Sunday, November 28, 2010

No place of subversive Kashmiri elements and their allies in Kolkata

Azad Kashmir propaganda not to be allowed in Kolkata

Sambuddha Gupta || Spotlight Media || Kolkata, Nov. 29, 2010

There is no place of subversive Kashmiri elements and their allies in Kolkata. Kolkata has shown strong sentiments for the sacrifice of Dr. Shyama Prasad Mookherjee, who sacrificed his life for the Kashmir cause in favour of National integrity. In two successive efforts, the Hurriyat and Pro-Pakistan subversive elements tried to establish their footprint in Bengal soil with the help of some Maoist organizations and obviously under the spectrum thrown by some anti national intelligentsia powerful in the media and various suspected NGOs. But the youth of Kolkata heavily retaliated over the issue in each of two incidents, first at Jadavpur University and the next in Academy of Fine Arts. Also the patriotic part like Gen. Shankar Roy Choudhury (Retd.) has also disclosed the attitude of the separatists in the name of Azadi -Independence.

It is shameful for the Bengalis that two names are now booked by the Delhi police to take part in such 'Anti India - Pro Pakistani - Kashmiri Azadi Propaganda' under the scanner of Delhi court. The infamous Arundhati Roy and Sujato Bhadra have finally come out from their camouflaging human right activities and shown their Maoist interest to free Kashmir certainly under the direction of China itself.

Just before Kolkata, Mirwaiz was heavily punched on face by some retaliating members of Kashmiri Pandit and Sikh organisations at Chandigarh. Before that Arandhuti had to face a pungent retaliations from the Kashmir loving people for her 'Separate Kashmir' opinion given at a Bhubaneswar seminar.

The patriotic forums in ABVP (Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parisad) and BJYM ( Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha) are ahead to protest everywhere to unmask the fifth column, growing so dangerous getting help for propaganda from the State itself. The demand for banning such pro-pakistan seminar is now getting strength nation-wide. Some patriotic forums in Kolkata have taken resolution not to allow any Azad Kashmir seminar in the city.

The Kolkata reports are given in details below.

Mirwaiz heckled at Kolkata seminar for 'anti-India' speech
November 29, 2010 | IANS | Kolkata

Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was heckled by activists of the Bharatiya Janata Party's youth wing for his alleged anti-India statements at a seminar here on Sunday. More than 20 activists were arrested, police said.

The Mirwaiz, addressing a seminar at the Academy of Fine Arts here, said that Kashmir is a disputed land and the Indian government should realize the strong sentiments of 'azadi' of the people of the Valley.

"You cannot move forward until and unless you address the core issue. The core issue is not development, the core issue is not economic packages. The core issue is the strong sentiments of freedom of Kashmir, the strong sentiments of the people of Kashmir who want azadi. We want a solution'," the Mirwaiz said.

When former army chief General (retired) Shankar Roy Choudhury, one of the speakers at the seminar, asked him if he considers Kashmir to be a part of India, the Mirwaiz promptly said: "No, Kashmir is a disputed land and we want a solution."
Choudhury was critical of the Mirwaiz and his azadi sentiments. He said that Pakistan is backing the separatist movement in Kashmir.
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Islamic Jehadi-Maoists nexus attacked Hindu activists in Kolkata over Azad Kashmir issue

Attack on Patriotic Students and Youth in Anti-National Seminar (upon Kashmir) in Jadavpur University

Special Report by HE||Kolkata 30.1o.2010

Again the Hindu Activists opposed the Azad Kashmir and the nexus between Muslim Jehadists and other anti Indian elements like Maoists. But this time in Kolkata, the opponents clashed each other and the Jehadists were compelled to run an off-show.

After the seminar in New Delhi demanding `Azadi` for Kashmir, a similar seminar also titled `Azadi` was organised at Vivekananda Hall in Jadavpur University today (30th November 2010) by a Maoist student group called UDSF (United Students Democratic Front) with the notorious secessionist and accused in Parliament Attack case, S.A.R. Geelani as the main speaker. At the outset of the seminar, a speaker Mr. Siddhartha Guha Roy gave a speech in which he harped on the so-called `independent` history of Kashmir and asserted that Kashmir should be separated from India. All over the venue, posters and banners put up by the organisers openly demanded `Azadi` for Kashmir. When a member of the audience Mr. Arun Shaw asked the speaker a question about the role of Shyamaprasad Mukherjee in integrating Kashmir with the rest of India, the Maoist organisers suddenly rushed towards him and started an unprovoked physical attack on him. There soon started a free for all with the organisers using sticks and rods which they had stocked beforehand for an obviously pre-planned attack, to beat up all the patriotic members of the audience mostly ABVP (Akhil Bharatiya Vidarthi Parisad) and BJYM (Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha) activists who had gathered there in large numbers.

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Indian Express Reports : Violence in JU over seminar on Kashmir Azadi ,BJP protest outside Arundhati’s residencea

The Times of India Reports : Sangh bid to disrupt Geelani speech at JU

Courtesy : Media Watch || Indian Express || The Times of India || Daily Pioneer

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Govt. policy of appeasement and minority quota challenged in Calcutta High Court

Bengal reaction for govt’s appeasement policy for minority. PIL against govt’s quota for Muslims.

Upananda Brahmachari Kolkata Nov 26, 2010.

Whatever the score cut is in the Guangzhou Asian Games 2010 for the Bengalis, the West Bengal State Govt (read as Ruling Fascists CPIM Party) and the opposition side (consider it as preposterous Trinmool Congress), both of them are wrestling for the Gold Medal in the “2011 State Assembly Election event”, wooing the minority vote-bank through blatant appeasement of the Muslim Minorities in Bengal.

When a sinking boat of Left Front tries to manage a safe anchoring by its navigator like Abdul Razzak Molla (as projected as next ever Muslim Chief Minister of Bengal), the racing car of Trinmool Congress aspires to touch the victory line of ‘Change’ with a bosom co-pilot like Idrish Ali or Taha Siddique, allowing the share of the prize money in the shape of a Deputy Chief Minister, if entered into the Writers’ Buildings. The Muslim quota is now all set to the mind of Bengal politics for its survival for the power to rule.

In an interview, state cabinet minister Abdul Razzak Molla publicly announced once that if Ms. Mamta Banerjee allows a quota of 25% reservation in Railway employment, then he must join TMC, leaving CPIM without any hesitation. Though it lies with the statistics about the push of minority people in the Rly employment so far, the State Govt rapidly announced a 175 crore rupees development package for the Muslim minorities of Bengal including two Muslim universities, huge loans from West Bengal Minorities Development & Finance Corporation for the Muslim unemployed youths and covering 90% of the Muslim population under the Reservation Quota under the severely backward status in the OBC (Other Backward Classes) in West Bengal. This ought to be a point of irritation for the Scheduled Caste, Tribes and OBC people who is supposed to be a deprived section after having a continued reservation facilities in the face of non-implementation and sarcasm for it.

As a result, the reservations for Muslim OBCs, announced by the West Bengal government, have come under the scanner of the Calcutta High Court, as challenged by some forums connected with the interests of OBC people under Hindu fold.

A Public interest litigation (PIL) was moved in the Calcutta High Court today challenging the notifications issued on September 24, 2010 by the state government for the reservation of the Muslim OBCs.

The president of the Confederation of Other Backward Classes, SC, ST and Minorities, a social organisation, Nilmadhab Karmakar, filed a PIL on 12th instant seeking an order to strike down the notification of September 24. Hearing the petition today, the Division Bench of Chief Justice Jay Narayan Patel and Justice Ashim Roy directed the state government to file an affidavit within four weeks. Counsel of Karmakar advocate Kartick Chandra Kapash pointed out that the state government had declared reservation for the OBC under two categories — A and B. In category A, there are 56 castes, of which 54 belongs to Muslim OBCs. [ Category A is ment for severely backward – more than 90% is Muslim and Category B is meant for moderately backward – more than 80% is Hindu]. According to the notification 10 per cent posts in government service, local and statutory authorities and educational institutions would be reserved for those castes prescribed in category A, under a top most priority as policy decision. And seven per cent posts in government service would be reserved for those under category B. According to category B, several castes belonging to both Hindus and Muslims would get the benefit of reservation, under general priority.

Senior counsel for the present PIL, K C Kapash told that the State Govt adopted a discriminatory policy dividing the OBC people on the basis of religion of Hindu & Muslim, which is not only un-constitutional and un-ethical, it will surely promote communal disharmony in the long run as an obvious effect.

In the earlier instance, another PIL was filed in the Andhra High Court to restrain that Andhra Pradesh Govt for allowing such communal reservation for Muslims. Joydeep Mukherjee, an eminent Lawyer of West Bengal is contemplating another suit to Supreme Court of India in the same matter, as per available references. But the question before us, what the intention of the Government and the Opposition is. Whether they want to promote a Sharia Law for the Shariat loving people with the help of the all constitutional facilities or its total violation. Or, otherwise, a full constitutional supports and privileges to those public who strictly adhere the secular constitution without any religious law to strike out the secular identity of Indian Constitution. A serious matter to think about.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Come back Taslima :: Activists call for Taslima’s return to Kolkata

Sambuddha Gupta || Kolkata.

So far three long years passed away stealthily, still Taslima Nasreen is yet to come back to her most beloved city of Kolkata, due to the pressure of communal elements and obviously for the indulgence of the vote – monger political frenzies, allowing free hand to the fundamental freemasons.

Many award winners viz. Kurt Tucholsky Prize, Sakharov Prize , Ananda Literary Award and many others, Taslima Nasrin took refuge in West Bengal in 2004 as driven out from Bangaladesh by the fundamental Jamat-e-Islami Party in 1994 under the regime of Begum Khalead Zia, the then Prime minister of Bangladesh.

But, Taslima was compelled to leave her second home, by facing a staunch opposition from the orthodox Muslims through a drastic rioting in Kolkata in Nov, 21st, 2007, out of an irritating debate for her book “Dikhondito”.

Since then, some human right activists and forums of intellectuals advocating free-thinking, free-speech and free-writing conduct a protest meeting against “Anti Taslima propaganda by the fundamentalists” and the inaction of the State to “Bring back Taslima to uphold freedom of expression and secular ideas”.

These ‘human rights’ forums and the ‘save the nature’ organizations under the banner “Paschimbanger Janney” (i.e. For the cause of West Bengal) and CAAMB ( Campaign Against Atrocities on Minorities in Bangladesh), jointly organized a sit on demonstration on 21st Nov. 2010, afternoon in front of Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata. The mum assemblers distributed leaflets, displayed banners and posters and demanded return of Taslima to her loveliest city of Kolkata, again.

From the organizers it was briefed to the press that all the political parties are playing the ‘religious card’ to make gain in the minority vote bank, whether they are in the Government or in the opposition side. So all the parties including their intelligentsia have drawn a nefarious design to disprove the return of Taslim in Kolkata. As per Mohit Roy, a key person in CAAMB, “this is quite contradictory to call this city as a citadel of freedom of expression, when the rights of a writer and a humanist are infringed in such a way in the hands of fundamental hooliganism”.

Through the leaflets, the organizers tried to convey that despite of canvassing the ideals of secularism and opposing the practice of any religion by the Communist, the ruling Left Front Government in West Bengal uses to capitalize the bare religious sentiment of a particular community. And the opposition also in the fray of such appeasement that occurred the situations like Taslima to Deganga. The organizers expressed their deep concern when the

impartial Bengali society finds the similarity between CPIM, Trinmool or Congress in the issue of political appeasement to a particular community. They said that in this matter of appeasement and instigation to a particular community, there is no difference between Mohammed Salim Of CPIM, Idrish Ali of Trinmool Congress or the Siddikullah Chowdhury of Jamat e Ulema Hind.

The assembly opposed the interference of the State in the matter of Freedom of a Writer in connection with constructivism in ideas and ideals.

The crowd for the gathering in a very good numbers marked the eminence of so many personalities in the sphere of literature, art & culture, social activities and other fields, including Mohit Roy and Chayn Roy (CAAMB), Swati Mitra ( Women against oppression), Deboyoti Roy (Ambedkar Study Circle), Srimanthan Arya (Rashtriyo Adhikar Mancho) and Prokash Das(Swadesh Samhati Sangbad).

Bring Taslima Nasreen back to Kolkata: Mahasweta Devi

Staff Reporter || The Hindu

On the third anniversary of the departure of controversial Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen from the city on Monday, Bengali writer and activist Mahasweta Devi demanded that the exiled author, be allowed to return to Kolkata and implored “those in favour of change” to join her in the cause.

Mahasweta Devi, who is known to be close to Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, invoked the party's slogan of “change,” in a written statement stating her demand while also criticising the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

“I also ask those in favour of change to come forward,” she urged questioning why a writer will not find a place in the city of literary greats like Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam.

All kinds of criminals can stay in the city, but Taslima can not. Her only fault is that she is a writer, Mahasweta Devi added.

“The way Taslima Nasreen was forced to leave the city is one of the reasons why CPI (M) is being asked to leave West Bengal. The notice for her departure was an unpardonable offence,” she said.

Mahasweta Devi's statement was read out at an event organised by Women Against Oppression, an organisation that observed the day as “Lajja Divas,” a day of shame. Activists claimed that both the State Government and the opposition were distancing themselves from Ms. Nasreen for the sake of vote bank politics.

Following violence in the city by protestors of the All-India Minority Forum, Ms. Nasreen was moved to Jaipur on November 22, 2007 and there after to New Delhi. Eventually, she was asked to leave the country only returning at intervals wait-ing for her visa to be rene-wed.

Ms. Nasreen, who has maintained that she would prefer to live in Kolkata – “her second home,” is currently living in New York.

Bring back Taslima, demand intellectuals

22 November 2010 || The Statesman Kolkata.

statesman news service

Kolkata, 22 Nov: Intellectuals today observed Lajja Diwas, organised by an NGO, Women Against Oppression (WAO), and demanded that Taslima Nasreen should be brought back to the city immediately.

Several members of the civil society gathered at the Press Club today to observe Lajja Diwas, the day when Taslima Nasreen was forced to leave the city on 22 November, 2007.

Mr Sujato Bhadra, social activist, slammed the state government for not being able to take a firm stand on the issue. He said that Taslima was forced to leave not because of religion but because of political gains.

The fact that the Union government has to keep her in an undisclosed place proves its failure in providing safety to artists and writers. It is indeed a matter of shame that a writer had to leave the cultural capital, that is, Kolkata, he added. “It is a secular country and forcing someone out on the pretext of being unreligious is totally unacceptable,” he said.

Mr Pachu Ray, another social activist, said that if indeed winds of change are blowing in the state, let Taslima’s return to the city be a part of it. Reiterating that the state government has failed to protect her rights and given her honour she deserved, he demanded that she should be brought back to the city and accepted here immediately.

The intellectuals further said that creativity is being censured everywhere in the country be it burning author Rohinton Mistry’s book called Such A Long Journey in Mumbai or be it uproar over MF Hussain’s paintings.

Poet Joy Goswami was also present at the meeting and condemned attack on literary personalities.

The decision to ask Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen to leave Kolkata is one of the reasons why the Left Front government in West Bengal will have to go, noted writer Mahasweta Devi said.

In a written statement to the NGO the Magsaysay Award-winning writer said the move happened “under pressure from a particular group of people”.

“To take away the freedom of writing from a writer is not justified and we want Taslima back in the city,” she said and appealed to those working for bringing about a “change” in the state to fight for the writer's return.