31 July 2016

31 July 2016: 25 Shawal 37:Vol:7, No:127
Talks between Dalits, who threaten to embrace Islam, and upper caste Hindus over temple ritual fail; Collector ban temple festival
Nagapattinam:A 5-day annual festival of Badrakaliyamman temple near Nagapattinam has been suspended by the district administration, after talks to resolve a dispute between Dalits and upper caste Hindus over the conduct of temple rituals, failed. “District administration attempted to arrive at an amicable solution to the issue. But, since talks held yesterday remained inconclusive, we have no other option but to suspend the festival this year,” District Collector Pazhaniswamy said on Sunday.“A case in this regard is already pending in the Madras High Court. Until the court pronounces the verdict, the festival will remain suspended,” he said. The district officials initiated talks between the two groups following reports that the Dalits in Kallimedu village had threatened to embrace Islam if they were not given the right to conduct the rituals for a full day.During the meeting, the administration came up with 3 suggestions, including increasing the number of days of the festival to 6, instead of the usual five, to allow the community to conduct the festival for a complete day. However, the upper caste Hindus declined the suggestions citing various reasons. But, they said they had no objections to Dalits conducting the rituals on any day other than the annual festival days, the Collector said. PTI
Should not embrace Islam just because of discriminated in Hinduism:TN Thowheed Jamat tells Dalits
Chennai: Even as 250 Dalit families in Nagapattinam district are threatening to convert to Islam after they were denied their right to perform mandagapadi, a ritual performed on day one of the 7-day festival conducted in the first week of Aadi, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi general secretary Ravi Kumar said the onus was on the govt  to ensure that the rights of the Dalits to partake in temple festival were protected.Speaking about Dalits threatening to convert to Islam, he toed the line earlier taken by the party chief Thol. Thirumvalavan that conversion to another religion merely creates ‘minorities within a minority’ and reduces the collective bargaining power of the Dalits in their fight against caste discrimination.2 organisations – Hindu Makkal Katchi and Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamat – are now involved in various capacities. While the TNTJ president Pakkir Mohammed Althafi and others met the Dalits on Wednesday, Hindu Makkal Katchi is trying to resolve the issue without any need for Dalits to convert. Spokesperson of Jamat claims that it was the Dalits of Pazhag Kallimedu village, who had informed them that they are planning to convert to Islam. “Some of TNTJ members, including its president Pakkir Mohammed Althafi, met and explained to a group of around 50 people that they should not embrace Islam just because they are being discriminated in Hinduism. We encouraged them to fully understand the concepts and fundamentals of Islam. We gave them the Koran and urged them to read it. 6 persons reportedly embraced Islam on the spot,” said Abdur Rahman, spokesperson, TNTJ. Claiming that they were against forcing anyone to embrace Islam, he said that they would not turn away those willing to do so. In contrast, Rama Ravikumar leader Hindu Makkal Katchi, said members of Dalit community had assured them that they would not convert. The hindu
Row over temple ritual; Nagapattinam festival suspended
TN conversion row: Peace talks between Dalits and caste-hindus over rituals fail
Negotiations fail, Collector bans temple festival
Minister fails to break deadlock: Dalits want to hold rituals for a day, caste Hindus claim it will be violation of tradition
Peace meet fails, Nagai temple fest cancelled
Collector bans 'Aadi' festival, dalits to protest
Una backlash: Muslims join Dalits in fight against ‘injustice’
Ahmedabad: Muslims joined thousands of Dalits in protesting against the Una incident at a mega-convention in Ahmedabad on Sunday, even as a person who consumed poison during a July 19 rally succumbed at a city hospital.Around 5,000 Dalits from places across the state gathered at Acher Depo ground in Sabarmati area, and appealed for unity in the fight against injustice and atrocities. They also pledged to stop skinning cattle carcasses and cleaning manholes as a mark of protest against the flogging incident.Dalits in some parts of Gujarat – including Surendranagar and Mehsana districts – have already stopped skinning cattle for two weeks now, forcing local administration officials to do the work.Targeting the Anandiben Patel govt, they demanded land and provision of sixth pay commission benefits to Dalit sanitation workers. The protesters also sought the invocation of the Prevention of Anti-Social Activities Act against the accused in the Una case, and a ban on their entry into four Dalit-dominated districts of the state. Members of the Una Ladat Samiti (ULS) –umbrella organisation of 20 Dalit outfits – were joined by activists of the Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind Gujarat (JeU), which maintained that upper caste communities in the state were discriminating against Muslims too. “Hindu-Muslim Ekta Zindabad… Comwad Murdabad!” shouted ULS convenor Jignesh Mevani, as members of the JeU stood by his side.The protest overflowed into the main road because the allotted space was waterlogged due to heavy rains the previous night. The agitators shouted ‘Jai Bhim’ slogans, and waved flags and banners. Una victims’ kin were joined by relatives of the Dalits killed in the Thangadh police firing incident on the main stage. “While the Una incident was shocking, I am glad that it has united the community,” said Jatin Savriya, a relative of one of Una victims. Hindustantimes
After Una incident, Dalits pledge not to lift carcasses in Gujarat
Thousands of Dalits took a pledge in Ahmedabad on Sunday not to lift carcasses in protest against the attacks on Dalits by upper caste Hindu activists.
Over 5,000 Dalit protesters attend rally in Ahmedabad, vow to fight oppression
Muslims join Dalits' fight in Gujarat, thousands to attend big Sunday rally
Dalits ‘threaten’ to show strength in 2017 Gujarat polls
Una flogging incident:  Jamiat-e-Ulema-Hind to join Dalit rally in Gujarat
Man who attempted suicide to protest Dalit thrashing dies
Ahmedabad: A man who attempted suicide at Dhoraji in Rajkot during the statewide protests against the public thrashing of four Dalits in Una, has died at a govt hospital here today, police said.Yogesh Hirabhai Solanki, 25, died after he was rushed to Ahmedabad civil hospital from Rajkot, where he was being treated. He had attempted suicide along with two others at Parabari village in Dhoraji taluka of Rajkot on July 19."He was rushed to Ahmedabad civil hospital from Rajkot after his condition deteriorated. He reached here last midnight but passed away soon after," police said.Over 20 youths tried to commit suicide during the ongoing protests by Dalit community members against the treatment meted out to Dalit youths on July 11 by a group of gau-rakshaks. timesofindia
Clearing dead cows: Flogged if you do, abused if you don't
Cow slaughter case: Mob attacks house in UP, owner held
Muzaffarnagar: Tension prevailed in Kadhli village after a mob attacked a house where an alleged cow slaughter took place following which police arrested the house owner and lodged an FIR against those who indulged in the rioting.The trouble started when irate locals last evening gathered outside Zishan Qureshi’s house accusing him and his family members of cow slaughter, they said.The mob damaged Qureshi’s house but police reached the spot and brought the situation under control, police said.There were earlier reports that the mob tried to set afire the house but SSP Deepak Kumar denied that they made any such attempt.A case has been lodged against the family members for alleged cow slaughter, police said.Qureshi was arrested on Saturday, the SSP said.PTI
Cow slaughter case: Mob attacks house in Kandhla
Under attack from all quarters, Naseemuddin Siddiqui slogs on to create Dalit-Muslim combine for BSP return
Lucknow: When BSP chief Mayawati linked BJP’s demand for Naseemuddin Siddiqui’s arrest over “obscene” slogans at her party’s protest with “an attempt to communalise the elections”, she was also trying to use the controversy for her party’s benefit. Rebuffing all demands of action against Siddiqui, who was leading the protest on July 21 when “obscene” slogans targeting the daughter, sister and wife of former BJP leader Dayashankar Singh were raised, Mayawati not only defended him but also gave him more responsibilities in the party.At a press conference held last week in Lucknow, she chose to repeat what Siddiqui had said two days ago instead of coming up with her own remarks on the controversy. Siddiqui, 56, who is the BSP’s longest-serving national general secretary and a trusted lieutenant of Mayawati for over 2 decades, is currently the Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council – a post with the rank of a Cabinet minister – and is regarded as his party’s Muslim face. Indianexpress
How A Cattle Shelter Profits From Gau-Rakshak Violence
Killing of Burhan Wani was an accident: J&K Deputy CM  Nirmal Singh
Jammu: Weeks after the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani, Deputy CM  Nirmal Singh Saturday said the incident was an accident. Singh went on to say that the troops were unaware of the presence of Wani at the encounter site. "It was an accident as they did not know about his presence. The troops accidentally killed Wani. Had they been aware of his presence, they would have taken precautions," said Singh. Speculations were rife after Singh's revelation. BJP, which earlier had contrasting view, seemed to be toeing the PDP line with the statement. BJP leader and Deputy CM  also claimed operations would continue against the militants. "If militants would not surrender they will meet the same fate. There is no other way to deal with them but to neutralise them". He said the security forces involved in the operation had informed them about the operation saying that there were three militants. But they were not aware about the identity of the terrorists. Congress chief Spokesman, Ravinder Sharma said that the statements by Nirmal Singh were highly condemnable and objectionable. risingkashmir
JD (U) 'surprised' at J-K Deputy CM Nirmal Singh's remark on Burhan Wani
Burhan Wani's killing 'justified', says RSS ideologue Rakesh Sinha
Kashmir High Court Bar Association seeks ban on use of pellet guns
Srinagar:Kashmir High Court Bar Association (KHCBA) has sought an urgent hearing on its petition seeking directions to put an end on use of bullets and pellet guns during law and order problems.Bar Association has moved a PIL before the High Court praying therein that the use of pellet guns be totally banned as a means of crowd control, the association said.PTI
Clashes with troops across Valley leave scores injured, 9 persons hit by pellets admitted to SMHS in Srinagar
Srinagar: 3 persons, including a woman, were critically injured in clashes with govt forces that broke out at Imam Sahib area of Shopian district on Saturday.Sources said that at least 15 people sustained injuries when troops opened fire on the protesters who had gathered after Asr prayers. The injuries have been caused by bullets and pellets.Medical Superintendent of district hospital Shopian, Dr Nazir Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that five injured were admitted to the hospital on Saturday. kashmirreader
Kashmir struggle not about religion; its a fight for equality and dignity: Saudi daily
Jeddah: Urging both India and Pakistan to desist from inciting tension in Kashmir, Saudi Gazette - a leading Saudi daily, Sunday said the struggle in Kashmir is not about religion and is actually a "just fight" of the people who want an end to "subjugation and killings". "The struggle for the equality and dignity of the Kashmiri people is a just one. They never talk of recession. They want an end to subjugation and killings. They want economic equality. A 40 % unemployment rate is not a palatable figure", Khaled Almaeena, Editor-at-Large, Saudi Gazette said in an article published today."Kashmir is often described as the “Switzerland of the East” and its people want it to be that way. They want to, for once, wake up and breathe the free and fresh air and smell the fragrance of the beautiful flowers and blossoms of trees without hearing the sound of army boots and gunfire", he added. ummid.com
"It's fine if my eye-sight doesn't come back. There are many like me in Kashmir" says pellet victim receiving treatment in Delhi
Normal life remains paralysed in Kashmir for 23rd day
Facebook-Kashmir Blocks: Technical Errors, Editorial Mistakes and Invisible Censorship Galore
If India is to make J&K love India, referendum is the only way: Meghnad Desai
Death toll in Kashmir clashes rises to 49; curfew continues
Chinese army carried out air sorties ahead of transgression in Uttarakhand
NEW DELHI: Ahead of its transgression in Barahoti area in Uttarakhand+ , Chinese People's Liberation Army had conducted a reconnaissance mission using high class aircraft armed with Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) which provides broad-area imaging at high resolutions. According to official sources, 'TupolovTu 153M' aircraft of Chinese PLA had carried out two to three sorties earlier this year in the middle sector falling in the areas of Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Piecing together intelligence gathered from various sources in the aftermath of Barahoti transgression , officials in the know said that at least three sorties of the aircraft, which is designed by the Chinese companies on the basis of technology from the erstwhile USSR, was carried out in last 3 months. The aircraft flies at an altitude of above 40,000 feet and can go up to 60,000 feet to avoid detection by radars and can click pictures and other cyber and communication signatures at that height. It has an SAR which can provide high-resolution pictures even in inclement weather or in night time. The systems take advantage of the long-range propagation characteristics of radar signals and the complex information processing capability of modern digital electronics to provide high resolution imagery.PTI
Nazrul Islam lynched for protesting against drugs, gambling, power theft
Kolkata: A whistleblower had to pay with his life while another had a narrow escape after being abducted from the heart of the city - all in the past 48 hours. While the first incident was reported from Metiabruz, the abduction was in Ballygunge. The murder victim is a 41-year-old trader, Sk Nazrul Islam, a resident of Lichubagan in Metiabruz, who had been leading a citizens' crusade against a gang of drug and satta dealers for three years. A year ago, he and wife Salma Bibi, who was pregnant at the time, were beaten up. She suffered a miscarriage. This time, the gang allegedly planned the murder after Nazrul began protesting against hooking of illegal electricity connections by the rowdies.Around 11.45pm on Friday, Nazrul walked about 200 metres from his residence to an open plot where he would marshal his fellow crusaders to resist gangs that were trying to openly sell ganja in the area. He was talking to three neighbours when six armed men rushed in and started attacking him with shovels and iron rods, police say, adding that the gang had cut off electricity to the area before the attack. In the darkness, they brutally tortured and mutilated him."What they did to Nazrul is barbaric. His face has been mutilated and his eyes gouged out. They stabbed iron rods inside his nostrils and ripped them apart. They also smashed all his teeth with shovels. He died on the spot," said the victim's nephew Mehfuz Alam. Nazrul leaves behind his wife and two daughters, aged 11 and five. timesofindia
Man killed for protesting against gambling, drugs
Man lynched for protesting power theft
Kanhaiya Kumar may hold all India convention for ‘Rohit Vemula Act’
Hyderabad:JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who has been leading a movement demanding justice for Dalit research scholar Rohit Vemula, on Sunday said they may organise an all India convention on ‘Rohit Vemula Act’ in Delhi or Hyderabad.He also alleged that the Hyderabad Central University authorities curb democratic rights in the name of “surveillance”, and vowed that the agitation will continue until the govt  brings in a ‘Rohit Vemula Act’ to check “atrocities on Dalits and oppressed classes”.PTI
9 Muslims killed in Bhiwandi building collapse
Mumbai: At least 9 people were killed on Sunday as a two-storey building collapsed at Bhiwandi near Mumbai after incessant rains from Saturday night.Among the deceased were a woman and her 4 sons. Even after the municipal corporation had declared the building unfit for occupation, around 10 families were residing in it. Officials involved in the rescue operation fear the death toll may increase as more than 20 people are believed to be trapped under the debris.Continuous showers are making it difficult to clear the rubble and rescue those who were trapped. The building was located in Bhiwandi’s densely-populated Gaibi Nagar. Three fire brigade vehicles have reached the spot to assist the rescue operations. However, the operations were hampered by the narrow lane leading to the building. 8 of the deceased were identified as — Shahjahan Khurshid Aalam Ansari (42), her 4 sons Muddashir Khurshid Aalam Ansari (20), Saif Khurshid Aalam Ansari (17), Khalid Khurshid Aalam Ansari (15) and Shakib Khurshid Aalam Ansari (11), and Aayesha Mobin Ansari (38), Suphiya Shahnavaz Shah (19) and Yehem Ejaz Shah (10). One of the deceased is yet to be identified. thehindu
Rain disrupts normal life in Mumbai; 9 die in house collapse in Thane
'Mission accomplished', tweets Swaraj, as consulate distributes food to 10,000 starving Indians in Saudi
NEW DELHI: As many as 10,000 Indians who were on the brink of starvation in Saudi Arabia, after being laid off, finally got some relief after the Indian consulate and community there pitched in to distribute almost 16,000 kg of food to them, minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted Sunday morning."Large number of Indians have lost their jobs in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The employers have not paid wages closed down their factories. As a result our brothers and sisters in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are facing extreme hardship," the external affairs minister tweeted. timesofindia
Daughter Converts to Islam, Mother fears She May Join ISIS
Kerala State Human Rights Commission asked the police to look into reports of an alleged forced conversion of aeronautical engineering student Aparna Vijayan, a native of Thiruvananthapuram and submit its report by 29 August.Based on a complaint filed by her mother Mini Vijayan – a resident of Pangode in the capital city – Chairman Justice JB Koshy ordered the state police to probe into Mini’s claims of her 21-year old daughter being apparently abducted and forced to convert by a ‘mysterious set of people’ hardly a fortnight before her marriage.Mini feared that her daughter, Aparna would be persuaded to join the Islamic State and wanted the govt  to save her daughter from the clutches of who she believes are Islamic radicals.Aparna, who had joined the aeronautical engineering course at a private college run by Jewel Education Trust in Ernakulam was apparently persuaded by her friends to move into a hostel run by a woman named Hasmin, said Mini. Thequint
Re-open 1984 riot cases or we’ll leave Kanpur: Sikhs
Kanpur: Demanding re-opening of cases related to killing of 127 people during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the Sikh community has threatened exodus from Kanpur to Punjab from Jan.1. A total of 127 people had died during 1984 riots in Kanpur. “The state govt  must act fast on the cases,” said chairman of the All India Riot Victim Relief Committee and office-bearer of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee Kuldeep Singh Bhogal. “People know about the killers in Delhi, here no one knows,” said Bhogal. Kanpur was second worst-hit by riots recording maximum deaths after Delhi. In all the cases the police have filed closure reports for want of evidence.HT
These Delhi gravediggers are traumatised with criminal threats and bad salaries
Delhi: In Hakimuddin’s life, death comes every day, once, twice, even thrice. His grimy grey locks weed out of a crocheted skullcap and his baggy kurta is blemished with mud. Time and fate ganged up and angrily slash his legs with wounds of spades and stones. Hakimuddin is a grave digger at the Delhi Gate Cemetery on Bahadur Shah Zafar road. He earns `3,000 a month and along with Azhar and Kamruddin, he buries the good and evil alike. Their families back in villages in UP are oblivious about their trade, because it might hinder the wedding prospects of their children. 3 live inside the 65-acre premises and sleep in an open verandah along with two gardeners and two guards. They are surrounded by epitaphs that rise centimeters into the sky and are pulled back in. Around these, mongoose and snakes play chase. This is the biggest graveyard in Delhi and it runs on a no-profit no-loss basis. Home to the graves of Shah Rukh Khan’s parents, a burial here costs a minimum of Rs 1,500. Along with the other 487 Muslim graveyards in the capital, this one too is registered with the WAQF board, but is run by an independent committee on a monthly budget of Rs 75,000. newindianexpress
Parrikar takes swipe at actor (Aamir): those who speak like this must be taught lesson
Pune: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday said anyone speaking against the country must be “taught a lesson” in the same way that an “actor” and an “online trading company” were taught.Parrikar took no names. But in November 2015, at the Ramnath Goenka Awards, actor Aamir Khan had spoken about a “sense of insecurity” resulting from increasing intolerance in the country, and mentioned his wife Kiran Rao’s apprehensions about the future of their child in India.A few months later, e-commerce giant Snapdeal, for which Khan was brand ambassador, did not renew his contract. Snapdeal had earlier faced a strong backlash on social media, including a reported loss of customers.“I am only trying to point out… if anyone speaks like this, he has to be taught a lesson of his life,” Parrikar said at a ceremony to launch the Marathi edition of a book by journalist Nitin Gokhale. Indianexpress
Congress slams Parrikar over his jibe at Aamir Khan
New Delhi: Congress MLA Randeep Surjewala slammed the Defence minister Manohar Parrikar for his comments that those who speak against the nation should be punished like an “actor” and an “online company”. Randeep S Sujrewala in a series of tweets said, “Manohar Parrikar’s statement proves a concerted conspiracy to curb all dissent, hound Dalits and Minorities. Can this be the ‘Raj Dharma’?”He went on to ask the Defence minister on Twitter about his work responsibilities. “Is Manohar Parrikar job to protect India from external aggressors like Pakistan or threaten fellow countrymen like actor Aamir Khan?”Describing the actor’s comments as ‘shameful’, Surjewala wrote on Twitter, “Shameful that Manohar Parrikar threatens ‘teaching a lesson’ to ‘actors’, instead of training his guns elsewhere.” Indianexpress
#ZakirSuesArnab: Zakir Naik’s gets Twitter support defamation suit against Arnab Goswami
Turkey's land, naval, and air forces brought under Defense Ministry
Turkey has expelled another 1,389 military personnel from the army and taken counter-measures against Fetullah Terror Organization (FETÖ) infiltration of the state, the state Official Gazette announced on Sunday, just weeks after the defeat of the July 15 attempted coup.Under a statutory decree, seen as part of the Turkey's current three-month state of emergency, military personnel found to be national security threats as well as members of FETÖ, or linked to FETÖ, were expelled from the army.The expelled personnel include Col. Ali Yazıcı, former aide to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan; Lt. Col. Levent Türkkan, former aide to Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar; and Col.Tevfik Gök, who served as the defense minister's executive assistant. The new dismissals follow a previous post-coup expulsion of 1,684 military personnel, including 149 generals and admirals. worldbulletin
Turkey dismisses almost 1,400 military personnel
Ban militias with abuse records from Mosul fight: HRW
Iraqi military commanders should prevent militias with records of serious abuses from taking part in a planned offensive on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant-held city of Mosul, a New-York based rights group has said. The battle for Mosul, ISIL's de facto capital in Iraq and the largest city anywhere in its self-proclaimed caliphate, is expected later this year but plans have not been finalised, officials and diplomats in Baghdad have said.Army, police and special forces are expected to participate, with air support from a US-led coalition. The role of Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Shia militias from the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) is unresolved and remains a point of contention. They will likely join in the larger battle but may be restricted to the city's outskirts, the officials said."Iraqi commanders shouldn't risk exposing Mosul civilians to serious harm by militias with a record of recent abuse," said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. aljazeera
Many IS leaders trying to flee to Syria says Iraqi minister:Reuters
Baghdad: Many Islamic State leaders have fled Mosul with their families towards Syria ahead of a planned offensive by US-backed Iraqi forces on the city, Iraq’s defence minister said on Saturday. Khaled al-Obeidi said he had intelligence of increasing conflict, especially over financial issues, among ultra-hardline militants of the group known as Daesh in Arabic by its enemies.“Many Daesh families and leaders in Mosul have sold their property and sneaked out towards Syria, and a segment even tried to sneak out towards (Iraq’s Kurdish) region”, he said in an interview on state TV. indianexpress
Bangladesh Govt using Jamaat as political card: BNP
Dhaka: Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) standing committee member Hannan Shah on Saturday alleged that the govt  is using Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami as its political card instead of banning the party.“Jamaat’s registration has been cancelled with the High Court’s order, making the party disqualified for contesting any election. I want to ask the govt  why you’re so worried about it (banning Jamaat),” he said.Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader further said, “You (AL leaders) had said Jamaat would be banned in parliament’s June last budget session. The June is over, but nothing has done in this regard. It has demonstrated that they (govt) are using Jamaat as their political card.”Hannan Shah alleged that though the ruling party men speak much against Jamaat, they make more relationship with the Islamist party leaders than BNP ones. prothom-alo
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