Harish Verma claimed that his party’s own government did not release the annual grants for the maintenance of the goshalas in a state where cow slaughter is banned.
The unrest in and around Bastar is fundamentally about respect, dignity and trust in our behaviour towards other people.
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“We are convinced that not only the views she (Varsha Dongre) put forth, but the manner in which she conveyed them were also well-within the constitutional limits.”
If the government was sincere about bringing peace and a normal administration to Bastar, it would have used the good offices of Panda and his wife instead of spending the past decade tormenting and harassing them.
Illegal mining syndicates and the Naxals share a symbiotic relationship – they both want the isolated, backward districts of Chhattisgarh to stay that way.
Officials said Varsha Dongre was suspended because her Facebook post alleging human rights violations by the state was in ‘violation of service rules’.
‘They were 14- and 16-year old and were given electric shocks on their wrists and breasts,’ a Chhattisgarh jail officer writes about human rights violations.
Human rights activists have maintained that they are against all forms of violence, but continue to come under attack by the state.
The government is not releasing pensions for people who have failed to submit their Aadhaar number to the bank. This is not only a violation of Supreme Court orders but also an infringement of the fundamental right to life.
An injured jawan, brought to a hospital in Raipur, said the CRPF patrol was attacked by around 300 Maoist guerrillas.
Over the course of a judicial inquiry into a 2012 incident that left 17 people dead, villagers in Bastar have come together to question the role security forces’ played.
It will be interesting to see if UP’s new farm loan waiver expands into a new social policy for the state.
With the clamour for justice in Bastar peaking, it remains to be seen whether the Raman Singh-led Chhattisgarh government takes notice of such allegedly state-perpetrated atrocities.
Chhattisgarh is not alone in enhancing the penalty for a law which by the chief minister’s own admission is not even being violated.
Bastar-based Santosh Yadav had been jailed in September 2015 by the Chhattisgarh police who accused him of having links with Naxals and of involvement in operations against the security forces.
The petition may or may not change the state of human rights in Chhattisgarh but it will certainly crank open the gates for more women to seek relief for crimes committed against them.
Providing a UBI in place of existing schemes will not change the fundamentally unequal income distribution in the country. The way to resolve the crisis is a redistribution from the rich to the poor.
The Gadchiroli couple who had alleged that two women from Chattisgarh had been detained and assaulted by Maharashtra’s C-60 commandos has now been arrested.
“The aim of acts of intimidation and hostility appears to be to clear the area of any dissenting voices [in Bastar] so that the police and security forces have a free hand.”
Bhatia was asked to vacate her house for allegedly being a Maoist sympathiser prompting civil society activists to voice their support for her.
The attack comes days after the researcher accompanied an NHRC team to record the statements of rape and sexual assault survivors who have filed FIRs against police personnel.
The commission held the government “vicariously responsible” for 16 counts of sexual assault, ranging from rape to physical violence, allegedly committed by police personnel.
The NHRC said that after careful consideration of the material on record, it found that there are in “total 34 victims mentioned in police complaints.”
The prices of several vegetables have slumped in both wholesale and open markets all over the state.
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Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group’s Shalini Gera has been charged with being a Maoist cash conduit despite the police having little evidence to back the claim.
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is a mechanically-run government programme without a strong economic and environmental foundation and accompanying consciousness about what toilet cleanliness means.
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Public protests in urban centres in Chhattisgarh cannot be expected to wean people away from Maoism. What, then, is their real motive?
The media is meant to report the truth, but the structure and vested interests of the Indian press have stopped that from happening.
A year after several Adivasi women accused men from the police and security forces of sexual assault, the investigation has stalled due to governmental inaction.
The commission has said that DU professor Nandini Sundar and others have been booked for murder in a mala fide manner to settle scores.
On the back foot, the Chhattisgarh government told the apex court it did not intend to pursue the case – which critics have described as fabricated – as of now.
Over 200 sociologists released a statement condemning the recent FIR filed by the Chhattisgarh police against Nandini Sundar, Archana Prasad, Vineet Tiwari and Sanjay Parate on charges of murder and criminal conspiracy.
Earlier this year, Sundar, Prasad, Tiwari and Parate were part of a fact-finding team that looked at the impact of Maoist violence and state excesses on ordinary villagers in Bastar.
Attacks by state-sponsored vigilante groups have increased in the last week after the CBI reported to the Supreme Court about police excesses in Chhattisgarh.
‘Big breaking news’, a WhatsApp message advertising the police protest said. “In Kondagaon at 3:30 PM, the police will burn the effigies of Nandini Sundar, Bela Bhatia, Manish Kunjam, Himanshu Kumar.”
While the Centre has praised Chhattisgarh for its implementation of MGNREGS, Khushwaha has exposed how the state government glosses over evident failures.
Nandini Sundar’s meticulously researched The Burning Forest is a searing indictment of how the government and the Maoists fail to deliver constitutional rights.
Twenty-five years after his assassination, the need to fight for Niyogi’s goals and learn from his dedication is stronger than ever.