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[DailySouthAsian] WIPSA indulging in vendetta against Tehrik-e-Niswan

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    SPOTLIGHT: WIPSA indulging in vendetta against Tehrik-e-Niswan DailySouthAsian ... Extract: YOU MAY REMEMBER THAT WOMEN’S INITIATIVE FOR PEACE IN SOUTH ASIA
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      SPOTLIGHT: WIPSA indulging in vendetta against Tehrik-e-Niswan
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      Extract: "YOU MAY REMEMBER THAT WOMEN’S INITIATIVE FOR PEACE IN SOUTH ASIA (WIPSA) HAD INVITED TEHRIK-E-NISWAN THEATRE GROUP FROM PAKISTAN TO PARTICIPATE IN A SOUTH ASIA FESTIVAL IN NOVEMBER 2005 IN LUCKNOW, VARANASI AND BHUBNESHWAR. TWO OF THE ORGANIZERS, MEERA KHANNA AND MONISHA BANNERJEE GILL HUMILIATED THIS GROUP IN LUCKNOW"
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      It is sad to report that WIPSA, an Indian organization, is continuing with it's anti-people and anti-peace agenda, and is spreading hatred and vengeance instead of being remorseful and correcting it's own doings of the past. Please see the links below to refresh how WIPSA had tried to harm the people-to-people interaction between India and Pakistan. Read more...

      Dec 2, 2005
      Letter to Smt Sonia Gandhi in support of Sheema Kermani
      http://uk.groups. yahoo.com/ group/DailySouth Asian/message/ 599

      Dec 2, 2005
      Letter in support of Sheema Kermani to Prime Minister, India
      http://uk.groups. yahoo.com/ group/DailySouth Asian/message/ 600

      Dec 4, 2005
      ACT: Please send your protests to WIPSA at wipsaindia@eth. net
      http://uk.groups. yahoo.com/ group/DailySouth Asian/message/ 606

      Dec 6, 2005
      RESPONSES: Shame on WIPSA, WIPSA humiliates Pakistani theatre artist
      http://uk.groups. yahoo.com/ group/DailySouth Asian/message/ 608
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      To: Shri Sriprakash Jaiswal
      State Minister for Home Affairs
      Government of India, New Delhi
      Dated: 25th January, 2007

      From: Dr Sandeep Pandey
      Social Activist
      A-893, Indira Nagar, Lucknow-226016
      Telephone: 0522-2347365, Mobile: 9415022772
      Email: ashaashram@yahoo. com

      Re: Denial of visa by the India High Commission in Islamabad to the Tehrik-e-Niswan theatre group from Pakistan.


      Respected Shri Sriprakash Jaiswal ji,

      You may remember that Women’s Initiative for Peace in South Asia (WIPSA) had invited Tehrik-e-Niswan theatre group from Pakistan to participate in a South Asia festival in November 2005 in Lucknow, Varanasi and Bhubneshwar. Two of the organizers, Meera Khanna and Monisha Bannerjee Gill humiliated this group in Lucknow just because it went and performed at a conference of Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace – a group of Indian peace activists, which happened to be going on at the same time in Lucknow, accusing them of accepting money to perform. The WIPSA organizers told Tehrik-e-Niswan that they were in India on a ‘WIPSA Visa’ and did not have the freedom to perform anywhere else. The WIPSA organizers were also perturbed by the fact that the play performed by Tehrik-e-Niswan was anti-American, given the fact that their South Asia festival was funded by the Ford Foundation.

      Meera Khanna and Monisha Bannerjee Gill ordered the group to go back to Pakistan and did not invite them to Varanasi and Bhubneshwar. When the group arrived in Delhi they were asked by the Chandiwala Estate Guest House, where they were staying, to move out in the middle of the night because somebody had put pressure on the Guest House. I had sought your help then for the dignified exit of this group from India. Nirmala Deshpande ji and Saeeda Hamid ji decided to resign as President and Vice-President, respectively, of WIPSA because of this humiliation of Pakistani group by their colleagues.

      This group was invited recently by Shri Asghar Ali Engineer to participate in a Peace Festival in Mumbai. When they went to apply for getting their visas, they were told by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad that there was a complaint against them by WIPSA and they could not visit India again without a clearance from the Home Ministry.

      I’m amazed how much power these two women - Meera Khanna and Monisha Bannerjee Gill – are wielding that they have been able to influence the Indian High Commission in Islamabad to not allow Tehrik-e-Niswan, a cultural group, entry into India. Instead of working for peace, WIPSA seems to have an agenda of vendetta and victimization.

      Please intervene and remove any restrictions placed on the following nine members of Tehrik-e-Niswan, all citizens of Pakistan, so that they may get to visit India. I know all of them personally and Sheema Kermani has played a very important role in strengthening the people-to-people process of peace and friendship between India and Pakistan both as an artist as well as an activist.


      S.N.
      Name
      Sex
      Date of Birth
      Passport No.
      Date of Issue
      Date of Expiry
      1.
      Sheema Kermani
      F
      16/1/1951
      KE334208
      7/9/04
      26/9/07
      2.
      Shazia
      F
      22/2/1980
      KC824172
      12/11/03
      11/11/08
      3.
      Muhammad Salim
      M
      23/1/1971
      AD5758291
      12/8/05
      11/8/10
      4.
      Muhammad Saife
      M
      4/10/1969
      AB6803051
      10/2/05
      9/2/10
      5.
      Asma Mundrawala
      F
      15/8/1965
      AA0770001
      10/2/05
      9/2/10
      6.
      Mahvash Faruqi
      F
      1/12/1968
      AN8968581
      5/6/06
      4/6/11
      7.
      Shama Askari
      F
      4/12/1966
      AA1860081
      24/11/04
      23/11/09
      8.
      Anwer Hussain Jafri
      M
      1/12/1948
      KB255666
      2/12/02
      1/12/07
      9.
      Atif
      M
      11/1/1967
      KC522798
      11/9/03
      10/11/08


      I hope the Indian High Commission in Islamabad would not deny them a visa for visitng India the next time they apply for it.

      Thank You,
      Sincerely,

      (Sandeep Pandey)



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