2806SACW - 26 Nov 2013 | Bangladesh: 1971 / Pakistan: Land Reform?; reading Malala / India: False Prestige in Space; Modi Land Scam; sexual violence; snooping / Nepal polls / UK: Sex segregation in Universities / Mao Cult / Genocide in Central African Republic : Doris Lessing
- Nov 25, 2013South Asia Citizens Wire - 26 November 2013 - No. 2799
1. India: Commission on Stalkgate by Narendra Modi – Another attempt to whitewash his own guilt (Mukul Sinha)
2. India: Segregation in Housing and Ghettoisation of Cities (Sanjay Hegde)
3. India: Saheb is Watching - Questions re the illegal surveillance in Gujarat
4. Review: Wanchoo on Nair’s Changing Homelands
5. India: Reflections on sexual Abuse (Nupur Tiwari | Pratiksha Baxi)
6. David Buck. Review Of Mao Cult: Rhetoric And Ritual In China's Cultural Revolution
7. UK: Rescind endorsement of sex segregation at UK universities! Open letter
8. India: On Growing Khap - Hindutva Nexus in Muzaffarnagar | Archana Prasad
9. Photo Essay | Workers of a vanishing world | livemint
10. Ramachandra Guha's Review of Fractured Times by Hobsbawm
11. India: Hindi version of 'The Sexual Politics of Modi, the BJP and the Sangh Parivar'
12. India: Big Time Modi - Adani Land Scam Exposed
13. Pakistan: Karachi horror stories (Irfan Husain)
14. Central African Republic on the verge of genocide (David Smith)
15. India: Swifter Punishment For Judges, Juries And Journalists In Case Of Sexual Offence (Mukul Sinha)
16. Saadat Hasan Manto - The literary renegade (Khaled Ahmed)
17. India's Oppostion Party the BJP Celebrates Riot Accused
18. India: Take me to the past, Doc (Bharat Bhushan)
19. Book Review by Vasant Kaiwar on Urs App, The Birth of Orientalism
20. India: Modi Makes History and Facts be Damned (Badri Raina)
21. David Yarrow's Photo of Royal Bengal Tigers
22. Pakistan: Whose land is this? (Zubeida Mustafa)
23. Photo of Islamabad Taxi Drivers Protest, 6 Nov 2013
24. India: The Gujarat model of stalking (Sampath G)
25. Voices for peace, Editorial, Kashmir Times
26. Pakistan: Reading Malala in the Hakimullah moment (Farah Zia)
27. Nepal: 'Women Not Just Poll Agenda' - interview with Bandana Rana
28. Debate on Upcoming Elections in Nepal | Rajya Sabha TV
29. USA: Bipartisan House Resolution praises India's diversity, decries the role of Modi
30. NYRB: Which India Matters? by Pankaj Mishra
31. India: The many avatars of Asaram Bapu / The Asarams around us (Garga Chatterjee)
32. India: Gujarat snoop scandal: Why BJP's ‘daddy' defence is shameful by Lakshmi Chaudhry
33. Bangladesh: In 1971, a Genocide Took Place. Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger Did Nothing. Intentionally. | Sunil Khilnani
34. India Chases False Prestige In Space (Praful Bidwai)
35. India: Statement by women's groups condemn anti-women snooping by the Gujarat govt
36. India: 'Baap Ka Raaj' or everyday patriarchy -Cartoon
37. India: Violence against non-tribals in Meghalaya - Shame on you Shillong! // Patricia Mukhim on non tribals in Meghalaya – non citizens or half citizens?
38. The Golden Notebook author Doris Lessing dies aged 94
40. Bangladesh: Housemaids and their employers - A photo series
41. Pakistan: Has the army learned its lesson?
42. USA: Modi purported event "at Capitol Hill" exposed as fake | C A G Press Release
43. India: Selected Recent Content from Communalism Watch:
1. INDIA: COMMISSION APPOINTED IN STALKGATE BY NARENDRA MODI – ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO WHITEWASH HIS OWN GUILT
by Mukul Sinha
In the political history of India, a very potent weapon in the hands of the ruling party is the appointment of Judicial Commissions under the Commissions of Enquiry Act. It is the safest method to dilate the entire issue at hand or get a favourable report to claim a clean chit. The Godhra Commission headed by Justice Nanavati is a glaring illustration of this fact. Appointed in March 2002, for enquiring into the train burning incident at Godhra and the violence that followed, the Commission (...)
2. INDIA: SEGREGATION IN HOUSING AND GHETTOISATION OF CITIES
by Sanjay Hegde
Segregation in housing, is a problem which will not immediately disappear even with legislation. Continuing with the status- quo, however is no longer an option for a modern India. It is time to legislatively outlaw, bye- laws that exclude on grounds of religion, caste or dietary preference. The National Commission of Minorities would also do well to look into the problem and contemplate both the legislative and the judicial options.
3. INDIA: SAHEB IS WATCHING - QUESTIONS RE THE ILLEGAL SURVEILLANCE IN GUJARAT
Articles by Amit Baruah and by Saba Naqvi and Illustration by unknown.
"Why was taxpayers’ money being used to set the Gujarat police to tail a woman who obviously had no criminal intent? And now that the scandal has already played out for a week, let us ask the more profound question: how can a PM candidate in the world’s largest democracy feel he need not answer such questions, or instruct his Man Friday Amit Shah to do so?"
4. REVIEW: WANCHOO ON NAIR’S CHANGING HOMELANDS
Neeti Nair has written a comprehensive and complex history of the Punjabi Hindus in the first half of the twentieth century. Changing Homelands begins by tracing the rise of communalism in the 1920s and ends with partition in the 1940s.
5. INDIA:: SEXUAL ABUSE: SILENCED FOR HER OWN GOOD / TIME TO CHANGE THIS INHERITANCE OF GRIEF
• Sexual assault is not just about the criminal, it's also about the abused. (Noopur Tiwari)
• Disciplinary action cannot replace legal proceedings against sexual violence. (Pratiksha Baxi)
6. DAVID BUCK. REVIEW OF LEESE, DANIEL, MAO CULT: RHETORIC AND RITUAL IN CHINA'S CULTURAL REVOLUTION
Leese pays special attention to the 1966-68 period to show how the exact phrases glorifying Mao became closely defined during those years, producing a “peak of language formalization and the near-merging of public and private speech” (p. 181). The cult encouraged various rituals, including daily morning and evening pledges to Mao, loyalty dances, and what Leese calls the bewildering “episode of worshipping mangos” (p. 223). This refers to nationwide fascination with mangoes as a symbol of Mao's favor following Mao's gift of mangos to a propaganda team attempting to reestablish order at Qinghua University in Beijing in July 1968.
7. UK: RESCIND ENDORSEMENT OF SEX SEGREGATION AT UK UNIVERSITIES! OPEN LETTER
We the undersigned condemn the endorsement of gender apartheid by Universities UK and others. Any form of segregation, whether by race, sex or otherwise is discriminatory. Separate is never equal and segregation is never applied to those who are considered equal. By justifying segregation, Universities UK sides with Islamist values at the expense of the many Muslims and others who oppose sex apartheid and demand equality between women and men.
8. INDIA: ON GROWING KHAP - HINDUTVA NEXUS IN MUZAFFARNAGAR
by Archana Prasad
THE breakout of fresh riots in Muzaffarnagar on October 30, 2013 has once again revealed the open alliance between right wing conservative social structures and Hindutva in the current day political scenario. Though this alliance is not new and has not developed suddenly, the Muzaffarnagar riots showcase its political divisiveness and potency which is borne out of the caste, class and Hindutva nexus. This interrelationship is leading to the communalisation of caste and class politics itself, a factor that has the potential to influence the outcome of the upcoming general elections.
9. PHOTO ESSAY | WORKERS OF A VANISHING WORLD
Photos by Shome Basu. The skilled factory worker may not have found himself irrelevant just yet, but for how long
10. RAMACHANDRA GUHA'S REVIEW OF FRACTURED TIMES BY HOBSBAWM
Inside the great social historian Eric Hobsbawm there was an aesthete waiting to come out.
11. INDIA: NARENDRA MODI, BHAJPA AUR SANGH PARIVAR KI YON RAJNITI [HINDI]
Hindi version of 'The Sexual Politics of Modi, the BJP and the Sangh Parivar'
12. INDIA: BIG TIME MODI - ADANI LAND SCAM EXPOSED
Massive wrong doing in sale of lands by Gujarat govt to Adani the big Mr money bag in Gujarat
13. PAKISTAN: KARACHI HORROR STORIES
by Irfan Husain
WHEN we read about Hakeemullah Mehsud's death by drone, some accounts of his final moments mentioned that he was at the gate of his lavish mansion in North Waziristan. Nobody speculated on how this house was paid for, but my guess would be that the money came from Karachi: over the years, the city has become a giant ATM for the Taliban. Instead of plastic cards, however, these terrorists use Kalashnikovs.
14. CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC ON THE VERGE OF GENOCIDE
by David Smith
Militias in the Central African Republic are slitting children's throats, razing villages and throwing young men to the crocodiles. What needs to happen before the world intervenes?
15. INDIA: SWIFTER PUNISHMENT FOR JUDGES, JURIES AND JOURNALISTS IN CASE OF SEXUAL OFFENCE
by Mukul Sinha
In all cases of sexual offence, the media has carried out sustained campaigns and very rightly so to punish the accused. When a member of the same profession gets into the accused box, the punishment should be swift and exemplary. The same yardstick should apply to the member of the judiciary, the legal professional and the police, specially the judiciary since they have handed over extreme punishments of death in rape/murder cases.
16. SAADAT HASAN MANTO - THE LITERARY RENEGADE | KHALED AHMED
Ayesha Jalal's new book about her granduncle Saadat Hasan Manto attempts to explain his revolt against the narrative that divided India.
17. INDIA'S OPPOSTION PARTY THE BJP CELEBRATES RIOT ACCUSED WHO HAD BEEN ARRESTED FOR INCITING COMMUNAL VIOLENCE IN MUZAFFARNAGAR
18. INDIA: TAKE ME TO THE PAST, DOC
by Bharat Bhushan
Can one go back into the past to fix the future? Only perhaps in Hollywood movies and in the election campaign of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s prime ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi.
19. BOOK REVIEW BY VASANT KAIWAR ON URS APP, THE BIRTH OF ORIENTALISM
The 'central thesis' of Urs Apps book is that the birth of 'modern' Orientalism was deeply linked to Europe's 'discovery of Asian religions'. He challenges the view that modern Orientalism originated with Western imperialism or colonialism, a view sometimes associated with the work of Edward Said (Orientalism, 1978) instead tracing its gradual evolution, as it were, to a period from the late 17th century to the early 19th century, before the high noon of Western imperialism in Asia (pp. xi, xiii). The upshot of the inquiries of the progenitors of modern Orientalism was ultimately to undermine the Bible-based worldview and historical chronology that drew on the Old Testament (the Hebrew Bible), a worldview and chronology that App informs us was still widely accepted even in the 19th century.
20. INDIA: MODI MAKES HISTORY AND FACTS BE DAMNED
by Badri Raina
Mr.Modi's reconstructions of facts issue from well-established tradition of the Hindu right wing, wherein historiography is more often a matter of unanalyzed prejudice and timely convenience than of adherence to fact and evidence.
21. DAVID YARROW'S PHOTO OF ROYAL BENGAL TIGERS
Royal Bengal tigers in India Photograph: David Yarrow Photography
22. PAKISTAN: WHOSE LAND IS THIS?
by Zubeida Mustafa
Mr Abid Hasan Minto, president of the Awami Workers' Party, has done well to go before the Supreme Court to challenge the 1990 judgement of the Federal Shariat Court's appellate bench declaring land reforms to be un-Islamic. After that judgement it became fashionable to pronounce the demise of feudalism in Pakistan. Some economists of repute challenged leftist views on the subject. It was widely propagated that Pakistan is no more an agrarian economy. It was also said that the country was urbanising fast and the rural-urban divide was not sharply delineated any more.
23. PHOTO OF ISLAMABAD TAXI DRIVERS PROTEST, 6 NOV 2013
Taxi drivers block a main road with their vehicles, during a protest near the parliament in Islamabad, Pakistan. Photograph: Muhammed Muheisen/AP (6 November 2013, The Guardian)
24. INDIA: THE GUJARAT MODEL OF STALKING
by Sampath G
The state acquires its legitimacy from the social contract it enjoys with its subjects. It is obligated to function as the protector of the citizens' rights. This is the basis for the monopoly it enjoys over the use of force, and the allied apparatuses of repression and control, including surveillance. But what recourse does the citizen have to protect herself from the state when it abuses its monopolistic command over these resources and technologies?
25. VOICES FOR PEACE, EDITORIAL, KASHMIR TIMES
A news report by BBC detailing the campaign by women of Neelam valley in Pakistan Administered Kashmir against militants and border crossings is a reflection of two things. One of the inevitable vulnerability of the people sandwiched between the two armies on the two sides of the Line of Control and the unpredictability of situation with the added woes of non state actors wielding the gun. Second, is their unmistakable quest for peace which does not come easily their way and if it does, it comes without the sustainability factor. People living on the borders, unwilling participants in the eyeball to eyeball tensions that often turn into violent hostilities, bear the worst brunt of the border confrontations and would naturally have a great deal of vested interest in ensuring peace.
26. PAKISTAN: READING MALALA IN THE HAKIMULLAH MOMENT
by Farah Zia
Should we read Malala's book for what it is or to look at our people's stated and unstated problems with it?
27. NEPAL: 'WOMEN NOT JUST POLL AGENDA' - INTERVIEW WITH BANDANA RANA | NEW SPOTLIGHT
With her long experience as a crusader on gender issues and domestic violence, rights activist Bandana Rana spoke to New Spotlight on various issues.
28. DEBATE ON UPCOMING ELECTIONS IN NEPAL | RAJYA SABHA TV
Guests: Prof S D Muni (Foreign Affairs Expert) ; D P Tripathi (NCP Leader) ; Dr. Jayant Prasad (Former Indian Ambassador of Nepal)
Anchor: Bharat Bhushan
29. USA: BIPARTISAN HOUSE RESOLUTION PRAISES INDIA'S DIVERSITY, DECRIES THE ROLE OF MODI AND SECTARIAN FORCES IN ERODING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
Coalition Against Genocide (CAG - http://coalitionagainstgenocide.org/), a broad alliance dedicated to justice and accountability for the Gujarat pogrom of 2002, today welcomed the introduction of a bipartisan resolution in the US House of Representatives. The resolution praises India's "rich religious diversity and commitment to tolerance and equality," while raising concerns over the erosion of religious freedom. The resolution also highlights the role of Mr. Narendra Modi in the orchestrated violence and the continuing denial of justice to the victims of the 2002 pogroms.
30. NYRB: WHICH INDIA MATTERS?
by Pankaj Mishra
“India today,” the historian Ramachandra Guha writes, “is an environmental basket-case; marked by polluted skies, dead rivers, falling water-tables, ever-increasing amounts of untreated wastes, disappearing forests.”22 Meanwhile, as Sen and Drèze write, the largely corporate-owned media, deeply indifferent to poverty and inequality, and reflexively intolerant of any remedial action by the government, produce “an unreal picture of the lives of Indians in general” by celebrating the fame and wealth of billionaires and cricket and Bollywood stars.
31. INDIA: THE MANY AVATARS OF ASARAM BAPU / THE ASARAMS AROUND US
by Garga Chatterjee
The way the likes of Asaram Bapu and other ‘godmen' have allegedly taken sexual advantage of the iniquitous power dynamic they had with their ‘disciples' makes any consent in their acts questionable. Especially in the case of Asaram Bapu, the image of this man with ‘fans' and disciples half his age or even less has evoked widespread revulsion from disciples and non-disciples alike. What Asaram preaches cannot be separated from what Asaram does. Can we extend these criteria to others? Which other people get away by taking advantage of iniquitous power dynamics?
32. INDIA: GUJARAT SNOOP SCANDAL: WHY BJP'S ‘DADDY' DEFENCE IS SHAMEFUL BY LAKSHMI CHAUDHRY =========================================
As the political drama over the now infamous Amit Shah tapes unfolds, it is difficult to decide which is more dismaying: the offence or its impassioned defence.
33. BANGLADESH: IN 1971, A GENOCIDE TOOK PLACE. RICHARD NIXON AND HENRY KISSINGER DID NOTHING. INTENTIONALLY. | Sunil Khilnani
Among the many bizarre White House conversations between President Richard Nixon and his national security adviser Henry Kissinger that Gary Bass cites in his devastating account of America's role in the creation of Bangladesh, a particularly wrenching one took place in April 1971, a little over two weeks into an onslaught by the Pakistani military upon its own citizens.
34. INDIA CHASES FALSE PRESTIGE IN SPACE
by Praful Bidwai
India's Mars mission is overwhelmingly irrelevant to space science and won't advance the frontiers of knowledge. Worse, the mission has nasty military implications. It will draw India into dangerous missile race and space rivalry with China.
35. INDIA: STATEMENT BY WOMEN'S GROUPS CONDEMN ANTI-WOMEN SNOOPING BY THE GUJARAT GOVERNMENT
We strongly condemn the illegal, unconstitutional and essentially anti-women snooping conducted by the Gujarat government as revealed in the recent media expose'. We collectively demand that a CBI inquiry should be initiated in the case at the earliest as it concerns the future of our democracy and polity. The direct involvement of the opposition party's prime ministerial candidate in such brazen and fundamental violation of democratic rights and the party's shameless defence is totally unacceptable.
36. INDIA: 'BAAP KA RAAJ' OR EVERYDAY PATRIARCHY
37. INDIA: VIOLENCE AGAINST NON-TRIBALS IN MEGHALAYA - SHAME ON YOU SHILLONG! // PATRICIA MUKHIM ON NON TRIBALS IN MEGHALAYA – NON CITIZENS OR HALF CITIZENS?
(via Dilip Simeon's Blog)
What we in Meghalaya forget very easily is that even the Hill State Movement was not an exclusive Movement by the three tribes. It was a shared history because the All Party Hill Leaders' Conference (APHLC) under which banner the Movement was launched, also included non-tribals as members. The argument at the time was that genuine non-tribals whose antecedents date back to about three generations should be given a share of the fruits that accrue from a separate state. Alas! Today we neither respect history nor want to revisit it. And this is a dangerous precedence because history tends to repeat itself for those who refuse to learn from it
38. THE GOLDEN NOTEBOOK AUTHOR DORIS LESSING DIES AGED 94
British author Doris Lessing, whose powerful feminist and anti-colonial writing won her the Nobel Literature Prize, died Sunday at the age of 94.
39. BANGLADESH: HOUSEMAIDS AND THEIR EMPLOYERS - A PHOTO SERIES
Jannatul Mawa took portraits of maids and the women who employ them in Dhaka. This photo series was on public display at the Delhi Photo Festival 2013
40. PAKISTAN: HAS THE ARMY LEARNED ITS LESSON?
Is the army happy now? When you play with fire and ride the dragon's back it's too much to hope that once you try to get down the fire will not scorch you. For 30 years the army has played at ‘jihad' and held in a tight embrace elements like the Jamaat-e-Islami, considering them as knights of the faith, ghazis of Islam. Now these same elements have bitten the hand that has fed them for so long.
42. USA: MODI PURPORTED EVENT "AT CAPITOL HILL" EXPOSED AS FAKE | COALITION AGAINST GENOCIDE PRESS RELEASE
CAG has learned that the office of Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has issued a "Cease and Desist" order to Mr. Shalabh 'Shalli' Kumar and NIAPPI, who are organizers of the event outside Capitol Hill, where Modi is expected to appear via satellite video on November 19, 2013. The "Cease and Desist" Notice seeks immediate cessation of all activities to promote the Modi broadcast in the name of Congresswoman Rodgers and the House Republican Conference. Even as the office of Rep. Rodgers issued the "Cease and Desist", other Republicans namely Congressman Sessions moved swiftly to put a distance between themselves and the Modi broadcast.
43. SELECTED RECENT CONTENT FROM COMMUNALISM WATCH:
Programme - National Minority Women’s Convention For Safeguarding Democracy And Secularism (26 Nov 2013, New Delhi)
India - Shiv Sena: 2014 Lok Sabha polls and Uddhav Thackeray’s future
Bangladesh: Jamaat and its friends must understand that the country is not theirs to burn
India: summary of 3rd Prof. Iqbal Ansari Memorial Lecture on Communal Violence and the Question of Justice
India: Rose Petals for Terrorists, Headgears for Hatemongers | subhash gatade
India: Hindu Far Right Organisations Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal Oppose Concert by Pakistani Singer - set fire to posters in Ahmedabad
India: The Two Lucknows During Muslim Holy Month
India: Religion as a barrier in women’s empowerment | Book reveiw by Rajesh Komath
Nepal’s Hindu undercurrent
India - Muzaffarnagar: Anatomy of a Riot
Gujarat snoop scandal: Why BJP’s ‘daddy’ defence is shameful by Lakshmi Chaudhry
India: Divisive project | Frontline
Great Dictator Now Showing - Ninan Cartoon 16 November 2013
India - Karnataka: VHP, Bajrang Dal oppose anti-superstition Bill
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