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Assam: “Conspiracy” to declare lakhs stateless, 80% “foreigners” yet to resubmit claims

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In a detailed note, well-known civil rights organization, Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), which has taken up the cause of lakhs of people in Assam who are in danger of being permanently declared “foreigner”, has said that, with less than 10 days to go for re-submitting claims for citizenship before the National Register of Citizens (NRC) offices, the future of nearly 32 lakh people is at stake.
Pointing out that nearly 80% of the claim forms is “yet to be submitted” before the deadline, December 15, the note says, already, some people who have begun smelling “a conspiracy in deliberately setting an impossible deadline.”Text of the CJP note:

Even as the December 15 deadline for filing NRC Claim forms looms large, nearly 32 lakh people are yet to file their claims. Over the last 73 days, only 8,10,000 people have been able to complete the process. That comes to approximately 11,095 application filed per day. Given how now there are less than ten days left, out of which only five are working days, it is obvious that the remaining people will not be able to complete the application process in time!
A total of 40,07,707 persons failed to find their names in the NRC final draft that was published on July 30, 2018. This means, more than 80 percent of the people whose names had not been included in the NRC yet to submit their applications as a part of the claims and objections process. The fast approaching deadline is only casting a dark shadow over their future. What will happen to those who fail to submit their claim applications within stimulated period?
Over four million people have been left out of the NRC draft, most of them from socio-economically backward communities. Now CJP, drawing from its previous experience in providing legal aid in Gujarat, will step in with a multi-faceted team of lawyers and volunteers to ensure that these people receive a fair chance while filing claims across 18 of the worst affected districts. Your contribution can help cover the costs of a legal team, travel, documentation and technological expenses. Please donate generously here.

According to Prof Taizuddin Ahmed, who teaches political science at Bhawanipur Anchalik College, there are two possibilities: If you submit claim forms and your name remains out of final NRC your case may be referred to Foreigners Tribunal; or if you don’t submit your claim form there is high probability of being declared ‘foreigner’

Prof Ahmed, has been burning the midnight oil working closely with CJP’s community volunteers and other youth of Barpeta and Baksa district to help people in filling up NRC claim application forms.

CJP’s work gets appreciated 
Dr Hamida Haque, who has the distinction of being the first Muslim woman to hold a PhD in Mathematics, says, “The situation is deeply disturbing. But what’s worse, is that very few young and educated people are fully aware of how grave it has become.” She adds, “Had all people been working with the same passion and commitment at CJP community volunteers and volunteer motivators, we would have been able to mitigate the crisis to some extent by now.”
Prof Abdul Mannan who teaches Statistics at Gauhati University says, “Today we find ourselves amidst an unwarranted situation. Everybody in the state and from across the country, should come forward to lend a helping hand to ensure 100% of the claim forms are submitted within the stimulated period. Otherwise the poor and distressed people will have an uphill task ahead.” Appreciating work of CJP, Prof. Mannan says, “It is time to have a rethink. If someone can’t work on the ground like CJP Volunteers, they should have at least support CJP for their noble work.”
Meanwhile, there are some people who smell a conspiracy in deliberately setting an impossible deadline. Advocate Shaizuddin Ahmed of Gauhati High Court says, “It is greater conspiracy to drop a large number of people from final NRC and thus declare them as stateless. Everyone should understand and work to overcome this conspiracy. If others would have worked on the ground like CJP, then we could have averted this catastrophe.”
Assam’s arithmetic
At present there are 25 volunteer motivators along with 500 community volunteers who are working hard on the ground for filling claim applications every day. But the number is not enough. A volunteer can’t fill up more than 15 forms a day, helping cover anywhere between 40 to 50 applicants given how each form can cover more than one applicants. This is because if one person’s citizenship is under the scanner, it could affect others in their family. Therefore, 500 community volunteers can help cover only 40×500= 20,000 applicants a day, which in itself is a formidable feat!
This also means during the last 73 days CJP community volunteers alone have covered 14,60,000 claim applications. But then why is it that only 8,10,000 claim applications have been submitted till 4th December, 2018? It is because of mainly two reasons.Bureaucratic hurdles 
First, compiling documents for claim applications is not easy. The SOPs that finally came out after Supreme Court hearing on 1 November have created some complications for filling claim applications for the updating NRC. We know that most people were dropped from the final draft of the NRC because of linkage certificates. It means the Legacy documents or List A documents or the documents prior to 1971 of these people are beyond doubt. But the problem is that if the Legacy documents is in the name of someone’s father, grandfather or great grandfather it is tough establish his linkage with the Legacy Person.
Moreover there are 7 list B documents viz; 1) Birth certificate, 2) Land documents, 3) Board/ university certificates, 4) Bank/ LIC/ post office policy documents, 5) Circle officer / lot mandal / Panchayat secretary certificates, 6) Voters list, 7) Ration card and 8) Others. Among these seven documents, many are not easily available for economically weak and uneducated people, women and children.<

Though the voters list is a universal documents it excludes the population under 18 years of age and married women can’t connect with their inherents as father’s name is not available with the name of a married woman in the voters list. Though the ration card of a family could have been used for the linkage documents, not a single ration card has issuing date with the seal and signature of the issuing authority. So, all ration cards submitted so far have been rejected all over the state.

The only alternative that was for the poor, uneducated woman was Panchayat secretary certificates which too was rejected largely during verification. The Supreme Court that permitted the acceptance of Panchayat secretary certificates stipulated that this was pending proper verification.

But, the officials of NRC Authority from top to bottom rejected Panchayat secretary certificates who failed to submit additional document to that of Panchayat secretary certificates. On December 1, Prateek Hajela, state coordinator, NRC, issued an additional order to all DRCR of the State, where he has maintained that the married woman, who have no other documents to Panchayat secretary certificates should be verified as per Supreme Court directives.
But, an overwhelming majority of ground level officials appear to be quite ignorant about the Supreme Court directives. So, people are afraid about the situation that a document rejected once may not be acceptable again. So, everyone searching for the alternative documents which may be a substitute to Panchayat Secretary Certificate. But the door is closed for such alternative as in SOP it is strictly mentioned that any documents issued after August 31, 2015 will not be acceptable as List B documents for claim applications.When Team CJP was monitoring the NSK centre it found in Narayanpur NSK in Baksa District that one LRCR was rejecting a land document of 1969 only because of the copy of the document was issued in 1987. Bedanta Bora, the LRCR of the opinion that the document was issued after 1971 so it can’t be a legacy document.

 At that time Shanti Ranjan Mitra of the Forum for Social Harmony, who was part of the CJP delegation asked, “I have passed the matriculation examination in 1965. I had lost my Admit card of that Examination. I have bring collected duplicate copy of that Admit card only on yesterday. Is it a document of 1965 or 2018?” Shanti Ranjan Mitra asked the question repeatedly, but the LRCR didn’t cite a single word.

The food fight is on! 
Still, the distressed people have not given up their efforts to collect alternative documents. The community volunteers of CJP along with hundreds of educated youth, students and informed people are extending helping hands to gather alternative documents for claim applications.

The people who have submitted wrong legacy data due to similarities of names of their legacy person are searching hard for their genuine legacy person and their legacy data codes, which is also a toughest work. But, they are still searching, they are still fighting, because giving up is not an option

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Singer Mika Singh ‘held in Dubai for sexually harassing Brazil teen’ #VaW

Mika Singh detained in Dubai for sending obscene pic to Brazilian teen

Delhi Police confirmed that the singer’s “friends attempted to get Mika released”.

Mika was detained by Dubai police.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mika is yet to be produced before a court
  • The complaint was filed by the 17-year-old Brazilian
  • He sent the inappropriate picture via WhatsApp

Singer Mika Singh was detained in Dubai after a complaint was received that he sent an obscene photograph to a Brazilian teenager. He is now lodged in Abu Dhabi jail.

The complaint was filed by the 17-year-old Brazilian teen. Delhi Police confirmed that his “friends attempted to get Mika released”. He sent the inappropriate picture via WhatsApp.

Mika is yet to be produced before a court. Indian Misson officials in Abu Dhabi were at the police station and were in touch with police authorities

The singer was scheduled to come back to India today from the Masala Awards 2018.

The Indian Consulate has neither been contacted by Dubai officials nor Mika. Sources confirmed that the Indian embassy in Abu Dhabi could provide more details on the matter.

A few years ago, Mika raked up controversy after he forcefully kissed actor and reality TV star Rakhi Sawant.

In 2016, a 32-year-old Mumbai-based designer filed a criminal complaint, alleging that she was assaulted during a scuffle with the singer at his residence.

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Dalit Lawmaker Savitri Phule Quits BJP, Says Party Dividing Society

Savitri Bai Phule

Lucknow: In a jolt to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh, Lok Sabha member Savitri Bai Phule resigned from the party on Thursday accusing it of trying to divide the society. “I am a social worker. I work for Dalits. The BJP is doing nothing for Dalit reservation,” the saffron-robed politician from Bahraich said on the sidelines of an event to mark the death anniversary of B.R. Ambedkar here.  Phule said that while she had quit the BJP, she would continue to be a Lok Sabha member till the end of her tenure. The 37-year-old has been working at cross-purposes with her party for the last one year, many a times openly flouting the party line.

Phule said she has resigned from basic membership of BJP on the death anniversary of BR Ambedkar. “From today onwards, I have nothing to do with the BJP. My voice was being ignored in the party as I am a Dalit. There is a great conspiracy against Dalits and their rights. The reservation for Dalits and Backwards is also being slowly taken away. I will continue to fight for the Constitution and will hold a mega rally in Lucknow on January 23,” she was quoted as saying by News18. Last week, she also took exception to Chief Minister Adityanath’s remarks that Lord Hanuman was a Dalit and asked if that was the case, why were Dalits not made priests in all Hanuman temples. A leader of Dalits, Phule has demanded that instead of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, the BJP should construct a temple of Lord Buddha there.

Soon after her resignation was announced, Uttar Pradesh cabinet Minister Om Prakash Rajbhar, leader of a BJP ally, Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party, said this was the beginning of a revolt in the BJP. He said: “There are many MPs and MLAs who are not happy with the style of functioning of the state government, Wait and watch… more such events will happen.”

Kushwaha Opposes BJP’s Ram Temple Agenda

Patna: Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief and Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha, A BJP ally, on Thursday said that it was not the work of a political party to construct a temple or mosque. A member of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), he said that his party opposed the Bharatiya Janata Party’s bid to raise the Ayodhya temple issue.  Kushwaha was expected to announce his party’s future ties with the NDA on Thursday in Motihari but he chose to target the BJP’s Ram temple agenda for the first time publicly. He said the BJP was raising the temple issue for political gains. This was an attempt to divert the attention of the people from real issues related to education, health, employment and development. The RLSP would oppose to BJP’s move to polarise the society on the issue of Ram temple, he said, adding that “RLSP is not against the construction of a temple but it should be constructed as per the law of the land

https://www.newsclick.in/dalit-lawmaker-savitri-phule-quits-bjp-says-party-dividing-society

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Bulandshahr Cop Killed By Mob Was Corrupt, Says Another Accused In Video #WTFnews

Local BJP leader Shikhar Agarwal, who is also named in the FIR, has blamed police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, who died in the clashes, for the violence.

Bulandshahr Cop Killed By Mob Was Corrupt, Says Another Accused In Video

Shikhar Agarwal claimed in the video that Mr Singh threatened to kill him.

LUCKNOW: A day after a Bajrang Dal activist appeared in a video claiming innocence in theBulandshahr mob violence, another man wanted by the police in the case has released a video.

In the video, local BJP leader Shikhar Agarwal, who is also named in the FIR, has blamed police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, who died in the clashes, for the violence which erupted around a police post over alleged cow slaughter.

Inspector Singh and 20-year-old Sumit Kumar were killed as a mob, which included right-wing activists, clashed with the police.

The video surfaced as Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met with Mr Singh’s family in Lucknow.

On Wednesday, a man identifying himself as Yogesh Raj, the convenor of Bajrang Dal’s Bulandshahr unit, issued a video message claiming innocence.He claimed he was no present at the site of the violence.

The Bajrang Dal’s western Uttar Pradesh unit backed his claim of innocence, but also asked him to surrender before the police.

In the latest video, Shikhar Agarwal, who is BJP’s Syana unit youth wing president, claimed it was the inspector who created tension by stopping him and others from taking cow carcasses to the Chingrawathi police post for filing a complaint over the alleged slaughter.

He claimed in the video that Mr Singh threatened to kill him and his aides.

Shikhar Agarwal said he later told Additional Director General of Police Avinash Chandra Maurya about the “threat”.

The BJP worker also accused Mr Singh of being “corrupt” and “siding with the Muslim community” to perpetuate cow slaughter.

Both Shikhar Agarwal and Yogesh Raj are among the 27 people named in the FIR registered by the police after the violence.agencies

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Mumbai- Rahman Abbas , author bags Sahitya Akademi Award for Urdu novel ‘Rohzin’

Mumbai:

City-based progressive Urdu author Rahman Abbas who had courted controversy and was even jailed for allegedly depicting obscenity in his first novel has won the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award for his fourth Urdu Novel ‘Rohzin’. The Akademi awards were announced in Delhi on Wednesday and Abbas, along with other winners, will be awarded in January 2019. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 1lakh and a citation.

Born in Chiplun (Konkan) and educated in Mumbai, the Mira Road-based Abbas’s novel ‘Rohzin’ (The Melancholy of the Soul) is set in the backdrop of the 2005 deluge in Mumbai and is a story of love, lust, belonging, rejection and identity spread across shades of the city. “I have lived in Mumbai since age four and my novel is set here. It talks about the city’s sociocultural life, its dark underbelly. The reader feels fragrance and smells as he meanders through localities like Mumba Devi and Mohammed Ali Road,” said Abbas, sipping tea at a popular Mira Road ‘adda’ on Thursday, amidst a flurry of congratulatory calls.

Abbas, 46, claims he is the youngest and first Maharashtrian Urdu novelist to have won a Sahitya Akademi Award. Part of the 2015 ‘Award Wapsi’ campaign (he had returned the award of the Maharashtra State Urdu Sahitya Akademi given to him for his 2011novel ‘Khuda Ke Saye Mein’), Abbas says he will not return the latest award. “That time it was a protest against attacks on liberal writers and rationalists. Sahitya Akademi is an autonomous body and chooses books for awards purely on merit. I will keep this award,” said Abbas.

The 2016 novel ‘Rohzin’ has been translated into English, Hindi and German. He was invited by the German publishers for the book’s launch in Zurich, Switzerland, earlier this year. It is a bestseller in Pakistan and has received rave reviews by eminent commentators, including Pakistani writer Mustansar Hussain Tarar and eminent Indian Urdu critics Gopichand Narang and Shafai Kidwai.

Abbas first hit the headlines in 2005 when his first novel ‘Nakhlistan Ki Talash’ (Search of an Oasis) landed him in trouble for allegedly depicting obscenity. Some conservative elements in the community filed a case against him and he was arrested and had to spend a few days at Arthur Road Jail too. He was subsequently acquitted by the high court in 2016.

“This is all part of a writer’s life. Right now, I am celebrating the award which I dedicate to Mumbai, the city which has made me,” said Abbas.

That time it was a protest against attacks on liberal writers and rationalists. Sahitya Akademi is an autonomous body and chooses books for awards purely on merit. I will keep this award.

Rahman Abbas | WHO WAS PART OF THE ‘AWARD WAPSI’CAMPAIGN IN 2015

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