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Jignesh Mevani Arrested | Citizens come out in protest nationwide

Sabrangindia 28 Apr 2022

Watch how Nationwide Protests have erupted over the last few days, by various independent groups, civil society organizations and congress leaders, over the arrest of Dalit leader and Vadgam MLA Jignesh Mevani by Kokrajhar Police in Assam.

Jignesh Mevani Arrested | Citizens come out in protest nationwide

Watch how Nationwide Protests have erupted over the last few days, by various independent groups, civil society organizations and congress leaders, over the arrest of Dalit leader and Vadgam MLA Jignesh Mevani by Kokrajhar Police in Assam.

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Goa: Congress seeks withdrawal of gov’t order appointing hate monger Prashant Patel as State Counsel

Sabrangindia 12 May 2021

Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President, Girish Chodankar, has expressed his shock and resentment at the Goa Government for passing an order appointing Prashant Umrao as one of the three standing counsels to represent the State before the Supreme Court of India.

Herald Goa quoted him saying, “We are extremely shocked and disturbed by one of these appointments. An advocate from Uttar Pradesh by the name of Prashant Kr Umrao is one of those appointed. He has been a hate monger, misogynist bigot and a serial fake news peddler for the longest time. He has been using his social media to spew communal venom against the Christian and Muslim communities. He has said some of the most disgusting things.”

Believing that Goa stands for its secular, liberal and progressive values, Mr. Girish said that Prashant Umrao’s appointment is extremism, that has no place in a peaceful state. “Being represented by such a person and that too before the highest court of the land with such a vile and communal mindset, is an insult to the people of Goa. CM Pramod Sawant is making a mockery of our culture and values by appointing him as a legal representative of the state,” he added.

The Opposition Congress Party has thus demanded the immediate withdrawal of the order. According to a Herald report, Girish Chodankar and his party have also posed a series of questions to the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.

Mr. Girish asked, “We would like CM Pramod Sawant to tell us if he is rewarding Adv Prashant Kr Umrao for his communal mentality and if he agrees with his views on Christians and Muslims. We also would like to know what was the need to appoint someone from UP to such a prestigious post, when we have so many Goans capable of representing the state? Does he not think Goan lawyers are worthy enough? Is he even in control of what's happening in Goa? Or is it just a puppet who is being controlled? CM Sawant should come clean to the people of Goa on who is controlling the state?”

As we had previously reported in SabrangIndia, social media platforms like Twitter have done nothing to curb Umrao’s comments against minorities, that in recent years have grown further divisive. In 2018 alone, his account had been flagged eight times for spewing fake news incidents like an alleged case by a Muslim lawyer against a Hindu ritual, senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai’s alleged call for killing thousand Hindus or propagating claims that the Kathua rape case never happened.

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Goa: Congress seeks withdrawal of gov’t order appointing hate monger Prashant Patel as State Counsel

SC lawyer Prashant Umrao has earned a reputation of spreading hate against minorities on social media

Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President, Girish Chodankar, has expressed his shock and resentment at the Goa Government for passing an order appointing Prashant Umrao as one of the three standing counsels to represent the State before the Supreme Court of India.

Herald Goa quoted him saying, “We are extremely shocked and disturbed by one of these appointments. An advocate from Uttar Pradesh by the name of Prashant Kr Umrao is one of those appointed. He has been a hate monger, misogynist bigot and a serial fake news peddler for the longest time. He has been using his social media to spew communal venom against the Christian and Muslim communities. He has said some of the most disgusting things.”

Believing that Goa stands for its secular, liberal and progressive values, Mr. Girish said that Prashant Umrao’s appointment is extremism, that has no place in a peaceful state. “Being represented by such a person and that too before the highest court of the land with such a vile and communal mindset, is an insult to the people of Goa. CM Pramod Sawant is making a mockery of our culture and values by appointing him as a legal representative of the state,” he added.

The Opposition Congress Party has thus demanded the immediate withdrawal of the order. According to a Herald report, Girish Chodankar and his party have also posed a series of questions to the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.

Mr. Girish asked, “We would like CM Pramod Sawant to tell us if he is rewarding Adv Prashant Kr Umrao for his communal mentality and if he agrees with his views on Christians and Muslims. We also would like to know what was the need to appoint someone from UP to such a prestigious post, when we have so many Goans capable of representing the state? Does he not think Goan lawyers are worthy enough? Is he even in control of what's happening in Goa? Or is it just a puppet who is being controlled? CM Sawant should come clean to the people of Goa on who is controlling the state?”

As we had previously reported in SabrangIndia, social media platforms like Twitter have done nothing to curb Umrao’s comments against minorities, that in recent years have grown further divisive. In 2018 alone, his account had been flagged eight times for spewing fake news incidents like an alleged case by a Muslim lawyer against a Hindu ritual, senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai’s alleged call for killing thousand Hindus or propagating claims that the Kathua rape case never happened.

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Prashant Patel Umrao still spinning fake news on Twitter
Brutal Attacks on Muslims in Bengal soon threatens actor Prakash Belawadi
What is the purpose of Tejasvi Surya's communal tilt to BBMP “bed blocking scam"?
Kolkata police file an FIR against fake news repeat offender Madhu Kishwar

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The following statement was issued to the press by the joint platform of Central Trade Unions and sectoral Federations and Associations today 28th  April 2021

by Sabrangindia , 28 Apr 2021

Trade Unions write to the Prime Minister
Deplore callous attitude of government in handling covid 19 crises
Calls for observing May Day
Against the anti worker, anti farmer, anti people policies of the Government

A broad based platform of central trade unions has today deplored the callous attitude of prime minister Narendra Modi in anticipating and dealing with the second surge of the Covid-19 crisis and hauled him over the coals for his elitist policies that will make both medical care. Oxygen, hospital beds and most of all vaccines out of reach for a vast majority of the Indian population. A strongly worded letter was written to the Indian prime minister today. The letter may be read here.


Following the online meeting of Joint Platform of Central Trade Unions and Independent Sectoral Federations held on April 28, 2021. These worker organisations representing millions of Indians, have expressed grave concern at the cruel insensitivity of the Government at the centre in addressing and combating the second wave of the Covid-19 Pandemic. The alarming country wide surge of this second wave of Covid has thrown the lives of the people, working people in particular into total jeopardy. The daily infection count has already crossed 3 lakhs and is estimated to grow further in the coming days. The number of those dying daily, too has surged. A substantial part of deaths are preventable, being caused due to non-availability of basic infrastructure, oxygen, hospital beds and essential medicines.

The CTUs and Sectoral Federations/Associations have written to the Prime Minister on this issue. In a press statement issued after the meeting the CTUs have stated that in the midst of such grave humanitarian crisis, the Central government ridiculously draws satisfaction over overcoming the crisis under the leadership of Narendra Modi! The Union Finance Minister has been busy giving itself certificates and issuing self- congratulatory statements misleading the people, stating only that their programme of privatisation and disinvestment is on track and in progress!

Caught completely unprepared, despite the warning about a second country wide wave,  the Central government is now trying to blame the people, the state governments and everybody except itself for the surge of casualty with much more intensity and speed. The reprimand of even the Election Commission of India (ECI) by some High Courts has vindicated the stand that trade unions having taken time to time. Now only the order has come not to organise any rally, celebration from 2nd to 15th may in the election bound states.     

There is serious shortage of vaccines, testing facilities, hospital beds, ventilators, oxygen, medicines and above all trained personnel – doctors, nurses and other medical staff. Front line workers and employees are overworked and lack adequate protection. Instead of addressing these serious issues, BJP leaders including union ministers are engaged in shifting the responsibility to the state governments and indulging in blame games.

In the midst of this, the vaccine policy announced by the government puts corporate profits above the precious lives of people. Today, it is crucial to strictly regulate, under direct government supervision, the entire vaccination process to ensure that the entire population is vaccinated within a definite time frame. Vaccine production must be urgently scaled up; it must be imported as necessary. But the government is shamelessly succumbing to the profit hungry international drug mafia and liberalised vaccine sales. The new vaccine policy liberalises the vaccine sale by deregulating the prices through a discriminatory process that too without taking any concrete measures for augmenting availability.

States are not given the promised doses of vaccines. This has severely affected the first phase of vaccination itself. The new vaccine policy of Modi government stipulates that the state governments have to procure the vaccines from the open market with higher price of Rs 400/Rs 600 per dose as announced by the two vaccine companies in India. They will be thrown into unhealthy competition with each other and also with the private sector hospitals which are also free to procure the vaccines at Rs 600/ Rs 1200. More such notorious announcements are expected to pour in the days to come with the Govt-corporate nexus. It is atrocious that the Serum Institute which has announced Rs 400 per dose of vaccine for the state governments and Rs 600 for private hospitals in India.

Covisheild is priced at 1.78 Euro (Rs 160) in Europe and at $4 (Rs 300) in the US and Bangladesh, at Rs.237 in Brazil, at Rs. 226 in UK.

This  pro-corporate deregulation on vaccines and other essential ingredients of pandemic management will further facilitate hoarding and black marketing which is already going on in case of essential medicines like Remdesivir and oxygen. The overwhelming majority of our people who cannot afford the huge price of the vaccine would be excluded. Policies of exclusion have now become the hallmark of this regime.


The local and regional lockdowns and curfews being imposed in several states are creating uncertainties about the work and income among the working people, the migrant workers and workers in the unorganised sector in particular. Reminiscent of the migrant workers’ mass exodus from our cities one year back, migrant workers are again heading to their native places. None of the orders under Disaster Management Act issued so far by various authorities on curfew or scaling down of operation by industry etc have even cared to concretely direct the employers to protect the employment/livelihood of workers, their incomes and residences. It is again an attempt by the governments, as last year, to sacrifice the lives and livelihood of the workers and the toiling people to safeguard the interests of the employers’ class. 

The Joint Platform of Central Trade Unions and Federations demands the government to withdraw the new pro-corporate as well as discriminatory vaccine policy and take immediate measures to ensure 100% procurement of the vaccine, adequate supply of vaccines to the states, free of cost, utilising the PM care fund. The government, sufficiently empowered by Disaster Management Act must not abdicate its responsibility of prioritising protection of the lives of the people during this grave pandemic, over profiteering by vaccine-pharmaceutical barons.

The joint platform of Central trade unions and Federations point out that it is the public sector companies that are, as ever, coming to the rescue of the nation in this critical situation. It is the public sector steel companies that are producing and supplying oxygen; it is the Indian Railways that is transporting Oxygen to the needy states. We also remind the government that it was the public sector financial institutions in our country that have protected the country against the 2008 world crisis. The joint platform of trade unions demand that the government must immediately stop its mindless privatisation drive. We demand that immediate measures be taken to strengthen the existing public sector medicine and oxygen production units which are already playing a frontline role in producing/supplying oxygen and other necessities and establish new ones to ensure universal and comprehensive public health care.

The Joint Platform also demands that the government must ensure that any order issued by any authorities under Disaster Management Act imposing restrictions in movement, curfew etc must accompany strict enforceable orders to all employers and all concerned banning retrenchment, wage-cut and eviction from residences etc. It cannot be just an advisory but a stringently enforceable direction and the Disaster Management Act adequately empowers the Govt to issue such orders and enforce.

The Joint Platform calls upon the workers and toiling people to observe the forthcoming May Day, the international working class solidarity day through jointly organizing agitation in as many locations throughout the country to press for the following demands, while expressing solidarity with the working class movement going on throughout the world:

1. Ramp up vaccine production and ensure universal free vaccination within a definite time frame. Ensure free supply of oxygen in the crises as in present situation.
2. Ensure adequate hospital beds, oxygen and other medical facilities to meet the Covid surge
3. Scrap the anti-people discriminatory pro-corporate Vaccine Policy
4. Strengthen public health infrastructure including recruiting the necessary health personnel
5. Any order under Disaster Management Act issued by any authority imposing restrictions in movement, curfew etc must accompany strict order on all employers and all concerned banning retrenchment, wage-cut and eviction from residences etc and same must be strictly enforced.
6. Scrap anti-worker Labour Codes and anti-people Farm Laws and Electricity Bill
7. Stop privatisation and dis-investment
8. Ensure cash transfer of Rs 7500 per month for all non income tax paying families
9. 10 kg free food grains per person per month for the next six months
10. Ensure non Covid patients get effective treatment in government hospitals
11. Ensure availability of protective gear, equipments etc for all health and frontline workers and those engaged in pandemic-management work including ASHAs and anganwadi employees along with comprehensive insurance coverage for them all

Covid protocols – wearing masks, maintaining physical distance etc should be strictly followed by all our leaders, cadres, activists and members to safeguard their own health and the health of their comrades, colleagues and family members.

The Joint platform includes INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU   LPF UTUC and and Sectoral Federations/Associations

 

Sanjeev Reddy_INTUC.bmp
  INTUC 

Amarjeer Kaur_AITUC.bmp

AITUC  

Sindhu_HMS.bmp
HMS 

Tapan Sen_CITU.bmp

CITU   


AIUTUC

SHiv Shankar_TUCC.jpg
TUCC   

Manali_Sewa.bmp
SEWA

Rajiv Dimari_AICCTU.bmp
AICCTU

LPF.tif
  LPF   

Ashok Ghosh_UTUC.bmp
       UTUC

And Sectoral Federations and Associations

 

 

The following statement was issued to the press by the joint platform of Central Trade Unions and sectoral Federations and Associations today 28th  April 2021

Trade Unions write to the Prime Minister
Deplore callous attitude of government in handling covid 19 crises
Calls for observing May Day
Against the anti worker, anti farmer, anti people policies of the Government

A broad based platform of central trade unions has today deplored the callous attitude of prime minister Narendra Modi in anticipating and dealing with the second surge of the Covid-19 crisis and hauled him over the coals for his elitist policies that will make both medical care. Oxygen, hospital beds and most of all vaccines out of reach for a vast majority of the Indian population. A strongly worded letter was written to the Indian prime minister today. The letter may be read here.


Following the online meeting of Joint Platform of Central Trade Unions and Independent Sectoral Federations held on April 28, 2021. These worker organisations representing millions of Indians, have expressed grave concern at the cruel insensitivity of the Government at the centre in addressing and combating the second wave of the Covid-19 Pandemic. The alarming country wide surge of this second wave of Covid has thrown the lives of the people, working people in particular into total jeopardy. The daily infection count has already crossed 3 lakhs and is estimated to grow further in the coming days. The number of those dying daily, too has surged. A substantial part of deaths are preventable, being caused due to non-availability of basic infrastructure, oxygen, hospital beds and essential medicines.

The CTUs and Sectoral Federations/Associations have written to the Prime Minister on this issue. In a press statement issued after the meeting the CTUs have stated that in the midst of such grave humanitarian crisis, the Central government ridiculously draws satisfaction over overcoming the crisis under the leadership of Narendra Modi! The Union Finance Minister has been busy giving itself certificates and issuing self- congratulatory statements misleading the people, stating only that their programme of privatisation and disinvestment is on track and in progress!

Caught completely unprepared, despite the warning about a second country wide wave,  the Central government is now trying to blame the people, the state governments and everybody except itself for the surge of casualty with much more intensity and speed. The reprimand of even the Election Commission of India (ECI) by some High Courts has vindicated the stand that trade unions having taken time to time. Now only the order has come not to organise any rally, celebration from 2nd to 15th may in the election bound states.     

There is serious shortage of vaccines, testing facilities, hospital beds, ventilators, oxygen, medicines and above all trained personnel – doctors, nurses and other medical staff. Front line workers and employees are overworked and lack adequate protection. Instead of addressing these serious issues, BJP leaders including union ministers are engaged in shifting the responsibility to the state governments and indulging in blame games.

In the midst of this, the vaccine policy announced by the government puts corporate profits above the precious lives of people. Today, it is crucial to strictly regulate, under direct government supervision, the entire vaccination process to ensure that the entire population is vaccinated within a definite time frame. Vaccine production must be urgently scaled up; it must be imported as necessary. But the government is shamelessly succumbing to the profit hungry international drug mafia and liberalised vaccine sales. The new vaccine policy liberalises the vaccine sale by deregulating the prices through a discriminatory process that too without taking any concrete measures for augmenting availability.

States are not given the promised doses of vaccines. This has severely affected the first phase of vaccination itself. The new vaccine policy of Modi government stipulates that the state governments have to procure the vaccines from the open market with higher price of Rs 400/Rs 600 per dose as announced by the two vaccine companies in India. They will be thrown into unhealthy competition with each other and also with the private sector hospitals which are also free to procure the vaccines at Rs 600/ Rs 1200. More such notorious announcements are expected to pour in the days to come with the Govt-corporate nexus. It is atrocious that the Serum Institute which has announced Rs 400 per dose of vaccine for the state governments and Rs 600 for private hospitals in India.

Covisheild is priced at 1.78 Euro (Rs 160) in Europe and at $4 (Rs 300) in the US and Bangladesh, at Rs.237 in Brazil, at Rs. 226 in UK.

This  pro-corporate deregulation on vaccines and other essential ingredients of pandemic management will further facilitate hoarding and black marketing which is already going on in case of essential medicines like Remdesivir and oxygen. The overwhelming majority of our people who cannot afford the huge price of the vaccine would be excluded. Policies of exclusion have now become the hallmark of this regime.


The local and regional lockdowns and curfews being imposed in several states are creating uncertainties about the work and income among the working people, the migrant workers and workers in the unorganised sector in particular. Reminiscent of the migrant workers’ mass exodus from our cities one year back, migrant workers are again heading to their native places. None of the orders under Disaster Management Act issued so far by various authorities on curfew or scaling down of operation by industry etc have even cared to concretely direct the employers to protect the employment/livelihood of workers, their incomes and residences. It is again an attempt by the governments, as last year, to sacrifice the lives and livelihood of the workers and the toiling people to safeguard the interests of the employers’ class. 

The Joint Platform of Central Trade Unions and Federations demands the government to withdraw the new pro-corporate as well as discriminatory vaccine policy and take immediate measures to ensure 100% procurement of the vaccine, adequate supply of vaccines to the states, free of cost, utilising the PM care fund. The government, sufficiently empowered by Disaster Management Act must not abdicate its responsibility of prioritising protection of the lives of the people during this grave pandemic, over profiteering by vaccine-pharmaceutical barons.

The joint platform of Central trade unions and Federations point out that it is the public sector companies that are, as ever, coming to the rescue of the nation in this critical situation. It is the public sector steel companies that are producing and supplying oxygen; it is the Indian Railways that is transporting Oxygen to the needy states. We also remind the government that it was the public sector financial institutions in our country that have protected the country against the 2008 world crisis. The joint platform of trade unions demand that the government must immediately stop its mindless privatisation drive. We demand that immediate measures be taken to strengthen the existing public sector medicine and oxygen production units which are already playing a frontline role in producing/supplying oxygen and other necessities and establish new ones to ensure universal and comprehensive public health care.

The Joint Platform also demands that the government must ensure that any order issued by any authorities under Disaster Management Act imposing restrictions in movement, curfew etc must accompany strict enforceable orders to all employers and all concerned banning retrenchment, wage-cut and eviction from residences etc. It cannot be just an advisory but a stringently enforceable direction and the Disaster Management Act adequately empowers the Govt to issue such orders and enforce.

The Joint Platform calls upon the workers and toiling people to observe the forthcoming May Day, the international working class solidarity day through jointly organizing agitation in as many locations throughout the country to press for the following demands, while expressing solidarity with the working class movement going on throughout the world:

1. Ramp up vaccine production and ensure universal free vaccination within a definite time frame. Ensure free supply of oxygen in the crises as in present situation.
2. Ensure adequate hospital beds, oxygen and other medical facilities to meet the Covid surge
3. Scrap the anti-people discriminatory pro-corporate Vaccine Policy
4. Strengthen public health infrastructure including recruiting the necessary health personnel
5. Any order under Disaster Management Act issued by any authority imposing restrictions in movement, curfew etc must accompany strict order on all employers and all concerned banning retrenchment, wage-cut and eviction from residences etc and same must be strictly enforced.
6. Scrap anti-worker Labour Codes and anti-people Farm Laws and Electricity Bill
7. Stop privatisation and dis-investment
8. Ensure cash transfer of Rs 7500 per month for all non income tax paying families
9. 10 kg free food grains per person per month for the next six months
10. Ensure non Covid patients get effective treatment in government hospitals
11. Ensure availability of protective gear, equipments etc for all health and frontline workers and those engaged in pandemic-management work including ASHAs and anganwadi employees along with comprehensive insurance coverage for them all

Covid protocols – wearing masks, maintaining physical distance etc should be strictly followed by all our leaders, cadres, activists and members to safeguard their own health and the health of their comrades, colleagues and family members.

The Joint platform includes INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU   LPF UTUC and and Sectoral Federations/Associations

 

Sanjeev Reddy_INTUC.bmp
  INTUC 

Amarjeer Kaur_AITUC.bmp

AITUC  

Sindhu_HMS.bmp
HMS 

Tapan Sen_CITU.bmp

CITU   


AIUTUC

SHiv Shankar_TUCC.jpg
TUCC   

Manali_Sewa.bmp
SEWA

Rajiv Dimari_AICCTU.bmp
AICCTU

LPF.tif
  LPF   

Ashok Ghosh_UTUC.bmp
       UTUC

And Sectoral Federations and Associations

 

 

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Gyanvapi controversy manufactured for political gain?

Sabrangindia 12 Apr 2021

In wake of the ongoing controversy surrounding the Kashi Vishwanath temple - Gyanvapi mosque compound in Varanasi, watch this video and an exclusive interview of Maulana SM Yaseen, of Gyanvapi Mosque, conducted by senior research scholar Muniza Khan.

Gyanvapi controversy manufactured for political gain?

In wake of the ongoing controversy surrounding the Kashi Vishwanath temple - Gyanvapi mosque compound in Varanasi, watch this video and an exclusive interview of Maulana SM Yaseen, of Gyanvapi Mosque, conducted by senior research scholar Muniza Khan.

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Women and Dalits are second class citizens according to RSS: Kasturi Basu

Sabrangindia 30 Jan 2021

Watch this SabrangIndia Exclusive where eminent Social Activist and Researcher Kasturi Basu explains why BJP and RSS treat women as second class citizens and how, time and again, they have brought forward policies that are anti women and misogynistic.

Women and Dalits are second class citizens according to RSS: Kasturi Basu

Watch this SabrangIndia Exclusive where eminent Social Activist and Researcher Kasturi Basu explains why BJP and RSS treat women as second class citizens and how, time and again, they have brought forward policies that are anti women and misogynistic.

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I dissent! How a photojournalist is fighting hate

Sabrangindia 21 Oct 2020

Can one be apolitical in these times of communal divide, hate and bigotry? How does one fight religious and caste prejudice? Photojournalist Vijay Pandey asks important questions in this SabrangIndia exclusive series ‘I dissent! Artists who are taking on bigotry’

I dissent! How a photojournalist is fighting hate

Can one be apolitical in these times of communal divide, hate and bigotry? How does one fight religious and caste prejudice? Photojournalist Vijay Pandey asks important questions in this SabrangIndia exclusive series ‘I dissent! Artists who are taking on bigotry’

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Delhi Violence: Activists Expose State Apathy

Sabrangindia 03 Mar 2020

Activists reveal callous negligence of the centre and the state Governments to provide relief and rehabilitation. In a press conference addressed by Activists Harsh Mander (Karwan e Mohabbat), Anjali Bhardwaj, Annie Raja, Poonam Kaushik, Geetanjali Krishna and Amrita Johr (relief operations team post Delhi violence), Inayat and Sana (Jan Swasthya Abhiyan role of health systems in responding to communal violence in Delhi) and Dr. Harjit Singh Bhatti (National President, PMSF), the role of the central and state Governments were brought to light, with respect to the relief, healthcare and rehabilitation provided to the survivors of the Delhi riots 2020.

Delhi Violence: Activists Expose State Apathy

Activists reveal callous negligence of the centre and the state Governments to provide relief and rehabilitation. In a press conference addressed by Activists Harsh Mander (Karwan e Mohabbat), Anjali Bhardwaj, Annie Raja, Poonam Kaushik, Geetanjali Krishna and Amrita Johr (relief operations team post Delhi violence), Inayat and Sana (Jan Swasthya Abhiyan role of health systems in responding to communal violence in Delhi) and Dr. Harjit Singh Bhatti (National President, PMSF), the role of the central and state Governments were brought to light, with respect to the relief, healthcare and rehabilitation provided to the survivors of the Delhi riots 2020.

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Feminists in Resistance: Assaulted for saying no to NPR-NRC-CAA

Sabrangindia 13 Feb 2020

The students of Jadavpur University and members of feminist groups, continue their street demonstrations in Kolkata, against NPR-NRC-CAA. Despite frequent clashes with local BJP goons, including instances of sexual assault, they continue to branch out to towns and villages in Bengal and hold demonstrations in resistance to the NPR-NRC-CAA.

Feminists in Resistance: Assaulted for saying no to NPR-NRC-CAA

The students of Jadavpur University and members of feminist groups, continue their street demonstrations in Kolkata, against NPR-NRC-CAA. Despite frequent clashes with local BJP goons, including instances of sexual assault, they continue to branch out to towns and villages in Bengal and hold demonstrations in resistance to the NPR-NRC-CAA.

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Muslim Voices against division

Sabrangindia 19 Nov 2019

Muslim Voices against division

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Gorakhpur's Dr. Kumar gets bail in child deaths case

24 May 2018
On Tuesday, May 15, the Allahabad High Court granted bail to Dr. Satish Kumar. Dr. Kumar was in prison in relation to an incident that took place in Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, in August 2017, in which 30 children died, allegedly because of the lack of oxygen. Dr. Kumar headed the anaesthesia department at the hospital. The Court noted in its order that Dr. Kumar spent seven months in custody, and that he "is a qualified medical practitioner with no prior criminal history. The complete order may be found here.

Dr. Kumar was accused of being derelict in his duty for allegedly being away from the hospital without permission during the oxygen shortage, and for not notifying his superiors of the lack of oxygen once Pushpa Sales, the supplier, had halted the supply. Dr. Kumar has been charged with attempt to commit culpable homicide (Section 308), forgery, and criminal conspiracy (Section 120) under the Indian Penal Code, and has also been charged under sections of the Information Technology Act and Prevention of Corruption Act. 

Speaking to The Hindu, Kumar’s counsel, Dileep Kumar, said that Satish Kumar was not involved in the payment process for the oxygen, that there was "no deliberate negligence" on his part, and that Dr. Kumar’s plea was accepted because there was no "cogent evidence" against him. The counsel said that Dr. Kumar "was not assigned any duty, except for the additional charge of maintenance of oxygen pipeline and storage tank, which he carried out well. He would inform the medical superintendent and principal, who are responsible for the oxygen supply and payment, whenever there was a shortage". Dileep Kumar also said that, following a "proper application endorsed" by the hospital’s principal, Dr. Kumar was away to attend his son’s convocation at IIT-Bombay on August 12, and that when he found out about the children’s deaths, he returned to Gorakhpur without having attended the convocation. "His conduct says there is no complicity on his behalf," the counsel said. 

Prior to the approval of Dr. Kumar’s bail application, Dr. Kafeel Khan, who was part of the hospital’s paediatric department, and Manish Bhandari, who supplied the oxygen, were also granted bail. The Allahabad High Court has denied bail for the principal, Rajiv Mishra, and his wife, Poornima Shukla.  
 

Gorakhpur's Dr. Kumar gets bail in child deaths case

On Tuesday, May 15, the Allahabad High Court granted bail to Dr. Satish Kumar. Dr. Kumar was in prison in relation to an incident that took place in Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, in August 2017, in which 30 children died, allegedly because of the lack of oxygen. Dr. Kumar headed the anaesthesia department at the hospital. The Court noted in its order that Dr. Kumar spent seven months in custody, and that he "is a qualified medical practitioner with no prior criminal history. The complete order may be found here.

Dr. Kumar was accused of being derelict in his duty for allegedly being away from the hospital without permission during the oxygen shortage, and for not notifying his superiors of the lack of oxygen once Pushpa Sales, the supplier, had halted the supply. Dr. Kumar has been charged with attempt to commit culpable homicide (Section 308), forgery, and criminal conspiracy (Section 120) under the Indian Penal Code, and has also been charged under sections of the Information Technology Act and Prevention of Corruption Act. 

Speaking to The Hindu, Kumar’s counsel, Dileep Kumar, said that Satish Kumar was not involved in the payment process for the oxygen, that there was "no deliberate negligence" on his part, and that Dr. Kumar’s plea was accepted because there was no "cogent evidence" against him. The counsel said that Dr. Kumar "was not assigned any duty, except for the additional charge of maintenance of oxygen pipeline and storage tank, which he carried out well. He would inform the medical superintendent and principal, who are responsible for the oxygen supply and payment, whenever there was a shortage". Dileep Kumar also said that, following a "proper application endorsed" by the hospital’s principal, Dr. Kumar was away to attend his son’s convocation at IIT-Bombay on August 12, and that when he found out about the children’s deaths, he returned to Gorakhpur without having attended the convocation. "His conduct says there is no complicity on his behalf," the counsel said. 

Prior to the approval of Dr. Kumar’s bail application, Dr. Kafeel Khan, who was part of the hospital’s paediatric department, and Manish Bhandari, who supplied the oxygen, were also granted bail. The Allahabad High Court has denied bail for the principal, Rajiv Mishra, and his wife, Poornima Shukla.  
 

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