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  • Ujjwal K Chowdhury
    Dear all the honorable ladies who have launched a protest against Minister Somnath Bharti, I had read the Open Letter from some of you and many other women s
    Message 1 of 7 , Jan 23, 2014

      Dear all the honorable ladies who have launched a protest against Minister Somnath Bharti,

       

      I had read the Open Letter from some of you and many other women's organizations and also then last night saw two channels (NDTV and CNN-IBN) air two programs from that locality of the incident (Malviyanagar, Kirkee Extension). Since I am not a Delhi resident, I asked one of my former students, Karan Rajpal, aged 29 years, now a mid level manager with Aviva Insurance in Gurgaon and resident of Kirkee Extn, about the issue, to which he forwarded me his facebook post (copy-pasted at the end of this email).

       

      As both the television stories from the spot and also the third story (IBN 7) of the mother of the half-burnt woman of Sarupnagar whose culprits were not initially arrested neither FIR allowed to be lodged initially, show: ALL the affected people (and the programs show a huge number of them) are UNIVOCALLY condemning the police inaction in both these incidents and considering the work of the two ministers (Somnath Bharti and Rakhi Birla) heroic, and their CM’s protest in their interests and bold!!

       

      Exactly the opposite of the views of ALL of you, none of you being the aggrieved party. A few affected people of Kirkee and the girl’s mother told the same point a few times, “Those who have never faced a situation as we have today would speak in all high-flown moral terms without knowing the pain of being ignored by the Police when we need their action most.”

       

      I am NOT a resident of Delhi, NOT in any way related to these ministers (never met them or Kejriwal) and do not have to do anything with AAP.

       

      But common sense and known people in Delhi tell me that Police in Delhi has been highly compromised on issues of women safety, sex and drug rackets, and indulged in petty corruption of collecting haftas etc. And, Sushmaji and Sheilaji also talked about state govt’s police control as in other states (BJP, Congress and AAP talk about this and complete statehood in their manifestos). It seems to an outsider like me that they talked and the new govt is WALKING the talk.

       

      If Bharti has spoken the derogatory sentences (of racial difference with Africans or spitting on the leaders etc), it is highly deplorable, no question of holding any brief for this, and none of us should. However, no video footage has been aired by the media ON THESE two talks. His has chided him, hence, I believe his words must have been wrong even though we have not seen the footage of the same.


      The only footage all of us have seen repeatedly that Bharti is asking the Police officer to raid the house where he and residents feel sex-drug racket going on. And this is by itself NOT wrong when for two years last (as repeatedly told in the two programs and complaint letters shown on TV), local Resident Welfare Association leaders have been complaining against the racket there to which no action was taken (you do not need two years to get a warrant), and NO WARRANT is needed for cases of narcotics abuse (some of you are law-graduates and would know what I am saying), and finally, an ACP rank officer (who was there at the spot) can cordon off an area/house where such a thing is allegedly going on, get warrant in two hours and conduct a raid otherwise too.


      None of these were done. And no blood tests were done. Urine tests were done with a gap of 6-7 hours. There are ways of going out of alcohol effect in those many hours. And drugs can only be understood through blood test


      In spite of all of these FACTS as noted above, not opinions, and the voices of the affected people in both cases, you all choose to ignore them and bay for the blood of Bharti, Birla and Kejriwal, either you have POLITICAL reasons (as Ms Kishwar may have being a declared Modi-admirer like Kiran Bedi) OR are genuinely misguided (which I do not think being educated and socially very active ladies that you all are) OR are paid by opponents of AAP (like a part of the media) which also I find little tough to believe (may be true for some), OR most probably, just seeking your 30 seconds of fame each time a camera approaches you!!


      Most of you are left-leaning persons. My family has been a left voter in Bengal, and an elder cousin of ours has been a Naxalite leader of North Bengal later killed by the Bengal Police of Siddharth Shankar Roy govt. He was our role-model. I have participated in movements of the left forces connected to price-rise, Safdar Hashmi killing, anti-nuclear protests and Narmada Bachao movement earlier in life.


      I am shocked with your stand, in spite of most of you being leftists. Bharti’s wrong words withstanding (I have no proofs of that though), the cause they all are fighting for MUST be close to your heart too. Do you want another Nirbhaya case? If you are so concerned about some African women, why are you not even more concerned about the gangraped Danish woman which was the third case they were protesting about? And, is the issue here racialism or drug-sex racket. Obviously, NO BODY says all Africans are bad (just out of context mention: one of the best friends of mine is Tafesse Sahelle, MIDROCK Communication Director in Ethiopia, who was my batch-mate in International Relations Masters long back, an accomplished black gentleman).


      Leftists are expected to be WITH people, and some of you were there in the TV programs from Malviyanagar and have SEEN the anger of the local people (ALL THERE) against the police inaction on this issue for last two years in spite of repeated protests. If suppose one of you were an MLA instead of Rakhi or Somnath and your people would have come to you with these issues and history of these, what would you have done facing an inactive and compromised police?


      It is the failure of left forces in representing people’s issues and take up cudgels against corrupt Congress and communal-dictatorial BJP that has given rise to AAP. As pro-people intellectuals and activists, you should rather welcome the battle for pro-people pro-active Police (first in state govt command in the short run, and then professional and independent through Judicial Reforms).


      I still have faith in your sagacity and commitment to people, so writing this email you all. Hope that you at least think twice. You are NOW being seen in one line with Congress, BJP and the paid media! And your complete silence on the issues of Danish rape victim and the burn-victim, the other two cases of the three protested against, further shows your selective judgment and points to a political method in your stand!!


      POST FROM Karan Rajpal, resident of Malaviyanagar:

      Karan Rajpal (to all who are blatantly ridiculing AAP today): You're here to troll everyone who raises a point for the AAP. Drugs and other paraphernalia wasn't found because the Police did not gherao the area as they should have. Under the Narcotics act, they didn't even need a warrant any way. No blood tests were conducted, hence nothing could be proven. The minister you castigate so ruthlessly walked up to a door, and asked how much, and was given a rate. Everyone in the neighbourhood knows what's happening.

      Also, the ground situation of the ghetto in Malviya Nagar is as unknown to you as the atrocities in Central Africa, where many of these folks emigrate from to save their lives. Most of them are extremely poor and trafficked to our country, else they would have chosen a first world country. So prostitution, narcotics and other illegal means of earning a livelihood exist, as they do in weaker sections of our society.

      I have nothing more to say. I thought this is an opportunity for women’s organizations to take up the issue of women’s safety in a major way. But you are stuck with Bharti’s words, and not the substantive issue of women’s safety, at all. And most of the so-called wrong words of Bharti have not been proven by any video yet….


      Thanks and regards

      UKC/Kolkata


      --
      Prof Ujjwal K Chowdhury
      Senior Consultant with New Business Age-Abhiyan Group, Kathmandu.
      President, Advisory Board, Whistling Woods School of Communication, Mumbai 
      Former Director, Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication & Dean, SIU, Pune.
      Former Media Adviser, Textiles Ministry, GOI; The Nippon Foundation; and WHO, India.
    • Sukla Sen
      Dear Mr. Chowdhury, Thanks for your long mail. Let me clarify in the very beginning that I ll speak only for myself as I m not authorised to speak on behalf of
      Message 2 of 7 , Jan 23, 2014
        Dear Mr. Chowdhury,

        Thanks for your long mail.

        Let me clarify in the very beginning that I'll speak only for myself as I'm not authorised to speak on behalf of others addressed by you. And, I'm not from Delhi.

        First, I do not hold any brief for our police forces, whether in Delhi or elsewhere.
        Two, in the mails posted by me and in my comments I did not even mention Rakhi Birla.
        The criticism was directed against Somnath Bharti and the AAP and Kejriwal's public defence of his actions.

        Let me first recall my own comments on the subject episode:
        Quote
        Four issues have got stitched together.

        One, whether the Delhi state government should have control over the Delhi police?
        Two, whether its proper for a Chief Minister to take part and lead a street agitation?
        Three, whether a minister has the right in indulge in racist and sexist violence - both verbal and physical?
        Four, whether a minister is right in forcing the police officials to follow his/her diktats regardless of the legal provisions?

        Given the fact that Delhi is the capital of the country with the Parliament, the Central ministries, the headquarters of the armed forces and the Supreme Court having been located there, the issue number one calls for wider debates and discussions. Following which the parliament should decide keeping the opinion of the Delhi legislature in view.
        As regards the issue number two, it is quite legitimate for an elected representative of the people, as the Chief Minister is, to lead people in street agitations for just causes if such need arises. That's a part of the democratic mandate.
        The answer to the third and fourth question is a firm NO.

        The call to the Delhi Police - in a way echoing JP, is, however, deeply problematic, specially coming from a Chief Minister.
        Unquote

        As regards the "racist comments" attributed to Somnath Bharti as reported by the media, I'm not aware that he has issued any denial.
        So far the violence is concerned, some of the targeted women have lodged police complaints.
        A judicial enquiry has been instituted by the LG of Delhi to look into the whole gamut of issues.

        Here is a news report on the prevalent racist sentiments in Delhi, in general, and Khirkee, in particular, and the aftereffects of Bharti's actions from the spot: <http://in.news.yahoo.com/somnath-bharti-and-the-terrible--everyday-racism-of-a-south-delhi-mohalla-045401258.html>.
        Here is a comment by one from Delhi: <http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?289233>.
        The above two comments have come from persons who are presumably otherwise favourably disposed towards the AAP.

        And lastly, I reproduce an edit by a newspaper which, I'd argue, is worth pondering.

        Daily News and Analysis

        Editorial: Failing a promise

        Jan 21, 2014

        AAP came to power promising an alternative politics, but Somnath
        Bharti's actions and the party's defence of them is not the way to go
        about it.

        In the aftermath of Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti’s actions last
        week, the escalating drama has rapidly created a situation where the
        main issues at stake have become tangled to their detriment. And chief
        minister Arvind Kejriwal’s protest outside Rail Bhavan — doubling down
        in the standoff with the police and central government stemming from
        last week — is further obfuscating them, creating a confused mix of
        pertinent ends and faulty means. There are two main elements here. The
        first is law and order for the capital being within the central
        government’s purview rather than with the state administration. This
        is an administrative oddity that serves no particular purpose,
        undercuts the latter and enables police corruption and
        ineffectiveness. AAP is not alone in arguing the point; former chief
        minister Sheila Dikshit has spoken of this in the past, and so has the
        BJP. The other element is the incident last week that catalysed the
        current situation, and AAP’s continued backing of Bharti’s actions.
        This is far more problematic.

        The criminal case now registered against Bharti and multiple accounts
        of Wednesday night’s events have made this much clear: the manner in
        which Bharti and his cohort compelled the Nigerian and Ugandan women
        to be detained and subjected to medical tests was at best extra-legal,
        and at worst an instance of mob justice. Neither did the law minister
        appear to have a clear understanding of the limits of his authority —
        or the police’s — when he harangued police officers for not following
        his instructions and raiding a house he alleged was a hub of
        prostitution and drug dealing.  Laws preventing the authorities from
        freely taking action against individuals on the basis of suspicion are
        among the strongest barriers to state overreach. If the current
        protest is predicated on the assumption that putting the Delhi police
        under the state government’s control would compel it to fulfil AAP’s
        demands, no matter the circumstances, it is a dangerous one.

        As troubling is the strong element of racism in the entire affair.
        Bharti’s rhetoric hasn’t helped in this regard. When he warns that
        foreigners will be tolerated only if they are “good people”, he is
        employing a familiar rhetoric, that of groups like the Shiv Sena and
        Bajrang Dal. And by accusing the BJP and the Congress of harbouring
        pimps and supporting drug dealing and prostitution, he has employed
        the crude tactics of mainstream parties where nuance is an ignored
        concept and with-us-or-against-us polemics are the order of the day.

        AAP now faces a choice. There is legitimate anger in the capital
        against its police force and racism against African nationals is an
        unfortunately widespread sentiment. If Kejriwal chooses to tap into
        these sentiments, explicitly or implicitly, he may well find that his
        party has popular support. It may even be a canny move politically; by
        taking on the police and underlining its lack of control over them,
        the AAP government is putting itself in a position to disavow all
        responsibility for rape cases and other law-and-order problems. But
        this would be bargaining away a vital element of AAP’s promise. It has
        come to power on a plank of alternative politics. Such a politics does
        not include only matters of governance and corruption, but race and
        sex as well. Defending Bharti’s actions — and conflating them with a
        needed reform — is no part of it.

        Sukla


        On 24 January 2014 09:07, Ujjwal K Chowdhury <ujjwalk.chowdhury@...> wrote:

        Dear all the honorable ladies who have launched a protest against Minister Somnath Bharti,

         

        I had read the Open Letter from some of you and many other women's organizations and also then last night saw two channels (NDTV and CNN-IBN) air two programs from that locality of the incident (Malviyanagar, Kirkee Extension). Since I am not a Delhi resident, I asked one of my former students, Karan Rajpal, aged 29 years, now a mid level manager with Aviva Insurance in Gurgaon and resident of Kirkee Extn, about the issue, to which he forwarded me his facebook post (copy-pasted at the end of this email).

         

        As both the television stories from the spot and also the third story (IBN 7) of the mother of the half-burnt woman of Sarupnagar whose culprits were not initially arrested neither FIR allowed to be lodged initially, show: ALL the affected people (and the programs show a huge number of them) are UNIVOCALLY condemning the police inaction in both these incidents and considering the work of the two ministers (Somnath Bharti and Rakhi Birla) heroic, and their CM’s protest in their interests and bold!!

         

        Exactly the opposite of the views of ALL of you, none of you being the aggrieved party. A few affected people of Kirkee and the girl’s mother told the same point a few times, “Those who have never faced a situation as we have today would speak in all high-flown moral terms without knowing the pain of being ignored by the Police when we need their action most.”

         

        I am NOT a resident of Delhi, NOT in any way related to these ministers (never met them or Kejriwal) and do not have to do anything with AAP.

         

        But common sense and known people in Delhi tell me that Police in Delhi has been highly compromised on issues of women safety, sex and drug rackets, and indulged in petty corruption of collecting haftas etc. And, Sushmaji and Sheilaji also talked about state govt’s police control as in other states (BJP, Congress and AAP talk about this and complete statehood in their manifestos). It seems to an outsider like me that they talked and the new govt is WALKING the talk.

         

        If Bharti has spoken the derogatory sentences (of racial difference with Africans or spitting on the leaders etc), it is highly deplorable, no question of holding any brief for this, and none of us should. However, no video footage has been aired by the media ON THESE two talks. His has chided him, hence, I believe his words must have been wrong even though we have not seen the footage of the same.


        The only footage all of us have seen repeatedly that Bharti is asking the Police officer to raid the house where he and residents feel sex-drug racket going on. And this is by itself NOT wrong when for two years last (as repeatedly told in the two programs and complaint letters shown on TV), local Resident Welfare Association leaders have been complaining against the racket there to which no action was taken (you do not need two years to get a warrant), and NO WARRANT is needed for cases of narcotics abuse (some of you are law-graduates and would know what I am saying), and finally, an ACP rank officer (who was there at the spot) can cordon off an area/house where such a thing is allegedly going on, get warrant in two hours and conduct a raid otherwise too.


        None of these were done. And no blood tests were done. Urine tests were done with a gap of 6-7 hours. There are ways of going out of alcohol effect in those many hours. And drugs can only be understood through blood test


        In spite of all of these FACTS as noted above, not opinions, and the voices of the affected people in both cases, you all choose to ignore them and bay for the blood of Bharti, Birla and Kejriwal, either you have POLITICAL reasons (as Ms Kishwar may have being a declared Modi-admirer like Kiran Bedi) OR are genuinely misguided (which I do not think being educated and socially very active ladies that you all are) OR are paid by opponents of AAP (like a part of the media) which also I find little tough to believe (may be true for some), OR most probably, just seeking your 30 seconds of fame each time a camera approaches you!!


        Most of you are left-leaning persons. My family has been a left voter in Bengal, and an elder cousin of ours has been a Naxalite leader of North Bengal later killed by the Bengal Police of Siddharth Shankar Roy govt. He was our role-model. I have participated in movements of the left forces connected to price-rise, Safdar Hashmi killing, anti-nuclear protests and Narmada Bachao movement earlier in life.


        I am shocked with your stand, in spite of most of you being leftists. Bharti’s wrong words withstanding (I have no proofs of that though), the cause they all are fighting for MUST be close to your heart too. Do you want another Nirbhaya case? If you are so concerned about some African women, why are you not even more concerned about the gangraped Danish woman which was the third case they were protesting about? And, is the issue here racialism or drug-sex racket. Obviously, NO BODY says all Africans are bad (just out of context mention: one of the best friends of mine is Tafesse Sahelle, MIDROCK Communication Director in Ethiopia, who was my batch-mate in International Relations Masters long back, an accomplished black gentleman).


        Leftists are expected to be WITH people, and some of you were there in the TV programs from Malviyanagar and have SEEN the anger of the local people (ALL THERE) against the police inaction on this issue for last two years in spite of repeated protests. If suppose one of you were an MLA instead of Rakhi or Somnath and your people would have come to you with these issues and history of these, what would you have done facing an inactive and compromised police?


        It is the failure of left forces in representing people’s issues and take up cudgels against corrupt Congress and communal-dictatorial BJP that has given rise to AAP. As pro-people intellectuals and activists, you should rather welcome the battle for pro-people pro-active Police (first in state govt command in the short run, and then professional and independent through Judicial Reforms).


        I still have faith in your sagacity and commitment to people, so writing this email you all. Hope that you at least think twice. You are NOW being seen in one line with Congress, BJP and the paid media! And your complete silence on the issues of Danish rape victim and the burn-victim, the other two cases of the three protested against, further shows your selective judgment and points to a political method in your stand!!


        POST FROM Karan Rajpal, resident of Malaviyanagar:

        Karan Rajpal (to all who are blatantly ridiculing AAP today): You're here to troll everyone who raises a point for the AAP. Drugs and other paraphernalia wasn't found because the Police did not gherao the area as they should have. Under the Narcotics act, they didn't even need a warrant any way. No blood tests were conducted, hence nothing could be proven. The minister you castigate so ruthlessly walked up to a door, and asked how much, and was given a rate. Everyone in the neighbourhood knows what's happening.

        Also, the ground situation of the ghetto in Malviya Nagar is as unknown to you as the atrocities in Central Africa, where many of these folks emigrate from to save their lives. Most of them are extremely poor and trafficked to our country, else they would have chosen a first world country. So prostitution, narcotics and other illegal means of earning a livelihood exist, as they do in weaker sections of our society.

        I have nothing more to say. I thought this is an opportunity for women’s organizations to take up the issue of women’s safety in a major way. But you are stuck with Bharti’s words, and not the substantive issue of women’s safety, at all. And most of the so-called wrong words of Bharti have not been proven by any video yet….


        Thanks and regards

        UKC/Kolkata


        --
        Prof Ujjwal K Chowdhury
        Senior Consultant with New Business Age-Abhiyan Group, Kathmandu.
        President, Advisory Board, Whistling Woods School of Communication, Mumbai 
        Former Director, Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication & Dean, SIU, Pune.
        Former Media Adviser, Textiles Ministry, GOI; The Nippon Foundation; and WHO, India.



        --
        Peace Is Doable
      • ujjwalk.chowdhury@...
        Appreciate your well put letter Suklaji. You have kept right polemics alive.I have asked for the larger picture to be seen here, of police inaction, of
        Message 3 of 7 , Jan 23, 2014
          Appreciate your well put letter Suklaji. You have kept right polemics alive.

          I have asked for the larger picture to be seen here, of police inaction, of three events leading to the protests, and of the other impacts of running down AAP govt by democratic voices like yours to the glee of Congress and BJP.

          On State Govt control over police, all three major parties ask for it in their manifestos. This can be short-run measure till Police Reforms done calling for a different paradigm or policing in India (not just Delhi). And, you have forgotten a force called CRPF which the Centre has and can increase in Delhi. Crime victims come to Delhi state govt and MLAs and they cannot make the Police work!!

          On wrong language and racism of Bharti, I have outerightly condemned it noting that video was shown yet and let judicial enquiry prove it.

          On warrant issue, I have noted three points: warrant does not need two years of complaining, u do not need warrant in narcotics case, u can gherao the area and get warrant in two hours at ACP or DCP level if you ve the will to act as Police Officers.

          As for protests by a CM, from Ajay Mukherjee to MGR, some six CMs have done Dharna as sitting CMs.

          Issue is at stake: not cosmetics. And issue is of women's safety and police pro-activity. My daughter of 19 years studies in Delhi staying at CR Park with my sister. I have a stake in safety and active Policing in Delhi, many of you may NOT have direct stakes. The people of Malviyanagar, the mother in Sarupnagar or the Danish lady have direct stakes in Policing in TIME. The editorialising people across India do not.

          Yes! If I were CM of Delhi, i would have led a rally of 2 lacs people wanting better policing and 50 lacs signing petition within two days of the event, apart from writing all details of these 3 incidents to all Constitutional authorities and media, FIRST. And after Republic Day, if no action taken, would have gone for Dharna.

          But that's not the chain of events unfortunately.

          However, my taking cause against AAP, you are in line with Congress BJP and against the rightful anger of the ordinary Delhiites facing Police inaction and corruption every day.

          Thanks
          We agree to disagree
          UKC
          Sent from BlackBerry® on Airtel

          From: Sukla Sen <sukla.sen@...>
          Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:47:21 +0530
          To: Ujjwal K Chowdhury<ujjwalk.chowdhury@...>
          Cc: Kavita Krishnan<kavitakrish73@...>; Kamayani BaliMahabal<kamayani@...>; madhu kishwar<editor@...>; arkitectindia@yahoogroups.com<arkitectindia@yahoogroups.com>; Indian<indianfirst@yahoogroups.com>; <kalpanaidu@...>
          Subject: Re: Malviyanagar Incident and Somnath Bharati

          Dear Mr. Chowdhury,

          Thanks for your long mail.

          Let me clarify in the very beginning that I'll speak only for myself as I'm not authorised to speak on behalf of others addressed by you. And, I'm not from Delhi.

          First, I do not hold any brief for our police forces, whether in Delhi or elsewhere.
          Two, in the mails posted by me and in my comments I did not even mention Rakhi Birla.
          The criticism was directed against Somnath Bharti and the AAP and Kejriwal's public defence of his actions.

          Let me first recall my own comments on the subject episode:
          Quote
          Four issues have got stitched together.

          One, whether the Delhi state government should have control over the Delhi police?
          Two, whether its proper for a Chief Minister to take part and lead a street agitation?
          Three, whether a minister has the right in indulge in racist and sexist violence - both verbal and physical?
          Four, whether a minister is right in forcing the police officials to follow his/her diktats regardless of the legal provisions?

          Given the fact that Delhi is the capital of the country with the Parliament, the Central ministries, the headquarters of the armed forces and the Supreme Court having been located there, the issue number one calls for wider debates and discussions. Following which the parliament should decide keeping the opinion of the Delhi legislature in view.
          As regards the issue number two, it is quite legitimate for an elected representative of the people, as the Chief Minister is, to lead people in street agitations for just causes if such need arises. That's a part of the democratic mandate.
          The answer to the third and fourth question is a firm NO.

          The call to the Delhi Police - in a way echoing JP, is, however, deeply problematic, specially coming from a Chief Minister.
          Unquote

          As regards the "racist comments" attributed to Somnath Bharti as reported by the media, I'm not aware that he has issued any denial.
          So far the violence is concerned, some of the targeted women have lodged police complaints.
          A judicial enquiry has been instituted by the LG of Delhi to look into the whole gamut of issues.

          Here is a news report on the prevalent racist sentiments in Delhi, in general, and Khirkee, in particular, and the aftereffects of Bharti's actions from the spot: <http://in.news.yahoo.com/somnath-bharti-and-the-terrible--everyday-racism-of-a-south-delhi-mohalla-045401258.html>.
          Here is a comment by one from Delhi: <http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?289233>.
          The above two comments have come from persons who are presumably otherwise favourably disposed towards the AAP.

          And lastly, I reproduce an edit by a newspaper which, I'd argue, is worth pondering.

          Daily News and Analysis

          Editorial: Failing a promise

          Jan 21, 2014

          AAP came to power promising an alternative politics, but Somnath
          Bharti's actions and the party's defence of them is not the way to go
          about it.

          In the aftermath of Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti’s actions last
          week, the escalating drama has rapidly created a situation where the
          main issues at stake have become tangled to their detriment. And chief
          minister Arvind Kejriwal’s protest outside Rail Bhavan — doubling down
          in the standoff with the police and central government stemming from
          last week — is further obfuscating them, creating a confused mix of
          pertinent ends and faulty means. There are two main elements here. The
          first is law and order for the capital being within the central
          government’s purview rather than with the state administration. This
          is an administrative oddity that serves no particular purpose,
          undercuts the latter and enables police corruption and
          ineffectiveness. AAP is not alone in arguing the point; former chief
          minister Sheila Dikshit has spoken of this in the past, and so has the
          BJP. The other element is the incident last week that catalysed the
          current situation, and AAP’s continued backing of Bharti’s actions.
          This is far more problematic.

          The criminal case now registered against Bharti and multiple accounts
          of Wednesday night’s events have made this much clear: the manner in
          which Bharti and his cohort compelled the Nigerian and Ugandan women
          to be detained and subjected to medical tests was at best extra-legal,
          and at worst an instance of mob justice. Neither did the law minister
          appear to have a clear understanding of the limits of his authority —
          or the police’s — when he harangued police officers for not following
          his instructions and raiding a house he alleged was a hub of
          prostitution and drug dealing.  Laws preventing the authorities from
          freely taking action against individuals on the basis of suspicion are
          among the strongest barriers to state overreach. If the current
          protest is predicated on the assumption that putting the Delhi police
          under the state government’s control would compel it to fulfil AAP’s
          demands, no matter the circumstances, it is a dangerous one.

          As troubling is the strong element of racism in the entire affair.
          Bharti’s rhetoric hasn’t helped in this regard. When he warns that
          foreigners will be tolerated only if they are “good people”, he is
          employing a familiar rhetoric, that of groups like the Shiv Sena and
          Bajrang Dal. And by accusing the BJP and the Congress of harbouring
          pimps and supporting drug dealing and prostitution, he has employed
          the crude tactics of mainstream parties where nuance is an ignored
          concept and with-us-or-against-us polemics are the order of the day.

          AAP now faces a choice. There is legitimate anger in the capital
          against its police force and racism against African nationals is an
          unfortunately widespread sentiment. If Kejriwal chooses to tap into
          these sentiments, explicitly or implicitly, he may well find that his
          party has popular support. It may even be a canny move politically; by
          taking on the police and underlining its lack of control over them,
          the AAP government is putting itself in a position to disavow all
          responsibility for rape cases and other law-and-order problems. But
          this would be bargaining away a vital element of AAP’s promise. It has
          come to power on a plank of alternative politics. Such a politics does
          not include only matters of governance and corruption, but race and
          sex as well. Defending Bharti’s actions — and conflating them with a
          needed reform — is no part of it.

          Sukla


          On 24 January 2014 09:07, Ujjwal K Chowdhury <ujjwalk.chowdhury@...> wrote:

          Dear all the honorable ladies who have launched a protest against Minister Somnath Bharti,

           

          I had read the Open Letter from some of you and many other women's organizations and also then last night saw two channels (NDTV and CNN-IBN) air two programs from that locality of the incident (Malviyanagar, Kirkee Extension). Since I am not a Delhi resident, I asked one of my former students, Karan Rajpal, aged 29 years, now a mid level manager with Aviva Insurance in Gurgaon and resident of Kirkee Extn, about the issue, to which he forwarded me his facebook post (copy-pasted at the end of this email).

           

          As both the television stories from the spot and also the third story (IBN 7) of the mother of the half-burnt woman of Sarupnagar whose culprits were not initially arrested neither FIR allowed to be lodged initially, show: ALL the affected people (and the programs show a huge number of them) are UNIVOCALLY condemning the police inaction in both these incidents and considering the work of the two ministers (Somnath Bharti and Rakhi Birla) heroic, and their CM’s protest in their interests and bold!!

           

          Exactly the opposite of the views of ALL of you, none of you being the aggrieved party. A few affected people of Kirkee and the girl’s mother told the same point a few times, “Those who have never faced a situation as we have today would speak in all high-flown moral terms without knowing the pain of being ignored by the Police when we need their action most.”

           

          I am NOT a resident of Delhi, NOT in any way related to these ministers (never met them or Kejriwal) and do not have to do anything with AAP.

           

          But common sense and known people in Delhi tell me that Police in Delhi has been highly compromised on issues of women safety, sex and drug rackets, and indulged in petty corruption of collecting haftas etc. And, Sushmaji and Sheilaji also talked about state govt’s police control as in other states (BJP, Congress and AAP talk about this and complete statehood in their manifestos). It seems to an outsider like me that they talked and the new govt is WALKING the talk.

           

          If Bharti has spoken the derogatory sentences (of racial difference with Africans or spitting on the leaders etc), it is highly deplorable, no question of holding any brief for this, and none of us should. However, no video footage has been aired by the media ON THESE two talks. His has chided him, hence, I believe his words must have been wrong even though we have not seen the footage of the same.


          The only footage all of us have seen repeatedly that Bharti is asking the Police officer to raid the house where he and residents feel sex-drug racket going on. And this is by itself NOT wrong when for two years last (as repeatedly told in the two programs and complaint letters shown on TV), local Resident Welfare Association leaders have been complaining against the racket there to which no action was taken (you do not need two years to get a warrant), and NO WARRANT is needed for cases of narcotics abuse (some of you are law-graduates and would know what I am saying), and finally, an ACP rank officer (who was there at the spot) can cordon off an area/house where such a thing is allegedly going on, get warrant in two hours and conduct a raid otherwise too.


          None of these were done. And no blood tests were done. Urine tests were done with a gap of 6-7 hours. There are ways of going out of alcohol effect in those many hours. And drugs can only be understood through blood test


          In spite of all of these FACTS as noted above, not opinions, and the voices of the affected people in both cases, you all choose to ignore them and bay for the blood of Bharti, Birla and Kejriwal, either you have POLITICAL reasons (as Ms Kishwar may have being a declared Modi-admirer like Kiran Bedi) OR are genuinely misguided (which I do not think being educated and socially very active ladies that you all are) OR are paid by opponents of AAP (like a part of the media) which also I find little tough to believe (may be true for some), OR most probably, just seeking your 30 seconds of fame each time a camera approaches you!!


          Most of you are left-leaning persons. My family has been a left voter in Bengal, and an elder cousin of ours has been a Naxalite leader of North Bengal later killed by the Bengal Police of Siddharth Shankar Roy govt. He was our role-model. I have participated in movements of the left forces connected to price-rise, Safdar Hashmi killing, anti-nuclear protests and Narmada Bachao movement earlier in life.


          I am shocked with your stand, in spite of most of you being leftists. Bharti’s wrong words withstanding (I have no proofs of that though), the cause they all are fighting for MUST be close to your heart too. Do you want another Nirbhaya case? If you are so concerned about some African women, why are you not even more concerned about the gangraped Danish woman which was the third case they were protesting about? And, is the issue here racialism or drug-sex racket. Obviously, NO BODY says all Africans are bad (just out of context mention: one of the best friends of mine is Tafesse Sahelle, MIDROCK Communication Director in Ethiopia, who was my batch-mate in International Relations Masters long back, an accomplished black gentleman).


          Leftists are expected to be WITH people, and some of you were there in the TV programs from Malviyanagar and have SEEN the anger of the local people (ALL THERE) against the police inaction on this issue for last two years in spite of repeated protests. If suppose one of you were an MLA instead of Rakhi or Somnath and your people would have come to you with these issues and history of these, what would you have done facing an inactive and compromised police?


          It is the failure of left forces in representing people’s issues and take up cudgels against corrupt Congress and communal-dictatorial BJP that has given rise to AAP. As pro-people intellectuals and activists, you should rather welcome the battle for pro-people pro-active Police (first in state govt command in the short run, and then professional and independent through Judicial Reforms).


          I still have faith in your sagacity and commitment to people, so writing this email you all. Hope that you at least think twice. You are NOW being seen in one line with Congress, BJP and the paid media! And your complete silence on the issues of Danish rape victim and the burn-victim, the other two cases of the three protested against, further shows your selective judgment and points to a political method in your stand!!


          POST FROM Karan Rajpal, resident of Malaviyanagar:

          Karan Rajpal (to all who are blatantly ridiculing AAP today): You're here to troll everyone who raises a point for the AAP. Drugs and other paraphernalia wasn't found because the Police did not gherao the area as they should have. Under the Narcotics act, they didn't even need a warrant any way. No blood tests were conducted, hence nothing could be proven. The minister you castigate so ruthlessly walked up to a door, and asked how much, and was given a rate. Everyone in the neighbourhood knows what's happening.

          Also, the ground situation of the ghetto in Malviya Nagar is as unknown to you as the atrocities in Central Africa, where many of these folks emigrate from to save their lives. Most of them are extremely poor and trafficked to our country, else they would have chosen a first world country. So prostitution, narcotics and other illegal means of earning a livelihood exist, as they do in weaker sections of our society.

          I have nothing more to say. I thought this is an opportunity for women’s organizations to take up the issue of women’s safety in a major way. But you are stuck with Bharti’s words, and not the substantive issue of women’s safety, at all. And most of the so-called wrong words of Bharti have not been proven by any video yet….


          Thanks and regards

          UKC/Kolkata


          --
          Prof Ujjwal K Chowdhury
          Senior Consultant with New Business Age-Abhiyan Group, Kathmandu.
          President, Advisory Board, Whistling Woods School of Communication, Mumbai 
          Former Director, Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication & Dean, SIU, Pune.
          Former Media Adviser, Textiles Ministry, GOI; The Nippon Foundation; and WHO, India.



          --
          Peace Is Doable
        • Ujjwal K Chowdhury
          Appreciate your well put letter Suklaji. You have kept right polemics alive. I have only asked for the larger picture to be seen here: of police inaction, of
          Message 4 of 7 , Jan 24, 2014
            Appreciate your well put letter Suklaji. You have kept right polemics alive. 

            I have only asked for the larger picture to be seen here: of police inaction, of three events leading to the protests, and of the other impacts of running down the AAP govt by democratic voices like yours to the glee of Congress and BJP. 

            On State Govt control over police, all three major parties ask for it in their manifestos as a part of complete Statehood. This can be a short-run measure till Police Reforms done calling for a different paradigm of policing in India (not just Delhi). And, you have forgotten a force called CRPF which the Centre has even now and can increase in Delhi for Central Policing (which are noted by you). Crime victims among common people of Delhi naturally come to Delhi state govt and MLAs and they cannot make the Police work!! 

            On wrong language and racism of Bharti, I have outrightly condemned it noting that no video was shown yet on this and let judicial enquiry prove it. I am for the rightful punishment of Bharti on this AS PROVEN, not by hearsay.

            On warrant issue, I have noted three points: warrant does not need two years of complaining, u do not need warrant in narcotics case, u can gherao the area and get warrant in two hours at ACP or DCP level if you ve the will to act as Police Officers. 

            As for protests by a CM, from Ajay Mukherjee to MGR, some six CMs have done Dharna as sitting CMs. 

            Issue is at stake, not cosmetics of words spoken. And issue is of women's safety and police pro-activity. My daughter of 19 years studies in Delhi staying at CR Park with my sister. I have a stake in safety and active Policing in Delhi, many of you may NOT have direct stakes. The people of Malviyanagar, the mother in Sarupnagar or the Danish lady have direct stakes in Policing in TIME. The editorialising people across India do not. 

            Yes! If I were CM of Delhi, i would have led a rally of 2 lacs people wanting better policing and 50 lacs signing petition within two days of the event, apart from writing all details of these 3 incidents to all Constitutional authorities and media, FIRST. And after Republic Day, if no action taken, would have gone for Dharna. 

            But that's not the chain of events unfortunately. 

            However, by taking cause against AAP, you are in line with Congress BJP and against the rightful anger of the ordinary Delhiites facing Police inaction and corruption every day. 

            Thanks
            We agree to disagree
            UKC


            On Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 11:41 PM, <ujjwalk.chowdhury@...> wrote:
            Appreciate your well put letter Suklaji. You have kept right polemics alive.

            I have asked for the larger picture to be seen here, of police inaction, of three events leading to the protests, and of the other impacts of running down AAP govt by democratic voices like yours to the glee of Congress and BJP.

            On State Govt control over police, all three major parties ask for it in their manifestos. This can be short-run measure till Police Reforms done calling for a different paradigm or policing in India (not just Delhi). And, you have forgotten a force called CRPF which the Centre has and can increase in Delhi. Crime victims come to Delhi state govt and MLAs and they cannot make the Police work!!

            On wrong language and racism of Bharti, I have outerightly condemned it noting that video was shown yet and let judicial enquiry prove it.

            On warrant issue, I have noted three points: warrant does not need two years of complaining, u do not need warrant in narcotics case, u can gherao the area and get warrant in two hours at ACP or DCP level if you ve the will to act as Police Officers.

            As for protests by a CM, from Ajay Mukherjee to MGR, some six CMs have done Dharna as sitting CMs.

            Issue is at stake: not cosmetics. And issue is of women's safety and police pro-activity. My daughter of 19 years studies in Delhi staying at CR Park with my sister. I have a stake in safety and active Policing in Delhi, many of you may NOT have direct stakes. The people of Malviyanagar, the mother in Sarupnagar or the Danish lady have direct stakes in Policing in TIME. The editorialising people across India do not.

            Yes! If I were CM of Delhi, i would have led a rally of 2 lacs people wanting better policing and 50 lacs signing petition within two days of the event, apart from writing all details of these 3 incidents to all Constitutional authorities and media, FIRST. And after Republic Day, if no action taken, would have gone for Dharna.

            But that's not the chain of events unfortunately.

            However, my taking cause against AAP, you are in line with Congress BJP and against the rightful anger of the ordinary Delhiites facing Police inaction and corruption every day.

            Thanks
            We agree to disagree
            UKC
            Sent from BlackBerry® on Airtel

            From: Sukla Sen <sukla.sen@...>
            Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:47:21 +0530
            To: Ujjwal K Chowdhury<ujjwalk.chowdhury@...>
            Subject: Re: Malviyanagar Incident and Somnath Bharati

            Dear Mr. Chowdhury,

            Thanks for your long mail.

            Let me clarify in the very beginning that I'll speak only for myself as I'm not authorised to speak on behalf of others addressed by you. And, I'm not from Delhi.

            First, I do not hold any brief for our police forces, whether in Delhi or elsewhere.
            Two, in the mails posted by me and in my comments I did not even mention Rakhi Birla.
            The criticism was directed against Somnath Bharti and the AAP and Kejriwal's public defence of his actions.

            Let me first recall my own comments on the subject episode:
            Quote
            Four issues have got stitched together.

            One, whether the Delhi state government should have control over the Delhi police?
            Two, whether its proper for a Chief Minister to take part and lead a street agitation?
            Three, whether a minister has the right in indulge in racist and sexist violence - both verbal and physical?
            Four, whether a minister is right in forcing the police officials to follow his/her diktats regardless of the legal provisions?

            Given the fact that Delhi is the capital of the country with the Parliament, the Central ministries, the headquarters of the armed forces and the Supreme Court having been located there, the issue number one calls for wider debates and discussions. Following which the parliament should decide keeping the opinion of the Delhi legislature in view.
            As regards the issue number two, it is quite legitimate for an elected representative of the people, as the Chief Minister is, to lead people in street agitations for just causes if such need arises. That's a part of the democratic mandate.
            The answer to the third and fourth question is a firm NO.

            The call to the Delhi Police - in a way echoing JP, is, however, deeply problematic, specially coming from a Chief Minister.
            Unquote

            As regards the "racist comments" attributed to Somnath Bharti as reported by the media, I'm not aware that he has issued any denial.
            So far the violence is concerned, some of the targeted women have lodged police complaints.
            A judicial enquiry has been instituted by the LG of Delhi to look into the whole gamut of issues.

            Here is a news report on the prevalent racist sentiments in Delhi, in general, and Khirkee, in particular, and the aftereffects of Bharti's actions from the spot: <http://in.news.yahoo.com/somnath-bharti-and-the-terrible--everyday-racism-of-a-south-delhi-mohalla-045401258.html>.
            Here is a comment by one from Delhi: <http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?289233>.
            The above two comments have come from persons who are presumably otherwise favourably disposed towards the AAP.

            And lastly, I reproduce an edit by a newspaper which, I'd argue, is worth pondering.

            Daily News and Analysis

            Editorial: Failing a promise

            Jan 21, 2014

            AAP came to power promising an alternative politics, but Somnath
            Bharti's actions and the party's defence of them is not the way to go
            about it.

            In the aftermath of Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti’s actions last
            week, the escalating drama has rapidly created a situation where the
            main issues at stake have become tangled to their detriment. And chief
            minister Arvind Kejriwal’s protest outside Rail Bhavan — doubling down
            in the standoff with the police and central government stemming from
            last week — is further obfuscating them, creating a confused mix of
            pertinent ends and faulty means. There are two main elements here. The
            first is law and order for the capital being within the central
            government’s purview rather than with the state administration. This
            is an administrative oddity that serves no particular purpose,
            undercuts the latter and enables police corruption and
            ineffectiveness. AAP is not alone in arguing the point; former chief
            minister Sheila Dikshit has spoken of this in the past, and so has the
            BJP. The other element is the incident last week that catalysed the
            current situation, and AAP’s continued backing of Bharti’s actions.
            This is far more problematic.

            The criminal case now registered against Bharti and multiple accounts
            of Wednesday night’s events have made this much clear: the manner in
            which Bharti and his cohort compelled the Nigerian and Ugandan women
            to be detained and subjected to medical tests was at best extra-legal,
            and at worst an instance of mob justice. Neither did the law minister
            appear to have a clear understanding of the limits of his authority —
            or the police’s — when he harangued police officers for not following
            his instructions and raiding a house he alleged was a hub of
            prostitution and drug dealing.  Laws preventing the authorities from
            freely taking action against individuals on the basis of suspicion are
            among the strongest barriers to state overreach. If the current
            protest is predicated on the assumption that putting the Delhi police
            under the state government’s control would compel it to fulfil AAP’s
            demands, no matter the circumstances, it is a dangerous one.

            As troubling is the strong element of racism in the entire affair.
            Bharti’s rhetoric hasn’t helped in this regard. When he warns that
            foreigners will be tolerated only if they are “good people”, he is
            employing a familiar rhetoric, that of groups like the Shiv Sena and
            Bajrang Dal. And by accusing the BJP and the Congress of harbouring
            pimps and supporting drug dealing and prostitution, he has employed
            the crude tactics of mainstream parties where nuance is an ignored
            concept and with-us-or-against-us polemics are the order of the day.

            AAP now faces a choice. There is legitimate anger in the capital
            against its police force and racism against African nationals is an
            unfortunately widespread sentiment. If Kejriwal chooses to tap into
            these sentiments, explicitly or implicitly, he may well find that his
            party has popular support. It may even be a canny move politically; by
            taking on the police and underlining its lack of control over them,
            the AAP government is putting itself in a position to disavow all
            responsibility for rape cases and other law-and-order problems. But
            this would be bargaining away a vital element of AAP’s promise. It has
            come to power on a plank of alternative politics. Such a politics does
            not include only matters of governance and corruption, but race and
            sex as well. Defending Bharti’s actions — and conflating them with a
            needed reform — is no part of it.

            Sukla


            On 24 January 2014 09:07, Ujjwal K Chowdhury <ujjwalk.chowdhury@...> wrote:

            Dear all the honorable ladies who have launched a protest against Minister Somnath Bharti,

             

            I had read the Open Letter from some of you and many other women's organizations and also then last night saw two channels (NDTV and CNN-IBN) air two programs from that locality of the incident (Malviyanagar, Kirkee Extension). Since I am not a Delhi resident, I asked one of my former students, Karan Rajpal, aged 29 years, now a mid level manager with Aviva Insurance in Gurgaon and resident of Kirkee Extn, about the issue, to which he forwarded me his facebook post (copy-pasted at the end of this email).

             

            As both the television stories from the spot and also the third story (IBN 7) of the mother of the half-burnt woman of Sarupnagar whose culprits were not initially arrested neither FIR allowed to be lodged initially, show: ALL the affected people (and the programs show a huge number of them) are UNIVOCALLY condemning the police inaction in both these incidents and considering the work of the two ministers (Somnath Bharti and Rakhi Birla) heroic, and their CM’s protest in their interests and bold!!

             

            Exactly the opposite of the views of ALL of you, none of you being the aggrieved party. A few affected people of Kirkee and the girl’s mother told the same point a few times, “Those who have never faced a situation as we have today would speak in all high-flown moral terms without knowing the pain of being ignored by the Police when we need their action most.”

             

            I am NOT a resident of Delhi, NOT in any way related to these ministers (never met them or Kejriwal) and do not have to do anything with AAP.

             

            But common sense and known people in Delhi tell me that Police in Delhi has been highly compromised on issues of women safety, sex and drug rackets, and indulged in petty corruption of collecting haftas etc. And, Sushmaji and Sheilaji also talked about state govt’s police control as in other states (BJP, Congress and AAP talk about this and complete statehood in their manifestos). It seems to an outsider like me that they talked and the new govt is WALKING the talk.

             

            If Bharti has spoken the derogatory sentences (of racial difference with Africans or spitting on the leaders etc), it is highly deplorable, no question of holding any brief for this, and none of us should. However, no video footage has been aired by the media ON THESE two talks. His has chided him, hence, I believe his words must have been wrong even though we have not seen the footage of the same.


            The only footage all of us have seen repeatedly that Bharti is asking the Police officer to raid the house where he and residents feel sex-drug racket going on. And this is by itself NOT wrong when for two years last (as repeatedly told in the two programs and complaint letters shown on TV), local Resident Welfare Association leaders have been complaining against the racket there to which no action was taken (you do not need two years to get a warrant), and NO WARRANT is needed for cases of narcotics abuse (some of you are law-graduates and would know what I am saying), and finally, an ACP rank officer (who was there at the spot) can cordon off an area/house where such a thing is allegedly going on, get warrant in two hours and conduct a raid otherwise too.


            None of these were done. And no blood tests were done. Urine tests were done with a gap of 6-7 hours. There are ways of going out of alcohol effect in those many hours. And drugs can only be understood through blood test


            In spite of all of these FACTS as noted above, not opinions, and the voices of the affected people in both cases, you all choose to ignore them and bay for the blood of Bharti, Birla and Kejriwal, either you have POLITICAL reasons (as Ms Kishwar may have being a declared Modi-admirer like Kiran Bedi) OR are genuinely misguided (which I do not think being educated and socially very active ladies that you all are) OR are paid by opponents of AAP (like a part of the media) which also I find little tough to believe (may be true for some), OR most probably, just seeking your 30 seconds of fame each time a camera approaches you!!


            Most of you are left-leaning persons. My family has been a left voter in Bengal, and an elder cousin of ours has been a Naxalite leader of North Bengal later killed by the Bengal Police of Siddharth Shankar Roy govt. He was our role-model. I have participated in movements of the left forces connected to price-rise, Safdar Hashmi killing, anti-nuclear protests and Narmada Bachao movement earlier in life.


            I am shocked with your stand, in spite of most of you being leftists. Bharti’s wrong words withstanding (I have no proofs of that though), the cause they all are fighting for MUST be close to your heart too. Do you want another Nirbhaya case? If you are so concerned about some African women, why are you not even more concerned about the gangraped Danish woman which was the third case they were protesting about? And, is the issue here racialism or drug-sex racket. Obviously, NO BODY says all Africans are bad (just out of context mention: one of the best friends of mine is Tafesse Sahelle, MIDROCK Communication Director in Ethiopia, who was my batch-mate in International Relations Masters long back, an accomplished black gentleman).


            Leftists are expected to be WITH people, and some of you were there in the TV programs from Malviyanagar and have SEEN the anger of the local people (ALL THERE) against the police inaction on this issue for last two years in spite of repeated protests. If suppose one of you were an MLA instead of Rakhi or Somnath and your people would have come to you with these issues and history of these, what would you have done facing an inactive and compromised police?


            It is the failure of left forces in representing people’s issues and take up cudgels against corrupt Congress and communal-dictatorial BJP that has given rise to AAP. As pro-people intellectuals and activists, you should rather welcome the battle for pro-people pro-active Police (first in state govt command in the short run, and then professional and independent through Judicial Reforms).


            I still have faith in your sagacity and commitment to people, so writing this email you all. Hope that you at least think twice. You are NOW being seen in one line with Congress, BJP and the paid media! And your complete silence on the issues of Danish rape victim and the burn-victim, the other two cases of the three protested against, further shows your selective judgment and points to a political method in your stand!!


            POST FROM Karan Rajpal, resident of Malaviyanagar:

            Karan Rajpal (to all who are blatantly ridiculing AAP today): You're here to troll everyone who raises a point for the AAP. Drugs and other paraphernalia wasn't found because the Police did not gherao the area as they should have. Under the Narcotics act, they didn't even need a warrant any way. No blood tests were conducted, hence nothing could be proven. The minister you castigate so ruthlessly walked up to a door, and asked how much, and was given a rate. Everyone in the neighbourhood knows what's happening.

            Also, the ground situation of the ghetto in Malviya Nagar is as unknown to you as the atrocities in Central Africa, where many of these folks emigrate from to save their lives. Most of them are extremely poor and trafficked to our country, else they would have chosen a first world country. So prostitution, narcotics and other illegal means of earning a livelihood exist, as they do in weaker sections of our society.

            I have nothing more to say. I thought this is an opportunity for women’s organizations to take up the issue of women’s safety in a major way. But you are stuck with Bharti’s words, and not the substantive issue of women’s safety, at all. And most of the so-called wrong words of Bharti have not been proven by any video yet….


            Thanks and regards

            UKC/Kolkata


            --
            Prof Ujjwal K Chowdhury
            Senior Consultant with New Business Age-Abhiyan Group, Kathmandu.
            President, Advisory Board, Whistling Woods School of Communication, Mumbai 
            Former Director, Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication & Dean, SIU, Pune.
            Former Media Adviser, Textiles Ministry, GOI; The Nippon Foundation; and WHO, India.



            --
            Peace Is Doable



            --
            Prof Ujjwal K Chowdhury
            Senior Consultant with New Business Age-Abhiyan Group, Kathmandu.
            President, Advisory Board, Whistling Woods School of Communication, Mumbai 
            Former Director, Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication & Dean, SIU, Pune.
            Former Media Adviser, Textiles Ministry, GOI; The Nippon Foundation; and WHO, India.
          • Ujjwal K Chowdhury
            I posted your open letter, my response, and Suklaji s response: ALL on my FB account, and a young man of 22 years from Delhi sends this post below. I DO NOT
            Message 5 of 7 , Jan 24, 2014
              I posted your open letter, my response, and Suklaji's response: ALL on my FB account, and a young man of 22 years from Delhi sends this post below. I DO NOT subscribe to his ideas. I have immense respect for you all and your  work. But I want to note that this is what a young boy thinks (he is non-political just an ordinary young man):

              Sir...I cant find dese ladies commenting or raising anger wen on rape case in biirbhum...rape case of madhyamgram...rape case of rural delhi wen 3 yr old was raped.....dey just cum out wen high profile people are involvd or just accused demandind der resignations fron high held posts wen it becums a political fight....like in case of justice ak ganguly or somnath bharti!!!!


              On Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 7:37 PM, Ujjwal K Chowdhury <ujjwalk.chowdhury@...> wrote:

              Dear all the honorable ladies who have launched a protest against Minister Somnath Bharti,

               

              I had read the Open Letter from some of you and many other women's organizations and also then last night saw two channels (NDTV and CNN-IBN) air two programs from that locality of the incident (Malviyanagar, Kirkee Extension). Since I am not a Delhi resident, I asked one of my former students, Karan Rajpal, aged 29 years, now a mid level manager with Aviva Insurance in Gurgaon and resident of Kirkee Extn, about the issue, to which he forwarded me his facebook post (copy-pasted at the end of this email).

               

              As both the television stories from the spot and also the third story (IBN 7) of the mother of the half-burnt woman of Sarupnagar whose culprits were not initially arrested neither FIR allowed to be lodged initially, show: ALL the affected people (and the programs show a huge number of them) are UNIVOCALLY condemning the police inaction in both these incidents and considering the work of the two ministers (Somnath Bharti and Rakhi Birla) heroic, and their CM’s protest in their interests and bold!!

               

              Exactly the opposite of the views of ALL of you, none of you being the aggrieved party. A few affected people of Kirkee and the girl’s mother told the same point a few times, “Those who have never faced a situation as we have today would speak in all high-flown moral terms without knowing the pain of being ignored by the Police when we need their action most.”

               

              I am NOT a resident of Delhi, NOT in any way related to these ministers (never met them or Kejriwal) and do not have to do anything with AAP.

               

              But common sense and known people in Delhi tell me that Police in Delhi has been highly compromised on issues of women safety, sex and drug rackets, and indulged in petty corruption of collecting haftas etc. And, Sushmaji and Sheilaji also talked about state govt’s police control as in other states (BJP, Congress and AAP talk about this and complete statehood in their manifestos). It seems to an outsider like me that they talked and the new govt is WALKING the talk.

               

              If Bharti has spoken the derogatory sentences (of racial difference with Africans or spitting on the leaders etc), it is highly deplorable, no question of holding any brief for this, and none of us should. However, no video footage has been aired by the media ON THESE two talks. His has chided him, hence, I believe his words must have been wrong even though we have not seen the footage of the same.


              The only footage all of us have seen repeatedly that Bharti is asking the Police officer to raid the house where he and residents feel sex-drug racket going on. And this is by itself NOT wrong when for two years last (as repeatedly told in the two programs and complaint letters shown on TV), local Resident Welfare Association leaders have been complaining against the racket there to which no action was taken (you do not need two years to get a warrant), and NO WARRANT is needed for cases of narcotics abuse (some of you are law-graduates and would know what I am saying), and finally, an ACP rank officer (who was there at the spot) can cordon off an area/house where such a thing is allegedly going on, get warrant in two hours and conduct a raid otherwise too.


              None of these were done. And no blood tests were done. Urine tests were done with a gap of 6-7 hours. There are ways of going out of alcohol effect in those many hours. And drugs can only be understood through blood test


              In spite of all of these FACTS as noted above, not opinions, and the voices of the affected people in both cases, you all choose to ignore them and bay for the blood of Bharti, Birla and Kejriwal, either you have POLITICAL reasons (as Ms Kishwar may have being a declared Modi-admirer like Kiran Bedi) OR are genuinely misguided (which I do not think being educated and socially very active ladies that you all are) OR are paid by opponents of AAP (like a part of the media) which also I find little tough to believe (may be true for some), OR most probably, just seeking your 30 seconds of fame each time a camera approaches you!!


              Most of you are left-leaning persons. My family has been a left voter in Bengal, and an elder cousin of ours has been a Naxalite leader of North Bengal later killed by the Bengal Police of Siddharth Shankar Roy govt. He was our role-model. I have participated in movements of the left forces connected to price-rise, Safdar Hashmi killing, anti-nuclear protests and Narmada Bachao movement earlier in life.


              I am shocked with your stand, in spite of most of you being leftists. Bharti’s wrong words withstanding (I have no proofs of that though), the cause they all are fighting for MUST be close to your heart too. Do you want another Nirbhaya case? If you are so concerned about some African women, why are you not even more concerned about the gangraped Danish woman which was the third case they were protesting about? And, is the issue here racialism or drug-sex racket. Obviously, NO BODY says all Africans are bad (just out of context mention: one of the best friends of mine is Tafesse Sahelle, MIDROCK Communication Director in Ethiopia, who was my batch-mate in International Relations Masters long back, an accomplished black gentleman).


              Leftists are expected to be WITH people, and some of you were there in the TV programs from Malviyanagar and have SEEN the anger of the local people (ALL THERE) against the police inaction on this issue for last two years in spite of repeated protests. If suppose one of you were an MLA instead of Rakhi or Somnath and your people would have come to you with these issues and history of these, what would you have done facing an inactive and compromised police?


              It is the failure of left forces in representing people’s issues and take up cudgels against corrupt Congress and communal-dictatorial BJP that has given rise to AAP. As pro-people intellectuals and activists, you should rather welcome the battle for pro-people pro-active Police (first in state govt command in the short run, and then professional and independent through Judicial Reforms).


              I still have faith in your sagacity and commitment to people, so writing this email you all. Hope that you at least think twice. You are NOW being seen in one line with Congress, BJP and the paid media! And your complete silence on the issues of Danish rape victim and the burn-victim, the other two cases of the three protested against, further shows your selective judgment and points to a political method in your stand!!


              POST FROM Karan Rajpal, resident of Malaviyanagar:

              Karan Rajpal (to all who are blatantly ridiculing AAP today): You're here to troll everyone who raises a point for the AAP. Drugs and other paraphernalia wasn't found because the Police did not gherao the area as they should have. Under the Narcotics act, they didn't even need a warrant any way. No blood tests were conducted, hence nothing could be proven. The minister you castigate so ruthlessly walked up to a door, and asked how much, and was given a rate. Everyone in the neighbourhood knows what's happening.

              Also, the ground situation of the ghetto in Malviya Nagar is as unknown to you as the atrocities in Central Africa, where many of these folks emigrate from to save their lives. Most of them are extremely poor and trafficked to our country, else they would have chosen a first world country. So prostitution, narcotics and other illegal means of earning a livelihood exist, as they do in weaker sections of our society.

              I have nothing more to say. I thought this is an opportunity for women’s organizations to take up the issue of women’s safety in a major way. But you are stuck with Bharti’s words, and not the substantive issue of women’s safety, at all. And most of the so-called wrong words of Bharti have not been proven by any video yet….


              Thanks and regards

              UKC/Kolkata


              --
              Prof Ujjwal K Chowdhury
              Senior Consultant with New Business Age-Abhiyan Group, Kathmandu.
              President, Advisory Board, Whistling Woods School of Communication, Mumbai 
              Former Director, Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication & Dean, SIU, Pune.
              Former Media Adviser, Textiles Ministry, GOI; The Nippon Foundation; and WHO, India.



              --
              Prof Ujjwal K Chowdhury
              Senior Consultant with New Business Age-Abhiyan Group, Kathmandu.
              President, Advisory Board, Whistling Woods School of Communication, Mumbai 
              Former Director, Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication & Dean, SIU, Pune.
              Former Media Adviser, Textiles Ministry, GOI; The Nippon Foundation; and WHO, India.
            • Sukla Sen
              Police Reforms, as per the directives issued by the Supreme Court in the Prakash Singh case, can be and must be carried out everywhere including Delhi. That
              Message 6 of 7 , Jan 24, 2014
                Police Reforms, as per the directives issued by the Supreme Court in the Prakash Singh case, can be and must be carried out everywhere including Delhi. That does not necessitate the transfer of control from the Union Government to the State Government.
                (I do not have any definite stand on the demand for full statehood.)

                As I've already iterated, I don't find anything wrong with a Chief Minister leading a street protest as long as the cause is just and such protest is necessary.

                The criticism of the AAP government can in fact be helpful for it if it mends its ways in response to legitimate criticism.

                Sukla


                On 24 January 2014 13:11, <ujjwalk.chowdhury@...> wrote:
                Appreciate your well put letter Suklaji. You have kept right polemics alive.

                I have asked for the larger picture to be seen here, of police inaction, of three events leading to the protests, and of the other impacts of running down AAP govt by democratic voices like yours to the glee of Congress and BJP.

                On State Govt control over police, all three major parties ask for it in their manifestos. This can be short-run measure till Police Reforms done calling for a different paradigm or policing in India (not just Delhi). And, you have forgotten a force called CRPF which the Centre has and can increase in Delhi. Crime victims come to Delhi state govt and MLAs and they cannot make the Police work!!

                On wrong language and racism of Bharti, I have outerightly condemned it noting that video was shown yet and let judicial enquiry prove it.

                On warrant issue, I have noted three points: warrant does not need two years of complaining, u do not need warrant in narcotics case, u can gherao the area and get warrant in two hours at ACP or DCP level if you ve the will to act as Police Officers.

                As for protests by a CM, from Ajay Mukherjee to MGR, some six CMs have done Dharna as sitting CMs.

                Issue is at stake: not cosmetics. And issue is of women's safety and police pro-activity. My daughter of 19 years studies in Delhi staying at CR Park with my sister. I have a stake in safety and active Policing in Delhi, many of you may NOT have direct stakes. The people of Malviyanagar, the mother in Sarupnagar or the Danish lady have direct stakes in Policing in TIME. The editorialising people across India do not.

                Yes! If I were CM of Delhi, i would have led a rally of 2 lacs people wanting better policing and 50 lacs signing petition within two days of the event, apart from writing all details of these 3 incidents to all Constitutional authorities and media, FIRST. And after Republic Day, if no action taken, would have gone for Dharna.

                But that's not the chain of events unfortunately.

                However, my taking cause against AAP, you are in line with Congress BJP and against the rightful anger of the ordinary Delhiites facing Police inaction and corruption every day.

                Thanks
                We agree to disagree
                UKC
                Sent from BlackBerry® on Airtel

                From: Sukla Sen <sukla.sen@...>
                Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:47:21 +0530
                To: Ujjwal K Chowdhury<ujjwalk.chowdhury@...>
                Subject: Re: Malviyanagar Incident and Somnath Bharati

                Dear Mr. Chowdhury,

                Thanks for your long mail.

                Let me clarify in the very beginning that I'll speak only for myself as I'm not authorised to speak on behalf of others addressed by you. And, I'm not from Delhi.

                First, I do not hold any brief for our police forces, whether in Delhi or elsewhere.
                Two, in the mails posted by me and in my comments I did not even mention Rakhi Birla.
                The criticism was directed against Somnath Bharti and the AAP and Kejriwal's public defence of his actions.

                Let me first recall my own comments on the subject episode:
                Quote
                Four issues have got stitched together.

                One, whether the Delhi state government should have control over the Delhi police?
                Two, whether its proper for a Chief Minister to take part and lead a street agitation?
                Three, whether a minister has the right in indulge in racist and sexist violence - both verbal and physical?
                Four, whether a minister is right in forcing the police officials to follow his/her diktats regardless of the legal provisions?

                Given the fact that Delhi is the capital of the country with the Parliament, the Central ministries, the headquarters of the armed forces and the Supreme Court having been located there, the issue number one calls for wider debates and discussions. Following which the parliament should decide keeping the opinion of the Delhi legislature in view.
                As regards the issue number two, it is quite legitimate for an elected representative of the people, as the Chief Minister is, to lead people in street agitations for just causes if such need arises. That's a part of the democratic mandate.
                The answer to the third and fourth question is a firm NO.

                The call to the Delhi Police - in a way echoing JP, is, however, deeply problematic, specially coming from a Chief Minister.
                Unquote

                As regards the "racist comments" attributed to Somnath Bharti as reported by the media, I'm not aware that he has issued any denial.
                So far the violence is concerned, some of the targeted women have lodged police complaints.
                A judicial enquiry has been instituted by the LG of Delhi to look into the whole gamut of issues.

                Here is a news report on the prevalent racist sentiments in Delhi, in general, and Khirkee, in particular, and the aftereffects of Bharti's actions from the spot: <http://in.news.yahoo.com/somnath-bharti-and-the-terrible--everyday-racism-of-a-south-delhi-mohalla-045401258.html>.
                Here is a comment by one from Delhi: <http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?289233>.
                The above two comments have come from persons who are presumably otherwise favourably disposed towards the AAP.

                And lastly, I reproduce an edit by a newspaper which, I'd argue, is worth pondering.

                Daily News and Analysis

                Editorial: Failing a promise

                Jan 21, 2014

                AAP came to power promising an alternative politics, but Somnath
                Bharti's actions and the party's defence of them is not the way to go
                about it.

                In the aftermath of Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti’s actions last
                week, the escalating drama has rapidly created a situation where the
                main issues at stake have become tangled to their detriment. And chief
                minister Arvind Kejriwal’s protest outside Rail Bhavan — doubling down
                in the standoff with the police and central government stemming from
                last week — is further obfuscating them, creating a confused mix of
                pertinent ends and faulty means. There are two main elements here. The
                first is law and order for the capital being within the central
                government’s purview rather than with the state administration. This
                is an administrative oddity that serves no particular purpose,
                undercuts the latter and enables police corruption and
                ineffectiveness. AAP is not alone in arguing the point; former chief
                minister Sheila Dikshit has spoken of this in the past, and so has the
                BJP. The other element is the incident last week that catalysed the
                current situation, and AAP’s continued backing of Bharti’s actions.
                This is far more problematic.

                The criminal case now registered against Bharti and multiple accounts
                of Wednesday night’s events have made this much clear: the manner in
                which Bharti and his cohort compelled the Nigerian and Ugandan women
                to be detained and subjected to medical tests was at best extra-legal,
                and at worst an instance of mob justice. Neither did the law minister
                appear to have a clear understanding of the limits of his authority —
                or the police’s — when he harangued police officers for not following
                his instructions and raiding a house he alleged was a hub of
                prostitution and drug dealing.  Laws preventing the authorities from
                freely taking action against individuals on the basis of suspicion are
                among the strongest barriers to state overreach. If the current
                protest is predicated on the assumption that putting the Delhi police
                under the state government’s control would compel it to fulfil AAP’s
                demands, no matter the circumstances, it is a dangerous one.

                As troubling is the strong element of racism in the entire affair.
                Bharti’s rhetoric hasn’t helped in this regard. When he warns that
                foreigners will be tolerated only if they are “good people”, he is
                employing a familiar rhetoric, that of groups like the Shiv Sena and
                Bajrang Dal. And by accusing the BJP and the Congress of harbouring
                pimps and supporting drug dealing and prostitution, he has employed
                the crude tactics of mainstream parties where nuance is an ignored
                concept and with-us-or-against-us polemics are the order of the day.

                AAP now faces a choice. There is legitimate anger in the capital
                against its police force and racism against African nationals is an
                unfortunately widespread sentiment. If Kejriwal chooses to tap into
                these sentiments, explicitly or implicitly, he may well find that his
                party has popular support. It may even be a canny move politically; by
                taking on the police and underlining its lack of control over them,
                the AAP government is putting itself in a position to disavow all
                responsibility for rape cases and other law-and-order problems. But
                this would be bargaining away a vital element of AAP’s promise. It has
                come to power on a plank of alternative politics. Such a politics does
                not include only matters of governance and corruption, but race and
                sex as well. Defending Bharti’s actions — and conflating them with a
                needed reform — is no part of it.

                Sukla


                On 24 January 2014 09:07, Ujjwal K Chowdhury <ujjwalk.chowdhury@...> wrote:

                Dear all the honorable ladies who have launched a protest against Minister Somnath Bharti,

                 

                I had read the Open Letter from some of you and many other women's organizations and also then last night saw two channels (NDTV and CNN-IBN) air two programs from that locality of the incident (Malviyanagar, Kirkee Extension). Since I am not a Delhi resident, I asked one of my former students, Karan Rajpal, aged 29 years, now a mid level manager with Aviva Insurance in Gurgaon and resident of Kirkee Extn, about the issue, to which he forwarded me his facebook post (copy-pasted at the end of this email).

                 

                As both the television stories from the spot and also the third story (IBN 7) of the mother of the half-burnt woman of Sarupnagar whose culprits were not initially arrested neither FIR allowed to be lodged initially, show: ALL the affected people (and the programs show a huge number of them) are UNIVOCALLY condemning the police inaction in both these incidents and considering the work of the two ministers (Somnath Bharti and Rakhi Birla) heroic, and their CM’s protest in their interests and bold!!

                 

                Exactly the opposite of the views of ALL of you, none of you being the aggrieved party. A few affected people of Kirkee and the girl’s mother told the same point a few times, “Those who have never faced a situation as we have today would speak in all high-flown moral terms without knowing the pain of being ignored by the Police when we need their action most.”

                 

                I am NOT a resident of Delhi, NOT in any way related to these ministers (never met them or Kejriwal) and do not have to do anything with AAP.

                 

                But common sense and known people in Delhi tell me that Police in Delhi has been highly compromised on issues of women safety, sex and drug rackets, and indulged in petty corruption of collecting haftas etc. And, Sushmaji and Sheilaji also talked about state govt’s police control as in other states (BJP, Congress and AAP talk about this and complete statehood in their manifestos). It seems to an outsider like me that they talked and the new govt is WALKING the talk.

                 

                If Bharti has spoken the derogatory sentences (of racial difference with Africans or spitting on the leaders etc), it is highly deplorable, no question of holding any brief for this, and none of us should. However, no video footage has been aired by the media ON THESE two talks. His has chided him, hence, I believe his words must have been wrong even though we have not seen the footage of the same.


                The only footage all of us have seen repeatedly that Bharti is asking the Police officer to raid the house where he and residents feel sex-drug racket going on. And this is by itself NOT wrong when for two years last (as repeatedly told in the two programs and complaint letters shown on TV), local Resident Welfare Association leaders have been complaining against the racket there to which no action was taken (you do not need two years to get a warrant), and NO WARRANT is needed for cases of narcotics abuse (some of you are law-graduates and would know what I am saying), and finally, an ACP rank officer (who was there at the spot) can cordon off an area/house where such a thing is allegedly going on, get warrant in two hours and conduct a raid otherwise too.


                None of these were done. And no blood tests were done. Urine tests were done with a gap of 6-7 hours. There are ways of going out of alcohol effect in those many hours. And drugs can only be understood through blood test


                In spite of all of these FACTS as noted above, not opinions, and the voices of the affected people in both cases, you all choose to ignore them and bay for the blood of Bharti, Birla and Kejriwal, either you have POLITICAL reasons (as Ms Kishwar may have being a declared Modi-admirer like Kiran Bedi) OR are genuinely misguided (which I do not think being educated and socially very active ladies that you all are) OR are paid by opponents of AAP (like a part of the media) which also I find little tough to believe (may be true for some), OR most probably, just seeking your 30 seconds of fame each time a camera approaches you!!


                Most of you are left-leaning persons. My family has been a left voter in Bengal, and an elder cousin of ours has been a Naxalite leader of North Bengal later killed by the Bengal Police of Siddharth Shankar Roy govt. He was our role-model. I have participated in movements of the left forces connected to price-rise, Safdar Hashmi killing, anti-nuclear protests and Narmada Bachao movement earlier in life.


                I am shocked with your stand, in spite of most of you being leftists. Bharti’s wrong words withstanding (I have no proofs of that though), the cause they all are fighting for MUST be close to your heart too. Do you want another Nirbhaya case? If you are so concerned about some African women, why are you not even more concerned about the gangraped Danish woman which was the third case they were protesting about? And, is the issue here racialism or drug-sex racket. Obviously, NO BODY says all Africans are bad (just out of context mention: one of the best friends of mine is Tafesse Sahelle, MIDROCK Communication Director in Ethiopia, who was my batch-mate in International Relations Masters long back, an accomplished black gentleman).


                Leftists are expected to be WITH people, and some of you were there in the TV programs from Malviyanagar and have SEEN the anger of the local people (ALL THERE) against the police inaction on this issue for last two years in spite of repeated protests. If suppose one of you were an MLA instead of Rakhi or Somnath and your people would have come to you with these issues and history of these, what would you have done facing an inactive and compromised police?


                It is the failure of left forces in representing people’s issues and take up cudgels against corrupt Congress and communal-dictatorial BJP that has given rise to AAP. As pro-people intellectuals and activists, you should rather welcome the battle for pro-people pro-active Police (first in state govt command in the short run, and then professional and independent through Judicial Reforms).


                I still have faith in your sagacity and commitment to people, so writing this email you all. Hope that you at least think twice. You are NOW being seen in one line with Congress, BJP and the paid media! And your complete silence on the issues of Danish rape victim and the burn-victim, the other two cases of the three protested against, further shows your selective judgment and points to a political method in your stand!!


                POST FROM Karan Rajpal, resident of Malaviyanagar:

                Karan Rajpal (to all who are blatantly ridiculing AAP today): You're here to troll everyone who raises a point for the AAP. Drugs and other paraphernalia wasn't found because the Police did not gherao the area as they should have. Under the Narcotics act, they didn't even need a warrant any way. No blood tests were conducted, hence nothing could be proven. The minister you castigate so ruthlessly walked up to a door, and asked how much, and was given a rate. Everyone in the neighbourhood knows what's happening.

                Also, the ground situation of the ghetto in Malviya Nagar is as unknown to you as the atrocities in Central Africa, where many of these folks emigrate from to save their lives. Most of them are extremely poor and trafficked to our country, else they would have chosen a first world country. So prostitution, narcotics and other illegal means of earning a livelihood exist, as they do in weaker sections of our society.

                I have nothing more to say. I thought this is an opportunity for women’s organizations to take up the issue of women’s safety in a major way. But you are stuck with Bharti’s words, and not the substantive issue of women’s safety, at all. And most of the so-called wrong words of Bharti have not been proven by any video yet….


                Thanks and regards

                UKC/Kolkata


                --
                Prof Ujjwal K Chowdhury
                Senior Consultant with New Business Age-Abhiyan Group, Kathmandu.
                President, Advisory Board, Whistling Woods School of Communication, Mumbai 
                Former Director, Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication & Dean, SIU, Pune.
                Former Media Adviser, Textiles Ministry, GOI; The Nippon Foundation; and WHO, India.



                --
                Peace Is Doable



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                Peace Is Doable
              • Ujjwal K Chowdhury
                Thanks madam! I have noted the reasons of sending it. Many in social movements are not often aware of how a large part of the common people look at their work.
                Message 7 of 7 , Jan 24, 2014
                  Thanks madam! I have noted the reasons of sending it. Many in social movements are not often aware of how a large part of the common people look at their work. And, I just shared that boy's FB comment to make all of us rethink. Self-righteousness is never the right way in public life. That is the problem with some AAP leaders, and that is the trait you are showing just now. Yes, I look at AAP as a welcome development in Indian politics, but that's all to it. I have several times objected to language of Bharti and possible different way that Kejriwal could have dealt with this issue in my earlier emails, WHICH YOU CHOOSE to ignore. However, I will surely stand with any bold attempt to make Police accountable in Delhi. Many women's organizations within a few days will AGAIN get the taste of Delhi Police as the city is till unsafe and Police still unaccountable..

                  We agree to disagree. I have my daughter there in Delhi, and I will surely have a different perspective from social workers....

                  UKC


                  On Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 3:27 AM, kalpana Mehta <kalpanaindu@...> wrote:
                  Ujjwalji if you do not subscribe to the fb post then why do you send it out. 
                  I think that you are a biased AAP supporter and are going on belittling the work done by women's movement. We have learnt your views and do not subscribe to them and do not believe that any party should be given blind support.
                  Kalpana


                  Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 02:44:45 -0800

                  Subject: Re: Malviyanagar Incident and Somnath Bharati
                  From: ujjwalk.chowdhury@...
                  To: sukla.sen@...
                  CC: kavitakrish73@...; kamayani@...; editor@...; arkitectindia@yahoogroups.com; indianfirst@yahoogroups.com; kalpanaindu@...


                  I noted at the outset that I DO NOT subscribe to his views. 

                  I just wanted to make the point that unfortunately that is the image the Indian youth are having about the right work being done by independent women's movements.

                  Because in THIS case, the issue at stake IS women's safety. 

                  On the Bengal's cases, I am aware of the work of women's organizations, which also include many other Human Rights organizations. On the Madhyamgram issue recently and now Birbhum issue, even AAP Bengal volunteers were seen marching along with women's organizations.

                  What is needed is NOT Organizations Claims and Counter-claims in Delhi, but ALL positive forces coming together to MAKE DELHI POLICE accountable, responsible, swift in action....


                  On Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 2:39 AM, Sukla Sen <sukla.sen@...> wrote:
                  Just pure trash!

                  Independent women's movement in India, to my understanding, came into its own through its sustained struggle against the Supreme Court judgement in the infamous Mathura rape case. Mathura was a young tribal girl in a remote corner of Maharashtra. She was allegedly raped by two faceless policemen while in custody. The Supreme Court acquitted the accused on the ground that Mathura was habituated to having sexual intercourse. That was in seventies. As a consequence of this struggle triggered by the intense outrage over the Supreme Court judgement, the rape law and a host of other laws relating to women got periodically updated.
                  The emergence of the independent women's movements - there was no centralised structure - could also strongly impact the agendas of the women's organisations affiliated to political parties, all dominated by men.
                  That's now history.

                  Women's organisations do take up cases of atrocities as a matter of routine, based on their organisational reach. 
                  There were numerous protests against the Madhyamgram rape case.
                  Quote
                  The West Bengal capital and several districts were rocked by protests by women's groups on Friday, three days after the death of a girl who was gang-raped twice and set ablaze. An international rights group decried the role of police in the incident.
                  ...
                  Four women's wings of Left parties brought out a rally in Kolkata denouncing the police for "trying to hush up the incident at the best of the state government".
                  Some women's organisations held a rally in Madhyamgram in North 24 Parganas district, where the girl was raped twice in October.
                  Unquote

                  So this is a patently false charge.

                  The boy's comment in fact does not reflect any love for the downtrodden and the underprivileged. It's only an attempt to slander the women's movements stemming from a sense of profound unease with and deep contempt against the notion of of women's empowerment - the fact that women as independent women are raising their voices in matters of public interest.
                  During the Nirbhaya protest days a (male) Congress MP from West Bengal, Abhijit Mukherjee, called the protesters "highly dented (sic) and painted", understandably driven by the same mentality. 

                  Sukla



                  On 24 January 2014 14:48, Ujjwal K Chowdhury <ujjwalk.chowdhury@...> wrote:
                  I posted your open letter, my response, and Suklaji's response: ALL on my FB account, and a young man of 22 years from Delhi sends this post below. I DO NOT subscribe to his ideas. I have immense respect for you all and your  work. But I want to note that this is what a young boy thinks (he is non-political just an ordinary young man):

                  Sir...I cant find dese ladies commenting or raising anger wen on rape case in biirbhum...rape case of madhyamgram...rape case of rural delhi wen 3 yr old was raped.....dey just cum out wen high profile people are involvd or just accused demandind der resignations fron high held posts wen it becums a political fight....like in case of justice ak ganguly or somnath bharti!!!!


                  On Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 7:37 PM, Ujjwal K Chowdhury <ujjwalk.chowdhury@...> wrote:

                  Dear all the honorable ladies who have launched a protest against Minister Somnath Bharti,

                   

                  I had read the Open Letter from some of you and many other women's organizations and also then last night saw two channels (NDTV and CNN-IBN) air two programs from that locality of the incident (Malviyanagar, Kirkee Extension). Since I am not a Delhi resident, I asked one of my former students, Karan Rajpal, aged 29 years, now a mid level manager with Aviva Insurance in Gurgaon and resident of Kirkee Extn, about the issue, to which he forwarded me his facebook post (copy-pasted at the end of this email).

                   

                  As both the television stories from the spot and also the third story (IBN 7) of the mother of the half-burnt woman of Sarupnagar whose culprits were not initially arrested neither FIR allowed to be lodged initially, show: ALL the affected people (and the programs show a huge number of them) are UNIVOCALLY condemning the police inaction in both these incidents and considering the work of the two ministers (Somnath Bharti and Rakhi Birla) heroic, and their CM’s protest in their interests and bold!!

                   

                  Exactly the opposite of the views of ALL of you, none of you being the aggrieved party. A few affected people of Kirkee and the girl’s mother told the same point a few times, “Those who have never faced a situation as we have today would speak in all high-flown moral terms without knowing the pain of being ignored by the Police when we need their action most.”

                   

                  I am NOT a resident of Delhi, NOT in any way related to these ministers (never met them or Kejriwal) and do not have to do anything with AAP.

                   

                  But common sense and known people in Delhi tell me that Police in Delhi has been highly compromised on issues of women safety, sex and drug rackets, and indulged in petty corruption of collecting haftas etc. And, Sushmaji and Sheilaji also talked about state govt’s police control as in other states (BJP, Congress and AAP talk about this and complete statehood in their manifestos). It seems to an outsider like me that they talked and the new govt is WALKING the talk.

                   

                  If Bharti has spoken the derogatory sentences (of racial difference with Africans or spitting on the leaders etc), it is highly deplorable, no question of holding any brief for this, and none of us should. However, no video footage has been aired by the media ON THESE two talks. His has chided him, hence, I believe his words must have been wrong even though we have not seen the footage of the same.


                  The only footage all of us have seen repeatedly that Bharti is asking the Police officer to raid the house where he and residents feel sex-drug racket going on. And this is by itself NOT wrong when for two years last (as repeatedly told in the two programs and complaint letters shown on TV), local Resident Welfare Association leaders have been complaining against the racket there to which no action was taken (you do not need two years to get a warrant), and NO WARRANT is needed for cases of narcotics abuse (some of you are law-graduates and would know what I am saying), and finally, an ACP rank officer (who was there at the spot) can cordon off an area/house where such a thing is allegedly going on, get warrant in two hours and conduct a raid otherwise too.


                  None of these were done. And no blood tests were done. Urine tests were done with a gap of 6-7 hours. There are ways of going out of alcohol effect in those many hours. And drugs can only be understood through blood test


                  In spite of all of these FACTS as noted above, not opinions, and the voices of the affected people in both cases, you all choose to ignore them and bay for the blood of Bharti, Birla and Kejriwal, either you have POLITICAL reasons (as Ms Kishwar may have being a declared Modi-admirer like Kiran Bedi) OR are genuinely misguided (which I do not think being educated and socially very active ladies that you all are) OR are paid by opponents of AAP (like a part of the media) which also I find little tough to believe (may be true for some), OR most probably, just seeking your 30 seconds of fame each time a camera approaches you!!


                  Most of you are left-leaning persons. My family has been a left voter in Bengal, and an elder cousin of ours has been a Naxalite leader of North Bengal later killed by the Bengal Police of Siddharth Shankar Roy govt. He was our role-model. I have participated in movements of the left forces connected to price-rise, Safdar Hashmi killing, anti-nuclear protests and Narmada Bachao movement earlier in life.


                  I am shocked with your stand, in spite of most of you being leftists. Bharti’s wrong words withstanding (I have no proofs of that though), the cause they all are fighting for MUST be close to your heart too. Do you want another Nirbhaya case? If you are so concerned about some African women, why are you not even more concerned about the gangraped Danish woman which was the third case they were protesting about? And, is the issue here racialism or drug-sex racket. Obviously, NO BODY says all Africans are bad (just out of context mention: one of the best friends of mine is Tafesse Sahelle, MIDROCK Communication Director in Ethiopia, who was my batch-mate in International Relations Masters long back, an accomplished black gentleman).


                  Leftists are expected to be WITH people, and some of you were there in the TV programs from Malviyanagar and have SEEN the anger of the local people (ALL THERE) against the police inaction on this issue for last two years in spite of repeated protests. If suppose one of you were an MLA instead of Rakhi or Somnath and your people would have come to you with these issues and history of these, what would you have done facing an inactive and compromised police?


                  It is the failure of left forces in representing people’s issues and take up cudgels against corrupt Congress and communal-dictatorial BJP that has given rise to AAP. As pro-people intellectuals and activists, you should rather welcome the battle for pro-people pro-active Police (first in state govt command in the short run, and then professional and independent through Judicial Reforms).


                  I still have faith in your sagacity and commitment to people, so writing this email you all. Hope that you at least think twice. You are NOW being seen in one line with Congress, BJP and the paid media! And your complete silence on the issues of Danish rape victim and the burn-victim, the other two cases of the three protested against, further shows your selective judgment and points to a political method in your stand!!


                  POST FROM Karan Rajpal, resident of Malaviyanagar:

                  Karan Rajpal (to all who are blatantly ridiculing AAP today): You're here to troll everyone who raises a point for the AAP. Drugs and other paraphernalia wasn't found because the Police did not gherao the area as they should have. Under the Narcotics act, they didn't even need a warrant any way. No blood tests were conducted, hence nothing could be proven. The minister you castigate so ruthlessly walked up to a door, and asked how much, and was given a rate. Everyone in the neighbourhood knows what's happening.

                  Also, the ground situation of the ghetto in Malviya Nagar is as unknown to you as the atrocities in Central Africa, where many of these folks emigrate from to save their lives. Most of them are extremely poor and trafficked to our country, else they would have chosen a first world country. So prostitution, narcotics and other illegal means of earning a livelihood exist, as they do in weaker sections of our society.

                  I have nothing more to say. I thought this is an opportunity for women’s organizations to take up the issue of women’s safety in a major way. But you are stuck with Bharti’s words, and not the substantive issue of women’s safety, at all. And most of the so-called wrong words of Bharti have not been proven by any video yet….


                  Thanks and regards

                  UKC/Kolkata


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                  Prof Ujjwal K Chowdhury
                  Senior Consultant with New Business Age-Abhiyan Group, Kathmandu.
                  President, Advisory Board, Whistling Woods School of Communication, Mumbai 
                  Former Director, Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication & Dean, SIU, Pune.
                  Former Media Adviser, Textiles Ministry, GOI; The Nippon Foundation; and WHO, India.



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                  Prof Ujjwal K Chowdhury
                  Senior Consultant with New Business Age-Abhiyan Group, Kathmandu.
                  President, Advisory Board, Whistling Woods School of Communication, Mumbai 
                  Former Director, Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication & Dean, SIU, Pune.
                  Former Media Adviser, Textiles Ministry, GOI; The Nippon Foundation; and WHO, India.



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                  Peace Is Doable



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                  Prof Ujjwal K Chowdhury
                  Senior Consultant with New Business Age-Abhiyan Group, Kathmandu.
                  President, Advisory Board, Whistling Woods School of Communication, Mumbai 
                  Former Director, Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication & Dean, SIU, Pune.
                  Former Media Adviser, Textiles Ministry, GOI; The Nippon Foundation; and WHO, India.



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                  Prof Ujjwal K Chowdhury
                  Senior Consultant with New Business Age-Abhiyan Group, Kathmandu.
                  President, Advisory Board, Whistling Woods School of Communication, Mumbai 
                  Former Director, Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication & Dean, SIU, Pune.
                  Former Media Adviser, Textiles Ministry, GOI; The Nippon Foundation; and WHO, India.
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