Under Modi, record rise in unspent funds for Dalits/tribals

By Nikhil M. Babu

In the run-up to the 2014 general elections, then prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, while addressing a gathering of Dalits and backward classes in Kerala, had described himself as a victim of untouchability. "The next 10 years are going to be yours," he had said, to loud cheers.

ये चेहरे यूपी चुनाव में भाजपा के लिए मुसीबत का सबब बन सकते हैं

सिद्धांत मोहन, TwoCircles.net

उत्तर प्रदेश का विधानसभा चुनाव अब चंद महीने ही दूर बचा हुआ है. समाजवादी पार्टी को छोड़कर लगभग सभी दलों ने प्रदेश में चुनावी बिगुल फूंक दिया है और वोटरों को रिझाने के लिए जी-जान से जुटे भी हुए हैं. लेकिन इन सभी के बीच देश के बीते दो सालों के घटनाक्रम को देखें तो कई ऐसे चेहरे सामने आते हैं, जिन्हें भाजपा की विचारधारा से आमना-सामना करने के कारण सुर्ख़ियों में जगह मिली. और सुर्ख़ियों में जगह ही नहीं, समय के साथ उन्हें एक व्यापक जनाधार मिला, जिसकी बिना पर वे विधानसभा चुनावों में भाजपा के लिए परेशानी का सबब बन सकते हैं.

Dalit activist Mevani detained for seeking land rights

Ahmedabad : Gujarat Dalit rights activist, Jignesh Mevani and 200 supporters, who were demonstrating outside the Ahmedabad District Collectorate, were detained on Monday.

Two women members of the rights group, who are fighting for land allocation to Dalits, reportedly fainted and their health deteriorated during the detention.

The Dalit activists were taken to Shahibaug Police Headquarters around 11.30 a.m. and Mevani alleged that no medical help was provided for several hours.

Unspent money for Dalits/tribals, $42.6 bn = 8 times agri budget

By Nikhil M. Babu

It was raining heavily last monsoon when Heerabai's youngest child, Seshkumari, 4, collapsed with a fever. The family could only watch helplessly as her temperature soared and she turned delirious late night.

The nearest primary health centre for Pachkol, Heerabai's village in Chhindwara district in south-west Madhya Pradesh, is 25 km away. And every monsoon, the swollen Bhagbhel river floods the road linking the village to the health centre. If you fall sick, said residents, you have very little hope of finding any medical help.

For short-cut to sainthood, consult journalists of Bihar

By Soroor Ahmed for TwoCircles.net

There is a unique short-cut route to sainthood in Bihar. Vatican must learn from it.

There is no need to wait for five years or so after death for a person to be declared as saint.

Just join the Rashtriya Janata Dal and after a few unlawful and criminal acts leave it. You would automatically become saint: instead of any Pope, it will be the media persons who will formally ‘declare’ the said person as a saint.

A Kashmiri activist arrested, a Dalit leader detained, a Muslim killed by Gau Rakshaks: Happy Birthday, PM

By Amit Kumar, TwoCircles.net

The lynching of Mohammed Akhlaq in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh was a gruesome incident. But that was last year. Now, Dadri has become just a reference point: every state is clamouring it seems, to have its own Dadri Moment, and since Akhlaq was beaten to death by a mob for “consuming beef”, similar incidents have been reported in Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir and of course Gujarat. Remember Una?

Police file charge sheet in Kerala woman's rape-murder case

Kochi : The Kerala Police on Saturday filed a charge sheet in a local court in the brutal rape-murder of a 27-year-old Dalit law student.

The name of an Assam native, Ameerul Islam, featured as the lone accused in the charge sheet.

Police filed the over 1,500-page charge sheet in the Ernakulam Principal Sessions Court, charging the accused with rape and murder of the woman.

The victim was found dead on April 28 this year in her home by her mother Rajeshwari, who works as a casual labourer.

Dalit leader Jignesh detained ahead of Modi's arrival in Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad : Gujarat Dalit rights leader Jignesh Mevani was "picked up" by Gujarat police from Ahmedabad airport on Friday evening, hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed for a two-day state visit as part of his birthday celebrations.

Mevani's brother Viral Mevani confirmed on social media that "some 15 to 20 policemen just whisked him away".

"Jignesh arrived from Delhi by an Indigo flight. We also waved at each other as he was walking down to the exit."

When Jignesh was closing in he suddenly he was picked up, Viral said.

Quota for faculty members at IIMs on anvil: Javadekar

Ahmedabad : The Union Human Resources Development Ministry is considering introducing reservation for faculty positions at Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs).

Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters here on Friday that the ministry would shortly hold talks with the chiefs of the prestigious B-schools in this regard. The Chairmen and Directors of IIMs will first meet at IIM-Shillong on September 20 to discuss the matter.

The minister was at IIM-Ahmedabad to interact with faculty members and students.

‘जिग्नेश मेवाणी की गुजरात पुलिस द्वारा ‘अवैध हिरासत’ लोकतंत्र की हत्या है’

TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter

नई दिल्ली : ऊना दलित अत्याचार लड़त समिति के संयोजक जिग्नेश मेवाणी को दिल्ली से लौटते हुए गुजरात पुलिस द्वारा हिरासत में लिए जाने की ख़बर है. इस ‘अवैध हिरासत’ को लखनऊ की सामाजिक संगठन रिहाई मंच ने लोकतंत्र की हत्या क़रार देते हुए तत्काल इस दलित आंदोलन के नेता की रिहाई की मांग की है.