Casteist remarks: Assistant professor booked



Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 30
The police today booked an assistant professor of Rajindra Medical College for allegedly making cast-based remarks against an MBBS student. The FIR comes ten days after Raj Kumar Verka, vice chairman, National Commission for Scheduled Castes, visited Patiala, met the aggrieved student and directed the Patiala police to register a case.

Teaching staff of the college is up in arms against the “one-sided act” of the police.

The police said the FIR was registered against Rajindra Medical College assistant professor Dr Harsimran Singh on the complaint filed by MBBS student Anmolpreet Singh. In his complaint to the police, Anmolpreet stated that the accused professor had passed caste-based remarks against him in front of the entire class.

Following the complaint and a preliminary probe, the police registered a case under Sections 3 (1), (10) of the SC, ST Act 1989 against the accused at the civil lines police station.

Sources said it was only after the chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Castes asked the district police chief to register a case that the accused was booked. They said the accused could be arrested anytime as the sections were non-bailable. However, with over 100 students as witnesses and many of them willing to give their statement in the case, the police might take more time to investigate the matter. “While some students have backed the victim, others have told us a different story,” said a police source.

Patiala SSP Gurpreet Singh Gill said they were investigating the matter and statements of witnesses would be recorded. “It is too early to say anything but we are sure the investigation will be done in an impartial manner,” Gill said.

Teachers from the general category are opposing the registration of the case, claiming that the student was under the influence of a senior professor, who was known for using such tactics to settle personal scores.

Seven similar complaints had been received — three at the medical college and four at Rajindra Hospital. In August 2012, three such complaints were filed by Class IV employees of the hospital. However, following investigations, it was found that none of the complaints were genuine.

“We are for strict punishment against anyone using caste remarks against anyone but it is hard to believe that an assistant professor would use such words in a classroom without a valid reason,” said a senior doctor. “Such cases will cause a rift instead of bridging it and we demand an impartial probe. Till then, those involved in the case should be shifted from their positions so that students are under no pressure,” he said.

 

Professor’s casteist remark invites SC panel wrath


, TNN | Apr 20, 2013,

AMRITSAR: An assistant professor of Patiala‘s government medical college (GMC) is in the soup for allegedly passing casteist remarks against an MBBS student in a classroom.Turning the heat on the professor, the SC/ST commission on Friday asked the Patiala police to register a case against him.

Commission vice-chairman Raj Kumar, who belongs to Amritsar, said that he ordered an FIR after an inquiry report held the professor guilty of the charges.

The probe was conducted by a three-member committee comprising Dr H S Sandhu, Dr Manjit Singh Bal and Dr Anita Gupta.

According to the inquiry report, the incident happened on April 9 during a class of Harsimran Singh, an assistant professor in the ophthalmology department of GMC, Patiala.

Harsimran passed the casteist remarks against Amolpreet Singh after the student fumbled while answering the roll call.

The report states that Harsimran was taking attendance when he called for roll number 18

and Amolpreet whose roll number was 80 answered it which enraged the professor who remarked, “You bespectacled chap, stand up and get out. I am sure that only you are capable of this nonsense.”

The report says that the professor had

denied making any casteist remarks against

the student.

Raj Kumar said as many as 26 students, belonging to different castes, of the class had filed a complaint against the professor alleging that he had also asked Amolpreet about his category, PMT rank etc.

The students’ complaint quotes professor telling Amolpreet that “I have recognized you. Only an SC can do something like this.”

The commission VC said that he has also directed the Patiala police to hold an independent inquiry into the incident.

When contacted, Patiala SSP Gurmeet Singh Gill said that he has marked the inquiry to a committee headed by a police officer of the rank of DSP.

“We will take action after receiving the report,” said the SSP.

 

India Palestine Solidarity Forum National Conference “Peace & Justice for Palestine”:


At the Aligargh Muslim University, India, JFK Auditorium on the 16th of March 2013.
Presided by Prof. Liaqat Hussain Moini (Gaddinasheen, Ajmer Sharif),
Inaugural Speech, The Pro Vice Chancellor Brig-Retd, S. Ahmad Ali, Dr Suresh Khairnar, Sandeep Pandey,
Key-note address, Feroze Mithiborwala, Putul ji, Dr. Mohibul Haq,Prof. Rakesh Rafique, Prof. Arshee Khan, Raziya Khan, Bhupen Singh, Rakesh Mishra, Shujaat Ali Qadri, Farha Iman,
Shahnawaz Warsi, Insha Malik, Homazade & Badar Khan.
This is the second National Conference that the IPSF has organized in India. The first was in December 2012..
Organized by: Mudabbir Ali Chaudhary, Muhammad Kashif Khan, Mehak Zaidi & Farheen Anjum.

 

#RIP-Lotika Sarkar- Champion of #Womenrights #Vaw


 

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Feb 23, 2013- Professor Lotika Sarkar  passed away this evening at around 8.30pm at home. The funeral will be held tomorrow, Sunday 24th at 1:00 pm, at the Electric Crematorium, Lodi Road, New Delhi.

She was   India‘s first woman to graduate from Cambridge and a champion of women’s rights,

Professor Lotika Sarkar was widely-known pioneer in the fields of law, women’s studies and human rights. She taught criminal law and conflict of laws at the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi and has been an active member of the Indian Law Institute. She was a member of the Government of India‘s Committee on the Status of Women in India and has been a founding member of several institutions—the Indian Association for Women Studies and the Centre for Women‘s Development Studies.

Lotika Sarkar played a crucial role in several path-breaking legislations for gender justice. A Cambridge-educated lawyer by training, she was the first woman teacher of law at the University of Delhi.

Lotika Sarkar, RIP. One of the original Painted and Dented Ladies, she and three other professors of law wrote the landmark Open Letter to the Chief Justice of India in 1979, which sharply criticised the Supreme Court’s judgement in what has come to be known as the Mathura rape case and thereby catalysed the first major campaign for changes in the laws relating to rape back in 1980. It’s so important to remember and honour pioneers like her.

Read here Writing the Women’s Movement: A Reader

 

 

MSU law faculty head arrested for smearing VC’s chair with itching powder #humour


TNN | Feb 19, 2013, 0

MSU law faculty head arrested for smearing VC's chair with itching powder
M S University law faculty head arrested for allegedly smearing itching powder on vice-chancellor Yogesh Singh’s chair.
VADODARA: Vadodara‘s M S University law faculty head Ghanshyam Solanki was arrested on Monday for allegedly smearing itching powder on vice-chancellor Yogesh Singh’s chair during a national seminar a day earlier. Singh had to leave the seminar midway.

“Forensic tests on the chair revealed that somebody had smeared it with itching powder. Further investigations revealed the teacher’s involvement,” police commissioner Satish Sharma said.

Solanki was booked for obstructing a public servant in discharge of public functions and causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means. He confessed to using the powder but claimed that it was not meant for Singh. His real target was the law faculty in-charge dean professor S S Bhattacharya.

MSU officials said Solanki may have done so as his application for promotion was rejected recently.

“It is shameful and unbelievable. I had never expected this to happen. Normally, we do not except a teacher to get involved in such acts,” Singh told TOI.

“We have taken it very seriously and any such incident by any staff or student will not be tolerated in future,” officer on special duty (registrar) Dr Amit Dholakia said.

 

Immediate Release- International Letter to Indian Authorities supporting Anti-nuke protesters


May 3, 2012

OPEN LETTER to:

The Honorable Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh
The Honorable Chief Minister, Government of Tamil Nadu, Dr. Selvi J. Jayalalithaa
The Honorable Minister of Home Affairs, Dr. Chidambaram Palanniappan,
Honorable Madam and Gentlemen,
We the undersigned are very concerned over the heavy-handed manner in which the governments of India and Tamil Nadu have treated the non-violent struggle against Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant.  We understand that just between September and December 2011, complaints were registered against more than 55,000 people in just one police station – the Koodankulam police station.
Residents of the Idinthakarai fishing village, who have been at the forefront of the non-violent struggle, and who continue to demonstrate against the project are afraid to leave their village for fear of being arrested and jailed.  Two activists have been languishing in jail, and bail is being delayed or denied.  In the entire district of Tirunelveli, we understand that no event critical of nuclear energy is permitted. Printing presses have been warned by the police against printing wall posters or other material critical of nuclear energy.
India has strived hard to maintain its democratic credentials and spirit. But the manner in which voices critical of nuclear power are being silenced in Tamil Nadu poses a serious threat to democracy.
We understand that the grass roots people’s movement against the plant started in the late 1980s when the plan was disclosed. Since then it has grown into a non-violent mass movement of 10,000 people strong, centered in Idihthakarai and adjacent villages. This is a “genuine people’s movement” with principled non-violent and democratic means of protest such as hunger strikes, relay-fasts, and road blockades.
The proposed Koondankulam plant is located in a tsunami and earthquake prone area, as evidenced by the 2004 tsunami that claimed 8,000 people’s lives in Tamil Nadu.  The most recent Indonesian earthquake on April 11th produced significant tremors across Tamil Nadu. The parallel with Fukushima is too striking to be ignored. Under the circumstances, the way in which the project is being pushed through, even without conducting mandatory emergency drills is extremely worrisome.
The government needs to engage with people and address their concerns scientifically and honestly. People’s fears about the dangers of nuclear power cannot be silenced by police power.
We call upon the Tamil Nadu and the Indian governments to meet the following demands of the people:
·               Remove uranium fuel rods from the KKNPP facility in the wake of Nature’s threats;
·               Institute an independent committee of experts to study the geology, hydrology and oceanography involved in the Koodankulam project without further delay;
·               Consult the local people affected by the project for their approval or rejection of the KKNPP;
·               Conduct disaster management and evacuation exercises for all the people in 30 km radius from the Plant;
·               Share a copy of the Intergovernmental Agreement between India and Russia in 2008 on liability;
·               Divulge all the relevant information about the Plant’s nuclear wastes and their management;
·               Withdraw all the charges, cases and complaints against all the protestors and release all imprisoned protestors as agreed upon on in our talks with the Tamil Nadu government’s authorities on March 27, 2012; and
·               Respect the democratic rights of our people to oppose the Plant peacefully and nonviolently.
 In addition, we also request that all restrictions on free speech, including the free movement of people in and out of Idinthakarai village be lifted; and that both the regional and national governments ensure the villagers’ access to essential resources and services such as food, water, medicine, and hospitals.
Despite the physical distance, we stand with the people gathered in Idithakarai, and their right to speak out freely and non-violently. We are hopeful that India will live up to its reputation as the world’s largest democracy
Sincerely,
Johan Galtung, dr hc mult, Professor of Peace Studies, Founder TRANSCEND: A Peace Development Environment Network
Glenn Paige, Chair of Governing Council, Global Institute of Non-Killing, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawai’i
Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate, Co-founder of Peace People, N. Ireland
Fritjof Capra, founding director, Center for Ecoliteracy, professor of physics, author of ‘The Tao of Physics”
Michael J. Shapiro, Professor of Political Science, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawai’i
George Kent, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawai’i
Peter Manicas, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawai’i
Prof. Dr. Dietrich Fischer, Academic Director, World Peace Academy – Basel, Switzerland
Louis Herman, Professor of Political Science, University of Hawaii at West Oahu – Honolulu, Hawai’i
Bishnu Pathak, PhD – Executive Director, Peace and Conflict Studies Center, Kathmandu – Nepal
Michael True, Emeritus Professor, Assumption College, Massachusetts, USA
Kathy E. Ferguson, Professor of Political Science and Women Studies, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawai’i
Gayle McLaughlin, Mayor of Richmond, California ,USA
 Jacques Depelchin, Visiting Professor of African History at Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana, Bahia, Brazil
 Manfred Henningsen, Professor of Political Science, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawai’i
Lester R. Kurtz, Professor of Public Sociology, George Mason University, VA-USA
John Scales Avery – Professor Emeritus of physics and chemistry University of Copenhagen-Denmark and Chairman, Danish National Group, Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs
Farai Maguwu – Director, Center for Research and Development, Mutare, Zimbabwe
Michaela Birk, Executive Director, Transform: Centre for Conflict Analysis, Political Development and World Society Research, Berlin-Germany
 Ahmed Badawi, Research Associate, Zentrum Moderner Orient – Berlin, Germany
 Ajay Skaria, Professor in Global Studies and History, University of Minnesota, USA
Kyoko Okumoto, Professor at Osaka Jogakuin University, TRANSCEND Japan, TRANSCEND North East Asia, TRANSCEND Global
Akifumi Fujita, M.A., Lecturer in Peace Studies, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan
Jovanka Beckles, City Council member, Richmond California, USA
Raj Patel, Visiting Scholar at the Center for African Studies at the University of California Berkeley, and Research Associate at the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Paul Ropp, Research Professor, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
 

CC:
 Dr. Ivan Šimonović
Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights.
OHCHR in New York
UN Headquarters 
New York, NY 10017 
USA
newyork@ohchr.org
Ms. Helen Clark , United Nations Development Programme Administrator, United Nations Development Programme
One United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017 USA
Tel: +1 (212) 906-5000 UNDP-newsroom@undp.org
Mrs. Sonia Gandhi soniagandhi@sansad.nic.in
Mr. Arun Jaitley, BJP, ajaitley@sansad.nic.in and/or ajaitley@del5.vsnl.net.in

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