Supreme Court of India
Sub: Public Interest Litigation of against ban on Cow slaughter and protection of Indian Food Culture and freedom to consume food of ones choice.
- The BJP led Karnataka government has recently passed a bill in Karnataka State Assembly on Friday 19/03/10 seeking a Ban on Cow slaughter.
- This ban clearly indicates the malafide intentions of the BJP led government to impose the ideology of Sangh Parivar over its citizens.
- There is no fundamental “Right to food” under the Indian Constitution, but the fulcrum of justifiability comes from the constitutional “Right to life and liberty” as enshrined in Article 21 and “Right to Live with Dignity”
- In recent years, poverty and hunger have been placed as a major cause for discourse in India in its development. The ongoing increase in the price of the food commodity has further pushed the availability of protein rich food supplements beyond the reach of a common man.
- The meat food supplements such as beef were the cheapest form of dietary food for poor and common people in the state. But the approval of the bill to “Ban Cow slaughter” will take away even this basic right of a common man from satisfying his basic nutritional needs, further depriving him from his “Right to Live with Dignity”.
- Furthermore the absence of beef meat industry in the state will incur a huge loss of revenue to the State as well as it will create large scale unemployment to thousands of workers engaged in this food processing industry. The medium and small scale farmers owning a cow and undertaking animal husbandry as their primary occupation will have great deal of problems in resettling with new occupations.
- Moreover, due to the absence of Beef food industry the demand for other meat alternatives like Chicken, Mutton will increase which will result in the price rise of meat food commodities, as well as vegetables.
- Prior to this People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) in April 2001 sought the legal enforcement of “Right to Food” through “Right to Food Campaign” and as a direct result of a writ petition filed in the Supreme Court of India. This case, popularly known as ‘the Right to Food Case’, has since become a rallying point for trade unions, activists, grass root organizations and NGOs (i.e. Non Governmental Organizations) to make the right to food a justiceable right and thereby promote the human right to live with dignity.
- Since the bill of “Ban on Cow Slaughter” deprives the basic right of the people from choosing the food of their choice in a democracy. This bill requires to be struck down.
We, therefore request you to initiate steps against this arbitrary legislation initiated by the Karnataka State Government that violates the basic rights of the people.
The petition is initiated by PUCL Mangalore. Therefore all communication may be addressed to president, PUCL, Pauline, Valencia, Mangalore-575002, Karnataka . Tel:4252170.
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Sub: Ban on cow slaughter – Petition to The Supreme Court
We have attached here with a copy of petitions sent to:
- The Supreme Court of India
- The President Of India
- Governor of Karnataka
Signed by about 4750 persons from Karnataka for their interventions in the matter
PUCL – Karnataka
PEOPLE’S UNION for CIVIL LIBERTIES
Father Muller Road, Valencia, Mangalore – 575 002, Work: 4252170, E-mail: email@example.com
‘All that is necessary for evil forces to triumph in this world is for enough good people, to do nothing’-Edmund Burke
Chief Justice of India
Supreme Court of India,
New Delhi 110001
We are forwarding here with a petition dated 23-03-2010 signed, by about 4750 citizens consisting of 198 pages, with a request to treat this petition as a public interest litigation and protect the people of Karnataka from the misrule if BJP government and restore their right to food of their choice and right to life with dignity
All the signatures are in original. Undersigned has signed at several places only as guidance
For future correspondence following address may be used:
People’s Union for civil Liberties (Karnataka)
Mangalore – 2
On behalf of the signatories to the petition.
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What is the truth behind Dantewada?
The trouble with our Leftist intellectuals it seems is that they have forgotten their Indian Past and concept of dharma. But can it be that many of our ordinary Indians in government service and in power have also lost their sense of right and wrong? Bur first consider the Leftists. They are the ones who have been brought up to think in terms of western values such as socialism and communism as means to established social justice. When the Communist Party was established in India, it was to Moscow that its founders looked up to, for guidance. For Jawaharlal Nehru it was the British concept of socialism that shaped his thinking. It was only Mahatma Gandhi who could project Indian Values and work out ways to resolve injustices as he first did in the mill workers’ strike in Ahmadabad, with remarkable success. If the Mahatma were alive today, he would have asked the CRPF to stay away and would have himself undertaken to take the journey to Dantewada, alone, and with no security surrounding him. He had undertaken a similar task way back in 1946 when he went to Naokali, then reeling under communal tension, to restore peace in a struggling land. The then Governor General of India, Lord Mountbatten was to call him his one-man Army. Our Leftist intellectuals have no self-respect. In May 1969, a CPI- ML leader, Souren Bose went to China to seek Chinese guidance in the party’s aim to over throw the state. He wanted chairman of the Chinese communist party to be chairman of the CPI- ML as well. The argument was: “China‘s chairman is our chairman!” the Chinese communists to their credit had the decency to rebuff that credit indecent idea. The most important CPI-ML leader, then, Kanu Sanyal, who incidentally recently committed the suicide, had the temerity in 1969 to endrose “ khatam karo’ thesis ( annihilate class enemies) propagated by another lunatic revolutionary Charu Mazumdar. The Naxalite movement was treated as the beginning of the process of overthrowing the prevalent social order and the sheer madness of it all- seizing state power. There are now reports that some in the CPI-ML have realized that seizing state power in a democracy country with a parliamentary system of government is a silly dream. Kanu Sanyal himself had started denouncing the very party he had helped build, even going to the extent of questioning the need for its existence. But what many non-Left intellectuals have in recent times been writing demand attention. Thus, writing in Mainstream ( March 5-11) Fr Ambrose Pinto, S.J. A former Director of the Indian Social Institute, New Delhi and currently Principal of St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore has raised some points that call for urgent consideration. According to him, in Chattisgarh alone, over 2 lakh adivasis in 644 villages have been displaced “ while this resource rich land is being sold to mining corporations, both Indian and foreign “. As he put it: “Accompanying this displacement is an equally brutal violation of human rights through perpetuation of torture, rape and physical violence against the adivasis”. Asks Fr. Pinto: “Does the state expect the tribal’s to be silent in the midst of these brutalities? When the state takes away their right to live by denying them access to their land and resources, what other alternatives do they have?” Fr. Pinto says there is “another group “that has encouraged violence in the area and they are the arms manufacturer and “the promoters of this local weapons industry may include Ministers, bureaucrats and some respected Corporations”. Fr. Pinto asks a plain question: “Why should the adivasis and Dalits give up their homelands , livelihood and forest access ‘for the greater good’ as defined by the state ?” The tribals are being asked to give up all these to companies like POSOD and Vedanta to mine aluminium and allied metals. That is just one aspect of the complicated problem. One is reminded of another article written by an alleged Gandhian, Himanshu Kumar in Economic & Political Weekly (21 Nov. 2009) who had actually lived in Dantewada . Mr Kumar’s antecedents as a Gandhian are not explained but his complaints nevertheless call for attention. He says that he went to Dantewada seventeen years ago(in 1992) “following Gandhiji’s belief that the real India lives in the villages”. The villagers gave him land for an ashram, legally, and well within their rights to do so. Then what happened? Kumar says this year the government demolished the ashram sending a force of 1000 policemen, just when “the adivasis finally acknowledged that I was like them!” . Kumar’s home was also demolished. Kumar repeats what Fr. Pinto has written, namely that some 54,000 people from 644 villages were dispossessed to “sanitise” them and some 50,000 adivasis had to run away to the jungles. Kumar adds: “The Supreme Court has ordered the government to rehabilitate the villagers and compensate them. Not one village has been rehabilitated, nor one adivasi has been compensated. Apparently on 10 June 2008, the Supreme Court had given instructions that the national Human Rights Commission ( NHRC) investigate the condition in Dantewada… Our activists took tribals from Dantewada to meet the NHRC team… what followed was unbelievable. The tribals were beaten up by Salwa Judum. According to Kumar “for carrying one bundle of firewood the forest guards would punish an adivasi woman by raping her…” He says that tribals “do not need the Naxalites or the Gandhians… If the Centre really wants peace, it can be got in a week. They should go and spread happiness among the adivasis. Aanganwadis, health services, schools-open all these again” obviously there are many answers to the problems facing tribals but unless all the facts are available, as objectively as possible, no one answer would seem valid. There has been enough violence; can we expect a white paper from the union government placing all the facts before the public? Charges and counter-charges are made and we have come to a point where no one’s evidence is taken seriously. We need the immediate appointment of an independent body to go into all the facts concerning both the Maoists and the entire administrative structure. Perhaps the time has come for the setting up of an Indian Tribal Service (ITS) on par with the IAS responsible only to the Centre which can ferret out the truth and bring to book everyone who is guilty. One suspects that the country has taken the tribal issue too lightly all these years. It is time to wake up.
People’s Union for Civil Liberties
“Pauline” Valencia, Mangalore-2
We are horrified to learn from the, News Media the devastating news of threat to the life of Mr.S.R Nayak , the Chairman of Karnataka Human Rights Commission. Never before in the history of Karnataka such serious allegations are levelled against a government by a man of the stature of a Chief Justice.
It is indeed a very serious allegation and those who have followed the violations of human rights indulged into by the present govt. and its functionaries from very close quarters since it has come to power in the state, have no reason whatsoever to doubt the bonafides of Mr S.R. Nayak. Enough criminal records have been created by our govt. and its Ministers before and after becoming Ministers. The harassment meted out to the Chairman of the SHRC is part of history now.
While demanding from the state govt. Complete protection to Mr S.R. Nayak and his family we would be writing to NHRC and the Central Govt. to come to the aid of Mr.S.R. Nayak by taking necessary steps as per law against the state governments, ministers concerned as well as other functionaries involved.
People’s Union for Civil liberties
6-05-10 Working President