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Delhi School of Social Work Students’ Union demands alumni Kapil Mishra’s arrest

“We are ashamed of Kapil Mishra”, they say in their statement

28 Feb 2020

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The Students’ Union of the Delhi School of Social Work (DSSW), the alma mater of tainted BJP leader Kapil Mishra, has distanced itself from the party’s political candidate in a statement that reads, “Mr. Kapil Mishra, you don’t deserve to be called a DSSW Alumni.”

Now known as the Department of Social Work (DSW), the DSSW is known for its unwavering focus on social development specifically on the development of the marginalised communities- be it the minority communities, women, children, vulnerable and backward caste groups, elderly, persons with disability, persons affected by HIV/ AIDS, LGBT communities or those affected by disaster.

In its statement, the DSSW writes, “In one way, we have a glorious past and on the other hand we also have a blot, such as our alumni Kapil Mishra, who has organized recent Delhi riots and incited mob to disturb communal harmony of the city.”

“We are ashamed of Kapil Mishra and also that he studied social work in our college. The image of our department and the social work profession has been tarnished due to his provocative acts and communal statements. We, DSSW fraternity, are against the hatred, violence and communalism spread by Kapil Mishra who has also maligned our profession,” the statement adds.

The Students’ Union of DSSW has demanded that the Delhi police arrest Kapil Mishra and strict against all those who perpetrated the Delhi violence.

The DSSW which was established in 1946 has made a notable contribution in social work throughout the Partition and the 1984 Sikh Riots. It has also given the country many social workers, activists, academicians and bureaucrats to the country who have worked hard to make a positive change in the country.

Their statement against Kapil Mishra is another push in the right direction – a call for justice to those who lost their lives and livelihoods due to Mishra’s incendiary speech.

The entire statement by the DSSW may be read below. 

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Delhi School of Social Work Students’ Union demands alumni Kapil Mishra’s arrest

“We are ashamed of Kapil Mishra”, they say in their statement

kapil Mishra

The Students’ Union of the Delhi School of Social Work (DSSW), the alma mater of tainted BJP leader Kapil Mishra, has distanced itself from the party’s political candidate in a statement that reads, “Mr. Kapil Mishra, you don’t deserve to be called a DSSW Alumni.”

Now known as the Department of Social Work (DSW), the DSSW is known for its unwavering focus on social development specifically on the development of the marginalised communities- be it the minority communities, women, children, vulnerable and backward caste groups, elderly, persons with disability, persons affected by HIV/ AIDS, LGBT communities or those affected by disaster.

In its statement, the DSSW writes, “In one way, we have a glorious past and on the other hand we also have a blot, such as our alumni Kapil Mishra, who has organized recent Delhi riots and incited mob to disturb communal harmony of the city.”

“We are ashamed of Kapil Mishra and also that he studied social work in our college. The image of our department and the social work profession has been tarnished due to his provocative acts and communal statements. We, DSSW fraternity, are against the hatred, violence and communalism spread by Kapil Mishra who has also maligned our profession,” the statement adds.

The Students’ Union of DSSW has demanded that the Delhi police arrest Kapil Mishra and strict against all those who perpetrated the Delhi violence.

The DSSW which was established in 1946 has made a notable contribution in social work throughout the Partition and the 1984 Sikh Riots. It has also given the country many social workers, activists, academicians and bureaucrats to the country who have worked hard to make a positive change in the country.

Their statement against Kapil Mishra is another push in the right direction – a call for justice to those who lost their lives and livelihoods due to Mishra’s incendiary speech.

The entire statement by the DSSW may be read below. 

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Silent protests against violence in Khambhat, Delhi, Aligarh: Gujarat

More than 50 people assembled in a demonstration which was allowed without any written police permission and only an oral assurance from the police

27 Feb 2020

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Small groups of citizens in Ahmedabad took to the streets on Wednesday evening to hold a peaceful demonstration against communal violence in Delhi, Khambhat in Gujarat and Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh. As a result of the peaceful protest call, more than 50 people assembled on the footpath outside Kanoria Arts Centre with at least two PCR vans and at least 25 police personnel keeping guard, for nearly an hour.

The protest took place without any written police permission and on the basis of oral assurances from the police. Police personnel asked demonstrators not to raise slogans and only permitted display of placards. Half an hour into the demonstration, two persons whose identities could not be determined, faced the demonstrators while holding a placard stating, “We are artists and we support to CAA & NRC…”. The two were immediately taken away by police and later released.

There was also a call for protest outside the Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram to condemn the violence on Tuesday night. However, the event did not take place and five persons, including four students from Gujarat Vidyapith were detained for approximately six hours at the Subhash Bridge police chowki.

The detainees included educator and activist Abhishek Khandelwal, Vidyapith students Utpal Anish, Dharam Hadvani, Himanshu Sharma and Chirag Tadvi.

Silent protests against violence in Khambhat, Delhi, Aligarh: Gujarat

More than 50 people assembled in a demonstration which was allowed without any written police permission and only an oral assurance from the police

ProtestImage Courtesy: indianexpress.com

Small groups of citizens in Ahmedabad took to the streets on Wednesday evening to hold a peaceful demonstration against communal violence in Delhi, Khambhat in Gujarat and Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh. As a result of the peaceful protest call, more than 50 people assembled on the footpath outside Kanoria Arts Centre with at least two PCR vans and at least 25 police personnel keeping guard, for nearly an hour.

The protest took place without any written police permission and on the basis of oral assurances from the police. Police personnel asked demonstrators not to raise slogans and only permitted display of placards. Half an hour into the demonstration, two persons whose identities could not be determined, faced the demonstrators while holding a placard stating, “We are artists and we support to CAA & NRC…”. The two were immediately taken away by police and later released.

There was also a call for protest outside the Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram to condemn the violence on Tuesday night. However, the event did not take place and five persons, including four students from Gujarat Vidyapith were detained for approximately six hours at the Subhash Bridge police chowki.

The detainees included educator and activist Abhishek Khandelwal, Vidyapith students Utpal Anish, Dharam Hadvani, Himanshu Sharma and Chirag Tadvi.

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The brave women at Kolkata’s Shaheen baug

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Since January 7th 2020, large number of women, from the neighborhood of Park Circus in Kolkata, have descended on the local park, protesting against the unconstitutional Citizenship Amendment Act, Nationwide NPR-NRC and expressing disappointment and anger about the current affairs. Taking a page out of Shaheen Bagh's indomitable spirit, these women have found support from common people belonging to different religions and parts of the city.

The brave women at Kolkata’s Shaheen baug

Since January 7th 2020, large number of women, from the neighborhood of Park Circus in Kolkata, have descended on the local park, protesting against the unconstitutional Citizenship Amendment Act, Nationwide NPR-NRC and expressing disappointment and anger about the current affairs. Taking a page out of Shaheen Bagh's indomitable spirit, these women have found support from common people belonging to different religions and parts of the city.

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Maharashtra govt. in process of taking possession of temporary detention centre: Senior bureaucrat

He also said that till now no illegal immigrant has been detained in Maharashtra

26 Feb 2020

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The Union home affairs ministry has issued a model detention centre manual to Maharashtra and the state government is in the process of taking possession of a temporary detention centre while the process of identifying land for a permanent detention centre is on, a senior bureaucrat told The Times of India. “So far, no illegal migrant has been detained in Maharashtra,” he told TOI.

Raising a question on the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the Lok Sabha, Shiv Sena minister Arvind Sawant asked if the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had issued a model detention centre manual for states and asked them to set up detention centers. He also sought information on the number of operational detention centers, their capacity, how many were under construction and the number of individuals detained there.

In a written reply to the question, junior home minister Nityanad Rai said that a manual had been prepared keeping the directions of the Supreme Court in mind and had been circulated to all state governments. He said that the manual covered legal provisions with regards to detention and deportation of a foreign national, categories of persons who may be detained and amenities to be provided at those centers. In his reply he said, “Detention centers are set up by the state governments as per their requirement to detain illegal immigrants, who have completed their sentence pending deportation to their native country.”

He also said that the details of number of detention centres set up by the State Governments/ Union Territory Administrations along with their capacity and number of foreign nationals detained in these detention centres are not centrally maintained.

At present there are six detention camps in Assam and 28 detainees have lost their lives in these camps or the hospitals they were referred to. There is a new stand-alone detention camp ebing built in Goalpara and more have been planned across Silchar and Tezpur. Detention camps are being built in Maharashtra in Navi Mumbai, Neelmangala in Bengaluru, Karnataka and in West Bengal.

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) reported that in July 16, in response to questions raised by TN Prathapan, the MHA elaborated on the provisions of the ‘Model’ detention center manual saying, “The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a ‘Model Detention Centre/Holding Centre/Camp Manual’ for implementation and compliance. The Model Detention Centre Manual, inter-alia, prescribes the amenities to be provided in the Detention Centres to maintain standards of living in consonance with human dignity including electricity with generator, drinking water, hygiene, accommodation with beds, sufficient toilets/baths with provisions of running water, communication and medical facilities, provisions for kitchen and recreational facilities.”

However reports of deprivation in these detention camps have been rampant – inmates not even getting the allotted amount of food to sustain good health and the answers by the MHA raise pertinent questions that have been raised by CJP – an organization that has tirelessly been working for those left out of the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.

1)     What does the MHA mean when it says ‘sufficient’ toilets/baths? For example, how many toilets and bathrooms are available per 100 people? Also, who determines if that is sufficient?

2)     What exactly are the provisions for communication? What kind of communication facilities are offered to inmates and how often can they use these facilities?

3)     What exactly are the recreational facilities?

4)     If families are to be housed in the same detention camps, how often are they allowed to interact, given segregation of inmates based on gender?

5)     Additionally, there has been talk of ensuring that children at such facilities do not suffer for the want of education. Will schools be set up inside such facilities or will the children be ferried to and from schools located outside the detention camps?

6)     As far as medical facilities go, are they restricted to just the physical health of detainees or will mental health professionals also be deployed to help detainees cope with the phycological burden of captivity, something that often leads inmates to engage in self harm?

7)     Will such detainees be permitted to work and earn a living in these detention camps, or will they like their counterparts in Assam, be denied this right which incidentally is available to convicted criminals?

8)     Women and men are to be lodged in separate accommodations, but what are the provisions with respect to transgender inmates, given how most transgender people are abandoned at birth and rarely have any documents?

9)     What happens in repatriation effort with the alleged ‘country of origin’ of the detainee fall through? Will such people be detained indefinitely? Is this not a violation of basic human rights and multiple international conventions on the subject?

10)  New detention camps have already been built in Maharashtra and Karnataka. Two camps have been planned in West Bengal. How many more such facilities are planned across India?


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Maharashtra govt. in process of taking possession of temporary detention centre: Senior bureaucrat

He also said that till now no illegal immigrant has been detained in Maharashtra

detention centre
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The Union home affairs ministry has issued a model detention centre manual to Maharashtra and the state government is in the process of taking possession of a temporary detention centre while the process of identifying land for a permanent detention centre is on, a senior bureaucrat told The Times of India. “So far, no illegal migrant has been detained in Maharashtra,” he told TOI.

Raising a question on the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the Lok Sabha, Shiv Sena minister Arvind Sawant asked if the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had issued a model detention centre manual for states and asked them to set up detention centers. He also sought information on the number of operational detention centers, their capacity, how many were under construction and the number of individuals detained there.

In a written reply to the question, junior home minister Nityanad Rai said that a manual had been prepared keeping the directions of the Supreme Court in mind and had been circulated to all state governments. He said that the manual covered legal provisions with regards to detention and deportation of a foreign national, categories of persons who may be detained and amenities to be provided at those centers. In his reply he said, “Detention centers are set up by the state governments as per their requirement to detain illegal immigrants, who have completed their sentence pending deportation to their native country.”

He also said that the details of number of detention centres set up by the State Governments/ Union Territory Administrations along with their capacity and number of foreign nationals detained in these detention centres are not centrally maintained.

At present there are six detention camps in Assam and 28 detainees have lost their lives in these camps or the hospitals they were referred to. There is a new stand-alone detention camp ebing built in Goalpara and more have been planned across Silchar and Tezpur. Detention camps are being built in Maharashtra in Navi Mumbai, Neelmangala in Bengaluru, Karnataka and in West Bengal.

Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) reported that in July 16, in response to questions raised by TN Prathapan, the MHA elaborated on the provisions of the ‘Model’ detention center manual saying, “The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a ‘Model Detention Centre/Holding Centre/Camp Manual’ for implementation and compliance. The Model Detention Centre Manual, inter-alia, prescribes the amenities to be provided in the Detention Centres to maintain standards of living in consonance with human dignity including electricity with generator, drinking water, hygiene, accommodation with beds, sufficient toilets/baths with provisions of running water, communication and medical facilities, provisions for kitchen and recreational facilities.”

However reports of deprivation in these detention camps have been rampant – inmates not even getting the allotted amount of food to sustain good health and the answers by the MHA raise pertinent questions that have been raised by CJP – an organization that has tirelessly been working for those left out of the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.

1)     What does the MHA mean when it says ‘sufficient’ toilets/baths? For example, how many toilets and bathrooms are available per 100 people? Also, who determines if that is sufficient?

2)     What exactly are the provisions for communication? What kind of communication facilities are offered to inmates and how often can they use these facilities?

3)     What exactly are the recreational facilities?

4)     If families are to be housed in the same detention camps, how often are they allowed to interact, given segregation of inmates based on gender?

5)     Additionally, there has been talk of ensuring that children at such facilities do not suffer for the want of education. Will schools be set up inside such facilities or will the children be ferried to and from schools located outside the detention camps?

6)     As far as medical facilities go, are they restricted to just the physical health of detainees or will mental health professionals also be deployed to help detainees cope with the phycological burden of captivity, something that often leads inmates to engage in self harm?

7)     Will such detainees be permitted to work and earn a living in these detention camps, or will they like their counterparts in Assam, be denied this right which incidentally is available to convicted criminals?

8)     Women and men are to be lodged in separate accommodations, but what are the provisions with respect to transgender inmates, given how most transgender people are abandoned at birth and rarely have any documents?

9)     What happens in repatriation effort with the alleged ‘country of origin’ of the detainee fall through? Will such people be detained indefinitely? Is this not a violation of basic human rights and multiple international conventions on the subject?

10)  New detention camps have already been built in Maharashtra and Karnataka. Two camps have been planned in West Bengal. How many more such facilities are planned across India?


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SC refuses to pass orders in Shaheen Bagh case

Court admonishes Delhi Police, adjourns case till March 20

26 Feb 2020

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The Supreme Court, on Wednesday, refused to pass orders in the petition demanding eviction of protesters from Shaheen Bagh. The court sited the need for the situation to cool down. The court also condemned the expression of dissent through violent means.

Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph heard the matter. Bar and Bench reported that Justice Kaul made an appeal for peace saying, “All stakeholders should lower their temperature and blood pressure. This is not how a society should behave... Unfortunately, the debate is degenerating into something else, this is not healthy dissent.”

 

The court also came down heavily on the Delhi Police. According to the Indian Express Judge K M Joseph said there was a lack of professionalism on part of the cops. “These things would not have happened had police not allowed instigators to get away,” the bench of Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph observed.

The court also disposed of the application to give directions to file FIRs against perpetrators of violence that began in Delhi on February 23. The application was filed yesterday by Chandra Shekhar Aazad, Wajahat Habibullah and Bahadul Abbas Naqvi. This is because the Delhi High Court is already hearing matters related to the violence. The SC was reluctant to expand the scope of the petition before it beyond blockage of roads at Shaheen Bagh.

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SC refuses to pass orders in Shaheen Bagh case

Court admonishes Delhi Police, adjourns case till March 20

Shaheen Bagh

The Supreme Court, on Wednesday, refused to pass orders in the petition demanding eviction of protesters from Shaheen Bagh. The court sited the need for the situation to cool down. The court also condemned the expression of dissent through violent means.

Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph heard the matter. Bar and Bench reported that Justice Kaul made an appeal for peace saying, “All stakeholders should lower their temperature and blood pressure. This is not how a society should behave... Unfortunately, the debate is degenerating into something else, this is not healthy dissent.”

 

The court also came down heavily on the Delhi Police. According to the Indian Express Judge K M Joseph said there was a lack of professionalism on part of the cops. “These things would not have happened had police not allowed instigators to get away,” the bench of Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph observed.

The court also disposed of the application to give directions to file FIRs against perpetrators of violence that began in Delhi on February 23. The application was filed yesterday by Chandra Shekhar Aazad, Wajahat Habibullah and Bahadul Abbas Naqvi. This is because the Delhi High Court is already hearing matters related to the violence. The SC was reluctant to expand the scope of the petition before it beyond blockage of roads at Shaheen Bagh.

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90% of cancelled ration cards in Jharkhand genuine finds J-PAL study

In 2017, lakhs of ration cards were deleted by the BJP authorities without informing the families of the ration card holders

26 Feb 2020

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A study by the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) last week revealed that almost 90 percent of ration cards that were declared invalid by the Jharkhand government by the Jharkhand government. The study also revealed that almost 56percent of the deleted ration cards were not linked with their Aadhaar cards. These numbers have come at a time when the Jharkhand government is planning a mass deletion of another chunk of ration cards reported The Telegraph India.

Titled “Identity verification standard in welfare programmes: Experimental evidence from India”, the study had surveyed 3,901 households in 10 districts of Jharkhand and it also put forth the startling revelations of several deaths that took place that were suspected to have happened due to starvation arising from the dispossession of the ration card, though the BJP government which was then in power never accepted that there was any loss of life due to hunger. The J-PAL study found out that 213 ration cards from the sample households were cancelled, but 26 cancellations were fake. This meant that only 12.2 percent of the 213 cancelled ration cards were fake and the rest 87.8 percent were genuine.

The state government had declared lakhs of ration cards invalid citing them to be ‘fake’. The Jharkhand Chief Secretary Rajbala Verma had also said that all ration cards not linked with the Aadhaar by April 5, 2017 would become ‘null and void’. In its statement the government first said that it ordered to cancel 11 lakh ration cards because the users couldn’t provide their Aadhaar details. The number was revised to 6.96 lakh.

At the time, right to food activists had stated that most of the cancelled cards belonged to bona fide beneficiaries who hadn’t even been informed before the cancellation and that the cancellations happened because of biometric failures due to lack of internet connectivity and charging of the Point of Sale (PoS) machines and corruption by dealers.

It was reported that 23 deaths took place due to starvation and non-availability of subsidized food grains from 2015 – 2019, a number that portrays the pitfalls of the decisions taken on basis of the document driven filtering process.

The Jharkhand report was drawn up by economists Karthik Muralidharan, Paul Niehaus and Sandip Sukhtankar based on a survey by J-Pal which was co-founded by economists Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo who had won the Nobel Prize last year.

 Asharfi Nand Prasad, state convener of the Right to Food campaign said, “This (J-PAL) study showed that nearly 90 per cent of the cancelled cards were not fake and also exposed the state government’s claim to the contrary,” and demanded that the government publish details of the deleted cards and stop further cancellation. “The government should follow a transparent process if it needs to delete ration cards, issue notice to the suspect cardholders and give them a chance to represent themselves,” Prasad said.

BJP leader turned independent MLA from Jamshedpur East Saryu Roy who was the food and civil supplies minister for the state at the time of the cancellation of the cards, said that he had opposed the deletion drive and that any decision that was taken was done bypassing him.

Saying that neither the figures nor the explanation had ever been placed before him, he said, “I opposed the cancellation of ration cards for lack of Aadhaar linkage and had demanded to know the exact number of cards cancelled and also the reason for which those were cancelled.”

The entire study by J-PAL may be read below.

 

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In 2017, lakhs of ration cards were deleted by the BJP authorities without informing the families of the ration card holders

ration Card

A study by the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) last week revealed that almost 90 percent of ration cards that were declared invalid by the Jharkhand government by the Jharkhand government. The study also revealed that almost 56percent of the deleted ration cards were not linked with their Aadhaar cards. These numbers have come at a time when the Jharkhand government is planning a mass deletion of another chunk of ration cards reported The Telegraph India.

Titled “Identity verification standard in welfare programmes: Experimental evidence from India”, the study had surveyed 3,901 households in 10 districts of Jharkhand and it also put forth the startling revelations of several deaths that took place that were suspected to have happened due to starvation arising from the dispossession of the ration card, though the BJP government which was then in power never accepted that there was any loss of life due to hunger. The J-PAL study found out that 213 ration cards from the sample households were cancelled, but 26 cancellations were fake. This meant that only 12.2 percent of the 213 cancelled ration cards were fake and the rest 87.8 percent were genuine.

The state government had declared lakhs of ration cards invalid citing them to be ‘fake’. The Jharkhand Chief Secretary Rajbala Verma had also said that all ration cards not linked with the Aadhaar by April 5, 2017 would become ‘null and void’. In its statement the government first said that it ordered to cancel 11 lakh ration cards because the users couldn’t provide their Aadhaar details. The number was revised to 6.96 lakh.

At the time, right to food activists had stated that most of the cancelled cards belonged to bona fide beneficiaries who hadn’t even been informed before the cancellation and that the cancellations happened because of biometric failures due to lack of internet connectivity and charging of the Point of Sale (PoS) machines and corruption by dealers.

It was reported that 23 deaths took place due to starvation and non-availability of subsidized food grains from 2015 – 2019, a number that portrays the pitfalls of the decisions taken on basis of the document driven filtering process.

The Jharkhand report was drawn up by economists Karthik Muralidharan, Paul Niehaus and Sandip Sukhtankar based on a survey by J-Pal which was co-founded by economists Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo who had won the Nobel Prize last year.

 Asharfi Nand Prasad, state convener of the Right to Food campaign said, “This (J-PAL) study showed that nearly 90 per cent of the cancelled cards were not fake and also exposed the state government’s claim to the contrary,” and demanded that the government publish details of the deleted cards and stop further cancellation. “The government should follow a transparent process if it needs to delete ration cards, issue notice to the suspect cardholders and give them a chance to represent themselves,” Prasad said.

BJP leader turned independent MLA from Jamshedpur East Saryu Roy who was the food and civil supplies minister for the state at the time of the cancellation of the cards, said that he had opposed the deletion drive and that any decision that was taken was done bypassing him.

Saying that neither the figures nor the explanation had ever been placed before him, he said, “I opposed the cancellation of ration cards for lack of Aadhaar linkage and had demanded to know the exact number of cards cancelled and also the reason for which those were cancelled.”

The entire study by J-PAL may be read below.

 

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Bihar resolves not to implement NRC

Bihar Assembly on Tuesday passed unanimous resolution on conducting NPR in the state according to 2010 format

25 Feb 2020

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Bihar Assembly on Tuesday approved resolution unanimously stating there is no requirement of NRC in the state.The  Assembly also passed unanimous resolution on conducting NPR in the state according to 2010 format.

The Bihar Assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution to not implement the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the state. The Assembly also passed a resolution to implement the National Population Register (NPR) but in its 2010 form, with an amendment.

"The Bihar government has written to the Centre seeking the omission of 'contentious clauses' from the NPR forms," said Chief Minister Kumar in the state assembly.

Speaking further in the Assembly, Chief Minister Kumar said: "I myself do not know the date of birth of my mother. In no case should NRC be implemented in the state. Whatever issues the state assembly has discussed will be sent to the Central government."

Bihar resolves not to implement NRC

Bihar Assembly on Tuesday passed unanimous resolution on conducting NPR in the state according to 2010 format

bihar

Bihar Assembly on Tuesday approved resolution unanimously stating there is no requirement of NRC in the state.The  Assembly also passed unanimous resolution on conducting NPR in the state according to 2010 format.

The Bihar Assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution to not implement the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the state. The Assembly also passed a resolution to implement the National Population Register (NPR) but in its 2010 form, with an amendment.

"The Bihar government has written to the Centre seeking the omission of 'contentious clauses' from the NPR forms," said Chief Minister Kumar in the state assembly.

Speaking further in the Assembly, Chief Minister Kumar said: "I myself do not know the date of birth of my mother. In no case should NRC be implemented in the state. Whatever issues the state assembly has discussed will be sent to the Central government."

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Democracy is hypocrisy as long as 'Wall' of Shame exists in India

25 Feb 2020

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The world's two biggest and greatest democracies are exhibiting their strength today, in the most undemocratic way. Gun-trotting policemen and security agencies will cover the entire Ahmadabad today, particularly the routes where Donald Trump and Narendra Modi are holding a ‘roadshow'. Here, people cannot move around freely but can only come and go at the whims of the rulers. Trump is expecting 10 million people on the road. Perhaps, he wish to see and 'cherish' India's millions, as he has mentioned this figure on a number of occasions, on his twitter handle and to the crowd of Republicans in the United States.

Both the leaders are ‘loudspeakers’ and love themselves too much. They speak of their 'country first' and nothing else. Just as Modi is a great Hindu, Trump is a great Christian and feels that India must favour America, while Indians feel that they will do more than what they can to please the Americans. Indian right-wingers, even in the heyday of the Cold War, never liked our proximity to Soviet Union and always wanted to be 'acknowledged' by the Americans.

Today, when the American President is here, we can see a clear reflection of what Baba Saheb Ambedkar had said about our society long back. He had said that this society cannot treat anyone as equal, because it believes in 'the ascending order of reverence and the descending order of contempt'. President Trump would get to see 'Vasudhaiv Kutumbkam' for which India is known, but here too, we always 'embrace' the guests, provided they are 'white skinned' and have 'dollors' in their pocket. Our Vasudhaiv Kutumbkam is never meant for those who are considered to be 'below' us. The Wall of Shame and Contempt that has been erected from the airport till the Motera Stadium only shows how we try to cover up our poverty. If the Gujarat government was so anxious that Trump should not watch the poverty, then actually, it exists in the minds of the policy planners.

For the last few days, there have been many stories of shame coming from Gujarat, but neither the media nor the political leadership in Gujarat and at the national level bothered about them. The girls in a college in Bhuj were humiliated, and the hostel warden asked them to remove their cloths so that she could check whether they were menstruating or not. Similar news reports have come from Surat, where the Surat Municipal Corporation-run state government hospital had a fitness test for women probationers after three years. These women were humiliated in public, as an outdated and rejected finger-test was done on them to check their 'fitness'. The women were standing naked for nearly two hours. Think of the trauma and humiliation they underwent. It is reported that nearly 400 women were made to suffer this utter humiliation.

The question is why has there been not much hue and cry? Why Gujaratis, who are so internationally aware, do not even feel shame over it? Why have they keep quiet? They have been very vocal about Hindutva and its defence.

If reports are to be believed, such a humiliating practice of checking women's fitness exists, and it only got exposed when some of the women, who felt humiliated, reported to some of their friends and colleagues, while many refused to go for the 'fitness' test out of fear of humiliation.

The other day, we found reports of the same kind of humiliation experienced by the girl students in a technical institute of Bhuj, which is being run by the Swaminarayan people. (Actually, it is their duty to explain whether they still feel that women are impure because they menstruate.) We also heard about some of the parents defending it, as they felt that it is better to face some humiliation, rather than their daughter getting into a relationship, and then getting pregnant. It is deeply disturbing to hear such kinds of narratives, but what is more shameful is the silence of the state and the media, virtually not making it an issue at all. Political opposition has become virtually bankrupt in ideas, as it does not raise these issues.

Violence against Dalits is quite high in Gujarat, and there appears to be a pattern to it in the form of economic boycott, so that people cannot raise their heads. For the last many days, young SC-ST-OBC students and aspirants for government jobs have been sitting in protest at Gandhi Nagar, against the failure of the state government to honestly implement the reservation policy, but it has not got any support from the media or the political class.

Now, Gujarat is 'welcoming' Donald Trump and we say 'athithi devo bhav' but we cannot allow our poor people to come out on the street and welcome the 'guests'. Gujarat model is basically successful in hiding the dirty realities of the state, its below-standard education system, its highly caste- prejudiced societies and in handing over public land to a few cronies, some of whom may be at the dinner table tonight, rubbing their shoulders with global business and political elite.

We hope that one day, the international media will find time and space to discuss this model of 'development', which isolates millions for the happiness and success of a few. Those, who will be travelling in the cavalcade from the Airport to the Motera Stadium, should find time to just cross the wall and meet the people, who have been  declared as 'unseeable' by the Gujarat government, and listen to their pains and agonies. The wall, constructed along the entire way, is the wall of not merely shame, but hidden apartheid that exists in our villages everywhere and must be exposed now.

Democracy will only be a hypocrisy as long as such walls exist.


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The world's two biggest and greatest democracies are exhibiting their strength today, in the most undemocratic way. Gun-trotting policemen and security agencies will cover the entire Ahmadabad today, particularly the routes where Donald Trump and Narendra Modi are holding a ‘roadshow'. Here, people cannot move around freely but can only come and go at the whims of the rulers. Trump is expecting 10 million people on the road. Perhaps, he wish to see and 'cherish' India's millions, as he has mentioned this figure on a number of occasions, on his twitter handle and to the crowd of Republicans in the United States.

Both the leaders are ‘loudspeakers’ and love themselves too much. They speak of their 'country first' and nothing else. Just as Modi is a great Hindu, Trump is a great Christian and feels that India must favour America, while Indians feel that they will do more than what they can to please the Americans. Indian right-wingers, even in the heyday of the Cold War, never liked our proximity to Soviet Union and always wanted to be 'acknowledged' by the Americans.

Today, when the American President is here, we can see a clear reflection of what Baba Saheb Ambedkar had said about our society long back. He had said that this society cannot treat anyone as equal, because it believes in 'the ascending order of reverence and the descending order of contempt'. President Trump would get to see 'Vasudhaiv Kutumbkam' for which India is known, but here too, we always 'embrace' the guests, provided they are 'white skinned' and have 'dollors' in their pocket. Our Vasudhaiv Kutumbkam is never meant for those who are considered to be 'below' us. The Wall of Shame and Contempt that has been erected from the airport till the Motera Stadium only shows how we try to cover up our poverty. If the Gujarat government was so anxious that Trump should not watch the poverty, then actually, it exists in the minds of the policy planners.

For the last few days, there have been many stories of shame coming from Gujarat, but neither the media nor the political leadership in Gujarat and at the national level bothered about them. The girls in a college in Bhuj were humiliated, and the hostel warden asked them to remove their cloths so that she could check whether they were menstruating or not. Similar news reports have come from Surat, where the Surat Municipal Corporation-run state government hospital had a fitness test for women probationers after three years. These women were humiliated in public, as an outdated and rejected finger-test was done on them to check their 'fitness'. The women were standing naked for nearly two hours. Think of the trauma and humiliation they underwent. It is reported that nearly 400 women were made to suffer this utter humiliation.

The question is why has there been not much hue and cry? Why Gujaratis, who are so internationally aware, do not even feel shame over it? Why have they keep quiet? They have been very vocal about Hindutva and its defence.

If reports are to be believed, such a humiliating practice of checking women's fitness exists, and it only got exposed when some of the women, who felt humiliated, reported to some of their friends and colleagues, while many refused to go for the 'fitness' test out of fear of humiliation.

The other day, we found reports of the same kind of humiliation experienced by the girl students in a technical institute of Bhuj, which is being run by the Swaminarayan people. (Actually, it is their duty to explain whether they still feel that women are impure because they menstruate.) We also heard about some of the parents defending it, as they felt that it is better to face some humiliation, rather than their daughter getting into a relationship, and then getting pregnant. It is deeply disturbing to hear such kinds of narratives, but what is more shameful is the silence of the state and the media, virtually not making it an issue at all. Political opposition has become virtually bankrupt in ideas, as it does not raise these issues.

Violence against Dalits is quite high in Gujarat, and there appears to be a pattern to it in the form of economic boycott, so that people cannot raise their heads. For the last many days, young SC-ST-OBC students and aspirants for government jobs have been sitting in protest at Gandhi Nagar, against the failure of the state government to honestly implement the reservation policy, but it has not got any support from the media or the political class.

Now, Gujarat is 'welcoming' Donald Trump and we say 'athithi devo bhav' but we cannot allow our poor people to come out on the street and welcome the 'guests'. Gujarat model is basically successful in hiding the dirty realities of the state, its below-standard education system, its highly caste- prejudiced societies and in handing over public land to a few cronies, some of whom may be at the dinner table tonight, rubbing their shoulders with global business and political elite.

We hope that one day, the international media will find time and space to discuss this model of 'development', which isolates millions for the happiness and success of a few. Those, who will be travelling in the cavalcade from the Airport to the Motera Stadium, should find time to just cross the wall and meet the people, who have been  declared as 'unseeable' by the Gujarat government, and listen to their pains and agonies. The wall, constructed along the entire way, is the wall of not merely shame, but hidden apartheid that exists in our villages everywhere and must be exposed now.

Democracy will only be a hypocrisy as long as such walls exist.


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Indians set to be affected under new US “public charge” regulation

Under the regulation immigrants found to be a liability availing public benefits will lose their immigration benefits

25 Feb 2020

US

On Monday, February 24, the United States began enforcing a regulation that could deny green cards or legal permanent residency to legal immigrants who seek public benefits like food stamps and Medicaid.

The “public charge” rule

Under the new rule, a family of two-member households with a minimum annual income of at least $41,000 will be able to avoid the act. If the annual income of any 2-member family is below $41,000, they will have to lose their immigration benefits.

The so-called “public charge” rule, published in August by the Department of Homeland Security, establishes a test to determine whether an immigrant applying to enter the US, extend their visa, or convert their temporary status into a green card is likely to end up relying on public benefits in the future, reported Vox. The new policy will also make it harder for immigrants sponsored by family members to get into the US, a phenomenon Trump has termed as “chain migration”. It will become harder for families to sponsor older parents or siblings under the new regulation. While there could be a merit-based immigration system, it would only allow people from certain fields and mostly the younger of the lot.

Vox however, reports that the current version of the regulation is much less stringent that the previous drafts which if implemented would have seen immigrants getting penalized for seeking benefits for their children instead of themselves.

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said, “This final rule will protect hardworking American taxpayers, safeguard welfare programmes for truly needy Americans, reduce the Federal deficit and re-establish the fundamental legal principle that newcomers to our society should be financially self-reliant and not dependent on the largesse of taxpayers.”

Who is set to be affected?

Last year, the White House said that ‘aliens’ (immigrants) who enter or are in the US must support themselves and not rely on public benefits. Whoever is found to be a liability will be barred from entering the US and those migrants already in the US are found to become likely ‘public charges’ will be barred from adjusting their immigration status to that of a lawful permanent resident.

Julia Gelatt, a senior policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute told the publication that at least 69 percent of the roughly 5.5 million people who were granted green cards over the past five years would have had at least one negative factor under the rule – which officials could have used as justification to reject their applications for immigration benefits.

The move is set to affect a large number of Indians who are on H-1B visas and in queue to get permanent residency. Denials for H-1B petitions have increased steadily from 4.3 percent in 2015 to 7.4 percent in 2017 and 15.2 percent in 2019, The Week reported. According to a 2018 Migration Policy Institute report, 11 percent of non-citizen Indian families that receive public benefits would be scrutinized under the new regulation.

With the “public charge” regulation, it has been portrayed by Trump that immigrants are abusing public benefits. In 2016, the average per capita value of public benefits used by immigrants was $3,718 while native-born Americans used $6,081 of public benefits.

The element of fear

“The rhetoric around the use of public benefits programs is largely smoke and mirrors,” Erin Quinn, a senior staff attorney at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, told Vox. “It’s feeding a rhetoric that immigrants are draining our public services when in fact these immigrants don’t even have access to those services and also galvanizing fear in immigrant communities.”

The new rule will have a chilling effect on immigrant families, creating anxiety among people who are already in the US about whether their status would get extended. Immigrants too, fuel the American economy as they are consumers and pay taxes. With the fear spread among the immigrants, experts have reported that people are even dropping benefits for which they qualify for.

Doug Rand, a former White House official who worked on the immigration policy during the Obama administration explained that many immigrants were anyway not eligible for public benefits unless they had certain cards or humanitarian protections. He said that not all public benefits were available to non-citizens and immigrants who are entitled to using some public benefits must continue to do so because they won’t be penalized for it.

“The rule has falsely created an impression that undocumented immigrants and temporary residents are gobbling up public benefits, which they’re not because they’re generally not eligible,” Rand said. “And it has scared those who are eligible, who are primarily permanent residents with green cards, legal immigrants, into un-enrolling from programs they are perfectly eligible to take advantage of under the law,” he added.

Given the announcement of millions of Indians in the US or aspiring to be there being affected, we can’t help but wonder what PM Modi thinks of President Trump’s new gift for India.

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Indians set to be affected under new US “public charge” regulation

Under the regulation immigrants found to be a liability availing public benefits will lose their immigration benefits

US

On Monday, February 24, the United States began enforcing a regulation that could deny green cards or legal permanent residency to legal immigrants who seek public benefits like food stamps and Medicaid.

The “public charge” rule

Under the new rule, a family of two-member households with a minimum annual income of at least $41,000 will be able to avoid the act. If the annual income of any 2-member family is below $41,000, they will have to lose their immigration benefits.

The so-called “public charge” rule, published in August by the Department of Homeland Security, establishes a test to determine whether an immigrant applying to enter the US, extend their visa, or convert their temporary status into a green card is likely to end up relying on public benefits in the future, reported Vox. The new policy will also make it harder for immigrants sponsored by family members to get into the US, a phenomenon Trump has termed as “chain migration”. It will become harder for families to sponsor older parents or siblings under the new regulation. While there could be a merit-based immigration system, it would only allow people from certain fields and mostly the younger of the lot.

Vox however, reports that the current version of the regulation is much less stringent that the previous drafts which if implemented would have seen immigrants getting penalized for seeking benefits for their children instead of themselves.

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said, “This final rule will protect hardworking American taxpayers, safeguard welfare programmes for truly needy Americans, reduce the Federal deficit and re-establish the fundamental legal principle that newcomers to our society should be financially self-reliant and not dependent on the largesse of taxpayers.”

Who is set to be affected?

Last year, the White House said that ‘aliens’ (immigrants) who enter or are in the US must support themselves and not rely on public benefits. Whoever is found to be a liability will be barred from entering the US and those migrants already in the US are found to become likely ‘public charges’ will be barred from adjusting their immigration status to that of a lawful permanent resident.

Julia Gelatt, a senior policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute told the publication that at least 69 percent of the roughly 5.5 million people who were granted green cards over the past five years would have had at least one negative factor under the rule – which officials could have used as justification to reject their applications for immigration benefits.

The move is set to affect a large number of Indians who are on H-1B visas and in queue to get permanent residency. Denials for H-1B petitions have increased steadily from 4.3 percent in 2015 to 7.4 percent in 2017 and 15.2 percent in 2019, The Week reported. According to a 2018 Migration Policy Institute report, 11 percent of non-citizen Indian families that receive public benefits would be scrutinized under the new regulation.

With the “public charge” regulation, it has been portrayed by Trump that immigrants are abusing public benefits. In 2016, the average per capita value of public benefits used by immigrants was $3,718 while native-born Americans used $6,081 of public benefits.

The element of fear

“The rhetoric around the use of public benefits programs is largely smoke and mirrors,” Erin Quinn, a senior staff attorney at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, told Vox. “It’s feeding a rhetoric that immigrants are draining our public services when in fact these immigrants don’t even have access to those services and also galvanizing fear in immigrant communities.”

The new rule will have a chilling effect on immigrant families, creating anxiety among people who are already in the US about whether their status would get extended. Immigrants too, fuel the American economy as they are consumers and pay taxes. With the fear spread among the immigrants, experts have reported that people are even dropping benefits for which they qualify for.

Doug Rand, a former White House official who worked on the immigration policy during the Obama administration explained that many immigrants were anyway not eligible for public benefits unless they had certain cards or humanitarian protections. He said that not all public benefits were available to non-citizens and immigrants who are entitled to using some public benefits must continue to do so because they won’t be penalized for it.

“The rule has falsely created an impression that undocumented immigrants and temporary residents are gobbling up public benefits, which they’re not because they’re generally not eligible,” Rand said. “And it has scared those who are eligible, who are primarily permanent residents with green cards, legal immigrants, into un-enrolling from programs they are perfectly eligible to take advantage of under the law,” he added.

Given the announcement of millions of Indians in the US or aspiring to be there being affected, we can’t help but wonder what PM Modi thinks of President Trump’s new gift for India.

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5 killed, several injured in violence in NE Delhi

Fears of pogrom as minority houses allegedly targeted, arson and stone pelting reported

25 Feb 2020

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Image: Reuters

North East Delhi turned into a virtual battle ground with violence between pro and anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) groups intensifying. Affected areas include Chandbagh, Kardampuri, Bhajanpura, Gokulpuri, Noor-e-illahi, Maujpur and Jafarabad, all located in the North East Delhi district.

The Delhi police said, “Some incidents of violence and arson have been reported in the areas of North East District, particularly in the areas of Maujpur, Kardampuri, Chand Bagh and Dayalpur. It is appealed to the people of Delhi and particularly to the North East District to maintain peace and harmony.” Police imposed prohibitory orders under section 144, and even cautioned people against spreading rumours or inflammatory images. They said, “People should not believe in false rumours. It is also appealed to the media not to circulate any disturbing pictures which may further aggravate the situation.”

One head constable Rattan Lal was killed in the clashes between rival mobs allegedly armed with rods, sticks, stones and even petrol bombs. Another DCP was reportedly injured and a young man brandishing a gun was overpowered and taken into custody. Meanwhile, a petrol pump and two school buses were allegedly set one fire at Bhajanpura-Yamuna Vihar area. Incidents of stone pelting, burning of houses and vehicles allegedly belonging to minority community families were also reported leading some to fear that this might be a pogrom.

Sources told SabrangIndia, “Violence began in Chandbagh around 1pm after the police resorted to lathi charge the female protesters after they intervened in police action against the men at the protest. At 4:30pm- People from various sites across these affected areas started joining the protest under the Jafarabad metro station.”

 

 

 

 

There were also allegations of members of right-wing groups entering minority neighbourhoods with alleged support from the police, though others say that the police were unable to take action as they were outnumbered. However, there were also counter claims that minority dominated mobs targeted majority neighbourhoods and destroyed property.

Rahul Gandhi condemned the violence saying, “The violence today in Delhi is disturbing & must be unequivocally condemned. Peaceful protests are a sign of a healthy democracy, but violence can never be justified. I urge the citizens of Delhi to show restraint, compassion & understanding no matter what the provocation.”

Meanwhile, a delegation comprising of JCC, JNUSU, Pinjra Tod, Saba Dewan, Rahul Roy, Khalid Saifi, Nadeem Khan and some others met with the Joint CP and then Manish Sisodia. 

It may be recalled that NE Delhi had transformed into a virtual tinderbox over the weekend when protesters decided to stage a sit-in near the Jafrabad metro station. But things got violent after controversial BJP leader Kapil Mishra reached the spot and allegedly instigated pro-CAA groups to forcibly remove anti-CAA protesters from the spot. Mishra also led a pro-CAA rally in the vicinity and this may have instigated violent clashes between the rival groups.

5 killed, several injured in violence in NE Delhi

Fears of pogrom as minority houses allegedly targeted, arson and stone pelting reported

delhi violence
Image: Reuters

North East Delhi turned into a virtual battle ground with violence between pro and anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) groups intensifying. Affected areas include Chandbagh, Kardampuri, Bhajanpura, Gokulpuri, Noor-e-illahi, Maujpur and Jafarabad, all located in the North East Delhi district.

The Delhi police said, “Some incidents of violence and arson have been reported in the areas of North East District, particularly in the areas of Maujpur, Kardampuri, Chand Bagh and Dayalpur. It is appealed to the people of Delhi and particularly to the North East District to maintain peace and harmony.” Police imposed prohibitory orders under section 144, and even cautioned people against spreading rumours or inflammatory images. They said, “People should not believe in false rumours. It is also appealed to the media not to circulate any disturbing pictures which may further aggravate the situation.”

One head constable Rattan Lal was killed in the clashes between rival mobs allegedly armed with rods, sticks, stones and even petrol bombs. Another DCP was reportedly injured and a young man brandishing a gun was overpowered and taken into custody. Meanwhile, a petrol pump and two school buses were allegedly set one fire at Bhajanpura-Yamuna Vihar area. Incidents of stone pelting, burning of houses and vehicles allegedly belonging to minority community families were also reported leading some to fear that this might be a pogrom.

Sources told SabrangIndia, “Violence began in Chandbagh around 1pm after the police resorted to lathi charge the female protesters after they intervened in police action against the men at the protest. At 4:30pm- People from various sites across these affected areas started joining the protest under the Jafarabad metro station.”

 

 

 

 

There were also allegations of members of right-wing groups entering minority neighbourhoods with alleged support from the police, though others say that the police were unable to take action as they were outnumbered. However, there were also counter claims that minority dominated mobs targeted majority neighbourhoods and destroyed property.

Rahul Gandhi condemned the violence saying, “The violence today in Delhi is disturbing & must be unequivocally condemned. Peaceful protests are a sign of a healthy democracy, but violence can never be justified. I urge the citizens of Delhi to show restraint, compassion & understanding no matter what the provocation.”

Meanwhile, a delegation comprising of JCC, JNUSU, Pinjra Tod, Saba Dewan, Rahul Roy, Khalid Saifi, Nadeem Khan and some others met with the Joint CP and then Manish Sisodia. 

It may be recalled that NE Delhi had transformed into a virtual tinderbox over the weekend when protesters decided to stage a sit-in near the Jafrabad metro station. But things got violent after controversial BJP leader Kapil Mishra reached the spot and allegedly instigated pro-CAA groups to forcibly remove anti-CAA protesters from the spot. Mishra also led a pro-CAA rally in the vicinity and this may have instigated violent clashes between the rival groups.

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