MC Manmeet lambasts YO YO Honey Singh and his #Rap #Vaw #1billionrising #protest #Foe


Manmeet Kaur the bubbly , lively ,  woman rapper , a  Japaite ,   set the stage on fire  at the program  ON 26TH jAN 2013, at Ambedkar bhavan  bhavan in Mumbai. The program on freedom of expression ‘ bOl ke lab azaad hain tere”.  T he program in support of freedom of speech and expression in Indian Constitution, A crusade for creativity – speak, your lips are free, had a plethora creative and artistic presentations in form of skits, songs, and dance .

No Indian can keep quiet, when the freedom of his country is for sale.

While the most lethal epidemic is spreading in the world, only a few humans stand resolute against the enemy of humanity and are determined to remain altruistic. At any given point of time, such people are only a small handful. Dictators consider them as a major threat, hence they first try to woo them to join the thieves’ guild and be one of them. If all fails, they are offered a high post in the governmental machinery, a position of power or even monetary funds, in order to silence their noble quest for ever. If these measures fail, they construct new prisons for these humane persons and try to crucify them.

What is going on today? There is a constitution in this country, albeit without a soul. All pillars of democracy are dilapidated. Only those who have financial capital, rule the media and can brag and pontificate on anything. The supporters of Brahmanism and under-belly of capitalism keep blabbering nonsense incessantly. Those who are misleading the society by screaming utter lies have been given freedom of expression; and those, who write and speak the truth are forcefully silenced either by means of the police power or by the side-kick fascist organisations. But these moves are no more a secret.

In video below Manmeet gives a very apt reply to Yo Yo Honey Singh and his rap music .

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BLOCK FEB 14TH, FOR  ONE BILLION RISING MUMBAI, Manmeet and more  performnces hip hop, rap, belly dancing, flash dance

Here  is manmeeet singh, rapping on Yo Yo Honey Singh

 

PRESS RELEASE- Woman sexually assaulted, beaten up by goons in Kendrapara dist of Odisha #Vaw #India


Woman Panchayat Representative sexually assaulted, manhandled and mercilessly beaten up by goons in Kendrapara district of Odisha

 

Civil Society Groups are up in arms against the Govt.  and hold protest meeting  in Bhubaneswar  demanding  Crime Branch enquiry  into police inaction  and  stern action against the culprits. CSOs have chalked out road map for massive campaign to force the Govt. to give justice to the victim.

 

 

Miss Banajini Parida,  Mahila Sarapanch , Ghagra Gram Panchayat of Kendrapara district   is a young and fresh graduate  elected Panchayat representative  in the district. She is very  dynamic and committed Sarapanch in the district. Since   joining as sarapanch,  she had been  implementing  all development  work in a most transparent manner  and trying hard to check corruption in Panchayat.  Her  commitment to strengthen  Panchayat  system  invited wrath  of the vested interest  who  conspired  to sabotage  her work. The direct threa  to her life came from   Sri Narayan Parida (Panchayat Samiti Member of that GP)  when  she was conducting Pally Sabha & Gram Sabha meeting  in the month of October 2012. Sri  Parida  threatened  her  to  resign from  the post of Sarapanch  in the meeting.  Banajini  reported it in the  local police station  and sought  for protection.  Without giving protection to her,  Nikirei Police filed false cases against her and her father.   On 25.12.12, when she was alone in home,    Sri Narayan Parida S/O Baishnab Parida along with miscreants   rushed to her room at 8 am and sexually assaulted her, scraped the dress and brutally attacked with iron rod.  The villagers rescued her. She was found suffering from serious injury and  was taken to the hospital.    When she was battling  for life,    a case was filed in Nikirei police station against her  at 11.54 am.  The  Inspector, In-Charge  Manasi Patra  filed  false  FIR against  Banajini parida, 15 Sarapanch , 9 samiti member , 2 Zilla Parishad , Chairman, Panchayat Samiti  and tried to arrest them.  The charges lodged against them are under section: 452, 354, 323, 325, 294, 506, 34 of IPC. However, in her pursuit to get justice, she approached S.D.P.O, Pattamundali and SP of Kendra district, but in vain.  They remained silence without taking any action against the culprits.

 

Then, finding no justice, Banajini along with all sarapanch approached  DG, Police demanding  action against the culprits.  The Sarapanch sangh  also  met  Home Secretary, Govt. of Odisha   and Governor  on 24.1.13 and appraised  him about the merciless attack on woman  Sarapanch.  But all their efforts ended in fiasco.

 

 Presently, Banajini  is sitting on hunger strike  in Bhubaneswar   demanding justice since last  five days. . On 26.1.13,    Civil society Groups and Human Rights Activists had organized  protest meeting   demanding  immediate  arrest of the  culprits.     The meeting  presided over by Sri Sudarshan Das, was addressed  by   Sri  Rabi Das, senior journalist,  Sri Rama Panda, CPI, Sri  Suresh Panigrahi, CPIM, Sri Mahendra Parida, CPI(Liberation), Mr. Pradip Pradhan, State Convener, Right to Food Campaign, Odisha, Sri Manoj Jena, Human Rights Front,  Sri Gopal Mohanty, Smt. Bijayalaxmi Mohapatra, Mamata Samantaray, State Progressive Women Forum, Sri Bhavani Pattnaik, former MP and Gandhian leader, Smt. Sarojini Parida, Sri lalit pattnaik, Odisha Nagarik samaj and galaxy of Sarapanch and Samiti Members of that region. In the meeting, it was resolved that  Mass Dharana will continue against the Govt. till the culprits are arrested. Banajini  was  requested  to withdraw the hunger strike . She agreed  and  withdrew the strike  by taking  juice from  Bhavani Pattnaik.  Other  decisions unanimously taken  are as follows

a.       False  cases lodged against sarapanch and Samiti Members  should be withdrawn

b.      All culprits should be arrested.

c.       The Inspector In-charge  should be suspended and SP  to be removed from the district.

d.      Mass Rally  will be organized  on 28.1.13   at lower PMG  demanding  justice for Banajini.

e.      The State Govt. should  undertake crime branch  enquiry  into the whole matter and take action against the culprits found guilty.

 

Report Prepared  by

Pradip Pradhan

M-99378-43482

 

 

 

The Disgusting Stench of Incredible India


Nupur Sonar, Tehelka Magazine, January 24, 2013, Issue: 5, Volume: 10

Clean-up or cover-up? A ‘safai karmachari’ at the Old Delhi Railway Station

 

Clean-up or cover-up? A ‘safai karmachari’ at the Old Delhi Railway Station

Photo: Shailendra Pandey

The railways still engages manual labourers to clean human excreta from its tracks. Does this shock you enough, asks Nupur Sonar

 

 

THE INDIAN Railways runs 50,000 coaches, of which 43,000 are for passengers. Each day, 1,72,000 open toilets dot one the world’s most complex rail networks with human excreta. After a 2005 Supreme Court order directed the Ministry of Railways to prepare a time-bound scheme for the total eradication of manual scavenging, the railways tabled a plan that targets the total elimination of direct discharge toilets from passenger coach system by 2021-22. In this “green initiative”, they proposed the introduction of bio-toilets to replace the existing direct discharge toilets. Seven years later, bio-toilets have been fitted in only 436 coaches.

 

On 22 January, Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal wrote to general managers of all zonal railways to ensure cleanliness at 100 stations of religious and tourist importance, with more than 10 lakh population. He also said that more coaches would be provided with bio-toilets.

 

However, on the issue of manual scavenging, the railways denies the practice outright. “All new trains are being fitted with bio-toilets and since installing them in old trains isn’t feasible, washable aprons have been installed at most stations,” says Anil Saxena, public relations officer with the Ministry of Railways. With the washable apron type of tracks, workers use a hose pipe to rinse the platforms and the waste flows into the drains. “All safai karmacharis are provided with masks, coats, boots, gloves, etc. They don’t clean anything with their hands,” adds Saxena.

 

The reality is something else. On visiting several stations in New Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan, members of the NGO Safai Karmachari Andolan saw workers cleaning the waste without any protection. “This can be seen at Ajmer and Panipat stations,” says Bezwada Wilson, convener of Safai Karmachari Andolan. “In places where the drain to carry the washed away human excreta from the aprons does not cover the complete length of the platform, they have to be cleaned manually.” Both the New Delhi and Old Delhi Railway Stations have this problem. Moreover,safai karmacharis are also seen working in hazardous conditions without any protective gear.

 

“We don’t have gloves or masks,” says 24-year-old Jabbar (name changed) who works at the Old Delhi Railway Station. “We get them only when an official visits the station. Otherwise we clean with just brooms.”

 

The railways’ denial of the practice makes it difficult to get access to actual figures for manual scavenging. However, independent surveys by various organisations reveal that manual scavenging is an existing practice in the railways.

 

Studies conducted by the Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan and Safai Karmachari Andolan show how the railways have managed the cover-up for over two decades. “The railways have managed to keep manual scavengers working for them closely wrapped under a cloak of invisibility by outsourcing the jobs to contractors,” says Ashif Shaikh, convener of the Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan. These employees are hired as sanitation workers but they clean more than just dry garbage.

 

To make matters worse, in the past two decades, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has not included the railways in any of its surveys on manual scavenging. Even the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Bill, 2012, tabled in Parliament in September 2012, leaves a lot to be desired. A clause states that a person who engages in “hazardous” cleaning with protective gear shall not be deemed a “manual scavenger”. This will not only dilute the definition of manual scavenging but will also provide a window for the practice to be perpetuated.

 

 

Letter to the Prime Minister of India regarding threat to Justice Sachar #Manmohansingh


Socialist Party (India)
Delhi Office
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Date: 25January 2013

Honourable Shri Man Mohan Singh
Prime Minister of India

Respected Sir
A few days ago a newspaper published the shocking news that Rajendra Choudhary, an accused in
the Samjhauta Express bomb blast case, has revealed that in October 2006 the right-wing
extremists had planned to target Justice Rajinder Sachar.The plan could not be executed
because they were on a run after conducting Malegaon blast and lacked resources.
It is condemnable that till date Justice Sachar has not even been informed about this by the
concerned authorities. Over a telephonic conversation with him last evening Justice Sachar
wondered why neither he nor the other 6 members of the committee received any official
intimation about the threat even after 4 days the news was flashed.
Justice Sachar Committee was formed by the government in March 2005 to present report on the
socio-economic-educational conditions of the Muslim population in India. The report was
submitted to the government in November 2006 which created a sharp debate in the political and
social circles. The BJP/RSS rejected the findings and suggestions of the report outright and
is indulging in continuous propaganda against it. With such an anti-position taken on the
report, these forces can harm Justice Sachar and the members of the committee after the report
is published.
Justice Sachar is a friend, philosopher and guide to the cadres of the Socialist Party who
have utmost concern for his security. Therefore we request you to kindly direct the concerned
authorities to provide him adequate security with immediate effect.

With regards

Yours sincerely

Dr. Prem Singh

Copy to :
Honourable Shri Sushil kumar Shinde
Home Minister

 

PRESS RELEASE ( english and hindi )-Tehri Dam oustees languish for the basic amenities #humanrughts


Village Chham, Pathri Part-4, Haridwar, Uttarakhand

For Correspondence only:- D-334, Flat No. 10, Ganesh Nagar, Pandav Nagar Complex, Delhi-110092 Blog <matuganga.blogspot.com

Contact Ph. 09718479517

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हिन्दी प्रैस नोट के लिये कृप्या नीचे देख

Press Note: January 26, 2013 (same isbelow)

Tehri Dam oustees languish for the basic amenities even though the government earns from the projects

The State government in Uttrakhand must have earned at least 1000cr from the electricity generated by the Tehri dam project on National River Ganga and this is a recurring incoming yet in the ongoing Supreme Court case between N.D Juyal and Shekhar Singh V/S GOI and another, the former government in its affidavit on the delay in rehabilitation work gave the reason that T.H.D.C has not provided funds for rehabilitation.The court had directed THDC in November 2011 to provide for a paltry 102.99 cr for the same. Even now the reason given to the SC for the delay in rehabilitation work is said to be lack of funds.

Before it come power the present Chief Minister Shri Vijay Bahuguna had conceded that the rehabilitation work was not being properly done. In response to the destruction of villages around the Tehri Dam during the monsoon in 2010 he had suggested that the state government should spend the earnings generated by the hydro electric projects on the project affected people. This line of thought is in consonance with the Power ministry’s guideline for the development of hydroelectricity projects sites dated 23 may 2006 which on page 10 states that the income so generated should be spend on project affected people .

Guideline

2.3 Provision of 12% free power to the home state Government of India, vide its O.M. dated 17th May, 1989 have approved that “since the Home States are increasingly finding it difficult to locate alternative land and resources for rehabilitation of the oustees in hydro-electric projects. They, need to be suitably assisted by giving incentives, such as the (proposed) 12% free power, to enable them to take care of the problems of rehabilitation in the areas affected by the hydro-electric projects.

Without such assistance and incentives, considerable hydel potential of the country would remain unutilized. Accordingly, the State Government shall be entitled to realize 12% free power from the project for local area development and mitigation of Guidelines for development of Hydro Electric Projects Sites hardships to the project affected people in line with the Govt. of India policy”.

Further in this context the basic amenities mentioned below are nonexistent and if at all they exist ,they are of very poor quality, even at rural rehabilitation sites like Pathari part-1,2,3&4, the dam oustees in the rural area of Haridwar have not been properlly rehabilitated, even after 30 years 70% of them do not have land rights. These rehabilitation sites lack basic infrastructure like electricity, water, irrigation, transportation, health post, bank post office PDS, panchayat, mandir, roads, drains so much so these sites do not have picketed fence or a wall to keep out the wild animals. People have been fending off for themselves and have built houses on their own. In not so distant past on 11 June 2012, Shri Rajesh Nautiyal Assitant Executive Engineer at the shivilak nagar rehabilitation office in Haridwar division said that 4 cr have been sanctioned for the rehabilitation work but none for providing the basic infrastructures.

Matu Jansangthan had sent a letter on behalf of oustees, sign by Vimalbhai And Puran Singh Rana , Balwant Singh Pnawar and Jagdish Rawat (in Hindi, attached) to the Chife Minister Shri Vijay Bahuguna demanding that his government can do is spend the income (getting 12% free electricity form the Tehri and Koteshwer Dam) being generated to rehabilitate the dam oustees by providing them land holding with clear titles after sorting out with the central Ministry of Environment and Forest, provide the promised free electricity as per the Power ministry guidelines and set up committees of locals and project effected people to monitor and ensure quality in the provision of essential infrastructure and services at the rehabilitation sites.

Vimalbhai And Puran Singh Rana

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विस्थापितों ने मांगा राज्य को मिल रही मुफ्त बिजली में अपना हक

 

उत्तराखण्ड में राष्ट्रीय नदी गंगा पर बने टिहरी बांध के ग्रामीण विस्थापितों ने राज्य को मिल रही मुफ्त बिजली में अपना हक मांगा है। 24 जनवरी को मुख्यमंत्री को दिये गये पत्र में उनसे मांग की गई है कि लिखा है कि राज्य सरकार को टिहरी बांध से मिलने मुफ्त बिजली संबधी सरकारी आदेश का जिक्र करते हुये पत्र में कहा गया है कि टिहरी बांध से मिल रही मुफ्त आमदनी को विस्थापितों पर खर्च किया जाये। पत्र साथ में है। जिसमें विस्तार से विषय को उठाया गया है।

 

विमलभाई]  पूरणसिंह राणा

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संदर्भः टिहरी बांध के ग्र्रामीण पुनर्वास स्थलों की मूलभूत आवश्यकताओं को पूरा करें।

 

टिहरी बांध से मिल रही मुफ्त आमदनी को विस्थापितों पर खर्च करे।

 

मान्यवर]

 

टिहरी बांध से बिजली का उत्पादन भी हो रहा है जिससे राज्य सरकार को प्रतिदिन आमदनी भी हो रही है। जो आजतक करीबन्हजार करोड़ होगी। आप माननीय सुप्रीम कोर्ट में टिहरी बांध पर चल रहे एनडीजुयाल व शेखर सिंह बनाम भारत सरकार औरपुनर्वास पर चल रहे मुकद्दमों से परिचित होंगे ही। पूर्व राज्य सरकार ने अपने शपथ पत्र में पुनर्वास ना होने का कारण टिहरी हाइड्रोडेवलपमेंट कारपोरेशन ¼टीएचडीसी]½ द्वारा पैसा नही देना बताया था। कोर्ट ने नवम्बर 2011 ¼टीएचडीसी]½ आदेशमें पूर्व राज्य सरकार द्वारा मांगी गयी 102-99 करोड़ की राशि देने का आदेश दिया।

अभी भी माननीय सुप्रीम कोर्ट में पुनर्वास कार्य पूरा ना होने का कारण पैसे की कमी बताई जा रही है। आपने भी पिछले कई चुनावोंमें बार&बार पूर्व राज्य सरकार के बारे में कहा था कि वो टिहरी बांध विस्थापितों का पुनर्वास कार्य सही नही कर रही है। ंआपने2010 के मानसून में टिहरी बांध झील के आसपास के गांवों की तबाही के संदर्भ में भी कहा था कि राज्य सरकार को टिहरी बांध सेमिलने मुफ्त बिजली से जो आमदनी हो रही है उसे टिहरी बांध विस्थापितों के लिये खर्च करना चाहिये। आपका यह सुझाव ऊर्जामंत्रालय की “Guidelines for development of Hydro Electric Projects Sites” 23 मई 2006 के अनुरूप है जिसमें पेज न0 10 परलिखा है कि बांध से दी जाने वाली मुफ्त बिजली की आमदनी को बांध विस्थापितों पर खर्च किया जाये।

 

नीति का संबधित हिस्साः

2.3 Provision of 12% free power to the home state Government of India, vide its O.M. dated 17th May, 1989 have approved that “since the Home States are increasingly finding it difficult to locate alternative land and resources for rehabilitation of the oustees in hydro-electric projects. They, need to be suitably assisted by giving incentives, such as the (proposed) 12% free power, to enable them to take care of the problems of rehabilitation in the areas affected by the hydro-electric projects.

 

Without such assistance and incentives, considerable hydel potential of the country would remain unutilized. Accordingly, the State Government shall be entitled to realize 12% free power from the project for local area development and mitigation of Guidelines for development of Hydro Electric Projects Sites hardships to the project affected people in line with the Govt. of India policy”.

 

इसी संदर्भ में हम कहना चाहते है किः

पथरी भाग 1] 2] 3 व हरिद्वार के ग्रामीण क्षेत्र में रहने वाले टिहरी बांध विस्थापितों के मामले 30 वर्षाे से लंबित है। यहंा लगभग 40 गांवो के लोगो को पुनर्वासित किया गया है। यहंा 70 प्रतिशत विस्थापितों को भूमिधर अधिकार भी नही मिल पाया है। बिजलीपानीसिंचाईयातायातस्वास्थयबैंकडाकघरराशन की दुकानपचांयत घरमंदिरपितृकुटटीसड़कगुल]नालियंा आदि और जंगली जानवरों से सुरक्षा हेतु दिवार व तार बाढ़ तक भी व्यवस्थित नही है। बीसियों वर्षो से यह सुविधायें लोगो को उपलब्ध नही हो पाई है। यदि कहीं पर किसी तरह से कुछ व्यवस्था बनी भी है तो स्थिति खराब है। स्कूल भी कुछ ही वर्षो पहले बना है वो भी मात्र 10वीं तक है। प्राथमिक स्कूलों की इमारतें बनी है पर अघ्यापक नही है। स्वाथ्य सेवायें तो है ही नही। रास्ते सही नही है तो निकासी नालियां भी नही है। यातायात की सुविधायें भी नही है। लोगों को मात्र जगंल में छोड़ दिया गया है। अपने बूते पर विस्थापितों ने मकान बनाये है।

11 जून 2012 को हरिद्वार क्षेत्र के शिवालिक नगर स्थित पुनर्वास कार्यालय के अधिकारी उपअधिशासी अभियंता श्री राजेश नौटियाल ने बताया की हरिद्वार पुनर्वास क्षेत्र के लिये करोड़ रुपये की मंजूरी हुई है। पैसा आने पर ही काम शुरु होगा। किन्तु इन कामों में उपरलिखित कोई भी काम नही है। जबकि यह मूलभूत समस्यायें है।

टिहरी बांध से मिलने मुफ्त बिजली से जो आमदनी हो रही है उसे टिहरी बांध विस्थापितों के लिये खर्च करना चाहिये। पथरी भाग1] 2] 3 व हरिद्वार के ग्रामीण क्षेत्र में रहने वाले टिहरी बांध विस्थापितों के 30 वर्षाे से लंबित कार्यो के निपटान के लिये इस राशि का उपयोग करना चाहिये।

आपसे हमारी मांग है कि निम्नलिखित विषयों पर तुरंत कार्यवाही का आदेश करेंः

 

  • भूमिधर अधिकार तुरंत दिये जाये। यदि वन भूमि की समस्या है तो इस बारे में आप केंद्रीय पर्यावरण एंव वन मंत्रालय से स्वंय बात करें और विस्थापितों को भूमि अधिकार दिलायें।

  • ऊर्जा मंत्रालय की नीति के अनुसार विस्थापितों को मुफ्त बिजली दिये जाने के प्रावधान को लागू करें। इस विषय में केंद्रीय ऊर्जा मंत्रालय से बात करें।

  • शिक्षास्वाथ्यययातायातसिंचाई व पेयजल और अन्य मूलभूत सुविधायें तुरंत पूरी की जाये। इन कार्यो के लिये टिहरी बांध परियोजना सेजिसमें कोटेश्वर बांध भी आता हैमिलने वाली 12 प्रतिशत मुफ्त बिजली के पैसे का उपयोग किया जाये।

  • सभी कार्यों के लिये विस्थापितों की ही समितियंा बनाकर काम दिया जाये ताकि कार्य की गुणवत्ता बने और सही निगरानी भी हो सके।

 

इस समय केन्द्र व राज्य में आपकी ही सरकार है। नये बांधों को बनाने से पहले कार्यरत बांधों के विस्थापनपर्यावरण की समस्याओं का निदान आवश्यक व न्याय की मांग है।

 

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Best Republic Day Gift from a Pakistani to India!! #mustread


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Letter to India from Mr. Adnan Memon from Karachi Pakistan, whose 2 year old deaf – mute daughter is able to hear and talk now, thanks to a cochlear transplant surgery facilitated in India by two Indian organisations!

On Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 10:34 PM, adnan memon <memonadnan99@yahoo.com> wrote:

 

Dear All,

These days there are no measures to my happiness and excitements caused by the daily progress of my beloved deaf born 2 year old daughter “Khadija”!  She has started calling some names and saying some words. Though these are still a little broken, but at least she has started to talk, which would not have been possible without the cochlear implant surgery.

 

This happiness me and my family are experiencing is just because of a generous ear gift through Cochlear Implant by SAHI (Society to Aid Hearing Impaired) from across the border! Yes from the Indian city of Hyderabad Deccan, from where neither me nor my friends or any of my fellow countrymen would expect any help, not even in dreams.  Yes, a country with which we have always remained in a state of mistrust since the day of our independence.

 

In February-2012, while knowing that Khadija is not able to hear due to congenital deafness which would cause inherently additional disability of dumbness, all of us became stunned and our lives were shattered. Everybody was searching for a separate corner of our house to cry so as to hide our tears from others and not discourage them from dealing with the situation but unfortunately our small apartment did not offer this ease.

 

Every time I looked at Khadija I could not control my emotions and tears and immediately started begging to Almighty ALLAH to show me a way out.

Everybody was praying to get rid of this situation through any miracle by Almighty ALLAH but had no idea about what can be done, because none of my family and friends circle had any clue that profound deafness can be cured.

 

I prayed Almighty ALLAH that, “YOU have gifted me this little angle, YOU have made her deaf and now it is again only YOU to get back her ears, I have no sources but YOU and I would not ask others except YOU as it is YOUR promise to provide if begged with complete faith in YOU and I have complete faith in YOU”.

 

Upon visiting the audiologist he advised me to use hearing aids for her but to expect very little improvement. Knowing the huge cost of cochlear implant and judging my financial position, he just mentioned about the cochlear implant but did not tell any details. While leaving his clinic I got a sudden idea, went back and asked details of cochlear implant. He explained and suggested to get more information on the web. This was the first fortunate moment that contributed in what today Khadija is!

 

For the first time I realized that something still is possible to make Khadija hear! But all that I had was a just USD 3,000/-  my saving from 8 years of professional life and the cost of cochlear implant was estimated to be USD 25,000/-. Too far away to turn the dream true and all that remained was to pray for a miracle.

 

I started borrowing from family and friends and managed to collect a total of USD 12,000/- but still this was less than half of the required amount and time was running out as the ideal time to get an implant is within 18 months of age and Khadija had already entered 18th month. I had no freedom to sale my car to have another USD 3,000/- because my job necessitated a car as per job contract.

 

Somebody suggested me to use web for fund collection and ask for either charity or loans. I sent emails to more than 300 individuals, groups and organizations of good repute including ICRC, Lions Club int’l & others to support the cause but none of them replied except SAHI an Indian NGO that alone came forward!

 

But the way and the speed with which SAHI progressed in increasing the extent of their funding from initially offering USD 4,000/- to finally cover the complete cost of implant device amounting to about USD 18,000 (and I just needed to bear traveling, hospitalization and accommodation expenses amounting to about USD 7,000/-,) made my friends, and to some extent myself, apprehensive that this might be a trap by some fraudulent persons to take away the money with me when I reach India and asked myself why an NGO of a country with relatively more poverty help a child of a rival country?

 

However, while talking to Mr. P Krishanamurthy Rao of SAHI on phone I was impressed by his soft spoken and truthful guidance and I started developing confidence in SAHI as an honest organization. For a while I thought when Almighty ALLAH is arranging all these things for me, why should I be subjected to doubts? There was a war inside me between faith and doubts and finally faith won the battle and I decided to proceed even with a small risk/fear of losing everything I saved but with the hope and search of more than everything i-e. “The hearing of Khadija”!

 

Soon I realized that those who came forward were those from whom I was not expecting anything and certainly this was the miracle of Almighty ALLAH for which we were praying!

In December 2005 while visiting the Wahga Border I had prayed “may Almighty ALLAH bless me to visit Indian soil at least once” and my wish was fulfilled but in a different way on 6th August 2012 at Mumbai Airport. The 42 days we spent in Hyderabad A.P. are amongst the unforgettable times of our life where we arrived with a family of 3 members but departed with adding countless.

 

Upon arrival at Hyderabad, initially we faced many hardships as it was the Holy month of Ramadan and we (me and my wife Shehrbano) spent 7 days without fasting. Added to that Khadija got infected from pneumonia  and surgery was postponed twice which added to the uncertainty as to whether we would be able to leave India with the cochlear implanted? But the love, care and guidance we received from SAHI team in general and from Dr. E.C. Vinay Kumar, Dr. Mrs. Sunita Reddy, Mr. P Krishanamurthy Rao and Mr. Mazher Hussain of COVA in particular played vital role in encouraging us to face the situation.

 

There was another honor for us, besides being 1st Pakistani patient to get free implant, to be part of Joint Independence Celebration of India and Pakistan on 14th and 15 August hosted by COVA and to address the people there to show my gratitude. It was a big surprise to as when we realized that our family was being honored as chief guests and we were the centre of attraction for all the participants. But unfortunately a mob of political extremists protesting the Joint Celebrations of Independence Days of India and Pakistan came and disturbed the meeting.  I cannot forget those moments and the panic created in the innocent school kids who came there not for any political agenda but for the agenda of love and I feel myself responsible for that to some extent. My apologies may please be conveyed to those kids, if possible.

 

Soon after this disturbance of the meeting I received Leave India Notice from the authorities for violating Visa norms caused by attending a meeting when I had come with a medical Visa- but off course I was not aware of such a law and all I wanted to and all I did at the meeting was to thank India and Indian people for opening the prospects of a new life for my darling beloved daughter.

 

I was asked to leave within three days, on 17 August, and we became depressed with the thought that we might not be able to achieve our primary goal of getting the cochlear implant for our daughter as I was required to leave by 20th August and the surgery was scheduled for 21st and Shehrbano, being house wife, was not confident to deal with a major surgery alone in a different country. We were totally dejected but thanks to Dr. Mrs. Sunita Reddy for encouraging me to be confident on the efforts being taken by Mr. Mazher Hussain and of course thanks to Mr. Mazher for his relentless efforts through which he ensured the withdrawal of the Notice and removal of all hurdles for the surgery.

 

20th August was Ramadan Eid and this Eid day was unique for us because even though we were far away from our home land, from rest of our family and sitting in a hospital but we are happy! Because Khadija is going to have a new life ‘A life full of sounds’ which she had never known before.

 

This Eid day was the first day since our arrival when we were relaxed, confident and having a nice lunch composed of tasty Biryani and Mirchi ka Saalan and Eid specific dish Sheer Khorma with the families of both the Dr. Vinay Kumar and Dr. Sunita Reddy at her residence. Earlier in the morning we were also presented with a large Tiffin of sweets and meals by Mr. Mazher Hussain and his family. Today we were feeling as part of their families and not alone like many patients and their parents in Apollo Hospital. Even on other days, we were not being dealt as the parents of a patient but as some special guests to whom everybody wanted to meet, to talk, to help and to do everything for us till his last limits and that was much beyond our expectations and unprecedented for my family. For a while I forgot that we were far away from our home land. We were receiving extra ordinary attention and reception, why? We do not know. Is this just because of good luck of Khadija? or because we came from cross the border? Or the people there were great hosts? I think all the answers are true.

 

So much love and care established our confidence and faith in all around us to the extent that when Khadija was brought into the Operation Theatre both me and my wife Shehrbano did not stand outside the Operation Theatre but went to the room, performed supplication (Namaz-e-Haajat) and slept (to prepare ourselves to handle post-surgery situation).

 

It was surprising for me when Dr. Sunita Reddy told that SAHI was searching for a case to fund from cross the border since last 4 years and in reply I said “Mam this implant was fixed for Khadija 4 years back when she was not even in the womb of her mother so how could you have found any other”. This incident strengthened my faith in Almighty ALLAH that first HE sends solutions and only after that we are subjected to the problems. I resolved that every time in future, when I will be subjected to any problem I must understand that the solution is already there but just to find it with completed faith in HIM.

 

Thanks to Dr. EC Vinay Kumar, Dr. Mrs. Sunita Reddy, Mr. and Mrs. S Divakar Reddy and all other SAHI Directors for establishing such a platform to make my beloved daughter and others like her hear. Dr. Mrs. Sunita Reddy for her great hospitality throughout the time that Khadija was hospitalized and after it too, Mr. Mazher Hussain for expediting our Visa proceedings, being with us at the time of surgery to make us feel like family members and honoring us at Joint Independence celebrations. Mr. P Krishanamurthy Rao for leading and guiding me from decision making for our arrival in India to departure back home, Mr. M Hatim for all that he did for us, Mr. Srikanth, Mr. Sri Nivas, Mr. Saicharan, Sister Nazneen, Mr. Naseer Siddiqui and everybody in Apollo, SAHI and COVA team who helped and guided us till the last day we were in India. Kindly, convey my greetings to Mr. Justice Siddiqui and Mrs. Rani of Sakshi who honored us with their meetings. Special thanks and our praise may please be conveyed to that anonymous donor, who agreed to pay for the cost of the implant.

 

May Almighty ALLAH bless you all and your generations may not see any disability or diseases in return of this noble and selfless job you all are doing. Aameen.

 

Kindly apologize me if I have forgotten to mention anybody here. Please pray for early rehabilitation of Khadija so that she becomes a useful member of society. Please also pray that I may become capable to support the cause of anti deafness in return for the precious ear gifted by SAHI to my daughter. Pray I am able to raise funds for a hearing impaired adult patient here in Karachi.

 

I should have written this letter long back. Sorry for this delay as I had no words to show my gratitude and it took me 4 months to write this letter because I am not a regular writer and I did not want to write a formal text.

 

Regards and very many thanks from

 

Engr. Adnan Adeel Memon
Karachi, Pakistan.
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Please Don’t Blame #Imphal: My journey of protest and #music #poetry #mustread


by Akhu Chingangbam

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
It was sometime in 2007 in Delhi when Ashley Tellis, a friend, called me up and asked me to sing a few songs at a protest event at Swami Vivekananda Statue, Arts Faculty, Delhi University. The event was organised by People’s Union for Democratic Rights and they were demanding the immediate release of Dr Binayak Sen who had been arrested by the Chhattisgarh Police without citing any reason. I was broke as usual but i managed to take an autorickshaw to the protest venue. All the performers at the event were performing in Hindi. They were singing songs of Safdar Hashmi and many other protest songs. I carried a few printed copies of my own poems that I had written for Dantewada after reading an editorial column of Hindustan Times. I should call it a collage of images of Dantewada rather than poetry because I had translated the imagery directly from the newspaper.

 

That day I sang three songs, two of my poems and Dylan’s “I shall be released”. No other songs could suit the situation better than “I shall be released”. This was how I started to sing at protest events.

 

These days, more than music, poetry has given me the space to express myself and my existence in this violence-driven undemocratic country. Not only was I addicted to creating my own poetry, I started to search for poetry that match and reflect my hunger and anger. And then one day I stumbled upon the page of Thangjam Ibopishak’s poetry collection “Apaiba Thawai”. The restlessness and anxiety in Ibopishak’s early work during the late sixties was just like that of my generation today. What is different is that my generation is not expressive; perhaps we are timid. And the tragedy doesn’t end here, many youngsters don’t even realise the existence of such poets.

 

When it comes to my poetry and lyrics, I can hardly trace the dividing line. I can always sing my poetry in my own style. Admittedly many may not like my singing style but I have the freedom to do so.

 

By 2008, I had written and composed several songs and I was restless to record them. It was sort of a burning desire that I could not suppress. So in the summer, along with Sachin and my sister, Riki, I recorded eight songs which collectively formed the album ‘Tidim Road’. We named ourselves “Imphal Talkies N The Howlers”. Many friends helped me in recording the songs, both financially and physically. Many thanks to them! The recording session was fun. We were nervous. The idea of playing music in a studio really frightened us. On the first of the days that we booked the recording studio, we couldn’t record. We were very much shaken by that dark sound proof room. But what actually scared us most was the cost of the recording.

 

With every tick of the clock, our bill was mounting and we were not able to play anything other than stuff just enough to make the cue tracks! But finally we did it and it took us nine days to record the whole album.

 

Subsequently, with help from e-pao.net, we released the album in Delhi in February 2009.

 

Around this time something very tragic happened. Dr Thingnam Kishan and his two subordinates, Rajen and Token, were murdered by NSCN (IM). This incident left many shocked. Kishan was someone our generation looked up to for his uprightness. That uprightness cost him his life. Manipur went up in flames with protests engulfing every nook and corner of the state. With a lot of help from the Manipuri Diaspora, NGOs, student organisations, Manipuris in Delhi organised a candle light vigil at Jantar Mantar.

 

At Jamia, I was pasting posters for the vigil when I received a call from a guy named Raju Athokpam saying he would like to perform a few protest songs of Tapta at the vigil. On the day of the vigil, Raju and I met. We played a few songs together and my sister, Riki, sang some new songs. The vigil was successful, with many people from different communities of Manipur turning up for Kishan, Rajen and Token.

 

The last time I met Kishan was exactly one year ago from the month of his death. We met in Delhi and had argued over Manipuri poets. He opined, “Manipuri poets are visionless, they can write of only blood and death. They should look forward to a future beyond this current turmoil.” I countered as I felt there would be the right time for a new crop of poets who would feel the need of a new form of literature.

 

One night after the vigil, I called up Raju to ask if he was interested in recording a song for Kishan as a tribute to the great man. He said, “let’s do it”. Then we went on to record a song named “Ballad of Kishan” at some music school in North campus which incidentally did not have a proper recording studio. The track lacked quality. Raju played everything – bass, lead, rhythm. I was there just to boost his energy and to do the vocal part. The song was criticised by many people for my voice being out of tune. Later I realised I was indeed very much out of tune. In my defence, we recorded the song in just one day. We took three days to compose it and we were not professionals. Our main concern was to show that we cared for Da Kishan. We would not leave any stone unturned in our effort to do so. And we felt the urge to initiate a movement despite our rather insignificant existence as amateur musicians.

 

Thus Raju joined my bandwagon and became a member of the Imphal Talkies N The Howlers. The time that followed never lacked in incidents to inspire us to write new protest songs.

 

Soon after, the incident of July 23, 2009 fake encounter at BT road took place. Once again me and Raju set out to record a song called “Rise” and we recorded it at the same studio. It was not even sound proof, yet we tried our best. It was 1am by the time we were done with the recording. Later the same night, we dissolved our worries in a bottle of whiskey till the wee hours of the morning.

 

In November 2009, New Socialist Initiatives observed the beginning of the tenth year of Irom Sharmila’s struggle to repeal the draconian AFSPA. They organised the event at the same Swami Vivekananda Statue, Arts Faculty, DU, where I had performed for Dr Binayak Sen. Just before the performance, I got a phone call from a friend from Imphal informing that one of my closest friends passed away that morning in a road accident. I didn’t know how to react. All I could think of doing and did was to call my father and ask to go to see my deceased friend’s parents. I cried for a few minutes in a loo as his face suddenly appeared in my mind. He used to be the one who would come to my home in the early morning and wake me up just to talk to him. I still remember the day I blacked out and collapsed on the road sitting on my Honda Activa at his Thongal after consuming half a bottle of Old Monk rum. He helped me up and I waved good bye. That was how we departed. I never knew that would be the final goodbye. What surprises me is that I can’t even compose a poem in his memory. I have tried but in vain.

 

But I had to perform that day, leaving aside his memories. Because I know life is that way. I’m going to meet death too and being a Manipuri, death can come easily to me with guns and bombs.

 

I reached Arts Faculty along with Bomcha (Nila) and Sanjeev Thingnam. That was the first day I peformed with Sanjeev Thingnam. We sang a song called “India, I see blood in your hands”, a poem I had written some months back. We performed it impromptu at the spot. The song started with the line “India, have you ever crawled down enough to smell the soil of Kashmir?” And Jilangamba, a friend, insisted me to sing a Manipuri song, so I sang “Lainingthou lairembigi manairensa Kumsi di Army yam lakka ni hairiye”. Even today wherever we perform, I feel like singing these songs. We then performed: “When the home is burning” and another called “Freedom” written by Sanjeev.

 

That day after the event, we were asked to perform at Miranda House. And we did perform. We added a few new songs to our repertoire, such as “Ghost of Machang Lalung”. Machang Lalung was from Assam. He spent 54 years in prison without any trial. The maximum sentence he should get was ten years in prison. He was even dumped in a mental asylum. Sometime in 2006, a few Assamese activists managed to get him released. But the tragedy was that no one remembered him in his own village, let alone other places and he didn’t even recognise his home. It is almost unimaginably tragic. When I heard his story, I could not help pour out my feelings into a song.

 

Soon after the Miranda House programme, the Progressive Students Union organised an event on the same theme for Irom Sharmila at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Imphal Talkies N the Howlers was the main performer of that evening. There, the three of us – Raju, Sanjeev and me – performed together for the first time. Raju started as a thrash/metal music fan, Sanjeev as a bluesy guy and me addicted to the likes of Dylan and Cohen. We were very different musically. What bonded us together is our shared love for original music that speaks for our bullet-riddled Manipur.

 

Later in early 2010, we performed the same repertoire of songs at Kirori Mal College and National School of Drama, Delhi. Where ever we performed, Sharmila has been our focus. We didn’t plan it but her spirit and this nation’s deafness was already there in many of our songs. Through these small events, I gained many valuable friends.

 

And in the middle of 2010, the spectre of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) loomed like a giant monster, evicting beggars from the streets and students from university hostels. But people didn’t just give up easily. Many organisations protested against such injustice done to poor people and students. University Community for Democray (UCD) was one such organisation formed particularly to protest against the CWG. Many of my friends were in this organisation. I wrote a song in collaboration with Tara Basumatry of Kirori Mal College, on this issue. It goes like “Heart shaped balloon in traffic jam, fade away as they bring their dirty games, they wanna hide the beggars from the streets, cos they are the real indians…”.

 

Sometime later, I sang the song again at Swami Vivekananda Statue, Arts Fauclty, DU. By this time, I was convinced that this Vivekananda Statue would be able to pick me out even if I were standing in the middle of a Chandni Chowk crowd.

 

A few days later, I attended a one-day relay hunger strike accompanied by my songs, again organised by UCD. The next protest event took place at Jantar Mantar for Bhopal Gas Tragedy victims. I went with a friend (Venus) who ended up being my mic stand. From such events, I learnt an important lesson – there is no race or religion for the suffering ones, they will always be together. And me being someone who spent half of his school days in the streets of Imphal, holding placards, shouting slogans, I know how it feels to be at the receiving end. But what comforts me is that the world seems to be dominated by the suffering ones. Just look around!

 

This song is originally by Delhi-based band Imphal Talkies N The Howlers. I love the song — written by Delhi-based PhD student and Imphal Talkies frontman Ronid Chingangbam — so much that I just had to record it! Please check the Imphal Talkies page atwww.reverbnation.com/imphaltalkiesnthehowlers

lyrics

Lyrics, melody: Ronid Chingangbam. Please check his page at
http://www.reverbnation.com/imphaltalkiesnthehowlers

India, have you ever crawled down enough to smell the soil of Kashmir?
India, have you ever heard of a lady named Sharmila?
India, can you explain to me what happened in the land of Gandhi, in Gujarat?
India, what are the charges against Dr Binayak Sen?

India, I see blood in your hands
India I see blood in your flag

India, are you waiting for the stone pelters to become suicide bombers?
India, Why are your farmers so suicidal?
India, why the Poets in South are mourning for the Tamils killed in Sri Lanka?
India, why did you let Narendra Modi walk free preaching genocide?
India, what have you done to the villagers after salwa judum?

Is there a dream that we share from north to south?
Is there a song that echoes from east to west?

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released 20 December 2011
Irom Sharmila’s photograph by Chitra Ahanthem

12-string guitar, blues harp, keyboards, vocals, arrangement: Sumit Bhattacharya

 

 

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