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  Human rights abuses against minorities on rise in India

#NOMOre_2014" data-image-description="<h1><img alt="" src="" /></h1> <p><a href="" rel="author">Jaya Menon</a>,TNN | Apr 15, 2014, 07.23 AM IST</p> <div> <div id="commentWrapper"> <div id="sharebar"> <div id="ctcnt1"> <div id="ctcnt1in"> <div id="ctcnt2in"></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="storydiv"> <div id="inc_dec"> <div id="artext1"> <div>MADURAI: For <a class="zem_slink" title="Bharatiya Janata Party" href="" target="_blank" rel="homepage">BJP</a>, he is the icing on the cake, their star leader, criss-crossing the country to campaign, hoping to assume the PM mantle. But, in <a class="zem_slink" title="Tamil Nadu" href=",80.27&amp;spn=1.0,1.0&amp;q=13.09,80.27 (Tamil%20Nadu)&amp;t=h" target="_blank" rel="geolocation">Tamil Nadu</a>‘s hinterlands, few have heard of <a class="zem_slink" title="Narendra Modi" href="" target="_blank" rel="homepage">Narendra Modi</a>.</p> <p>Ask 55-year-old C Veerayi, a former BJP ward member from Avanyapuram, a suburban Madurai village, about Modi and her diffident reply is, “What is it? An object? An ailment?” In nearby Perungudi village, V Pandi (58), who recognises it as a name, says, “I don’t know him… Is he from the north?”</p> <p>Few know about him or have heard of him in villages in Tamil Nadu. Thanks to the Election Commission’s stringent norms, there are no wall posters or banners of the PM aspirant to mar the pastoral scenery. But, in remote hamlets, few walls of huts, adorned with party symbols, even the lotus, miss the EC’s hawk eye.</p> <p>In Sivakasi, the fireworks town, M Ravi (42) runs a tuck shop and sells newspapers. He has put up a poster of a Tamil journal, known for its Modi leanings. It proclaims, “For change, Modi is necessary.” But, Ravi says he has never heard of Modi.</p> <p>T Palaya Nadar (80) of Kamarayapuram village in <a class="zem_slink" title="Virudhunagar district" href=",77.9582&amp;spn=0.1,0.1&amp;q=9.5842,77.9582 (Virudhunagar%20district)&amp;t=h" target="_blank" rel="geolocation">Virudhunagar district</a> still does the odd job for a living. As the mid-day sun blazes down, Nadar, a Congress member, joins the group of idle gossipers at the local tea shop. No, he hasn’t heard of Modi, but he knows <a class="zem_slink" title="Atal Bihari Vajpayee" href="" target="_blank" rel="wikipedia">Atal Bihari Vajpayee</a> well and, of course, Congress PM aspirant Rahul Gandhi. “This election, the lotus symbol stands a better chance nationally,” he says.</p> <p>Interesting though, it is in this belt that the pro-Modi campaign has been most aggressive. DMDK leader Vijayakanth, campaigning for ally and NDA’s Virudhunagar candidate MDMK leader Vaiko in the region, hailed Modi as “ven thaadi vendhar (white bearded King)”, an honorific used for Periyar (E V Ramasamy), the patriarch of the Dravidian movement. P Arumugam, who heard Vijayakanth’s campaign in the constituency, has no clue who or what Modi is.</p> <p>But, all is not in vain for the saffron leader, who has campaigned thrice in the state. There is a growing fan club for him among the youth, even in villages. In remote <a class="zem_slink" title="Karambayam" href="" target="_blank" rel="wikipedia">Karambayam</a> village in <a class="zem_slink" title="Thanjavur (State Assembly Constituency)" href="" target="_blank" rel="wikipedia">Thanjavur constituency</a>, where the inter-state Cauvery water dispute had the worst impact, a group of first time voters see prospects for BJP. N Manikandan (24) has returned home from Singapore where he works as an A/C mechanic to cast his vote. Cauvery is not an issue here any more and the real contest is between DMK heavyweight T R Baalu and his <a class="zem_slink" title="All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam" href="" target="_blank" rel="homepage">AIADMK</a> rival. But, Manikandan’s vote is for Modi. “We want change,” he says.</p> <p>In Kanisery Pudur, which falls within <a class="zem_slink" title="Virudhunagar (State Assembly Constituency)" href="" target="_blank" rel="wikipedia">Virudhunagar constituency</a>, an AIADMK leader has heard about Modi but nurses the dream of his party leader becoming deputy PM. “If Modi has a better chance of becoming PM, then we hope Amma (AIADMK chief <a class="zem_slink" title="Jayalalithaa" href="" target="_blank" rel="wikipedia">J Jayalalithaa</a>) will become his deputy,” he says.</div> <div></div> <div>Read more here —</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="zemanta-pixie" style="margin-top: 10px; height: 15px;"><a class="zemanta-pixie-a" title="Enhanced by Zemanta" href=""><img class="zemanta-pixie-img" style="border: none; float: right;" alt="Enhanced by Zemanta" src="" /></a></div> " data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" class="wp-image-36267" src="" sizes="(max-width: 1040px) 100vw, 1040px" srcset=" 300w, 1024w" alt="" width="1040" height="371" />

An alliance of Indian-American groups has alleged that human rights abuses against social and religious minorities have been on the rise under the current BJP-led government in the last three years.

The report Minority Rights Violations in India by Alliance for Justice and Accountability was prepared by the alliance, which represents several Indian-American groups, mainly those who had led a campaign against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he was the chief minister of Gujarat.

The groups include Indian-American Muslim Council, Dalit American Coalition, Organisation of Minorities from India, TwoCircles and South Asian Solidarity Initiative.

The report has alleged, “massive abuses” of human rights by state and non-state actors.

“Human rights abuses against India’s social and religious minorities have been on the ascendance since the BJP government came to power. This grim reality is already being acknowledged within India as well as internationally,” the report, released at the Rayburn House office building at the US Capitol, alleged.

Running into more than 60 pages, the report alleged the unprecedented success of the BJP post 2014 has provided a “tremendous fillip to Hindu supremacist forces” who form a significant portion of its base.

“The latter’s attacks on religious minorities have amplified. State agencies, including law enforcement and the bureaucracy are constitutionally mandated to act against such bigotry and supremacism. Alarmingly, these institutions are now under the control of the very Hindu ultranationalist forces who have run anti-minority campaigns,” it alleged, adding that impunity for police and security officials has touched a new high in India in recent years.

“Impunity has also extended to BJP politicians, including those in elected offices, and supremacist groups that have been carrying out campaigns of vigilantism against the minorities.

“Legal challenges against police officials are rare; their prosecutions rarer and convictions next to nil. Trials are delayed. Threats of violence invariably force families and witnesses to withdraw complaints and reverse testimonies. The Indian state has made a mockery of provisions in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for strict punishment for excesses by law enforcement officials,” the report alleged.

Alleging that the assault on freedom of expression has worsened in India in the last three years, it said federal and state governments have increasingly used archaic legislation that criminalises sedition to crack down on the opponents, including university and college students, of the government and its policies.


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    The atrocities and abuse of human rights on minorities and dalits has increased in the past three year rule of right wing government. This is regrettable development

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