you read this invite, Indian state’s ongoing war on people that began on the 1st of November, will already complete several weeks. The body-count of the adivasis –the prime victims of the Indian government’s ‘hunt’– also started to mount. As per the sporadic news from the Ground Zero trickles in through the media, the casualty is escalating by each passing day, as grow the number of burnt villages, persons displaced, injured or arrested. We hear of battalions of CRPF, COBRA, C-60, Grey Hounds, ITBP, Anti-Naxal Task Force and a whole assortment of armed paramilitary and police forces stepping up their operation in Dandakaranya and adjoining regions, backed by air force helicopters and US intelligence satellites, commanded by army top brass. As reports are pouring in already thousands of adivasis have been displaced from their homes as the ruthless state repressive machine has let loose a reign of terror in these areas. The renewed offensive by the joint forces in Lalgarh too has left hundreds of protesting adivasis homeless. There is every possibility that the number of dead and injured people, along with the displaced and destroyed villages will only mount in the coming weeks, if the Indian government does not call for an immediate halt to this all-encompassing military offensive. As has been the case with nationality movements in Kashmir and the North East, the Indian state’s endeavour to find a ‘military solution’ through war will only endanger the lives and livelihood of lakhs of citizens.

Indian government has been preparing for this massive military operation for months, lining up nearly one lakh troops and arming them with sophisticated weapons, mobilising the air force for aerial strikes and involving the Indian army not only for training and logistical purposes, but for operational command and even active combat if required. There are also reports of US intelligence and security officials ‘advising’ the Indian government in conducting this war. As reported by the media, the entire forested regions of central and eastern India have been divided into seven Operating Areas, which the government wants to ‘clear’ within the next five years of all resistance, including that of the Maoists and other Naxalite organisations. An outlay of Rs.7300 crores has already been earmarked for this war.

None is in illusion as to the objectives of this war against the people. This war is being fought by the Indian government at the behest of the corporates and for their benefit, targeting the life and livelihood of the adivasis. The worldwide imperialist economy presently faces its most severe crisis after 1929. The military-industrial complex, which includes multinational and Indian big business interests, is looking for wars that have the potential to artificially generate the much-needed demand for their products in a crisis-ridden market. Moreover, both domestic and foreign corporations desperately want to lay their hands on the minerals worth billions of dollars deposited in the vast forest regions of central and eastern India. Once accessed, this can guarantee the corporations super-profits for several decades. Hundreds of agreements and MoUs that allow free plunder of people’s resources have already been concluded by mining corporations with the central and state governments. The corporations easily cleared all the legal hurdles between themselves and the natural resources. The only barrier that now stands between them and their prize is people’s resistance, whether unarmed or armed. From Nandigram to Niyamgiri, Lalgarh to Dandakaranya, Koraput to Kalinganagar, Dadri to Narayanpatna, people have refused to be mere victims of state-sponsored policies of Liberalisation-Privatisation-Globalisation (LPG) in the name of ‘development’. After trying all forceful measures from police repression to Salwa Judum which have failed to deter the people’s movements, the Indian government is now waging war not only against the Naxalite and Maoist movements which have been termed as the ‘biggest internal security threat’, but against all people’s movements that challenge its policies. By doing so, it not only is trying to bulldoze all kinds of dissenting voices and democratic rights, but is also aiming to exterminate the aspirations of the exploited and oppressed people for a better society, a life with dignity.

Forum Against war on People invites you to this All-India Convention which is an effort to examine the ongoing war on people in all its dimensions. More importantly, it seeks to become a strong voice of resistance against this war. We urge you to participate in the Convention and make it an occasion to collectively demand that the Indian government must immediately and unconditionally stop this war, waged in our name against our own people.

Convention Against War On People

Venue: Speaker’s Hall, Constitution Club,

Rafi Marg, New Delhi

Date: 4 December 2009 (Friday)  Time: 10 am—7 pm

Speakers

Justice AS Bains

BD Sharma

Vara Vara Rao (Revolutionary Poet)

PA Sebastian (CPDR, Maharashtra)

Prof. Jagmohan (AFDR, Punjab)

Arundhati Roy (Writer)

Bullu Bahan, (Chhattisgarh)

Madhuri (MP)

Prof. Amit Bhattacharyya

Ajit Bhuyan (Editor, Asomiya Pratidin)

Prashant Bhushan

Shashi Bhushan Pathak (PUCL Jharkhand)

Bernard D’Mello (Deputy Editor, EPW)

Lachit Bordoloi (MASS, Assam)

Dr. N Venuh (NPMHR)

Sudhir Patnaik (Lok Pakhya, Orissa)

Prof N K Bhattacharya (Jan Hastakshep)

Malem Ningthouja (CPDM, Manipur)

Shamsher Singh Bisht (Uttarakhand Lok Vahini)

Lateef Mohd. Khan (Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee)

Gautam Navlakha

Kavita Krishnan (CPI-ML [Liberation])

Sheomangal Siddhantkar (CPI ML [New Proletarian])

CPI ML [New Democracy]

SAR Geelani (CRPP)

GN Saibaba

Prof. Jagmohan Singh (World Sikh News)

Santosh Mahapatra (Orissa)

Arjun Prasad Singh (PDFI)

Animesh Das (IFTU)

Raminder Singh (NBS)

Alok (KYS)

PUDR

PUCL

JNU Forum Against War on People

DU Campaign Against War on People

B D Sharma, Arundhati Roy, Tripta Wahi, Vijay Singh, Neshat Quaiser, Correspondence, Campaign Against War on People, Committee Against Violence On Women (CAVOW), Naga Students Union Delhi (NSUD), Navjawan Bharat Sabha (NBS), KRALOS, Krantikari Yuva Sanghathan (KYS), Manipur Students Association Delhi (MASAD), PFD, PUCL, MKP, Campaign for Peace & Democracy Manipur (CPDM), DSU, CRPP, DGMF, People’s Front (PF), Mazdoor Ekta Manch (MEM), Left Democratic Teacher’s Front (LDTF), RDF, PDFI, CPI (ML) (Liberation), CPI (ML) (New Proletarian), Kashipur Solidarity Forum, Nari Mukti Sangh (NMS), Mehnatkash Majdoor Morcha (MMM) and others

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Solidarity this Weekend in London with Oppressed Tribals Struggle in India

Posted by Admin on November 26, 2009

SOLIDARITY WITH THE OPPRESSED TRIBALS’ STRUGGLE

Speaker: G N Saibaba
General Secretary
Revolutionary Democratic Front India

Friday 27th November 7pm
Merchmont Community Hall
62 Marchmont Street London.
WC1N 1AB, near Russell Square Station

Organised by:

CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE OF REVOLUTIONARY COMMUNISTS OF BRITAIN

(c/o BM Box 2978, London WC1N 3XX)

Supported by:
Second Wave Publications
George Jackson Socialist League Britain
South Asia Solidarity Forum
World People’s Resistance Movement – Britain
Indian Workers Association (GB)
Democracy and Class Struggle

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Salwa Judum in Narayanpatna: A Fact-Finding Report

Posted by Admin on November 26, 2009

Source: Radical Notes Posted by Satyabrata November 25, 2009 at 5:06 pm in India, Orissa, State Terrorism

On November 23 a fact-finding team comprising intellectuals and activists from several organisations visited Narayanpatna to inquire about the killing of the adivasis. The team had to face difficulties in entering the region and members of the team were harassed and even beaten up by the police, as one of the team members reported in the press conference held today (November 25). The following is the report of the team released during the press conference.

SPM_A0021REPORT OF THE FACT-FINDING TEAM

Salwa Judum in Narayanpatna when rest of Orissa sleeping
Planned murder of Singhana by police, land grabbers celebrating
Bauxite miners, landlords, mafia, police unleash reign of terror
Who is with the people when naveen is with miners, ask people?

A team consisting of representatives of peoples’ organizations that visited Narayanpatna on 23rd of November 2009 after the killing of two members of Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh spearheading the movement for restoration of tribal lands from non tribal land grabbers on 20th of November 2009 by paramilitary police of the state in pretext of self defence has come across shocking evidences which are unacceptable in a democracy guided by a constitution and established acts and laws. The team at the outset would like to state here categorically that

1. The killing of K. Singana a top ranking leader of Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh along with Andrew Nachika was a well thought out murder executed by the state police with the help of IRB and CRPF and it was not an act of self defence.

2. The killing of Singana was preceded by a series of house to house raids in the villages in Narayanpatna area in which the men had been tortured and the women humiliated and sexually abused. Read the rest of this entry »

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