Nuclear Events in Ancient India



Evidence at Mohenjo-Daro

When excavations of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro reached the street level, they discovered skeletons scattered about the cities, many holding hands and sprawling in the streets as if some instant, horrible doom had taken place. People were just lying, unburied, in the streets of the city.

And these skeletons are thousands of years old, even by traditional archaeological standards. What could cause such a thing? Why did the bodies not decay or get eaten by wild animals? Furthermore, there is no apparent cause of a physically violent death. These skeletons are among the most radioactive ever found, on par with those at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

At one site, Soviet scholars found a skeleton which had a radioactive level 50 times greater than normal. Other cities have been found in northern India that show indications of explosions of great magnitude. One such city, found between the Ganges and the mountains of Rajmahal, seems to have been subjected to intense heat.

Huge masses of walls and foundations of the ancient city are fused together, literally vitrified! And since there is no indication of a volcanic eruption at Mohenjo-Daro or at the other cities, the intense heat to melt clay vessels can only be explained by an atomic blast or some other unknown weapon. The cities were wiped out entirely.

While the skeletons have been carbon-dated to 2500 BC, we must keep in mind that carbon-dating involves measuring the amount of radiation left. When atomic explosions are involved, that makes then seem much younger.

 Giant Unexplained Crater Near Bombay

by David Hatcher Childress

Nexus Magazine

Another curious sign of an ancient nuclear war in India is a giant crater near Bombay. The nearly circular 2,154-metre-diameter Lonar crater, located 400 kilometers northeast of Bombay and aged at less than 50,000 years old, could be related to nuclear warfare of antiquity.

 No trace of any meteoric material, etc., has been found at the site or in the vicinity, and this is the world’s only known “impact” crater in basalt. Indications of great shock (from a pressure exceeding 600,000 atmospheres) and intense, abrupt heat (indicated by basalt glass spherules) can be ascertained from the site.

A Nuclear Catastrophe in Paleoindian Times?

by Richard B.Firestone and William Topping

Terrestrial Evidence of a Nuclear Catastrophe in Paleoindian Times
The Mammoth Trumpet, 16:9, March 2001. Cr. C. Davant III.

This off-mainstream journal is published by the Center for the Study of the First Americans, 355 Weniger Hall, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331-6510.

 Introduction

We introduce here a remarkable theory of terrestrial catastrophism that seems to be supported by evidence that is equally remarkable. One of the authors of this theory (RBF) is identified as a nuclear scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley Nuclear Laboratory.

The second author (WT) is a consultant. The authors’ credentials seem so good that we must take a close look at their extraordinary claims concerning a natural phenomenon that they believe reset radiocarbon clocks in north-central North America and – potentially – elsewhere on the planet.

The claims

In the authors’ words: Our research indicates that the entire Great Lakes region (and beyond) was subjected to particle bombardment and a catastrophic nuclear irradiation that produced secondary thermal neutrons from cosmic ray interactions. The neutrons produced unusually large quantities of ^239 Pu and substantially altered the natural uranium abundances (^235 U/^238 U) in artifacts and in other exposed materials including cherts, sediments, and the entire landscape.

These neutrons necessarily transmuted residual nitrogen (^ N) in the dated charcoals to radiocarbon, thus explaining anomalous dates. Some North American dates may in consequence be as much as 10,000 years too young. So, we are not dealing with a trivial phenomenon!


Supporting evidence
Four main categories of supporting evidence are claimed and presented in varying degrees of detail.

  • Anomalously young radiocarbon dates in north-central North America. Example: the Gainey site in Michigan. [Other map sites include Thedford & Zander, Ont.; Potts, NY; Shoop, Penn.; Alton, Ind.; Taylor, Il.; Butler & Leavitt, Mich.; and far to the north Grant Lake, Nunavut; and in the far southwest Baker, N.M. – TWC]

  • Physical evidence of particle bombardment. Example: chert artifacts with high densities of particle-entrance wounds

  • Anomalous uranium and plutonium abundance ratios in the affected area

  • Tree-ring and marine sediment data

The authors claim that the burst of radiation from a nearby supernova, circa 12,500 years ago, not only reset radiocarbon clocks but also heated the planet’s atmosphere, melted ice sheets, and led to biological extinctions. If verified, the claimed phenomenon would also “reset” archeological models of the settlement of North and South America.

 To illustrate, we may have to add as many as 10,000 years to site dates in much of North America!

 

 Rajasthan: Evidence of Ancient Atomic Explosion


Radiation still so intense, the area is highly dangerous.

 

A heavy layer of radioactive ash in Rajasthan, India, covers a three-square mile area, ten miles west of Jodhpur. Scientists are investigating the site, where a housing development was being built. For some time it has been established that there is a very high rate of birth defects and cancer in the area under construction. The levels of radiation there have registered so high on investigators’ gauges that the Indian government has now cordoned off the region.

Scientists have unearthed an ancient city where evidence shows an atomic blast dating back thousands of years, from 8,000 to 12,000 years, destroyed most of the buildings and probably a half-million people. One researcher estimates that the nuclear bomb used was about the size of the ones dropped on Japan in 1945.


A Historian Comments
Historian Kisari Mohan Ganguli says that “Indian sacred writings” are full of such descriptions, which sound like an atomic blast as experienced in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He says references mention fighting sky chariots and final weapons.

An ancient battle is described in the Drona Parva, a section of the Mahabharata.

“The passage tells of combat where explosions of final weapons decimate entire armies, causing crowds of warriors with steeds and elephants and weapons to be carried away as if they were dry leaves of trees,” says Ganguli.

“Instead of mushroom clouds, the writer describes a perpendicular explosion with its billowing smoke clouds as consecutive openings of giant parasols. There are comments about the contamination of food and people’s hair falling out.”

 

Archeological Investigation provides information 
Archeologist Francis Taylor says that etchings in some nearby temples he has managed to translate suggest that they prayed to be spared from the great light that was coming to lay ruin to the city.

“It’s so mid-boggling to imagine that some civilization had nuclear technology before we did. The radioactive ash adds credibility to the ancient Indian records that describe atomic warfare.”

Construction has halted while the five member team conducts the investigation.

 

The foreman of the project is Lee Hundley, who pioneered the investigation after the high level of radiation was discovered.

Criminal waste of food grain in Punjab?


4 May 2012, , TIMES NOW

After food Minister KV Thomas revealed the waste of over 70,000 tons of wheat in Punjab in the last year alone TIMES NOW uncovered how official apathy continues to result in the waste of food grain. In a country where 23 crore people go hungry every day can we allow this criminal wastage?

In a country where millions go hungry every day, where food prices break the back of the common man, an estimated 231 million (23.1 crore) people in India go hungry every day, each minute, five Indians die of hunger – i.e., 7000 each day and 2.5 million people every year a bumper harvest is today rotting in godowns and the situation in Punjab is glaring at India.

‘66,306 tonne of the winter crop stored by state agencies in Punjab and 10,456 tonne in Haryana were rendered damaged/non-issuable in 2011-12′, said Food Minister KV Thomas.

With the union food ministry claiming that over 70,000 tonnes of wheat has been left to rot in the storage facilities across the state.

TIMES NOW revealed the shocking apathy that led to criminal waste of food grains. We traveled to two such godowns of the Punjab state Government agro, where wheat stocks face complete neglect.

A guard of one go-down in Dera village in Fategarh sahib said, “4 lakh quintals of wheat has rotten completely. Some new stock was added here last year but that too has rotten now.”

The guard on duty in another such go -down spilled the beans on the colossal waste of food grains over the years, where fresh stock was dumped without clearing the older harvest. The guard at the Punjab Agro go-down in Sirhind said, “The fresh stock came last year. Else it has been lying here for 2-3 years and no one takes it. No one takes care of it.”

The problem is not restricted to storage alone. At one of the largest grain markets of Asia traders allege that the government officials work at a tardy pace, doing nothing to save even the fresh harvest.

Even as Punjab is saddled with the food grain pile up the state government passes the buck to the Centre, blaming the Union Government for the massive crisis.

India’s food grain production may be at an all time high this year with numbers likely to touch 250 million tonnes, but if Punjab Govt and the Centre don’t wake up this precious grain that could feed millions will once again be left to rot another year. Maybe if they wake up now 2 and a half million people in India who die of hunger each year could just be saved.

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Mamata gags the Dodhichi newsletter #FOE #Censorship


Now, it is the turn of the alternative media in West Bengal to be at the receiving end of governmental intolerance. There is a clampdown on a unique mobile alert service in Kolkata, writes RANJIT SUR, in The Hoot

 Friday, May 04 09:39:52, 2012

The Mamata Banerjee Government in West Bengal is trying its best to gag the language media. It is not news anymore. To some extent she is exposed in this regard, and people are protesting against such a move. But gagging a small but very important alternative media centre remained out of sight of the people. It is mainly because the big press or the corporate media have not shown any interest over it. Moreover, most of the media persons even do not understand what alternative media could be. So the news of gagging of  the Dodhichi Newsletter did not find any place in any major publication in Kolkata, in print or on TV media, barring a line or two in a couple of news media.
What is the Dodhichi Newsletter? According to its director, Dr Shyamal Roy, “Dodhichi Newsletter is a Kolkata-based cellphone text messaging service disseminating information, news, and views not appearing in the mainstream media.” It is in operation running since 2010. In a letter addressed to Home Secretary, Government of India, Dr Ray said: “ Our service provides a platform to hundreds of freelance news-gatherers, social and cultural activists, and NGOs and reaches out to a select list of thousands of message receivers, among them MPS, MLAs, Ministers, political leaders as well as eminent personalities in various fields.“
This writer himself is a message receiver and sender listed with Dodhichi. It’s a unique service, at least in Kolkata. There is no other service of this kind here. During the last two and a quarter years it has provided wonderful service to all the mass organisations and their activists.
Whenever an organisation calls for a demonstration or rally, or any State crackdown occurs on any mass organisation, a single text message (SMS) sent to Dodhichi was enough to inform and mobilise all the activists. Through the Dodhichi mobile newsletter the SMS containing the information reached hundreds of interested persons within seconds. Within a short time, the activists could decide on their duty or they could assemble at the place of demonstration or at the site of the happenings.
During the last months of Budhadeb Bhattacharjee government Mamata Banerjee got the benefit of this service, as it was the time of anti- government and anti-establishment mass movements. Dodhichi was very active in sending news of these movements to its subscriber activists and supporters. But within months of Mamata’s coming to power she began expressing her displeasure publicly against this SMS service. In several public outbursts she publicly criticised this service and Facebook  and Twitter. The first direct attack occurred about six months ago during the Chief Minister’s outbursts against APDR, a rights organisation. The Government of West Bengal cancelled permission to APDR to hold a public meeting in Kolkata, and many intellectuals including Mahasweta Devi and Sankha Ghosh critisised the Chief Minister for this attack on democracy. As Dodhichi was actively sending SMS containing all condemnations and about all protest programmes, one morning policemen in plain clothes went to Dodhichi’s office located on the outskirts of Kolkata. As informed by Dr Ray, the policemen introduced themselves as journalists and entered his office. But within minutes they started collecting mobiles phones, computers, and data base registers. Dr Ray and his family members protested vigorously, and the policemen slipped away.
This time, the Mamata government did not make the same mistake for fear of public resistance. It went the other way round to stop Dodhichi Mobile Newsletter. As Dr Shyamal Ray complained to the Central Government, “on 9 April we discovered that most of our SIM cards (57 of them) had suddenly been deactivated, causing us to suspend our service and of a great deal of inconvenience to those availing of it. The service-provider (Docomo) when contacted, could not give us a credible explanation.” It was at the height of Nonadanga anti-eviction movement when a series of rallies and processions and demonstrations was going on in the City against the Mamata government’s eviction drive and throttling of democracy in the State. And alas, without Dodhichi’s mobile SMS service.
Why did this happen to Dodhichi? Dr Ray wrote to the Government of India: “Next day, Khabar 365 din, a Bengali daily published from Kolkata, presented a front-page story suggesting that Dodhichi Newsletter had been disbanded by orders from the State Home Department.” This writer has gone through the concerned front-page report. The report said that the reason for the Home ministry’s action, as usual, was “anti-state campaign” by Dodhichi through SMS service. Dodhichi’s Dr Shyamal Ray, on enquiry by this writer, expressed his anger and raised the question: “what is anti-state campaign and who decides it?” He explained: “Dodhichi only sends news and views related to legal and constitutional activities and mass movements. What is anti-government does not necessarily mean anti-state. Everyone has the right to criticise or support the government’s policy and send news and views of the movements for or against the government’s policies. This is constitutionally guaranteed”. So, he wrote to the government: “…we are still in the dark about why our service has been abruptly terminated in this manner, without stating any reason and without notice. And if the story published in the Bengali daily is true, then it certainly is tantamount to ‘censorship’, a violation of our constitutionally guaranteed free speech”. He urged the Central Government, to “clarify the matter immediately and instruct the service provider to re-activate the SIM cards so that our service is resumed at the soonest.” The letter was written on April 11. Even as of April 22 he had not received any reply from any quarter. The copy of the letter has been endorsed to the Home Secretary, Government of West Bengal too. However, the 57 SIM cards remain in-operative, and a severe hate campaign is going on against Dodhichi and against its subscribers and contributors in some pro-government newspapers branding them as anti-state and members of “urban Mao-network”.
It is clear that it is a coordinated move of the government and the ruling party to silence this mobile newsletter. The design is to stop spreading of news of the government’s anti-people activities and to cause as much hindrance as possible to anti-government mass movements.
Dodhichi Mobile newsletter has not stopped fully. The spirit of Dr Shyamal Ray, a super-annuated physician, is indomitable. Dodhichi is still running the service, though in a small way, with SIMs from a different service provider which has a number of restrictions and do’s and don’ts.
According to Dr Shyamal Ray, he has a data base of 500300 subscribers who send to and receive SMS from him on various issues. He has divided these numbers in groups according to their areas of interest. The group interested in rights movement and other mass-political activity has 550 subscribers. There are cultural groups interested in music or drama and there are group of MPs and MLAs, doctors and so on. Dodhichi’s service is free of cost. All the subscribers need to do is register their mobile number, name and address with him along with their area of interest. How does he run this service? Where does money come from? Dr Ray says that initially he had to spend Rs. 2.5 lakh procuring good quality mobile phones and a computer. The money was from his superannuation benefits.
Now his monthly expenditure is Rs. 2000 which he gets from his headmistress wife, daughter, and son-in-law. He receives no money from any other source. He himself runs his office along with his family members. He works for 12 hours a day.
Dodhichi is insignificant so far as the number of its subscribers is concerned. Yet the rulers seem to be bent on crushing it. Is the government afraid of alternative thought? Not only that Dodhichi’s services should be allowed to continue without any governmental intervention, but more such vibrant services should flourish in different parts of the country.

(The author is a secretariat member, Association for Protection of Democratic Rights, and contributes to newspapers and websites in Bengali and English)

Judgement on the Second Odh Case #gujarat #Narendramodi



May 4, 2012

 

The Citizens for Justice and Peace welcomes the decision of the trail court (May 4 2012)November 9, 2011) in the second Odh massacre case (CR 44/2008) to convict  9 persons to life imprisonment for murder and unlawful assembly. (Sections 302 and 120 B of the Indian Penal Code as also other sections.) The verdict was delivered by Judge Sareeen at the Anand district court today.

 

There are some critical issues following the outcome of the this case that CJP would like to focus on:

 

Firstly, Witnesses and survivors are still terrified of returning to their village of Odh; seven of the ten displaced Vora Muslim families live in Anand –those who have returned (six to seven families are on conditions of silence) . Hence it is safe and reasonable to conclude that it is only with the monitoring of the cases by the Supreme Court, which monitoring has ensured that CISF protection is given to every eye witness not to mention the legal aid provided by Citizens for Justice and Peace could this result –9 convictions – have been achieved.

 

In the past two weeks alone, one in Umtha, the Trial court acquitted all the 130 accused in a heinous case of mass murder in 2002 reportedly on grounds that the witnesses had turned hostile. Barely eight days back the Gujarat High Court reversed the conviction of 21 accused in the ghastly Ghodasar mass massacre post Godhra killing wherein the trial court had ordered convictions in late 2003. All this is evidence of the fact that unless there is close monitoring of the trials by the higher judiciary witnesses are protected (CISF protection has been given) and given the courage and facilities to depose without fear and favour, justice does not result.

 

Behind each of these 9 persons being convicted for life are the testimonies of three – six eye witnesses and victim survivors who have a) named them in statements before investigating agencies; b) named them in their testimonies in Court and c) identified them in a dock eyed investigation in the Court premises at Mehsana. This seemingly glib and easy exercise of witness testimony that started over two years ago in July 2009 has meant victim survivors living through pain and trauma, fear from the powerful perpetrators. The victim and eye witness community are traders forced to re locate at Anand  an hour’s drive from Odh village.. At every step they have been warned to stay away etc but the fact that the SC was watching, the central paramilitary was protecting them and there was a group of citizens committed to the rule of law, willing to risk things and apply to the SC if and whenever things went wrong gave the confidence to the witnesses to depose. This must not be lost sight of.

Eye witness testimonies are the only factor for convictions during mob violence. Eye witness testimonies are the only guarantor of convictions –there are over four dozen judgements on this and without these testimonies there would have been no convictions.

 

The CJP would like to take this opportunity to express its appreciation and gratitude to its entire staff and team of lawyers who have worked tirelessly to make this happen. Specifically, CJP would like ti take this opportunity to express gratitude for the commitment of its young legal team–advocates Irshad Mansuri who handled both the Odh cases. (photographs attached). Shri Suhel Tirmizi in the Gujarat High Court. Shri Mihir Desai in Bombay and Ms Kamini Jaiswal, Ms Aparna Bhat and Shri Ramesh Pukhrambam in the Supreme Court of India helped us pursue this case tirelessly.

 

A real life issue for CJP and all of us working in the socio political arena is the paralysis within locations where mass crimes happen, here Odh in Gujarat where Victim Survivors cannot relocate, where their destroyed homes are still a relic to the violence of 2002. What do we conclude from this? It is the failure of the entire socio political class even the Opposition to ensure the climate of safety to ensure this happens. An intrepid legal fight has ensured legal victory, what about reparation and restitution?

 

The CJP expresses concern that the evidence of several eye witnesses that had identified a total of about 20 accused has resulted in benefit of doubt to the accused. Witness victims and CJP will challenge these in the High Court. (The detailed written arguments filed witness survivors can be accessed from our website www.cjponline.org. Attached to this mail are documents relevant to this case.

 

Thirdly CJP would like to state unequivocally its stand on the sentence. We stressed that death penalty is not a form of punishment we subscribe to. CJP would like to place on record its distaste at the vindictive manner in which special public prosecutor in the Godhra case and pushed for death penalty for 11 persons. We believe that the issue of inter community peace and restitution of harmony has moral and ethical dimensions not only legal ones and hence we would like to express displeasure at the conduct of the prosecutor under the SIT.

In the judgement delivered today Judge Sareen convicted nine persons under sections 144,148,302,307, 395, 436, 440, 153(A). Read with 149,  AND 120(B) of the Indian Penal Code and Rs 21500 fine. One accused  convicted under section 353 sentenced for six months with Rs 500 fine.Thirteen accused against whom evidence was led have been given the benefit of the doubt and 17 have been completely acquitted.

The Names of the Nine persons convicted are
Harish Vallabh Patel
Vasant Poonam Patel
Lalabhai @ Nileshkumar Manibhai Patel
Tino @Maheshbhai Gopalbhai @ Ramabhai Patel
Minesh Poonam Patel
Prakash @ Pako Jamnadas Patel
Riteshkumar Arvindbhai Patel
Ashok Dahyabhai Patel
Kirit @ Boriyo Manubhai Patel
Under section 353 Bhavesh Pancham Patel

Trustees CJP

BACKGROUND NOTE:

Note on ODH Massacre (Judgement due on May

The Citizens for Justice and Peace has retained two advocates Shri Irshad Mansuri and Nasir Shaikh for both Odh Trials. Several of the injured witnesses were not examined by the SIT but deposed in the Court after we made applications before the Trial Court. Like others, this trial was stayed on November 21, 2003 and stay lifted on May 1, 2009 when Trials began. On March 26, 2008 the SC transferred Investigation to the SIT.

 

SUMMARY:-

Khambolaj police station I.C.R.No. 27/02 (SC No. 44/08)

Complainant  :-  Rehana Yusufbhai Vohra

Judge R.M. Sarin

Special P.P –  Shri. B.C. Trivedi

15.6.02  Charge Sheet filed on in case No. 833.02 umreth Court

Total Nos of Deaths. Three

(1) Ayesha Abdulbhai Vohra (2) Nuriben Gafurbhai Vohra  3) Kaderbhai Ishmailbhai Vohra

Total Accused :- 41  (Kantibhai Manabhai Chavda & Others)

Charge Framed against Accused  – 37 (charge Date 29/9/09)

After CRPC 319 Application filed by Injured Witnesses, Granted 4 Accused Add (Charge date 30/4/11) with sections –IPC 143, 147,148, 149, 302, 436, 440, 451 with 149, 307, 435, 120B  with 34, 395, 295, 297, & BP Act 135(1)

Total witnesses Examined  – 67 (23/9/11)

Doctors-14, Police-03, Mamlatdar- 02 Fire Brigade-01, Ex-maji-01, police Photographer-01, Hostile-16 Punch – 8

Total documents produced :- 98 documents produce from Ex 74 than after another document produced between Examination of witness

Absconding Accused (1) Natubahi Satabhai patel  (2) Ankurbhai Shahpurbhai Patel

(3) Samirbhai Vinubhai patel (4) Rocky @ Rakesh haribhai patel (5) Mohan @ Shashin Rameshbhai patel (6) Nikul Ravjibhai Patel

25/11/09   Application field by injured Witness under CRPC 173 Ex 211

21/10/09   Application rejected Ex 211

Arvindbhai Bhagabhai Patel passed away (died) during the trail (9/2/12)

9/6/10       Ex 288 CRPC 319 Application filed to arraign Four More accused by Injured Victim Witnesses

29/7/11     Ex 345 CRPC 319 Application file

4/12/10     Ex 288, Ex 345, The Application was Partly Allowed against 4 Accused (who were not arraigned by the SIT)            (1) Bhavesh Manubhai Patel  (2) Bipinbhai Manibhai , (3) Suresh @ Somaya  (4) Suresh @ Tato

12/11/11    Judge visited place of offence, 23/2/12     24/2/12   For FS

2/3/12        Defense Witness Examined (Mahendra Ambalal Patel owner of Shiv Sadan)

28/3/12     Argument s of the Defence completed

2002         IO K R Bhua (CPI) SIT IO H C Pathak

 

6/3/2002 Accused No. 1 to 7 Arrested at 11.30

14/4/2002 Accused No. 8 to 44 Accused Arrested  at 17.30 but those all Accused were released on Anticipatory Bail through an Order dated 6/4/2002

Accused No. 1 to 7 was release on bail on date 20/3/2002 order of session Court CRMA No. 169/02 (in the Application Mahendra Ambalal Filed affidavit)

Background

Ode village, Khambolaj police station, Anand Police Station Khambolaj Taluka

Umreth; District: – Anand:

Date of Incident (s)1-3-2002 and 2-3-2002

Time of the Incident(s)  Between 11 and 3 p.m. in the afternoon (This is the second incident) On 1-3-2002, the three torching alive incidents of 23 + 3 + 1 human beings being burnt alive took place.On 2-3-2002, a man was torched alive on the street at about 12.30 p.m.-1 p.m.

Twenty-seven persons were killed here over three separate incidents, one in which 23 + 3 + 1 were burnt alive on 1-3-2002 and one more was torched on the street the next day, i.e. 2-3-2002.The FIRST FIR 23/2002 and the Second FIR 27/2002 relates to the incidents of the first day. In between a police officer also filed an FIR 25/2002. No FIR was originally lodged related to the offence of torching alive Ghulam Rasool Miya on 2-3-2002 the next day despite repeated complaints to police and the Trial Court. Of these 27 persons, 23 were killed on 1-3-2002 in the Piravali Bhagol area of Ode, 3 persons in 1-3-2002 in the Mal Bhagol area of Ode and one person on 2-3-2002 in the Surivali Bhagol area of Ode. Two FIRs have been lodged at the Khambolaj police station. The first is C.R.No.23/2002. U/s. 302, 148, 149 etc. and the name of the complainant is Rafiq Mohammed Abdulbhai Khalifa.The second FIR lodged with the Khambolaj police station is C.R.No.27/2002. The complainant’s name is Rehanaben Yusufbhai Vohra. 22 accused were arrested in both cases. (FIR attached)

Bail was granted immediately in this mass carnage case also. I crave leave to refer tothe bail orders at the time of hearing of the Petition.  Many of the accused shown as absconding accused are wealthy NRI Patels who enter and leave the country despitehaving been party to such a heinous crime. Eye witnesses live out in their agricultural fields and cannot step back and live in Ode own—the price for having taken thedecision to fight for justice.The remand application for the accused was rejected by the judicial magistrate, first class, Umreth, though the crime has been classified as not just grave but heinous. A revision for remand was made by the police before the sessions court, Anand, in both the cases.  During the tendency of the remand revision application, 18 accused were released on interim-bail for 8 days to celebrate the festival of Shivratri in 2002. Finally,16 accused who were members of the unlawful assembly which committed this heinouscrime of burning alive 26 persons were released on regular bail by the sessions court,

Anand. This action of the lower judiciary has generated a sense of injustice and

outrage.  There was undue haste in granting Bail. Applications & Orders

a)Fifteen accused persons preferred bail application No:- 112/2002 before the

Additional Sessions Judge at Anand on 8.3.2002. The learned prosecutors Shri Pathak appeared on behalf of the State. The learned judge Shri N.N. Thakere by his order dt. 20.3.02 released 9 accused out of 15 accused on bail. Relevant para 4 of the order is important.

b)  The other 18 accused had preferred an anticipatory bail application No:- 246/2002 u/s 438 of the Code on 15.4.02. Shri M. S. Pathak appeared for the state as P. P. The learned judge Shri B.M. Modi was pleased to release the accused on anticipatory bail by his order dt 20.4.02

c)   Then accused in Cr. Misc application No 417/02 (Rejected on 20.3.02) and 5 accused (rejected on 20.3.02) preferred a Misc Cri application No 418/02. Both these applications were allowed. The P.P. Shri V.G. Parlot appeared as P.P. and learned Judge Shri B.M. Modi released the accused on bail. In both these applications, the P.P. did not oppose the bail but consented. A total of 39 accused arrested by Police and Released on Bail. Absconding Accused shown are as high as 57. From the 39 accused who were released on Bail, 5 went to America.

 

A total of 27 persons lost their lives. The complainants say that only four deaths are confirmed and the remains of the other victims have been disposed of at some unknown location. The first FIR 23/2002 relates to the incident of 1-3-2002 and the FIR 27/2002 relates to the incidents of 3 persons being torched alive in a house.  In between a police officer also filed an FIR 25/2002. The police continued the FIR dtd 1-3-2002 and clubbed the two offences into one.  Victim survivors have filed complaints about the clubbing of offences to Nadiad Court.   Annexed hereto are the FIRs related to the Ode Massacre as Annexure A (colly). Attached and annexed hereto as Annexure B (colly) is the complaint filed by witness No. 26 Rafik Md. Gulam Rasool Syyed dated 25-09-2003 before the Nadiad Court about this FIR being registered and other complaints he filed before the other officials. In this complaint, the witness has also mentioned that earlier requests/complaints lodged before different authorities giving information about this incident and asking that a complaint be lodged separately were made but unfortunately not heeded.:

a.   On 5/3/2002 complaint to DSP Anand

b.   On 9/7/02 Departmental Police Officer SP, Anand

c.   On 24/7/02, Police Inspector (illegible) Police Station M.D.S.P. Anand, Home Minister, Chairman of Minorities Commission Board

Efforts have therefore been made by witness complainants from the outset to get investigation matters rectified but have gone unheeded by the authorities in the state of Gujarat. No separate complaint about the incident on 2/3/02 has been admitted, nor have investigations been carried out in relation to it.In the ODE massacre, major accused are out on bail, five are ABROAD. Many were

given anticipatory bail. None of this has been challenged by the State.

There was no fire fighters inside Ode until 1500 hours on 2-3-2002 which is virtually 24

hours after the attack began. According to the State, “ First firefighter was called for

extinguishing the fire in houses and the shops. Fire fighter could reach Ode on 2-3-2002

at 1500 hours (emphasis added).”  On the very next page, page 7 the state government

contradicts itself stating that 200 homes and shops were put on fire but “due to non

availability of fire fighters the fire in the shops and home continued till extinguished on 2

3-2002 after 1500 hours.” (emphasis added)

 

Close to 24 hours fires that had burnt alive people in Ode village raged unchecked

because of fire fighters either not being summoned until the next day or not being

available. Any which way that one looks at it, it is unavoidable to conclude that there

was mass mayhem in Ode village, that the police present there were either mute

spectators or connived in the violence. It is also not clear as to the efforts made to put

out the fires and rescue trapped people in the burning houses before the fire fighters

arrived, the manner in which the survivors were brought, information on any inquiry

lodged into the non requisitioning of the fire brigade, or their non availability or their

delay in coming to the rescue and any  inquiry lodged into the conduct of police personnel after complaints received by victim survivors.

The Citizens for Justice and Peace has retained two advocates Shri Irshad Mansuri and Nasir Shaikh for both Odh Trials. Several of the injured witnesses were not examined by the SIT but deposed in the Court after we made applications before the Trial Court. Like others, this trial was stayed on November 21, 2003 and stay lifted on May 1, 2009 when Trials began.

Minor Dalit girl sent out of village for inter-caste affair


R. KRISHNA KUMAR, The Hindu

A minor Dalit girl from Bannirsarige in Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka was forced to leave the village by her family and local people for falling in love with a boy from a different caste and, in their view, bringing “ignominy” to the community.

Suma (name changed), 17, and pregnant, was left to fend for herself after her father and other family members threatened to commit suicide if she did not leave the house.

She was lured into a relationship by the boy from an adjoining village at a construction site where they worked. He had won Suma’s confidence after promising to marry her. He did not tell her that he was already married. He is now absconding.

Suma’s ordeal began after her mother’s death when she was sent to her aunt’s place in Maadigara bedi in Kollegal by her father, Dasaiah. But her aunt, on learning of Suma’s pregnancy, sent her away.

Suma then went to the government hospital in Kollegal. The doctors, who learnt of Suma’s predicament, sent her to Odanadi Seva Samsthe, an NGO working for the rehabilitation of women and prevention of child trafficking, in Mysore, for assistance on Sunday.

Speaking to The Hindu, Parashurama of Odanadi and a member of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) said the girl was emaciated, anaemic and could hardly speak, but she narrated the sequence of events. “I sat with her for some time to elicit information, but the girl, being asthmatic, was gasping for breath and unable to walk.” Suma was being treated for asthma and a certificate issued by doctors at the Kollegal hospital confirmed her pregnancy.

Lochana of the CWC in Chamarajanagar said there were conflicting reports about Suma’s banishment, and CWC staff had been sent to Bannisarige village for a probe.

Mr. Parashurama said the Chamarajanagar Rural police did not take any action as there was no case or complaint filed. But Deputy Superintendent of Police Mahadevaiah has promised to initiate action, if a complaint is filed.

Odanadi will file a complaint seeking action against the boy. “However, the larger issue of convincing the local people and her family to accept Suma will be challenging because of their misplaced sense of honour,” said Mr. Parashurama. Till then the girl will be sheltered by Odanadi with the authorisation of the CWC, he added.

(With inputs from V. Paneesha in Chamarajanagar)

 

60% rural India lives on less than Rs 35 a day


May 3, 2012, PTI

Around 60 per cent of India’s rural population lives on less than Rs 35 a day and nearly as many in cities live on Rs 66 a day, reveals a government survey on income and expenditure.

“In terms of average per capita daily expenditure, it comes out to be about Rs 35 in rural and Rs 66 in urban India.

Around 60 per cent of the population live with these expenditures or less in rural and urban areas,” said Director General of National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) J Dash in his preface to the report.

According to the 66th round of National Sample Survey (NSS) carried out between July 2009 and June 2010, all India average monthly per capita consumer expenditure (MPCE) in rural areas was Rs 1,054 and urban areas Rs 1,984.

The survey also pointed out that 10 per cent of the population at the lowest rung in rural areas lives on Rs 15 a day, while in urban areas the figure is only a shade better at Rs 20 day.

“The poorest 10 per cent of India’s rural population had an average MPCE of Rs 453. The poorest 10 per cent of the urban population had an average MPCE of Rs 599”, it said.

The NSSO survey also revealed that average MPCE in rural areas was lowest in Bihar and Chhattisgarh at around Rs 780 followed by Orissa and Jharkhand at Rs 820.

Among other states, Kerala has the highest rural MPCE at 1,835 followed by Punjab and Haryana at Rs 1,649 and Rs 1,510 respectively. The the highest urban MCPE was in Maharashtra at Rs 2,437 followed by Kerala at Rs 2,413 and Haryana at Rs 2,321. It was lowest in Bihar at Rs 1,238. The median level of MCPE was Rs 895 in rural and Rs 1,502 in urban India, indicating consumption level of majority of population.

According to the study, food was estimated to account about 57 per cent of the value of the average rural Indian household consumption during 2009-10 whereas it was 44 per cent in cities. — PTI

Government survey

n The 66th round of National Sample Survey (NSS) carried out between July 2009 and June 2010

n It says all India average monthly per capita consumer expenditure (MPCE) in rural areas was Rs 1,054 and urban areas Rs 1,984

n The survey also pointed out 10 per cent of the population at the lowest rung in rural areas lives on Rs 15 a day, while in urban areas the figure is only a shade better at Rs 20 day

Egypt women’s NGO takes pro-FGM Parliamentarian to court


 | 4 May 2012

Egypt MP Azza el-Garf publicly supports FGM, and is being sued by a local women’s org.

Egypt’s New Women Foundation said they are suing Islamist Parliament member Azza al-Garf over her pro-female genitals mutilation (FGM) statements. The women’s rights foundation sent a letter to the speaker of parliament Saad al-Katatny, informing him of legally going after Garf and asking for his permission to be allowed to take the MP to court.

The parliament needs to lift immunity for an MP in order for them to be held accountable in a court of law.

Garf was reported saying that FGM is an Islamic practice and that the anti-FGM laws should be amended. Garf is a Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) member, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

“We are on our way to sue Garf to preserve our rights and the gains of Egyptian women,” said the open letter to the speaker.

“We are suing her for going against Egyptian laws that criminalize sexual harassment and FGM, practices that goes against women rights and human rights.

“We completely refuse Garf’s statements and announce that she does not represent us.”

Garf gave similar statements on her Twitter account last month, calling for lifting the laws that criminalize FGM. The statements stirred criticism, which led to the FJP to announce that Garf has no account on Twitter and no comments were made by Garf herself.

Rights surveys in the country put the number of women who go through FGM to be around 86 percent. Current Egyptian law bans the practice and gives prison sentences to any medical staff who performs the surgery. However, many families go to underground clinics to get their daughters the procedure, risking permanent scares or even death.

In 2010, a 13-year-old girl died after a local doctor in the Nile Delta region’s Menoufiya governorate failed in the operation.

Local media said the doctor was arrested soon after when an unknown good Samaritan phoned a hotline service set up to report on female genital mutilation incidents.

The doctor, whose name was not revealed in local media reports of the incident, is to stand trial for the illegal operation that led to the girl’s death.

In June 2007, 12-year-old Badour Shakour died as a result of a circumcision operation. The death sparked a battle within the country over the use of the controversial medical procedure. Her death galvanized women and children’s rights groups to action, where they pushed for more stringent penalties against those who carry out female genital mutilation.

The tweets Garf made supporting FGM.

Shakour’s cause of death was an overdose of anesthetic, but her memory was the cause of an awakening that reached to the upper echelons of government.

In summer 2008, Egypt’s Parliament passed a law that ostensibly bans the controversial procedure. Not that it should have needed to legislate against FGM – it was already officially banned in the country during the mid-nineties – but with doctors continuing to perform the procedure on girls as young as five, Parliament felt it was necessary to intercede.

The new law stipulates a fine of 1,000 Egyptian pounds ($185) to 5,000 Egyptian pounds ($900) and a prison term of anywhere between three months and two years if caught performing FGM.

A doctor also could lose their medical license. In the case of Shakour, the doctor who performed the procedure languishes in prison after being convicted of manslaughter.

BM

Immediate Release- Freedom Fast: Third day of hunger strike for internet freedom


Press Release

Freedom Fast: Third day of hunger strike for internet freedom

Aseem Trivedi and Alok Dixit from Save Your Voice completed the third day of their hunger strike to support annulment motion against IT Rules-2011 in Rajya Sabha. We started this hunger strike on 2nd May and we will carry on until we get any satisfactory response from the government and the opposition regarding the annulment of IT Rules-2011.

Government has enacted laws that give it a free pass to censor our Facebook posts, listen to every Skype conversation we have, monitor our tweets or blogs oraccess private photographs and documents we store online, or track our location using our mobile phones or surveil all of your online activity. We want to tell our government that they cannot use vaguely defined laws and loopholes to take away our freedom of speech and expression.

IT Acts are unconstitutional: On 11th April 2011, the Government notified the new Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011 prescribing various guiding principles to be observed by all internet related companies. These rules will:

1. Lead to a clamp down on the freedom of speech and expression enshrined in the Constitution of India by providing for a system of censorship/self-censorship by private parties;

2. Adversely affect the right to privacy of citizens by allowing Government agencies to access their information;

3. Will severely hamper the growth of internet penetration in India, and consequently lead to a slowdown of economic growth;

4. Limit the growth of various IT related industries and services (in particular cyber cafes, search engines and bloggers).

In addition, mandatory data retention would force the Internet Service Provider to create vast and expensive new databases of sensitive information about an individual. That information would then be available to the government, in secret and without any court oversight.

Annulment Motion in Rajya Sabha: Sh. P. Rajeev, Hon’ble Member of the Rajya sabha has moved an annulment motion to get these rules abolished and the motion has been admitted and is expected to come up in this budget session. The Bangalore MP Rajeev Chandrashekar has spoken in Parliament in support.  It’s also interesting to note that a professor of chemistry of the Jadavpur University was arrested recently along with his neighbour for allegedly posting a cartoon on a popular social networking site and forwarding emails, cases were booked under the IT ACT as well.

Thanks,

Save Your Voice Team,

www.saveyourvoice.in,

www.facebook.com/saveyourvoice

Contact no: 09717900302, 09810659060, 09336505530, 07499219770

 

Press Release

 

फ्रीडम फास्ट: इंटरनेट की आज़ादी के लिए जंतर मंतर पर जारी रहेगी अनिश्चित कालीन भूख हड़ताल

 

इंटरनेट सेंसरशिप के खिलाफ सेव योर वॉयस की भूख हड़ताल ‘फ्रीडम फास्ट’ का आज तीसरा दिन था. हम फ्री इंटरनेट और आजाद लबों की मांग को लेकर दो मई से अनशन पर बैठे हैं. हमें जन्तर मन्तर पर केवल ३ दिनो की ही अनुमति दी गई थी और सरकार इसे आगे बढ़ाने को राजी नही थी. पर यहाँ से पीछे हटना का विकल्प हमें पसंद नहीं आया और इसलिए हमने तय किया है कि हम बिना सरकारी मंजूरी के भी जंतर मंतर पर अपनी भूख हड़ताल तब तक जारी रखेंगे जब तक हमें सरकार और पालिटिकल पार्टियों से इस बारे में कोई ठोस जवाब नहीं मिलता.

 

हम सरकार से मांग कर रहे हैं कि आईटी एक्ट २०११ को हटाया जाए और इनकी जगह कुछ मजबूत कानूनों को लाकर इंटरनेट को मजबूती प्रदान की जाए. केरल के एक एमपी पी राजीव इस कानून को हटाने के लिये राज्य सभा में एक एनलमेंट मोशन लाए हैं जिस पर पार्टी सांसदों को वोट करना है. अब तक किसी भी पार्टी ने इस मोशन पर वोट करने के लिये हामी नहीं भरी है. अगर यह कानून इस सत्र में खत्म नहीं होता है तो हमें इस हटवाने में कई साल लग जाएंगे.

 

सेव योर वॉयस टीम

09717900302, 09810659060

www.saveyourvoice.in

www.facebook.com/saveyourvoice

 

The Real Meaning Of May Day- Noam Chomsky


Outlook
People seem to know about May Day everywhere except where it began, here in the United States of America. That’s because those in power have done everything they can to erase its real meaning.
People seem to know about May Day everywhere except where it began, here in the United States of America. That’s because those in power have done everything they can to erase its real meaning. For example, Ronald Reagan designated what he called, “Law Day”—a day of jingoist fanaticism, like an extra twist of the knife in the labour movement. Today, there is a renewed awareness, energized by the Occupy movement’s organizing, around May Day, and its relevance for reform and perhaps eventual revolution.

If you’re a serious revolutionary, then you are not looking for an autocratic revolution, but a popular one which will move towards freedom and democracy. That can take place only if a mass of the population is implementing it, carrying it out, and solving problems. They’re not going to undertake that commitment, understandably, unless they have discovered for themselves that there are limits to reform.

A sensible revolutionary will try to push reform to the limits, for two good reasons. First, because the reforms can be valuable in themselves. People should have an eight-hour day rather than a twelve-hour day. And in general, we should want to act in accord with decent ethical values.

Secondly, on strategic grounds, you have to show that there are limits to reform. Perhaps sometimes the system will accommodate to needed reforms. If so, well and good. But if it won’t, then new questions arise. Perhaps that is a moment when resistance is a necessary step to overcome the barriers to justified changes. Perhaps the time has come to resort to coercive measures in defence of rights and justice, a form of self-defence. Unless the general population recognizes such measures to be a form of self-defence, they’re not going to take part in them, at least they shouldn’t.

If you get to a point where the existing institutions will not bend to the popular will, you have to eliminate the institutions.

May Day started here, but then became an international day in support of American workers who were being subjected to brutal violence and judicial punishment.

Today, the struggle continues to celebrate May Day not as a “law day” as defined by political leaders, but as a day whose meaning is decided by the people, a day rooted in organizing and working for a better future for the whole of society.

86 students and workers arrested in Dili, East Timor during May Day


MAY DAY in DILI, TIMOR LESTE 86 students and workers arrested in Dili on May Day According spokesperson for the Socialist Party of Timor (PST), Tama Laka Aquita, 86 students and workers were detained today, May 1, in Dili.

The 86 were on a march heading to the Hotel Timor, where they were to express solidarity with hotel workers currently in dispute with the hotel owners and management over wages and arbitrary dismissals.

Among the detained were six workers from the Hotel Timor. The demonstrators were from the Front Maubere, an organisation of students and youth mostly sympathisers with the PST, as well as the Socialist Trade Union Centre (STCST), a trade union in political solidarity with the PST. Tama Laka Aquita, a central leader of the PST, was also detained.

Two protesters were seriously injured and taken to hospital.

Solidarity messages can be sent to Nika via text message (SMS) to            +670-7403491      .

 

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