Dalits Media Watch – English News Updates 09.01.16

Bhatkallys.com

In Hyderabad University, Dalit students pay heavy price for protesting against Hindutva brigade

http://www.bhatkallys.com/news-regional/hyderabad-university-dalit-students-pay-heavy-price-protesting-hindutva-brigade/

Dna

Supreme Court ban still in place, Centre allows Jallikattu and bullock cart racing

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-supreme-court-ban-still-in-place-centre-allows-jallikattu-and-bullock-cart-racing-2163714

The hindu

Prohibitory orders promulgated in Tuticorin district

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/prohibitory-orders-promulgated-in-tuticorin-district/article8084777.ece

The hindu

Open to alliance with Congress for Punjab Assembly polls: BSP

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-otherstates/open-to-alliance-with-ngress-for-punjab-assembly-polls-bsp/article8083841.eccoe

Bhatkallys.com

In Hyderabad University, Dalit students pay heavy price for protesting against Hindutva brigade

http://www.bhatkallys.com/news-regional/hyderabad-university-dalit-students-pay-heavy-price-protesting-hindutva-brigade/

There is nothing more important in ‘student politics’ than the ongoing tension in FTII Pune, if one were to read national media.

Until you type ‘Dalit students’ on Google News. News of torture, ostracisation and harassment abound; but these incidents are another story in the newspapers.

Dalit

One wonders what it will take for Dalit issues, and the condition of Dalit students in Indian universities, to get the attention it deserves. As we write this, five Dalit students have been socially boycotted and expelled from hostels and other public spaces, by the authorities of the University of Hyderabad after a series of dramatic incidents revolving around a brawl between two students groups in the campus. But unlike FTII, this has failed to get any media attention.

And all this allegedly started with the proposed screening of a documentary, which the BJP and thereby, its student wing, does not want anyone to see. “Muzaffarnagar Baqi Hai” is a documentary that probes into the unexplored questions about the Muzaffarnagar riots.

On August 2, 2015, Ambedkar Students Association (ASA), along with Ambedkar Reading Group, University of Delhi, Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle, IIT, Madras, ASA (TISS), Mumbai and concerned students from IIT Bombay issued a joint statement condemning ABVP attack on screening of ‘Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hain’. Subsequently, ASA- UoH organised a protest demonstration the next day.

Following this ABVP-HCU Unit President and State committee member, termed the SC, ST. OBC, Minority and like-minded members of ASA as ‘GOONS’. When this act was invoked as atrocious, he tendered written apology in presence of the security officer of the UoH who gave a statement to the proctorial board that the ABVP student was not subjected to any form of violence whatsoever.

Later, he fabricated this issue as a case of man handling by ASA leaders before linking the ongoing strife with ASA’s stand against capital punishment following the hanging of Yakub Memon. Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and the ABVP in the campus together manipulated the facts and branded Dalits as casteist, extremist and anti-nationals.

On the falsified complaint of the ABVP leader, the university Proctorial Committee unanimously suspended Dontha Prashanth, Rohith Vemula, Seshu Chemudugunta, Vijay Kumar P Sundar and Sunkanna Velpula. After student organisations protested against this atrocity, the administration revoked the suspension and promised to constitute a new committee and conduct a fresh inquiry about the incidents.

However, due to the pressure of the external right-wing Hindutva forces, the promise was violated by the university authority because the current decision to expel these students from the hostels and other public spaces remains based on the previously-biased inquiry report.

Subsequently, all student organisations in the university, except of course, ABVP, united to form a Joined Action Committee for Social Justice. In a statement issued by ASA-HCU on Facebook, which can be read here the ASA have shown how systematically, the administration continued to protect the ABVP members.

The issue that is more disturbing is the fact that these students have not been able to get an impartial inquiry from within the university. Now they have to depend on the judiciary and outside organisations to ensure that their voices are heard. The proctorial committee that is supposed to look into the issue without any prejudices is now acting as the puppets of right-wing Brahmanical forces.

Take the issue of manhandling ABVP members. BJP MLC, Mr. Ramachandra Rao met the Vice-Chancellor along with some of his party cadre and insisted that the Vice-Chancellor should take action against the Dalit students, terming them as anti-national. Later, an Inquiry Committee was constituted by Professor R.P Sharma, former Vice-Chancellor, under the chairmanship of Professor Alok Pandey. To quote the findings: “The Board could not get any hard evidence of beating of Mr.Susheel Kumar either from Mr Krishna Chaitnya or from the reports submitted by Dr. Anupama. Dr. Anupama’s reports also could not link or suggest that the surgery of the Sushil Kumar is the direct result of the beating.”

However, the final decision of the Proctorial board contradicted diametrically with its own finding. “Based on the Medical officer report (explained by Dr. Anupama), main complainant Susheel Kumar’s deposition and pictures by him and the depositions of two eyewitnesses (names are kept confidential) of the incident, it was evidently cleared that Mr.Susheel Kumar was abused, manhandled, beaten, forced to write apology letter by a group of more than 30 students, lead by Prashant. The main and most active students involved and named by the complainant and mostly confirmed by eyewitnesses, in abusing and hitting are Prashant, Rohit, Seshu, Vijay and Sunkanna”, says the Proctorial Board. How did they arrive on this decision? No one knows.

It is clear that these are adverse conditions in which marginalised students are unable to get a fair inquiry. If this committee fails to set up a proper inquiry with the knowledge of the concerned students and obstruct the delivery of justice, then what hope will the student community have in their proper execution of justice?

For expelled students, solidarity and support

The Joint Action Committee for Social Justice (UoH) on January 6 burnt an effigy of the Union Cabinet Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya protesting his alleged involvement in the ongoing tension in University of Hyderabad. In the public meeting conducted on the same day, several prominent figures came in support of the students and condemned the casteist decision of the university to expel five Dalit research scholars from the hostel and other public spaces.

Telangana SC/ST Employees Welfare Association President Rambabu and All India Mala Mahanadu President Karem Shivaji spoke in the meeting and said that they will intensify protests in the city against Bandaru Dattatreya for misleading MHRD and for being the direct reason for social boycott of Dalit Research Scholars. Dr.Tathagat Sengupta of ‘Democratic Teachers Network’ and Prof.K.Laxminarayana condemned the decision of University and severely criticised Bandaru Dattatreya and BJP’s attempt to thwart on Campus Democracy. Battula Karthik and Sathish Nainala, student representatives from EFLU, and representatives of different student organisation of UoH also spoke in the programme and supported the expelled.

The authors are currently pursuing Masters in Communication from the University of Hyderabad

Source: TCN

Dna

Supreme Court ban still in place, Centre allows Jallikattu and bullock cart racing

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-supreme-court-ban-still-in-place-centre-allows-jallikattu-and-bullock-cart-racing-2163714

Notwithstanding a 2014 Supreme Court order that banned the controversial bull-taming sport of Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu, the Union environment ministry on Friday allowed the sport to be organised during the upcoming Pongal festival through modifications in a 2011 notification. Besides allowing Jallikattu, the Union environment ministry also gave a go-ahead for bullock cart racing in Maharashtra, Kartnataka, Punjab and Haryana.

The Centre’s decision to allow Jallikattu has been largely viewed as a hugely populist move with the Tamil Nadu assembly elections around the corner. In the past few months, members of Parliament from Tamil Nadu, political parties and even the state Chief Minister J Jayalalalitha had impressed upon the Centre to rekindle the traditional sport that is popular in rural parts of the state.

Modifying the 2011 notification, which prohibited use of bulls as performing animals in exhibitions, the union environment ministry has made an exception and allowed the use of bulls in events such as Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu.

While introducing certain caveats, the modified notification said, “In case of Jallikattu, the moment the bull leaves the enclosure; it shall be tamed within a radial distance of 15 metre.” It also added that Jallikattu events and bullock cart rates have to be duly monitored by the district society for prevention of cruelty to animals and state animal welfare board to prevent unnecessary pain or suffering.

Animal welfare organization People for Ethical Treatment of Animals who fought the legal battle to ban the sport has strongly criticised the Centre’s move and plans to challenge it in SC. The NGO had gone to court on the grounds that Jallikattu is inherently cruel to bulls that are made to suffer in harsh

sun before the festival begins and are injured while being tamed.

The Centre’s move has also swept aside strong reservations expressed by the Animal Welfare Board of India that recently urged the union environment ministry to not revoke the ban on Jallikattu on bullock cart races.

Speaking on the Centre’s decision, Dalit leader D.Ravikumar, general secretary, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi said, “Centre has discovered a way to bypass SC’s orders to satisfy the aspiration of a section of the people. Why don’t all the political parties who came together to demand lifting the ban on Jallikattu in the name of Tamil culture also do this for larger social issues like common crematoriums?”

The hindu

Prohibitory orders promulgated in Tuticorin district

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/prohibitory-orders-promulgated-in-tuticorin-district/article8084777.ece

Collector M. Ravikumar has promulgated prohibitory orders in the district for 2 days from 6 p.m. of Saturday in view of the 4th death anniversary of slain dalit leader C. Pasupathi Pandian.

In a statement, Mr. Ravikumar said prohibitory orders would be in place across the district from 6 p.m. of Saturday (January 9) to 6 a.m. of Monday (January 11) in a bid to ensure rule of law in the district even as the 4th death anniversary of Pasupathi Pandian would be observed on Sunday.

As per this order, bringing cadres vans into the district in hired vehicles, organising demonstration or functions, carrying flags of any particular community and lethal weapons etc. have been banned. However, there will be no restriction for the operation of buses of educational institutions, vehicles carrying essential commodities, tourist vehicles etc.

Due permission should be obtained for conducting meetings in any part of the district, the Collector said.

The hindu

Open to alliance with Congress for Punjab Assembly polls: BSP

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-otherstates/open-to-alliance-with-congress-for-punjab-assembly-polls-bsp/article8083841.ece

The Bahujan Samaj Party may forge an alliance with Congress in Punjab if it gets a “good proposal” from the party in the run up to Assembly elections next year, State BSP Chief said on Friday.

Punjab BSP chief Avtar Singh Karimpuri claimed that Bahujan Samaj Party is working with the sole agenda of uprooting the ruling SAD-BJP alliance from the State politics and could come on board with Congress.

“Punjab Congress Chief Capt, Amarinder Singh had recently said that they would want to join hands with BSP. If we receive a good proposal from them, we can definitely form an alliance with them,” the former Rajya Sabha MP said.

He said BSP party has already started work to boot out the “anti-farmer, anti-Dalit” government of the SAD-BJP coalition.

“We have a sole aim of dethroning the corrupt, anti-people, anti-farmer and anti-dalit government from power. Even people have become aware that till the time the current government is in power, no good will come to them,” Mr. Karimpuri said.

The Punjab BSP chief said that all parties have started strengthening their ranks in the run up to elections next year and it would be too early to comment on forming coalitions and the possibility of a fourth front coming up.

“Anything is possible in the realm of politics. It would not be wise to comment on the possibility of the formation of a fourth front at this moment,” he said, adding that BSP will ally with any party which brings them a good proposal.

Presently, the party’s main concern is to strengthen its presence on the ground level and improve their position in the State, Mr. Karimpuri said.

He dodged the issue of seat-sharing by stating that the BSP would demand seats on the basis of the proposal brought to them.

The Punjab BSP chief also ruled out any possibility of an alliance with SAD by asserting, “Our agenda is to bring down the ruling SAD-BJP out of power in the State. In such a scenario, there is no possibility of an alliance with the SAD.” – PTI

News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET

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