Post Tagged with: "Gujarat Pogrom"

Patriarchy and Honoring the Culprits of Bilkis Bano Mass Rape-Murder

Patriarchy and Honoring the Culprits of Bilkis Bano Mass Rape-Murder

Gujarat Carnage (2002) was one of the major acts of anti Minority violence. It was a catastrophe which took the degree of violence, hate and ghettoization to higher degree. Much before the violence the term, “Gujarat: Laboratory of Hindu Rashtra” was well popularized. On the pretext of Godhra train burning; Gujarat carnage was unleashed in which over one thousand people[Read More…]

by 02/09/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Flag of Atrocities—Caste, Present and Future: Bilkis Bano

Flag of Atrocities—Caste, Present and Future: Bilkis Bano

One thing is constant in India: violence. The perpetrators are the same; only the faces of those who encounter and resist the violence change. In India, or JatiIndia — my name for this nation of jatis/castes — the social hierarchical structure of jatiism/casteism and the inherent violence that goes with it stems from the country’s tree of systemic upper-caste supremacy[Read More…]

by 02/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
Cartoon by Li Feng

#Let’sRaiseHell

On the day India was born eleven demons were let loose. A great celebration ensued Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah! India won the match again! The match is always fixed. A man versus woman Bilkis versus eleven Satans played in broad daylight. A great uproar, carnal pleasure, proud chest, thumping victory: Bilkis: Zero, India: Eleven. It’s always the same match . India[Read More…]

by 25/08/2022 Comments are Disabled Arts/Literature
Demonstration in Mumbai condemning release of murderers of family of Bilkees Banoo

Demonstration in Mumbai condemning release of murderers of family of Bilkees Banoo

A militant demonstration was held at Dadar Railway Station (East) on August 23rd, besides Hanuman Mandir, Dadar (East), Mumbai, attended by over 300 activists which is mainly consisted of women. It was organised by All India Womens Democratic Association, ,  Forum Against OppressionOf Women, Indian Christians For Democracy Jan Swasthya Abhiyan #National SolidarityForum  Police Reform Watch , Vinayak Foundation Shoshit[Read More…]

by 25/08/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Communalism Overtakes Constitution

Communalism Overtakes Constitution

(This long article of 2013 was published in the form of a booklet in 2014. The same is reissued here for the benefit of new readers. Even those who have read it earlier may find some relevance in the present political context.) Against Forgetfulness The supporters of Narendra Modi have been insisting for some time now that what happened in[Read More…]

by 23/08/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Communal Virus & Indian Politicking! 

Communal Virus & Indian Politicking! 

The nature of communal virus plaguing India even in this era displays political “strategies” still being deliberately manufactured and propagated to spread communalism at cost of secularism. The saving grace lies in questions being raised from secular activists, politicians and certain sections of media criticizing such communal moves. Sadly, some right-winged extremists bear little remorse about spreading communal virus. Paradoxically,[Read More…]

by 21/08/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Bilkis in Hindu Rashtra !

Bilkis in Hindu Rashtra !

 Whether Remission of Sentences of her Perpetrators offers a template for Victims / Survivors How Justice Would End for them now onwards ?   Who gets ‘Amrit’ , who gets ‘Vish’ ? Hindu mythology according to ‘Vishnu Purana’ talks about gods getting ‘Amrit’ (nectar) and asuras ( demons) getting Vish ( poison) after the Samudra Manthan of Kshirsagar. Well, in[Read More…]

by 21/08/2022 Comments are Disabled India
The shame of a nation: The tragedy of Bilkis Bano!

The shame of a nation: The tragedy of Bilkis Bano!

India completed 75 years of independence on 15 August 2022! That ‘special day’ however, was one of the blackest days in the history of post-independent India. It was indeed a terrible day for Bilkis Yakub Rasool and for millions of other Indians, who cherish all that is sacred: justice, liberty, equality and fraternity! On that day, as Bilkis Bano (as[Read More…]

by 20/08/2022 Comments are Disabled India
The Gujarat Politics of Remission

The Gujarat Politics of Remission

The controversial garlanding of the recently released 11 individuals by members allegedly belonging to the VHP on August 16, 2022, raises a pertinent question: why were these individuals released? Obviously, the fact that they had been in prison for well over the mandatory 14 years made them eligible for availing the remission policy of the state government. It is a[Read More…]

by 19/08/2022 Comments are Disabled India
PUCL condemns the remission of the sentence of the 11 convicts in the Bilkis case as arbitrary, unfair and dangerous for Indian democracy

PUCL condemns the remission of the sentence of the 11 convicts in the Bilkis case as arbitrary, unfair and dangerous for Indian democracy

Peoples Union for Civil Liberties condemns the release on remission of the 11 convicts in the Bilkis Bano case on August 15, 2022. 11 convicts charged with charges of gang rape of a pregnant woman and multiple murders  walked out free.  The release of the 11 convicts,  even as many others accused of less serious offences remain in jail is[Read More…]

by 18/08/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Gujarat Carnage: Human Rights Defenders as Culprits

Gujarat Carnage: Human Rights Defenders as Culprits

The Supreme Court in its judgment the case of Zakia Jafri vs. State of Gujarat dismissed the petition filed by Zakia Jafri. Zakia Jafri had called for an investigation into the conspiracy to hatch the events which resulted in the massive carnage in Gujarat following the Godhra train burning on the morning of 27th February 2002. While dismissing this Supreme[Read More…]

by 28/06/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Nirmala Didi, Swami Agnivesh, John Dayal, Admiral Ramdas among others outside the burnt bogies.

Twenty Years After Godhra – Some Reflections

by Admiral L Ramdas and Lalita Ramdas Twenty years ago, in end February 2002 we were in Palo Alto with our daughter towards the end of a successful lecture tour organised by  friends –to build a coalition of groups and voices prepared to stand up against the proliferation of Nuclear weapons. It was with horror and disbelief that we watched[Read More…]

by 27/02/2022 Comments are Disabled India
 20th Anniversary of Gujarat Genocide

 20th Anniversary of Gujarat Genocide

On 20th anniversary of one of the biggest genocides since 1947, we must dip our blood in memory of all the victims and pledge to disarm the breeding ground of Hindutva fascism. It is ironical that this event was staged on February 27th, the very day the Nazi storm troopers set fire on the Reichstag, which lit the first spark[Read More…]

by 27/02/2022 Comments are Disabled India
 Reading The Riot Act

 Reading The Riot Act

It is now 19 years when Gujarat 2002 riots happened.  The public memory of the nation has forgotten the event. Until has come a book Under Cover My Journey into the Darkness of Hindutva by Ashish Khetan to bring back the memories of the calamity which had overtaken the Muslims of Gujarat. In fact to be exact it was like reading the riot[Read More…]

by 04/03/2021 Comments are Disabled Book Review
‘Final Solution’ by Rakesh Sharma is free for viewing until March 31 on Vimeo

‘Final Solution’ by Rakesh Sharma is free for viewing until March 31 on Vimeo

‘Final Solution’ – an award winning, must watch documentary film by Rakesh Sharma made in 2004 is streaming on Vimeo for free until March 31. The film is about 2002 Gujarat carnage and the rise of the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi. The film maker keeps this film open for public view at Vimeo at free of charge till March[Read More…]

by 01/03/2021 Comments are Disabled Arts/Literature
2002 Gujarat Riot Victims Rehabilitation Woes Continues

2002 Gujarat Riot Victims Rehabilitation Woes Continues

The woe of the victim families of the Gujarat riots of 2002 continues unabated. Even 18 years after that horrendous communal program the victims are living in utter neglect. Close to two lakh people were displaced in the 2002 Gujarat riots. These people remained displaced for more than a year then some Muslim relief organizations, along with a few local[Read More…]

by 14/06/2020 Comments are Disabled India
Fifteen Years After The 2002 Gujarat Pogrom,The Fight For Accountability And Justice Continues

Fifteen Years After The 2002 Gujarat Pogrom,The Fight For Accountability And Justice Continues

Salim Khan, a Muslim driver was burnt alive after a message was passed on the police wireless that a Muslim driver was coming that way. On the night of February 28, when people were attacked in Vatwa, all they could see was heads and more heads. Swords were being waved in the air, shots were fired by privately owned guns.[Read More…]

by 01/03/2017 2 comments Communal Harmony
Gujarat Violence And Struggle For Justice

Gujarat Violence And Struggle For Justice

Communal violence is not new in India. This has existed all along. Despite India adopting the word ‘Secular’ in its constitution, religious tolerance yet remains a dream. Individuals, communal organisations, political parties have in some form or the other played a role in perpetrating communal violence all along.  Adoption of ‘Secularism’ has not resulted in a communal free behaviour among[Read More…]

by 22/02/2017 1 comment Book Review, Communal Harmony
The Indomitable Teesta Under Attack….Again

The Indomitable Teesta Under Attack….Again

7 in the series JatiIndia: A Flag of Atrocities Caste, Present and Future For more than a quarter century, journalist/activist Teesta Setalvad has worked tirelessly to ensure that India’s Constitution serves the people. Her most well-known work involved exposing, through her group Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), the atrocities committed by Hindutva extremists in Gujarat in 2002. As part[Read More…]

Criminal Case Against Teesta Setalvad And Javed Anand Is Political Vindictiveness

Criminal Case Against Teesta Setalvad And Javed Anand Is Political Vindictiveness

Today’s Times of India has reported that CBI has filed criminal charges against the well known human rights activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand. As per the statement of Teesta, refuting all claims of violation of FCRA norms by the CBI, the financial support she has received is after the deduction of TDS. And even if any mistake[Read More…]

by 04/02/2017 1 comment Communal Harmony
Gujarat Files: Anatomy Of A Cover Up

Gujarat Files: Anatomy Of A Cover Up

Rana Ayub requires a high appreciation for bringing the book to the public domain. With an idealism to bring out the truth of Gujarat, the courage shown is highly appreciable. This is particularly more in an environment where publishing houses backed out from publishing the book and she had to do self-publishing.

by 04/07/2016 2 comments Book Review
Gulbarg Society Carnage: Who Cast The First Stone?

Gulbarg Society Carnage: Who Cast The First Stone?

  Communal violence is the big bane of Indian society. While on one hand the innocents are killed the guilty mostly get away without any punishment. The rate of prosecution of riot cases is very low. Even where punishments are meted out the big fish are let off while the foot soldiers get punished. Apart from these observations what is[Read More…]

by 22/06/2016 Comments are Disabled Communal Harmony