Jantar Mantar, Delhi
Ms. Lalitha Kumaramangalam,
The Honourable Chairperson
National Commission for Women, Delhi
Ms. Rekha Sharma,
Member, National Commission for Women, Delhi
Sub: Continued Misdemeanors and Anti-women Attitude of the Vice Chancellor of Benaras Hindu University (BHU)
It is a tragedy of Indian Politics that the massive amount of Rs. 1.10 Lakh Crores being spent Bullet Train project from Ahmadabad to Mumbai is hailed by Modi government as a great achievement - still more tragic and utter lack of people’s politics is the reaction of other political parties. Thus Malikarjun Kharge, the Congress leader in parliament has hastened to clarify that the Congress is not against the project but wants to draw the attention of the public to the motive of the inauguration on the eve of Gujarat poll - and it is a political use of national project.
Any discussion on secularism would need first to focus on two basic aspects: Firstly, the word ‘secularism’ has no substitute in any of our languages. Like the ‘war’ is the opposite word of ‘peace’, in common parlance in the Indian context, ‘secularism’ is understood by its antonym ‘communalism’, while in the Western context, ‘secularism’ is understood by its antonym ‘theocracy. Secondly, the word ‘secularism’ was nowhere mentioned in the Preamble of the Constitution when it was enforced.
Swapna Sundar, Advocate and rights activist from Chennai, has studied Police Manuals and Regulations detailing the rules which the Police have to follow during times of mass gatherings when police firing may have to be ordered. She had studied the Report of the Justice Sampath Commission set up to study police firing on Dalit activists between 10-13th September, 2011 in a place called Paramakudi in Ramanathapuram district of South Tamil Nadu.
'We are in kalyug where rakshasas rule.
The forces of good are on the run.
But dark times also challenge people to fight.
I believe Indians will rise against these dark times.'
Even as he was fighting against the deportation of Rohingya refugees in the Supreme Court came the announcement that Colin Gonsalves, founder of the Human Rights Law Network, had been named one of the four winners of this year's Right Livelihood Award, often described as the Alternative Nobel Prize.