Building an Inclusive India

 

Citizens’ Conclave

25th May, 2018

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

New Delhi: India Inclusive as a platform was was born out of the urgency to defend the diversity, pluralism, democracy, constitutional values and justice during the current state of chaos that the country is going through. To bring together likeminded and concerned citizens including activists, journalists, historians, academics, students and other civil society members, a Citizens’ Conclave was planned over a course of three days, 25th May to 27th May, 2018.

 

One of the few who built the India Inclusive platform, Dr. Harshvardhan Hegde (Senior Orthopaedic Surgeon) opened the conclave by acknowledging the anger and frustration of the citizens of the country. “We as thinkers need to get together, settle our differences and think of a larger solution to the conditions we live in.” he said. Shabnam Hashmi, fellow founder of India Inclusive and social activist also urged everyone to forge their solidarities to build a more cohesive and peaceful country.

 

The first session of the day was titled, “Democracy and Dissent”, it was chaired by Om Thanvi (Senior Journalist). The session was addressed by Iftikar Ahmad Khan (Associate Professor), Jagmati Sangwan (Women’s Rights Activist, Former AIDWA Gen. Sec), Kanhaiya Kumar (Student Activist, AISF, CPI), Meeran Chadha Borwankar (Former IPS Officer), Rajdeep Sardesai (Senior Journalist), Saba Dewan (Documentary Filmmaker), Siddharth Vardarajan (Journalist) and Usha Ramnathan (Academician).

 

Speaking about the current scenario of the country, Iftikar Ahmad Khan talked about the rising disenchantment from the state that people were feeling. He urged for all citizens to start shedding these various illusions and to “Realise the falsity of the paths that we have been led on and break our complicit silence to encourage democracy.” Jagmati Sangwan and Saba Dewan both presented the need for the unification of various struggles, resistances, movements and communities. By referring to recent incidences of honour killing, xenophobic clashes and religious intolerance, Jagamati Sangwan called for a collective realization, “It is important to observe and learn from the events of the last four years in the country. The marginalised of this nation have been forced to live without their rights and freedom while the oppressors have been overcompensated with the same” she said.

 

While talking about the changing political and social currents in the country, Meera Chadha Borwankar and Siddharth Vardarajan reiterated that the Indian society needs to recognise that the state gets away scot free by pitting one community against another. When the clashes occur and dissent is born out of it, those who see through the fog of manipulation are penalised and labelled as anti-national. “The State engages us in senseless debates, it fuels xenophobic tendencies and communal ideas and we need to rise above those illusions and stop ourselves from getting disengaged with democratic processes.” said Siddharth Vardarajan.

 

Usha Ramnathan spoke at length about how the Aadhaar is nothing but a tool for the State to control and monitor its population. “Through certain technologies the State can identify and penalise those who dissent. Technology, now, is a tool in the hands of the government to destabilise democracy and to enforce social compliance and then call it good governance.” She urged the audience present to look beyond the promise of technology and to question it at every step.

 

Rajdeep Sardesai made a passionate request to the people of the country to do away with neutrality and diplomacy. He specifically spoke about journalists by saying, “The way the society is being divided on the lines of anti-nationalist and nationalist, we are being treated to the same discrimination. Our jobs as journalists is to show the State a mirror and make it answerable for the warped political and social conditions they create. It is time for our moral vocabularies to attack the system unconditionally”. His call for Left spaces to leave their echo-chambers and engage with the larger society was reiterated by Kanhaiya Kumar who said, “We need to take our debates, dissent and discussions to the roads, to the communities that are present beyond our platforms. India Inclusive should spread to the furthest corners of the country to really be inclusive.”

 

The second session titled, “Education for Inclusive India” was chaired by Abha Dev Habib (Professor, Miranda House). The session was addressed by Fahad Ahmad (Gen Sec. TISS SU), Kawalpreet Kaur (President AISA, DU), Manasi Thapliyal (Assistant Professor, AUD), Pooja Shukla (Student Leader, Lucknow University), Richa Singh (Student Leader, Allahbad University) and Munna Sunaki (Student at HCU).

 

Abha Dev Habib opened the session by talking about the threat to educational spaces through the declining numbers of SC/ST students in Universities, and the condition of women students. “Students have risked their lives, their voices and their opportunities to question the wrong doings within their Universities.”

Fahad Ahmad added to this conversation by talking about the threat of privatization. “By privatising education, the State is washing its hands off of its responsibilities. This will lead to the tailoring of education to satisfy the oppressors.” Fahad charged through a passionate dialogue and promised that as long as perverse forces threaten the country, students will keep rising in protest. He ended his note with a few lines addressing the fascist forces, “Yeh baazi bhookh ki baazi hain, Yeh baazi tum hi haroge. Har ghar se bhookha niklega, tum kitne bhookhe maroge?”

 

Kawalpreet Kaur and Manasi Thapliyal both talked about the need to keep the outrage and dissent alive in classroom spaces. Kawalpreet added, “The State’s goal of attacking Universities is to make sure these classrooms only produce robots, unscientific students who are regressive, feudal and patriarchal.” She also said that looking at the conditions of women across universities in the country, it is time to first ensure the survival of the woman and then her education. They both also reiterated that as long as there are classrooms in the universities, educators and students will breed critical thinking.

 

Munna Sunaki spoke at length about the need to replace the current education system and replace it with Ambedkar’s model of Inclusive Education. He reiterated Ambedkar’s principles of Education, Organisation and Agitation. He also brought attention to the fact that the infrastructure and education being provided in most universities is severely inadequate. It has led to students committing suicides and that has to addressed urgently.

 

Pooja Shukla and Richa Singh both spoke about the discrimination being faced by SC/ST and OBC students, the limited opportunities that are given to Muslim students and women. “They don’t want the poor to be educated because if they rise in station through education, they will transform the system for good” Pooja said. “This government is trying to make sure that history is re-written by traitors and this new India that is being built, we will reclaim it.” She said. Richa Singh talked about the threat dissenting students face in Universities, “Being labelled as seditionists and traitors, we are being demonized and our ideas of freedom and democracy are being delegitimised” she concluded.

 

 

 

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Rodrigo Duterte invite Jose Maria Sison for peace talks

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte says he has invited a self-exiled Communist rebel leader home for “make-or-break” peace talks. Duterte had promised to revive a stuttering peace process to end nearly five decades of conflict that has killed more than 40,000 people. However, the effort has been fraught with problems and he abandoned talks in November, complaining of duplicity and repeated rebel attacks. On Thursday, Duterte said he had invited Jose Maria Sison, founder and leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines, to return after three decades in exile to restart the negotiations, Reuters reports. “He has agreed,” Duterte said, promising to let Sison return to exile in the Netherlands, regardless of the outcome. Sison was once Duterte’s university lecturer and the two are known for hurling insults at each other.

Congress-JD-S alliance wins Karnataka trust vote

Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy wins floor test after 117 MLAs voted in his favour after voice vote.The BJP MLAs are not in the house.

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BS Yeddyurappa warns CM Kumaraswamy that the BJP would stage a state-wide bandh on May 28 if farmers’ loan waivers do not take place immediately, the BJP MLAs walk out of the assembly, before the floor test  happen.

Indonesia for tougher anti-terror law

Indonesia has passed a new law that will give police more power to take pre-emptive action against terror suspects.

The law was approved by the country’s parliament today, days after suicide bombings claimed by Islamic State killed more than 30 people in the city of Surabaya.

Under the revised law, anyone suspected of planning an attack can be held for up to 21 days for an initial examination, instead of a week, and for up to 200 days for a formal investigation.

Those convicted of smuggling explosives or other chemicals and weapons into or out of the country for terrorism will face a maximum penalty of death.

Apex Courts Micro-Managing Without Expertise, Blundering

May25, 2018 (C) Ravinder Singh progressindia2015@gmail.com

Uncertainty of Projects due to Judicial Interventions, Corruption and Scams are primary reasons for poverty, poor development and polluted environment. Even after 13 years Supreme Court is FUMBLING – Clearly Haryana Government wanted to acquire Large Farm Land at Prime Location On Behalf Of Builders for Commercial Purpose.

‘Residential-Cum Commercial Project could be Worth Rs.50 Cr/Acre But State Government Wanted to Buy Farmland for Just Rs.0.12 Cr/Acre Only’.

I am familiar with the Haryana Government Loot Program in 2005when State wanted to acquire Farm Land on behalf of Builders Like ’10,000 Acres for Reliance*’ and actually sold to Reliance prime land stretching across districts for as low as Rs.2 Lakh/acre when cost of Developed Land in DLF-I was about Rs.2 lakh/Sq.Mt.  [Acre = 4000 Sq.Mt.]

https://rbidocs.rbi.org.in/rdocs/Publications/PDFs/TABLE550843037A6D774646A523D5AEEBC9FFD9.PDF –

*RIL was acquiring 25,000 Acres of Land at just three places, two in Maharashtra & one Haryana for Industrial Townships – even Rs.50 Cr Per Acre was Rs.12,50,000 Cr Projects to be Funded By India – MORE THAN ALL THE CREDIT ADVANCED BY ALL SCHEDULED COMMERCIAL BANKS IN 2005 WHICH WERE Rs,11,52,400 Cr.

Shareholder’s Equity of RIL including Anil Ambani was Rs.1,393 Cr and Dividend Distributed was Rs.1,045 Cr – Just one project was much more than 1000 Times the Equity – 2500 Times Mukesh Ambani Groups promoters holding.

Since 1997-98 India had stable Governments – though RIL Revenue has gone up 45 Times but Dividend growth is barely 3 Times to around Rs.3200 Cr. Why do our Banks fund Company operating at low EARNINGS for Shareholders – 1% or less of turnover?

Apex Court is Familiar with SCAM OF BIG BUILDERS who have taken advances of Rs. Thousands of Crores and Diverted Money to other Projects or Simply Personal Accounts.

Farm Land Acquired for Rs.Lakhs Per Acre, Housing Project Retail Cost is Rs.40 Crores to Rs.150 Crores for Economy Flats to Super Luxury Flats.

In 1974, I worked in Bharat Steel Tube – it was built on 50 Acres of Land, Zenith Steel Tube was built on about 20 Acres but similar Jain Steel Tube Plant in Ghaziabad Industrial was built on just 2 Acres. PSU Steel plants acquired 10 times more Farmland or Forest Land than required.

Obviously SC was expected to Direct States & Banks to FUND MANAGEABLE & REALISTIC PROJECTS – Maximum 5 Acres At A Time than 229 Acres that requires Rs.10,000 Cr Investment in Hissar, a small town.

Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND PROJECTS

Y-77, Hauz Khas, ND -110016, India. Ph: 091- 8826415770, 9871056471, 9650421857

Ravinder Singh* is a WIPO awarded inventor specializing in Power, Transportation,

Smart Cities, Water, Energy Saving, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Technologies and Projects

Hungary tough on “Stop Soros”

Hungary’s government will submit a tougher version of the “Stop Soros” bill to parliament next week, adding criminal penalties for groups accused of financing illegal immigration, according to Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff. “The bill has been tightened… to state that the organization and financing of illegal migration should be punished,” Gergely Gulyas said on Thursday after a government meeting. The legislation will empower the interior minister to ban non-government organizations that support migration and are seen as a national security risk, Reuters said.

France invites for to be hub of tech

French President Emmanuel Macron has called on tech leaders to invest in France, saying his innovation policies aim to make the country the gateway to Europe. Speaking in Paris on Thursday, partly in English, in front of leaders of the tech industry, Macron said: “It’s because France is changing like crazy that we can say that France is back and you could choose France,” AP reports. He said his labor changes have boosted investment in the country over the past year. However, the changes, aimed at giving employers more flexibility to hire and fire, have prompted a series of strikes and street protests against what unions see as weakening workers’ rights.