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OPEN LETTER BY SOCIAL ACTIVISTS
'Stop The Criminalisation of Triple Talaq'
27.12.18 - TEAM PT
'Stop The Criminalisation of Triple Talaq'



We, the undersigned individuals, women’s rights activists and allies of the women’s movements, are opposed to the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018 in its present form. We appeal to the Members of Rajya Sabha to completely withdraw the Bill and significantly re-draft it in the interest of Muslim women. 

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, was passed by the Lok Sabha on December 28, 2017 and is pending before the Rajya Sabha. This Bill was not referred to a Select Committee as urged by the members of Rajya Sabha, but the Union Cabinet incorporated three amendments based on the issues raised by the Opposition. It included the provision of bail when the wife appears before the Magistrate, allowing only the aggrieved woman and her relatives (by blood or marriage) to file a complaint, and making the offence compoundable. Owing to severe opposition to this Bill in the Rajya Sabha, the Union Cabinet issued the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance on September 19, 2018, which criminalised the pronouncement of triple talaq (or talaq-e-bidat) with punishment of up to 3 years of imprisonment and with fine.

We are writing on behalf of Muslim women from across the country and women’s groups to oppose this Bill, which is arbitrary, excessive, and violative of fundamental rights enshrined in the Indian Constitution. Overall, if this Bill is passed it would make Muslim women more vulnerable to violence, as well as harm their economic, household and social security.

Below are our points of objection to the Bill:

1. This Bill is purportedly brought in accordance with the Supreme Court judgement in the matter of Shayara Bano Vs. Union of India and others on August 22, 2017. But it disregards the very fact that the object of this Bill—to protect the rights of married Muslim women and to prohibit divorce by pronouncing talaq by their husband—has already been achieved by the judgement of the Supreme Court. 

2. The Hon’ble Supreme Court in Shayara Bano’s case held that the practice of talaq-e-bidat is manifestly arbitrary, and therefore unconstitutional. A reading of the judgment clearly indicates that mere pronouncing of triple talaq does not dissolve the marriage and there is no legal implication on pronouncing talaq. Following the same, an act that has no legal consequences being made a criminal offence, cognizable and non-bailable is manifestly arbitrary and therefore violative of Article 14.

3. There is no rationale to criminalise the practice of talaq-e-biddat and imprison the Muslim man. The effect of Supreme Court’s judgment is that the marriage is legally valid and the persons continue to be lawfully wedded. Now, if this law is passed, the Muslim men will be incarcerated thus violating the rights of conjugality of these two persons. Criminalising the husband would also lead to unwanted separation between the couple, against the wishes of the wife.

4. Since Muslim marriage is a civil contract between two adult persons, the procedures to be followed on its breakdown should also be of civil nature. Penal action to discourage the practice of instant triple talaq is a myopic view as it leaves many other issues of economic and social security of women unaddressed.

5. Using penal actions leading to imprisonment to discourage the practice of triple talaq will not help in getting justice for women. When a woman reports a complaint about triple talaq, she wants to continue staying in her matrimonial home and draw financial support from her marital home. When the husband is put behind bars, he will be unable to pay the maintenance and contribute to raising their children for 3 years, thus depriving Muslim women and children of financial security. The Government ought to strengthen the negotiating capacities of women by providing them economic and socio-legal support rather than criminalising the pronouncement of triple talaq. 

6. Penal provisions in the Bill will make Muslim women more vulnerable to violence from their matrimonial household, as the marital family members would be hostile and blame the woman for the husband being in jail. It would hinder her household security, and she might be thrown out of her matrimonial household. 

7. The pronouncement of triple talaq having no legal consequences on the marriage means that such a proclamation by a Muslim man is essentially a desertion of the wife. In any of Personal Laws, the desertion of a wife by a man is not a criminal offence. Therefore, while the Bill aims to criminalize the pronouncement of talaq, in effect it is only criminalising the act of desertion of a Muslim wife by her husband. Criminalising desertion by Muslim men, which constitutes only a civil offence for men of all other religions, is discriminatory under the Constitution.

8. If there is violence within the marriage in addition to the pronouncement of triple talaq, then the woman could use the existing provisions of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 and Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code. These two laws, taken together, represent a wide spectrum of legal options available for women survivors of domestic violence, encompassing both criminal and civil provisions. The Domestic Violence Act presents women with civil redressal with its focus on availing monetary relief, custody, residence and protection orders, whereas Section 498A presents women with the option of prosecution and imprisonment. 

9. No economic and socio-legal support is provided by the government to women, children and other dependents, when the erring men are put behind bars. The Domestic Violence Act, 2005 under Section 21 already provides for the aggrieved woman to be provided custody of the child and Section 20 provides for maintenance to be paid to her. Section 125 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 also provides for maintenance for the aggrieved woman. The Bill therefore, does not provide anything by way of additional rights to the existing laws already in place. In fact, the Bill takes a step back in only providing for subsistence allowance for the woman.

10. The Bill talks about providing "subsistence allowance” for the aggrieved Muslim woman. Subsistence allowance is not defined and is open to interpretation. The law on maintenance has gone much further in providing much more than just subsistence allowance for the complainants. By providing only subsistence allowance, this Bill provides an aggrieved Muslim less than what she is legally due. 

11. The Bill allows for the aggrieved woman as well as anyone related to her by blood or marriage to be the complainant. There is no provision for a relative to seek the consent of an aggrieved woman before filing a complaint. It becomes therefore easy for a family member of a woman to file a complaint of triple talaq against her husband without her consent leading to his imprisonment and separation from her. Further, it becomes an easy avenue for relatives of women who have entered into marriages against their wishes to separate the couple and exact revenge. The problem becomes particularly acute in the case of inter-religious marriages of Muslim men with a woman of another religion. 

12. The punishment prescribed in the Bill is up to three years, and makes the offence a cognizable and non-bailable one. The same is draconian and disproportionate. A punishment, to be just, should have only that degree of severity which is sufficient to deter others. The terms of imprisonment up to 3 years is arbitrary and excessive. Serious crimes like Causing death by rash or negligent act (IPC Sec 304A), Rioting (IPC Sec 147), Injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class (IPC Sec 295) — all punishable by 2 years in jail or fine or both; Bribery (IPC Sec 171E) is punishable by 1 year; Negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life (IPC Sec 269), Causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others (IPC Sec 337) — are punishable by 6 months in jail or fine. All these criminal acts have lesser punishment than pronouncing triple talaq, which is arbitrary and excessive, and violative of Article 14 of the Constitution. 

13. The Law Minister Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that the practice is still "continuing unabated”. He has pegged the number of divorce cases pronounced by way of triple talaq to 400 in 13 months. This data, for a country as large as India, is not enough to draw conclusions and create a criminalising bill. Moreover, the statement seems to be based on popular beliefs or perception rather than corroborated by any material evidence. 

14. The Law Minister has also said that there is an urgent need to criminalise triple talaq, and hence the Ordinance was passed. However, the practice of unilateral triple talaq has been going on for hundreds of years, and no government had banned the practice until the Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional. If it was as urgent, why was no legislation passed against it until after the SC judgement? This is a move to serve political ends than truly meeting the needs of Muslim women.

15. The move to imprison Muslim men will add to the prevailing insecurity and alienation of the Muslim community. Family and community members might create undue pressures on the woman not to report against her husband. Criminalization of instant triple talaq will further stifle the voices of Muslim women instead of offering them avenues for justice. 

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights) Bill instead of protecting the rights of Muslim women makes them vulnerable to violence and insecurity. We wish for the Government of India to withdraw this Bill from consideration in the Rajya Sabha, and review the fundamental flaws pending broad based community consultations.  

Endorsed,

1. Bebaak Collective (Voice of The Fearless)
2. Arundhati Dhuru, NAPM, Humsafar Support Centre
3. Farah Naqvi, Writer and Activist, Delhi
4. Ayesha Kidwai, JNU
5. Uma Chakravarti
6. Kavita Krishnan
7. Habitat and livelihood welfare association
8. Arshie Qureshi, Kashmir women's collective
9. MASUM, Pune
10. Parwaaz sansthaa, Ahmedabad
11. Irfan Engineer, All India Secular Forum
12. Najmussaher Ansari
13. Aawaaz-e-Niswaan
14. Ridhima, Research Scholar, Jawaharlal Nehru University. 
15. Lara Jesani, PUCL
16. Nasreen Fazalbhoy
17. Pallavi Gupta, PhD Student
18. Vahida Nainar, Women's Research & Action Group
19. Brinelle D'souza, TISS Mumbai
20. Nandini Manjrekar, TISS Mumbai
21. Shweta Damle, Habitat and Livelihood Welfare Association
22. Amrita Nandy, Researcher.
23. Sheba George, SAHR WARU
24. Jaya Sagade
25. Anuradha Kapoor, Swayam
26. Reshma and Rita, Sahiyar stree sangathan 
27. Madhu Bhushan, Activist (re)searcher, Bangalore
28. Pamela Philipose, New Delhi
29. Putul Sathe, Associate Professor, Research Centre for Women's Studies, S.N.D.T Women's University, Mumbai
30. Rita Manchanda
31. Shabanam Hashmi, Anhad, New Delhi
32. LABIA - a Queer Feminist LBT Collective
33. Saajhi Duniya, Roop Rekha Verma
34. Richa, Women rights activist, Lucknow
35. Hameeda Khatoon, Women’s Rights Activist, Lucknow
36. Shadab Jahan, Muzaffarnagar
37. Gabriele Dietrich
38. Poonam, Pragatisheel mahila sangathan, Delhi
39. Sophia Khan, Safar Group, Ahmedabad
40. Shukla Sen, Trade Union Activist
 

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BULANDSHAHR VIOLENCE
Former bureaucrats in an open letter slam Modi, call for Yogi's resignation
22.12.18 - TEAM PT
Former bureaucrats in an open letter slam Modi, call for Yogi's resignation



IN A SHARP criticism of the Uttar Pradesh government over 80 retired bureaucrats on Tuesday in an open letter, said the death of a cop in the Bulandshahr incident was a killing with intent and a murder most foul that amplifies the lawlessness in Uttar Pradesh, urging fellow citizens to come together in a crusade against the politics of hate and division.
 
The letter - signed by former foreign secretaries like Shyam Saran and Sujatha Singh and former National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon and other retired IAS, IFS and IPS officers - called for the resignation of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who they say, "openly flaunts his bigotry." 

"The mob violence in Bulandshahr, which led to the cold blooded murder of a police officer marks the most dangerous turn yet in the direction taken by the politics of hate in recent times," the former bureaucrats said in the letter.
 
The letter, demanding the resignation of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, follows the December 3 killing of Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and another man in mob violence over alleged cow slaughter. The former bureaucrats also urged the Allahabad High Court to take cognisance of the violence and order a judicial enquiry and reminded the state’s bureaucracy including the chief secretary, the DGP and the home secretary ‘of their constitutional duty to fearlessly implement the rule of law rather than following the perverse dictates of their political masters’.
 
The letter said, Adityanath "refuses to acknowledge the gravity of the incident and its communal intent, condemn the perpetrators of violence or direct the police to take action against them, but instead he asks them to focus attention on those responsible for illegal cow slaughter”.
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"Our Prime Minister, who is so voluble in his election campaigns and who never tires of telling us of how the Constitution of India is the only holy book he worships, maintains stony silence even as he sees a Chief Minister (Yogi Adityanath) handpicked by him treat that same Constitution with sheer contempt,”
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Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the letter said, "Our Prime Minister, who is so voluble in his election campaigns and who never tires of telling us of how the Constitution of India is the only holy book he worships, maintains stony silence even as he sees a Chief Minister (Yogi Adityanath) handpicked by him treat that same Constitution with sheer contempt,” PTI reported.

Meanwhile, Yogi Adityanath termed the Bulandshahr violence a ‘political conspiracy’ hatched by those who have lost political ground. "Those who wanted to create anarchy… the intentions of those who instigated riots after cow slaughter have been foiled, the incident was a ‘political conspiracy’ which is ‘exposed’ now,” Adityanath said on Wednesday and added that the steps taken by his government in this regard need to be praised.
 
A day after former bureaucrats demanded Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's resignation, a BJP politician jumped to his defence with a remark that may once again bring the state government's priorities into question.

"You are only seeing the deaths of Sumit and a police officer, not the death of 21 cows," Sanjay Sharma, the BJP MLA from Anupshahr, responded. "Please understand that the people who killed the cows were the real culprits. The actions of the mob stemmed from the killing of our gaumata."
 
Clashes broke out in Bulandshahr on December 3, after right-wing activists reportedly found the carcasses of several bovines near the venue of an Islamic gathering. A police officer, Subodh Kumar Singh, and a protester, Sumit, were killed. Although police have arrested a number of people, the main accused -- including Bajrang Dal leader Yogesh Raj -- continue to be on the run.
 
Over two weeks later, retired civil servants wrote the open letter demanding CM Adityanath's resignation for "openly flaunting his bigotry" in the Bulandshahr case. 
 
Read the full text of the letter below:
 
We are a group of retired civil servants from the All India and Central Services who, having spent long years in the service of the Constitution of India, have come together to express ourselves on issues of governance and public policy that have a bearing on constitutional principles, conduct and ethics. Since June 2017, when we first came together, we have spoken out on several occasions when we felt that constitutional values were under threat and that it was incumbent on us to voice our concerns publicly. As a group we have no affiliations with any political party nor do we subscribe to any ideology other than the values enshrined in the Constitution.
 
It is a measure of the rapid erosion of constitutional values that we, as a group, have felt a compelling need to speak out as many as nine times in the last eighteen months. The pace of erosion has been frightening and with each slip we seem to sink further into a lawless abyss.

The mob violence in Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh (U.P), on 3 December 2018, instigated and engineered with malicious intent, which led to the cold blooded murder of a police officer brave enough to step forward single-handedly to pacify the mob, marks the most dangerous turn yet in the direction taken by the politics of hate in recent times. It shows that in India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, fundamental principles of governance, of constitutional ethics and of humane social conduct stand perverted. The Chief Minister of the state acts as a high priest of the agenda of bigotry and majoritarian supremacy – an agenda which now seems to take precedence over everything else.
 
Why is this incident such a frightening indicator of the complete collapse of constitutional values? This is not the first instance of a situation intentionally created to foment communal tension. The history of U.P. is replete with such instances. This is not the first time that a policeman has been killed by a frenzied mob. This is also not the first time that the politics of cow protection has been used as a means of isolating and cornering the Muslim community and deepening the social divide.

All this we have seen before but, so far, we had the confidence that whenever a political party actually forms a Government it keeps its partisan political agenda at bay and begins to exercise power with a sense of responsibility so as to gain wider political acceptability. The Bulandshahr episode, which follows a succession of events aimed at isolating and intimidating Muslim communities in U.P., shows that, under Yogi Adityanath, that confidence is misplaced and that hooliganism and thuggery have been mainstreamed into governance not just to intimidate minorities but to teach a lesson to anyone, including police personnel and others in the administration, who dare to be evenhanded in their approach to minority communities.

While it may be premature to come to conclusions about the murder of Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh before the investigations are over, there is no doubt that there was nothing spontaneous about the violence that led to his killing, nor is there any doubt as to who the political elements were that aided and abetted the violence. This was a deliberate attempt to display majoritarian muscle and send a message to the Muslim communities living in the region that they have to live in fear, accept their subordinate status and conform to the cultural diktats of the majority community.
 
Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh’s reputation of being independent and even-handed and his refusal to act in haste on the complaint of illegal cow slaughter that allegedly took place under his watch, was obviously seen as defiance of the majoritarian will. The local BJP and Sangh Parivar elements had already complained about his anti-Hindu conduct and sought his transfer. He was an impediment to their communal plans and had to go. Much as the Chief Minister may try to mislead by calling it an accident, this was murder with intent. It was murder most foul.

As horrifying as the brazen, daylight murder of a courageous police officer is the response of the administration to the event. The Chief Minister refuses to acknowledge the gravity of the incident and its communal intent, condemn the perpetrators of violence or direct the police to take action against them but instead asks them to focus attention on those responsible for illegal cow slaughter. The police authorities themselves draw an equivalence between the killing of a police officer and the illegal slaughter of cows and claim that unless bothcrimes are investigated together it will not be possible to come to any conclusions about the violence of the mob and the murder of a colleague.

Ample video graphed evidence exists to show that those engaged in violence and their leaders, as well as those who egged them on, are allowed to roam scot-free while, at the same time, alleged cow killers, against whom not a shred of evidence exists, are taken into custody, just because they are Muslims. Three of the main accused in the mob violence leading to the death of the police officer flaunt their affiliations to the Sangh Parivar and one of them openly declares that the slain police officer was corrupt, friendly with Muslims and anti-Hindu, implying thereby that he deserved his fate.

World over, in any civilized society, the killing of a policeman is a more serious offence than any other crime, because it represents an assault on the very basis of that civilisation. It brooks no tolerance and even the most fractious of social and political groups come together to ensure that the perpetrators of such a crime are given exemplary punishment so that no one ever dares to attack the authority of law. In U.P. on the other hand we are witness to the entire administration, presided over by a Chief Minister who flaunts his bigotry as his badge of identity, preparing the ground not for bringing the perpetrators to book but for protecting them as defenders of faith and culture. This is the Rule of Lawlessness.

Our colleagues in service, in the Police and the Civil Administration appear, with honourable exceptions, to have capitulated readily to this perverted political order. They seem to have forgotten that their primary allegiance is to the Constitution and the Rule of Law, and that their constitutional status provides them an armour of such extraordinary strength that, had they taken steps to check the growing menace of the Hindutva brigade, they could certainly have prevented the outbreak of violence. Instead they not only allowed these hooligans to grow in confidence and gather political strength, they helped them gain impunity in their lawless actions.
 
Even now if they – the Chief Secretary, the Director General of Police, the Home Secretary, the District Magistrate and the district police authorities – stand together to uncover the insidious political agenda, identify its masterminds and bring the hooligans involved in the violence to book, they stand a chance to redeem their pledge to the Constitution and live up to the expectations that citizens have of the higher civil services.

Our Prime Minister, who is so voluble in his election campaigns and who never tires of telling us of how the Constitution of India is the only holy book he worships, maintains stony silence even as he sees a Chief Minister handpicked by him treat that same Constitution with sheer contempt. It is evident that, for the Sangh Parivar, constitutional morality is of no value and is necessarily subordinate to the ideals of majoritarian supremacy.
 
Never before in recent history has the politics of hate, division and exclusion been so dominant and the poisonous ideology which informs it penetrated so deep into the body politic. Never before has hate been directed with such calculated intent against minority communities, hate which is nursed, aided and abetted by those in power. Violence has been given social and political sanction and perpetrators of violence have been treated with kid gloves while victims have been punished and harassed.

This is a critical moment and we cannot take it lying down anymore. We call upon all citizens to unite in a crusade against the politics of hate and division – a politics which aims to destroy the fundamental principles on which our Republic is founded. We ask all citizens to whom constitutional values matter to join us in reasserting our sovereignty as citizens to:

Demand the resignation of the Chief Minister for his failure to abide by the Constitution to which he has sworn his allegiance. We know that this can happen, if together, we build a groundswell of public opinion by which we hold him accountable for his conduct and compel him to resign.

Remind the Chief Secretary, the Director General of Police, the Home Secretary, and all other members of the higher civil services concerned, of their constitutional duty to fearlessly implement the Rule of Law rather than the perverse dictates of their political masters.

Request the High Court at Allahabad to take suo motu cognizance of this incident and order a judicial enquiry supervised by them to uncover the true facts, expose the political collusion, fix responsibility and recommend action.
Work towards a citizen-led national campaign against the politics of hate and violence – in particular, the structural violence directed against Muslims, Adivasis, Dalits and women – violence which finds sustenance in the structures of political power.

Salute Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh for his bravery in standing up for constitutional values and refusing to yield to political pressure even at the cost of his life and for setting an example to his children and the younger generation that values matter more than career success. We also acknowledge and applaud the dignity with which his family has faced this crisis and their quiet resolve to uphold the principles for which Subodh Kumar
Singh sacrificed his life. His martyrdom will not be in vain.

S.P. Ambrose IAS (Retd.), Former Additional Secretary, Ministry of Shipping & Transport, GoI
J.L. Bajaj IAS (Retd.) Former Chairman, Administrative Reforms and Decentralisation Commission, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh
N. Bala Baskar IAS (Retd.) Former Principal Adviser (Finance), Ministry of External Affairs, GoI
Vappala Balachandran IPS (Retd.) Former Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, GoI
Gopalan Balagopal IAS (Retd.) Former Special Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal
Chandrashekhar Balakrishnan IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Coal, GoI
Meeran C. Borwankar IPS (Retd.) Former DGP, Bureau of Police Research and Development, GoI
Ravi Budhiraja IAS (Retd.) Former Chairman, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, GoI
Sundar Burra IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Govt. of Maharashtra
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N.K. Raghupathy IAS (Retd.) Former Chairman, Staff Selection Commission, GoI
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V.P. Raja IAS (Retd.) Former Chairman, Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission
C. Babu Rajeev IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, GoI
M.Y. Rao IAS (Retd.)
Julio Ribeiro IPS (Retd.) Former Adviser to Governor of Punjab & former Ambassador to Romania
Aruna Roy IAS (Resigned)
Manabendra N. Roy IAS (Retd.) Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal
Deepak Sanan IAS (Retd.) Former Principal Adviser (AR) to Chief Minister, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh
Shyam Saran IFS (Retd.)Former Foreign Secretary and Former Chairman, National Security Advisory Board
N.C. Saxena IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Planning Commission, GoI
Ardhendu Sen IAS (Retd.) Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal
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Pravesh Sharma IAS (Retd.) Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh
Raju Sharma IAS (Retd.) Former Member, Board of Revenue, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh
Rashmi Shukla Sharma IAS (Retd.) Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh
K. Ashok Vardhan Shetty IAS (Retd.) Former Vice Chancellor, Indian Maritime University, GoI
Rajdip Singh IPS (Retd.) Former Special Director General, Border Security Force, GoI
Sujatha Singh IFS (Retd.) Former Foreign Secretary, GoI
Tirlochan Singh IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, National Commission for Minorities, GoI
Jawhar Sircar IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Ministry of Culture, GoI, & former CEO, Prasar Bharati
Narendra Sisodia IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary, Ministry of Finance, GoI
Thanksy Thekkekera IAS (Retd.) Former Additional Chief Secretary, Minorities Development, Govt. of Maharashtra
P.S.S. Thomas IAS (Retd.) Former Secretary General, National Human Rights Commission
Geetha Thoopal IRAS (Retd.) Former General Manager, Metro Railway, Kolkata
Hindal Tyabji IAS (Retd.) Former Chief Secretary rank, Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir
Ramani Venkatesan IAS (Retd.) Former Director General, YASHADA, Govt. of Maharashtra
Arvind Verma IPS (Resigned)
 

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WINDS OF CHANGE — What should be Amarinder Singh’s gameplan?      

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If it could happen to Arun Shourie, imagine what could they do to you?

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WE MISSED A REVOLUTION, BUT CAN IT STILL BE A GAME CHANGER?

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‘SAVE DEMOCRACY’ Rath Yatra
Setback to BJP in West Bengal; Calcutta HC cancels order allowing Rath Yatra
22.12.18 - SAMAN PREET SINGH
Setback to BJP in West Bengal; Calcutta HC cancels order allowing Rath Yatra



A DIVISION BENCH of the Calcutta High Court Friday quashed a single bench order that had allowed BJP’s ‘Rath Yatra’ in West Bengal and asked it to hear the case afresh to consider intelligence inputs by state agencies.

The bench comprising Chief Justice Debasish Kargupta and Justice Shampa Sarka has asked single bench to go through all intelligence reports before delivering a verdict on it.
 
Following the single bench order yesterday allowing the BJP to hold the political programme, the government of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had filed an appeal and asked for an urgent hearing.
 
The division bench said the order needs to consider afresh the 36 intelligence inputs submitted by the state government before the single bench.

Advocate General Kishore Dutta, representing the state, said that the single bench had not considered the intelligence inputs submitted to it in a sealed cover and had returned it to him without even opening it.
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Following the division bench order, the BJP said they will once again move the court to obtain permission for the yatras.
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He had submitted intelligence inputs from 31 police districts and five police commisionerates before the bench, which he said talked about apprehension of communal unrest if the BJP’s proposed roadshows were allowed.

Following the division bench order, the BJP said they will once again move the court to obtain permission for the yatras.
 
"We will first examine the division bench order then decide whether to move the single bench again or the Supreme Court. Today the court has not ruled out the Rath Yatras. So there is still scope to fight it in the court of law,” said West Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh.

Today is also the last working day at Calcutta High Court before the 10-day Christmas vacation. As a result, the BJP will have to move the court next year and till then it will not be able to take out Rath Yatras in West Bengal.
 
The ‘Rath Yatra’, which was originally scheduled to start on December 7 but was denied permission by the state government, has become the latest political flashpoint between the saffron party and the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress.
 
After hearing an appeal by the BJP, a single-judge bench of the high court had on Thursday allowed the mega event, to be flagged off by BJP president Amit Shah under a re-scheduled programme from December 28 to 31.
 

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Three Women of 1984  

FROM 1984 TO BARGARI - Hurt & angry, we’ve tried rage, anger. Did we miss karuna?   

REVISITING 1984 – RIOT AROUND A POLE     

1984 ANTI SIKH VIOLENCE – 34 YEARS OF KADDU FARMING     

WINDS OF CHANGE — What should be Amarinder Singh’s gameplan?      

KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM

DISSECTING POLITICS OF SELECTIVE SILENCE

CONGRESS IN SGPC - Tript Rajinder Bajwa marks 60 years of this Congress dream

THE ADHAR CARD-YUKT JASOOS - THE FOUR MUSKETEERS OF IB

Amarinder Singh, the coup in the CBI & the ED case: Headline is missing, so please read it between the lines

COP Vs. COP IN PUNJAB: Saiyan Bhaye Kotwal Ab Dar Kahe Ka

SURGICAL STRIKE DAY & WE THE PEOPLE The story of the gate is not the story of the house

Akali Dal's attempt to brand Navjot Sidhu as anti-national & ISI agent is ridiculous

UNHOLY HASTE To save the faith

Hua Panthik-Panthik Punjab - How do we reclaim real politics?

The Yuba City Attack on Manjit Singh GK & General Sambit Patra

Pakistan, Navjot Sidhu & the hug: Amarinder Singh 2018 is opposing Amarinder Singh 2004

Amarinder, Badals, AAP — Every party in Punjab is now an Akali Dal

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AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

SUPER EFFICIENCY ONBOARD CM’S CHOPPER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties: The Coordinated Silence of Amarinder Singh & Badals

PM MODI VINDICATES PUNJAB TODAY REPORTAGE

NEW DELHI V/S OTTAWA — WILL QUEBEC DEFEAT INDIA?        

A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA - Trudeau came to Punjab, pushed Amarinder closer to BJP, then called him a liar

JASPAL ATWAL CONTROVERSY: Mr. Ujjal, will you throw some light on this too?   

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE

J&K – RAM MADHAV LEAVES SPACE FOR MEHBOOBA’S POLITICS

SHEKHAR GUPTA'S HALF-BAKED TRUTHS 

OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES - Karze Ne Layee Ikk Hor Kisan Di Jaan...

PNB Scam: Who is Nirav Choksi and what he is doing In the name of God?

Congress upset due to Priyanka’s cleavage on calendar 

RENUKA'S LAUGHTER: Thank you for your guffaws. We needed this non-violent weapon.

MR CLEAN to PAKKE DHEETH: How Punjab’s Congress hurt Brand Rahul Gandhi? 

MANJIT SINGH CALCUTTA– THE DISSENTER

PUNJAB FARMERS AND IPL CRICKETERS - Finally, they can stand like equals

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION. My teacher is not alive, but you please call it off!

SUKHBIR IS RIGHT – On 97th anniversary  Panth Khatre Vich Hai. Where does this threat come from?

THE FINAL HONESTY CERTIFICATE: ISSUED BY THE TRIBUNE

NO TIME TO READ THIS STORY? – That’s OK - Please do not feel guilty 

BAD, BAD WOMAN! – Punjab’s top playwright slams woman complainant against Langah

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL – On Amod Kanth’s badge of shame

RELAX! ALL 30 WERE DERA PREMIS – Panchkula says something stinking about its conscience

PUNJAB: AN IDEA IN SEARCH OF WORDS: Punjab, more than a poster boy of progress or a renegade from modernity

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Alka Lamba asked to quit AAP over resolution over 1984 anti-Sikh riots
21.12.18 -
Alka Lamba asked to quit AAP over resolution over 1984 anti-Sikh riots



SENIOR Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and MLA Alka Lamba was reportedly asked by her party to resign as MLA and also from and also from the party on Friday after a controversy erupted over a resolution in the Delhi Assembly seeking withdrawal of the Bharat Ratna awarded to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. 
 
Sources in the party said the action was taken against Lamba after she allegedly made "last-minute changes” to the resolution, on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, by adding mentions to Gandhi. The alleged additions to the resolution sought to withdraw the Bharat Ratna over the former PM’s comments on the 1984 riots.
 
"I have been asked to resign due to my stand against the resolution. For the last two days, discussion was going on in the assembly over 1984 riots. Today, a party line came to Somnath Bharti that a demand for withdrawal of Bharat Ratna to Rajiv Gandhi should be raised. Bharti mentioned it in his speech. After that I had to speak. I said I will not support it. After my speech, Jarnail Singh spoke and repeated the demand. So I walked out of the House in opposition to the party stand. I am ready to make the sacrifice,” Lamba told media.
 
The text of the resolution, passed following a two-day discussion and amended at the last minute, states: "This House also resolves that the Bharat Ratna awarded to former PM Rajiv Gandhi, who justified the 1984 massacre, be withdrawn by the Centre.” The resolution comes amid speculation on the possibility of AAP and Congress reaching an understanding for the 2019 general elections.
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Contrary to the AAP’s allegation, Lamba, an MLA from Chandni Chowk, said she had instead "opposed” the inclusion of the portion on Gandhi and was being "punished” for the same.
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Contrary to the AAP’s allegation, Lamba, an MLA from Chandni Chowk, said she had instead "opposed” the inclusion of the portion on Gandhi and was being "punished” for the same.

Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president, Ajay Maken criticised AAP for targeting the former PM. "Rajiv Gandhi sacrificed his life for the country. True colours of AAP have come out in the open. I have always believed that AAP is the BJP’s ‘B team’. They fielded candidates in Goa, Punjab, MP, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh just to cut the votes of Congress and help the BJP,” Maken tweeted.
 
Terming the riots as genocide, the resolution directed the Delhi government to impress upon the Ministry of Home Affairs to take all steps to include crimes against humanity and genocide in India’s domestic criminal laws.

"This House resolves that special fast track courts be set-up for time-bound trials in all pending 1984 riots cases, since 34 long and painful years have already elapsed, during which many victims have already passed away and the remaining witnesses are already in advanced stages of their lives,” it added.

Sources said that to withdraw the resolution, AAP will have to move and adopt a new one.

Former Congress MP Sajjan Kumar quit the party this week following his conviction in a case related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots that followed the assassination of the then PM Indira Gandhi. Rajiv Gandhi, who took over the reins of the party and the government following his mother’s demise, was posthumously awarded Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award, in 1991.
 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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Three Women of 1984  

FROM 1984 TO BARGARI - Hurt & angry, we’ve tried rage, anger. Did we miss karuna?   

REVISITING 1984 – RIOT AROUND A POLE     

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LIVES IN A DISARRAY
Long Road To Justice For Victims Of 1984 Massacre
21.12.18 - VIPIN PUBBY
Long Road To Justice For Victims Of 1984 Massacre



FOR 34 YEARS after the massacre of about 3000 Sikhs in Delhi, the investigating agencies, the prosecution and the judiciary would have us believe that the marauding mobs were on their own and that no senior political leader was instigating them.

This was despite hundreds of eye witnesses who came on record to assert that some of the (at that time) young Congress leaders were present at the troubled spots. These included Sajjan Kumar, Kamal Nath and Jagdish Tytler among others. No one ever said they were there to control the mobs or ask the police to stop the violence. Many in fact said that they were instigating the mobs but neither the police nor the prosecuting agencies could help judiciary to pin down the accused.

A variety of Judicial inquiries, Commissions, Special Investigation Teams and Special Courts failed to pin down even a single top political leader even though a small number of local residents were prosecuted and given minor punishments. 
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The conviction and sentencing of Sajjan Kumar by the Delhi High Court has come as some balm on the wounds of those whose kith and kin were murdered but there is little cause for celebrations.
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It was only last month that in first such punishment one of the accused was awarded the death sentence. Convict Yashpal Singh, who was accused of killing two persons during the anti-Sikh riots in Delhi's Mahipalpur area, was given the death sentence. The other convict, Naresh Sherawat, was awarded a life sentence.

Witnesses Nirpreet Kaur and Jagsher Singh 
 
The conviction and sentencing of Sajjan Kumar by the Delhi High Court has come as some balm on the wounds of those whose kith and kin were murdered but there is little cause for celebrations. The hardships that the families of the victims had to endure and which completely threw their lives in a disarray can not be compensated. 

Congress remained in power for most of these 34 years and the leaders who were widely perceived to be involved in instigating the mobs kept on enjoying the fruits of power and influence. It was widely known that witnesses were threatened and the prosecuting agencies failed to pin down the leaders.

The award of death sentence last month, the first of its kind in 34 years, and the life term to Sajjan Kumar (in pic) till the end of his natural life, are the outcomes that should satisfy those who had been pointing out at lack of action against influential political leaders.

It was the tenacity and perseverance of three witnesses - Jagdish Kaur whose husband, son and three cousins were killed by the marauding mobs, Nirpreet Kaur whose father was burnt alive and Jagsher Singh, a cousin of Jagdish Kaur - that finally led to the conviction and sentencing of Sajjan Kumar.

Jagdish Kaur, 77, (in pic) who can barely walk, had made innumerable visits to courts to ensure justice. She has resolved to fight it in the highest court too if the guilty files an appeal in Supreme Court.

She had stepped up her fight after Delhi’s Karkardooma court had convicted five persons for these killings, awarding life sentence to former Congress MLA Mahendra Yadav and councillor Balwan Khokar and three-year imprisonment to three others for rioting on April 30, 2013.

The then Congress MP Sajjan Kumar, who was one of the accused, was let off, prompting Jagdish Kaur and Jagsher Singh, along with the CBI, to appeal the acquittal in the Delhi High Court. 

R S Cheema and H S Phoolka 
 
Due credit must go to lawyers H S Phoolka and R S Cheema for pursuing the case relentlessly. Phoolka even gave up his prestigious post of Leader of Opposition in Punjab Assembly to devote his full time to fight such cases. 

The noose may be tightening around some others too but the undue delay in giving the sentence is a poor reflection on the justice delivery system in the country. With no less than three crore cases pending in the courts, including one crore cases in Supreme Court and the various High Courts, justice remains a far cry for the common man.

 

(The author, a freelance journalist, is a former Resident Editor of Indian Express, Chandigarh, and reported on the political developments in Jammu and Kashmir, North-Eastern India, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab in his long, illustrious career. This article was published by lokmarg.com and is being reproduced here courtesy Lokmarg. - Ed)

 

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