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RSS-BJP playing poisionous politics: Rahul on atrocities against Dalit kids



Maharashtra, June 15 : Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday accused Bharatiya Janta Party and its ideological parent RSS of marginalising and assaulting Dalits and tweeted a video of Maharashtra youths who were beaten up and paraded naked in Wakadi village in Jalgaon district for swimming in a well that allegedly belonged to an upper caste man.

The Congress president also said that “history won’t forgive us if we don’t raise our voices against poisonous politics of the RSS and the BJP.”

In another shocking incident of atrocities against Dalits, three minor Dalit boys were stripped, beaten and paraded nude in a village for allegedly swimming in a village well. The incident occurred on June 10 but came to the fore only after some videos of the boys parading naked in the Vakadi village found its way into social media.

Gandhi’s comments on the issue have snowballed into a major political controversy as  Union Minister for Social Welfare Ramdas Athawale condemned the shameful incident and said he will visit the village to meet the victims and their families.

“The sole crime of these Dalit children was they were taking a dip in a well. Humanity is struggling to save its dignity,” Gandhi tweeted, came even as a high-level team of Maharashtra Congress visited the village to assess the situation.

“The crime of these Dalit children of Maharashtra was just that they were taking bath in a well belonging to an upper caste man…..History won’t forgive us if we don’t raise our voices against the Manuvadi and poisonous politics of the RSS and the BJP,” reads the translation of the tweet by Rahul Gandhi.

The video purportedly shows the two boys — aged 15 and 16 — being beaten up with a belt and paraded naked in Pahur village in Jamner taluka by the accused duo, a local police official said.

The incident served as a major embarrassment for the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena combine even as Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is on a tour of Dubai, Canada and the US to attract investment.

When some locals learnt of it, a large number of people, including many from upper castes, gathered near the well and pulled out the boys.

They were shouted at and subjected to abuses before some persons allegedly forced the boys to strip and paraded them nude around the village.


‘Changes in Article 370 only possible at Jammu and Kashmir people’s instance’



Lockdown in Kashmir

New Delhi, Dec 10 : The alteration of Article 370 could only be at the instance of people of the state, the Union only had an executive role and there was no role of Parliament, said a senior counsel of a petitioner, challenging the Centre’s decision on revocation of provisions of Article 370, in the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Senior advocate Raju Ramachandran, representing petitioners — Shah Faesal and others — opening arguments on the first day of the hearing, said, “The terms of entry of J&K into the Indian Union, recognised in the 1954 Order, accord protection to its territorial integrity by making the powers of Parliament under Article 3 of the Constitution contingent on the consent by the state’s legislature.”

A five-judge Constitution Bench, headed by Justice N.V. Ramana and comprising Justices Justices S.K. Kaul, R. Subhash Reddy, B.R. Gavai and Surya Kant, is hearing the case.

Ramachandran said the extent of the state of J&K could only be changed subject to strict federal and democratic guarantees “to the extent that J&K’s legislature and the Constituent Assembly earmarked “empty” seats for absent representatives of the people residing in those regions of the state not under India’s control. The breakup of J&K is a violation of this recognition.”

He said the J&K Reorganisation Act, 2019 violated Article 3 of the Constitution as the character of a state couldn’t be extinguished in its entirety into two Union Territories.

The advocate said the state of J&K acceded to India and had been an integral part of India since the accession. “This was also affirmed by the Constituent Assembly of J&K in the J&K Constitution, which in Article 3 declares that the state of J&K is an integral part of India.” he said.

Ramachandran also insisted that in altering the constitutional relationship of a state with the Union, every principle of constitutionalism had to be scrupulously followed.

“The President doesn’t acquire the constituent powers of the government of the state of J&K under Article 370(I)(d), to give concurrence to a modification of the Constitution as applied to the state”, he said. Hence, such power to give concurrence can’t be exercised by the Governor either, as he is merely a delegate of the President in the state, under President’s Rule.”

The hearing will continue on Wednesday.

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Manipur: Bandh called by AMSU in protest against Citizenship Amendment Bill hits normal life



Citizenship Bill Protest

In Manipur, the 15-hour long bandh called by All Manipur Students Union (AMSU) in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 affected normal life today.

Streets and markets of Imphal and its adjoining districts wore a deserted look. Vehicles stayed off the roads.

However, no unwanted incident has been reported so far due to bandh. The bandh concluded on 6 PM.

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Protest over Citizenship Amendment Bill affects normal life in northeast




NESO Protest Tripura Mizoram

Agartala/Aizawl, Dec 10 : Normal life was badly affected across the northeast excluding Nagaland on Tuesday due to the shutdown and agitations organised by various tribal parties and youth organisations including the North East Students’ Organisation (NESO), to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB).

The Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha, following a marathon debate which continued past midnight on Tuesday.

In Tripura, four policemen and several protesters were injured during clashes between the agitators and the security forces in at least five places in Sepahijala, north Tripura and Dhalai Districts.

“The agitators burnt down and attacked some shops in Dhalai and north Tripura districts. Police resorted to lathi-charge to disperse the mob,” a police official said in Agartala.

The Tripura government, apprehending ethnic violence, stopped the mobile based internet and social media services in the entire state for 48 hours.

NESO Chairman Samuel B. Jyrwa said that among the seven northeastern states, Nagaland has remained out of the purview of the 10-hour long shutdown on Tuesday in view of the 10-day long traditional ongoing ‘Hornbill Festival’.

“The NESO members only organised sit-in-demonstrations in front of the Raj Bhavan in Kohima,” Jyrwa told IANS.

The Northeast Frontier Railway, which operates trains in some parts of Bihar and West Bengal besides entire northeastern region, either cancelled or rescheduled many trains including Humsafar Express and Kanchanjunga Express.

Road and rail traffic were badly affected and thousands of passengers were stranded as the picketers did not allow the plying of vehicles and trains in Tripura.

Tripura Police spokesman Subrata Chakraborty said that no major untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) areas, which has jurisdiction over two-thirds of the state’s 10,491 sq km area, and home to over 12 lakh people, mostly tribals.

“Shutdown was observed by the tribal based parties in the TTAADC areas while the picketers held road blockades and demonstrations outside of it. Police either evicted the picketers or detained them for blocking the roads and holding protests in important locations in different parts of Tripua,” Chakraborty told IANS.

An unprecedented contingent of security forces including the central para-military and Tripura State Rifles (TSR) were deployed to deal with the situation.

Senior police officials in Agartala quoting reports from the various districts, said that government offices, banks, educational institutions, shops and markets were closed in most places under the TTAADC areas.

The Education Department, Tripura Board of Secondary Education and the two universities – Tripura University and Maharaja Bir Bikram University – postponed their examinations due to the strike.

The Joint Movement Against Citizenship Amendment Bill (JMACAB), a conglomeration of many tribal local and regional parties, NGOs and student and youth organisations of Tripura, including Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) has called for an indefinite strike across the state against the CAB.

The NESO, an apex body of eight students and youth outfits, had called for a 10-hour shutdown on Tuesday in the entire region, comprising all the seven states.

In Mizoram, the 10-hour long shutdown crippled normal life. Government offices, banks, educational institutions, shops and markets were closed in the Mizo National Front (MNF) ruled state.

All kinds of vehicles except those of the security forces remained off the roads.

According to the police, the NESO and the NGO Coordination Committee leaders organised picketing in the district headquarters of Aizawl, Kolasib, Lunglei and Serchhip.

“The shutdown was peaceful in all the 11 districts of Mizoram,” a police official said in Aizawl.

After passing in the Lok Sabha, the Bill would now be moved in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday to cross its final hurdle before becoming a law to provide Indian nationality to Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis, Jains and Buddhists fleeing persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

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