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      Paadam Pm <paadam.pm@gmail.com> Jul 19 10:21PM +0530
      Dear All,
      The Delhi High Court has admitted yesterday, the petition which argues
      against extending huge, unsustainable diesel subsidy to what I call
      undeserving sections of society and which may be directly contributing to
      an ever increasing burden of non-communicable diseases including cancer,
      chronic bronchitis, cardio-vascular, neurological diseases,
      asthma, allergy and even affecting the womb. This health consequences may
      be affecting people cutting across socio-economic spectrum but certainly
      those living and working on road margins such as the poor traffic
      constable, auto rickshaw walas, two-wheeler drivers, etc etc. The micro
      soot particles from the devil called Diesel is so small,2.5 microns, (as
      much as 70% of particulate matter) that it penetrates all the defense
      lines of your body and gets stuck permanently in your lungs. Attaching the
      copy of affidavit, for those who have patience and interest.
        Now, we have to watch if this clueless, spineless Govt has any energy left
        to deal with the powerful diesel vehicle lobby, especially with the much
        touted GDP growth story travelling south. It is not only the diesel
        vehicles, but also the diesel gensets used by Telecom towers, malls, etc
        which are polluting the air that we breathe so much. Now, the Court’s
        pressure and public opinion which should take on the Govt and the powerful
        lobbies to save the future. For the future’s sake, we have to retrieve the
        space for public transport, cycles and pedestrian platforms in our cities
        and towns. For this, we need a huge movement of public spirited persons and


        regards, Narayanan.A (9840393581)
          Petition against huge subsidy on diesel*‘Providing subsidised diesel to the
          owners of luxury cars and other highly profit making industries is against
          the spirit of the Constitution’*


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              The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the Union Ministries of
              Environment & Forests, Petroleum & Natural Gas and Finance and the Central
              Pollution Control Board on a public interest litigation submitting that the
              sudden rise in the use of diesel cars due to the huge subsidy on the fuel
              had raised the pollution levels in the Capital and other cities in the
                The petitioner, social worker A. Narayanan, urged the Court to pass
                directions to the Union Government to withdraw the subsidy to affluent
                sections of society and prescribe stringent emission standards on all
                appropriate parameters for diesel vehicles uniformly throughout the country
                to control the pollution.
                  The petitioner further submitted that by providing subsidy on the fuel for
                  all types of diesel users without any differentiation, the Government of
                  India was creating conditions that would eventually cause serious short
                  term and long term health hazards to the people as well as increase the
                  already existing socio-economic inequity among the citizens of the country.
                    Providing diesel at the subsidised rate to the owners of luxury cars and
                    other highly profit making industries was also against the spirit of
                    article 39(c) of the Constitution, which mandates that “the State shall
                    ensure operation of the economic system in a manner that does not result in
                    the concentration of wealth”, the petitioner said. It was axiomatic that
                    providing subsidy to the rich resulted in the concentration of wealth, the
                    petitioner added.
                      The petitioner urged the Court to direct the Government to withdraw subsidy
                      on diesel for the affluent sections of society, for telecommunication
                      towers of the private sector, malls, supermarkets and commercial
                      establishments and bring in market determined pricing mechanism exclusively
                      for such users or impose an appropriate cess on these entities to
                      compensate for the huge loss to the public exchequer.
                        A Division Bench of the comprising Justice A. K. Sikri and Justice Rajiv
                        Sahai Endlaw asked the respondent to file replies to the petition by
                        September 5.
                            PIL seeks withdrawal of diesel subsidy to rich
                            New Delhi | Thursday, Jul 19 2012 IST
                              Delhi High Court has sought response of Central government’s entities on a
                              plea seeking withdrawal of diesel subsidy to the rich.
                                The court issued notices to the Union Ministries of Environment &Forests,
                                Petroleum & Natural Gas and Finance and the Central Pollution Control Board
                                on a public interest litigation, saying that the sudden rise in the
                                use of diesel
                                cars due to the huge subsidy on the fuel had raised the pollution levels in
                                the Capital and other cities in the country. A bench comprising Acting
                                Chief Justice AK Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw on Wednesday issued
                                the notices asking the respondents to file their replies by September 5 to
                                the PIL filed by social worker A Narayanan. The petitioner urged the court
                                to direct the Union Government to withdraw the subsidy to affluent sections
                                of society and prescribe stringent emission standards on all appropriate
                                parameters for diesel vehicles uniformly throughout the country to control
                                pollution. “Providing subsidised diesel to the owners of luxury cars and
                                other highly profit making industries is against the spirit of article
                                39(c) of the Constitution,’ the petitioner said. He further said that ” by
                                providing subsidy on the fuel for all types of diesel users without any
                                differentiation, the Government of India was creatingconditions that would
                                eventually cause serious short term and long term health hazards to the
                                people as well as increase the already existing socio-economic inequity
                                among the citizens of the country”. Mr Narayanan said Article 39(c) of the
                                Constitution mandates that “the State shall ensure operation of the
                                economic system in a manner that does not result in the concentration of
                                wealth.” The petitioner urged the court to withdraw subsidy to affluent
                                sections of society, to telecommunication towers of the private sector,
                                malls, supermarkets and commercial establishments and bring in market
                                determined pricing mechanism exclusively for such users or impose an
                                appropriate cess on these entities to compensate for the huge loss to the
                                public exchequer. UNI SNG SA 1818 NNNN
                                  — (UNI) — 19DI31.xml
                                    A.Narayanan (98403 93581)
                                    Paadam, Monthly Magazine in Tamil for Development Politics
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                                    “Eddie” <gdigest@btinternet.com> Jul 19 05:28PM +0100
                                    Westerners can find ample reasons for disrespecting and mocking Indians – the dirt and disorder in their country, the ramshackle structures, traffic chaos, primitive conditions (hygiene, drainage and sanitation), lack of civility and public manners, tendency to grovel, inability to stand up to westerners verbally or physically.
                                    The same foreigners have no such problems when they visit the rest of Asia or even Africa. It is only in India they encounter a strange world that is struggling to come to terms with modernity.
                                    The BBC has produced many documentaries on Indian customs and conditions. They may claim the purpose is educational but the net result is to show how backward the country still is.
                                      In December 2011, top BBC personality Jeremy Clarkson (who earns £3 million a year) and his colleagues decided to stage their regular programme called TOP GEAR, about cars, in India and use it to promote British trade in India. But Clarkson had a sub-agenda of his own. He used the opportunity to comment and make jibes on India’s clothing, trains, toilets, food and history. [The programme was shown just two days after the murder of Indian student Anuj Bidve in Salford on Boxing Day.]
                                        At one point, Clarkson removed his trousers to demonstrate to an Indian group how trousers have to be folded pressed. The group just meekly looked on or smiled wanly without objecting. (See below)
                                            In order to ridicule the unhygienic conditions and lack of sanitation, he fitted his Jaguar fitted with a toilet in the boot and drove around the slums.
                                                He advised tourists to do this, saying: ‘This is perfect for India because everyone who comes here gets the runs.’
                                                  Next, the Top Gear team erected huge banners across trains promoting British industry.
                                                  One read, ‘British IT is good for your company’. (see below)
                                                      But the messages turned rude when the carriages of the trains split.
                                                          Did the UK Indian residents protest. A few did but feebly using words like ‘tasteless’.
                                                          The Indian High Commissioner in London made a formal protest to the BBC and demanded an apology.
                                                          The BBC refused.
                                                            The BBC has staged the Top Gear programme in other countries such as Thailand and Vietnam with no problems.
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                                                                  CGnet Swara <cgnetautomailer@gmail.com> Jul 19 03:30AM -0700
                                                                  Dear friends,
                                                                  KM bhai from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh is telling us that at one side Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is calling NREGA a successful program whereas we have examples where laborers are not getting wages for months. He is telling us story of a village where laborers have neither got their wages for work done 10 months ago nor they are getting any new work. An enquiry has found their complaint to be true but they are still waiting for payments. For more KM bhai can be reached at 08756011826


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                                                                    CGnet Swara <cgnetautomailer@gmail.com> Jul 19 02:45AM -0700
                                                                    Dear friends,
                                                                    Imran Khan from Bhopalpatnam in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh is telling that with farmers, wood smugglers also wait eagerly for monsoon here. With monsoon the smugglers have started putting very expensive teak woods on the river side. They are waiting for water flow in river Indravati. The members of Forest security committee are earning and forest department is not concerned. Once there is enough water in Indravati these logs would go to Andhra and Maharashtra markets. For more Mr Khan can be reached at 09424280085


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                                                                      CGnet Swara <cgnetautomailer@gmail.com> Jul 19 02:25AM -0700
                                                                      Dear friends,
                                                                      Raju Rana from Chatra district of Jharkhand is telling us about Birhor primitive tribals from his area. He says Birhors are hunter and gatherer but due to depleting forests they do not get much prey in forest and have started to live a settled life of farming and manual laborer from some time. They still go for collecting hunting 4/5 times a month but they mainly get some roots from forest. He says no one cares for them and he is telling a recent incident when a groupd of doctors came to help the Birhors they were also misbehaved by the powerful village leaders. For more Raju can be reached at 08651164322


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                                                                        Feroze Mithiborwala <feroze.moses777@gmail.com> Jul 19 10:05AM +0530


                                                                          End Rohingya Atrocities; Muslims-Buddhists Urge
                                                                            CAIRO – Muslim and Buddhist groups in India called Tuesday, July 17, for
                                                                            the Indian government to intervene to end the ongoing atrocities committed
                                                                            against Muslims in neighboring Myanmar.
                                                                              “There are continuous news reports of atrocities and killing of ethnic
                                                                              Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar which has caused a feeling of sadness amongst
                                                                              large sections of the Indian Muslim community,” Muslim and Buddhist groups
                                                                              said in a letter to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh cited by *Two
                                                                              Circles* website.
                                                                                “Many organizations have protested at various places across the country
                                                                                against this widespread killing by the Myanmar Military junta.
                                                                                  Rohingya Muslims…An Open WoundUS Muslims Plea for End to Rohingyas Plight
                                                                                    “Common peace loving citizens of India are also worried about news of large
                                                                                    scale genocidal killings of the Rohingya Muslim community.”
                                                                                      Described by the UN as one of the world’s most persecuted minorities,
                                                                                      Myanmar’s ethnic-Bengali Muslims, generally known as the Rohingyas, are
                                                                                      facing a catalogue of discrimination in their homeland.
                                                                                        They have been denied citizenship rights since an amendment to the
                                                                                        citizenship laws in 1982 and are treated as illegal immigrants in their own
                                                                                          Myanmar’s government as well as the Buddhist majority refuse to recognize
                                                                                          the term “Rohingya”, referring to them as “Bengalis”.
                                                                                            Sectarian tension escalated in Myanmar last month after Buddhist vigilantes
                                                                                            killed 10 Muslim pilgrims in an attack on their bus in the western state of
                                                                                              The attack followed the rape and murder of a woman in the state, which
                                                                                              borders Bangladesh, with Buddhists blaming Muslims for that.
                                                                                                The violence has left dozens of people dead and tens of thousands homeless.
                                                                                                  The official death toll of the rioting and its aftermath has been put at
                                                                                                  78, although the real figure may be much higher.
                                                                                                      Indian Muslims and Buddhists called for New Delhi to play a role in ending
                                                                                                      the plight of Rohingya Muslims.
                                                                                                        “This massacre is against the principles of justice, peace and humanity,”
                                                                                                        the groups said in the letter.
                                                                                                          “Indian government as a responsible neighboring country and as a regional
                                                                                                          and growing international power should act as a peacemaker and ask the
                                                                                                          Myanmar Government to stop this violence against its Minorities.”
                                                                                                            The letter was signed by Shahnawaz Warsi, General Secretary of the Muslim
                                                                                                            Students Organization of India (MSO), Kishore Jagtap, President of the All
                                                                                                            India Buddhist Council, Dr. Suresh Khairnar, National Convenor of the All
                                                                                                            India secular Forum and Feroze Mithiborwala, President of the Bharat
                                                                                                            Bachao Andolan.
                                                                                                              “This act will also enhance the prestige and image of our country in South
                                                                                                              Asia and in the International community,” the letter reads.
                                                                                                                “Thus it is our humble request that the Government of India, appeal to the
                                                                                                                Myanmar government to look into the grievous matter with the urgency that
                                                                                                                it deserves and protect the life, liberty and property of helpless
                                                                                                                  Discrimination against Rohingya Muslims has sparked international outcry,
                                                                                                                  with calls for intervention to end their decades-long plight.
                                                                                                                    Last week, the umbrella Islamic Society of North America called on
                                                                                                                    Myanmar’s Muslims to respect the human rights of Rohingya Muslims.The
                                                                                                                    Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has also condemned atrocities
                                                                                                                    against Rohingya Muslims, calling on Myanmar’s government to end violations
                                                                                                                    of human rights of the sizable minority.
                                                                                                                      Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net
                                                                                                                          Feroze Mithiborwala


                                                                                                                          Arun Khote <arun.khote@gmail.com> Jul 19 09:43AM +0530
                                                                                                                          *Dalits Media Watch*
                                                                                                                            *News Updates 19.07.12***
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                                                                                                                                *Minor Dalit girl raped; villagers block JSpur


                                                                                                                                The Pioneer*


                                                                                                                                    *’Political corruption’ drives dalit leader to commit suicide in UP-** The
                                                                                                                                    Times Of India*


                                                                                                                                        * ‘Fakir Vaghela failed to utilise dalit funds’- DNA*


                                                                                                                                            *Classmate cut our hair, say students­-** The Times OF India*


                                                                                                                                                *On Maya turf, Dalits refused temple entry-** Hindustan Times*


                                                                                                                                                    *Ten dalits injured in clash-** IBN Live*


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                                                                                                                                                                    *The Pioneer*
                                                                                                                                                                    Minor Dalit girl raped; villagers block JSpur




                                                                                                                                                                            *Hundreds of residents of Dhanipur, Tarikunda, Jayasola and Ranahata
                                                                                                                                                                            villages on Tuesday afternoon resorted to road blocked on the
                                                                                                                                                                            Cuttack-Jagatsinghpur State Highway at Dhanipur Chhak demanding arrest of
                                                                                                                                                                            the person who allegedly raped a minor Dalit girl. The girl is now
                                                                                                                                                                            undergoing treatment at the District Headquarters Hospital here.*
                                                                                                                                                                              The victim is daughter of Khokan Bhoi of Ranahat village and the accused a
                                                                                                                                                                              married man of Balia village under Biridi block, who was a regular visitor
                                                                                                                                                                              to the victim’s house.
                                                                                                                                                                                    On Monday, the accused approached the girl’s mother, an Anganwadi Worker,
                                                                                                                                                                                    to take the girl to his village, to which the woman agreed.
                                                                                                                                                                                          As the girl did not return home in night and the accused could not be
                                                                                                                                                                                          contacted, the girl’s mother lodged an FIR at the Jagatsinghpur police
                                                                                                                                                                                          station. On Tuesday morning, the girl was spotted near a tea shop near the
                                                                                                                                                                                          Astastambha temple at Hajipur, and the locals brought her to her house. The
                                                                                                                                                                                          girl complained of internal bleeding, after which she was shifted to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                After the news spread in the locality, hundreds of people converged at
                                                                                                                                                                                                Dhanipur Chhak and staged the road blocked demanding arrest of the accused.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      The police rushed to spot and assured the agitators that the accused would
                                                                                                                                                                                                      be arrested in three days’ time. The road blocked was lifted at 5 in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                            *The Times Of India*
                                                                                                                                                                                                              *’Political corruption’ drives dalit leader to commit suicide in UP*


                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LUCKNOW: In a shocking and one of its kind incident, a political activist
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      committed suicide in the collectorate premises of Azamgarh district on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Monday as a protest against corruption in politics and hypocrisy of public
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      representatives. The deceased was a dalit leader associated earlier with the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bahujan Samaj Party<


                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (BSP) and at present was the member of the newly floated Ambedkar Samaj
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            According to Azamgarh police, 65-year-old Baliram Prasad, who was a former
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            BSP functionary and at present associated with Ambedkar Samaj Party,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sprinkled kerosene and set himself ablaze in the Ambedkar Park within the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            collectorate compound. He was rushed to the hospital but succumbed to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            injuries. The act left people shocked in the collectorate. Eyewitnesses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            told police that the entire incident happened within minutes. They doused
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the flames but by that time Baliram had suffered serious burn injuries.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ‘Fakir Vaghela failed to utilise dalit funds’


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The state social justice and empowerment department has failed to spend
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          over 60% of grants it received to construct Ambedkar Bhavans for dalits in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          all talukas of the state. This has come out in a reply to an RTI query
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          filed by Kirit Rathod, RTI activist and programme coordinator of Navsarjan,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          a group working for dalit rights.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Demanding suspension of minister Fakir Vaghela, Rathod has revealed the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                financial details of the department to the governor, Dr Kamla. He alleged
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                that one of the few scheduled caste ministers in Narendra Modi government,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Vaghela is of no use in the welfare of the schedule caste community and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                should be removed from the post.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Information that Rathod could get through the RTI Act revealed that out of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the total Rs16.17 lakh allotted for the construction of the Ambedkar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bhavans in the districts, Rs10.34 crore is lying unused.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Talking to DNA, Rathod said that it is very unfortunate that a dalit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            minister has failed to utilize funds meant for the welfare of the Dalits at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the district level. The state government had made the provisions to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            construct these Bhavans since the financial year 2004-05, however, since
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            then the department has failed in utilizing the funds.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The maximum fund was allotted in the year 2007-08 (Rs5.01 crore), while
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rs2.56 crore has been kept unutilised for this year. The application had
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  been submitted at the governor house on Monday.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        *The Times OF India*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          *Classmate cut our hair, say students*


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BANGALORE: A day after a Dalit


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  that a private school in Bangalore had forcibly cut the hair of Class 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  children admitted under the RTE quota to distinguish them from others, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  children on Wednesday admitted that a mischievous


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  had cut their hair.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    On Tuesday, the Dalita Samrajya Sthapana Samiti had claimed that Oxford
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    English School in Nandini Layout of North-West Bangalore was discriminating
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    against children admitted in the 25% quota mandated by the Right to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Education Act. The Samiti accused teachers of cutting the children’s hair,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    not giving them homework and marking their attendance, making them sit on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the last bench and checking their lunch boxes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          By Wednesday morning, mediapersons were talking to the children and their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mothers at the Samiti office to figure out what exactly had happened.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                When two children, whose hair had been cut, were asked who had done it,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                they said: “Sagar (named changed). Asked who he was, they said, “He’s our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Their angry mothers quickly butted in: “What was the teacher doing when a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      boy cut my child’s hair? Today, it’s hair. What could it be tomorrow?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      They’re not attending to our children at all.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Next, Samiti members brought forward a girl and pointed to a healed wound
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        on her forehead. The child said: “Suresh (name changed) did that to me. I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        was shaking the desk and he asked me not to. I shook it again and he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        pricked my forehead with a pencil.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              D Narayan, the Samiti’s founder president, opened blank notebooks of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              children and alleged that the children were not being taught anything. “The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              teacher doesn’t talk to them. They’re made to sit on the last bench. Their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              names are not called when attendance is taken,” he alleged.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “These children are not being given homework. When we ask teachers, they
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    say ‘Just help them practise alphabets and numbers’. We’re not allowed into
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the school. When we raise an issue, they say: “Bring it up at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    parent-teacher meeting,” said Reshma Banu, a mother of a student.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          *Hindustan Times*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            *On Maya turf, Dalits refused temple entry*


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A Shiva temple in Greater Noida’s Sunpura village allegedly turned away a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    group of Dalit women devotees who had come to offer prayers there on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The temple is barely a few kilometers away from former Uttar Pradesh chief
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      minister and Dalit icon Mayawati’s home. The police, however, ruled out a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      caste angle and said it’s a case of personal rivalry.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tuesday was an auspicious day of Mahashivratri.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thousands of devotees came to the 500-year-old temple to offer prayers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  According to the officials, the Dalit women and their children were waiting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  in the queue when Dharamvir Giri, the temple priest, asked them to step out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and leave the temple premises.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This angered other Dalit devotees present at the temple.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “They got involved in a heated argument,” said Jagdeep Nagar, director,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Osho Seva Sansthan.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Sunpura village has been cordoned off to avoid any violence, Ashok
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kumar, SP (rural), said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      *IBN Live*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ten dalits injured in clash


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chandauli (UP), Jul 18 (PTI) Ten dalits were today injured in a clash with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              members of another backward community over a land dispute in Naugarh area,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              police sources said here. 60-year-old-dalit Moti Chand, a resident of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Khutahan village, had mortgaged his land to Ramtahan, they said. Ramtahan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              forwarded the possession of the land to one Baggi Yadav for agricultural
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              use. Last week, Moti returned the mortgage amount to Ramtahan and freed his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              land, they said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    However, Yadav brought nearly two dozen people and started ploughing the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    land to claim his ownership, the sources said. When Moti and his family
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    members protested, Baggi along with his supporters allegedly assaulted Moti
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chand, his wife Dulari Devi (45), his son Sanjay (25) and Shiv Kumar (28).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Two of Moti’s relatives and four other persons were also assaulted by Baggi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and his aides, the sources said. The situation was brought under control by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the police and the injured were admitted to a government hospital at Chakia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    after which one of them was later referred to a hospital in Varanasi,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Superintendent of Police Krishna Mohan said. Security has been tightened in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the village to prevent any further untoward incident.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          *ARUN KHOTE


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nizam <consumernizam@yahoo.co.in> Jul 19 11:31AM +0800
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            — On Wed, 18/7/12, Nizam <consumernizam@yahoo.co.in> wrote:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              From: Nizam <consumernizam@yahoo.co.in>
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Subject: Invitation for suggestions on ‘ Development of Fisheries – A review’ – submission of suggestions – requesting to be called for oral evidence – Reg.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              To: agricom@sansad.nic.in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Date: Wednesday, 18 July, 2012, 12:52 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Date: 17 July, 2012
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Committee Officer,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Committee on Agriculture Branch,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lok Sabha Secretariat,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Room No. 616,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Parliament House Annexe,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  New Delhi. PIN 110 001.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tel. No. 23034042, 23034146; Fax: 23093338.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Email: agricom@sansad.nic.in.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Respected Sir,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sub:  Invitation for suggestions on ‘ Development
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              of Fisheries – A review’ – submission of suggestions – requesting to be called
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              for oral evidence – Reg.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ref: Your advertisement No.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    davp/31201/11/0008/1213 dated 12th June 2012 as appeared in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    newspapers on 25th June 2012.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          With regards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          to the above mentioned notice of invitation from your highly esteemed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Parliament Committee for Agriculture, I, the undersigned, on behalf of our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          organization, which is working for the development of fisher communities, wish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          to present the following suggestions for your kind consideration.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1.       A separate Ministry for Fisheries and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fisher Welfare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              In the omnibus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ministry of Agriculture., fisheries, at the moment, is just one-third of a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              department. Even worse, the fisheries section of the department is weakly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              staffed with around 25 persons, who are mostly generalists without
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              understanding of the needs of a vast and complex sector.  Significant export earnings, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              constitutional obligation to manage marine fisheries in the EEZ, the fact of nature
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              that fish resources (and hence fishermen) are mobile and do not respect state
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              borders and the growing number of commitments to the international community on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              management and conservation of fisheries—FAO Code of Conduct, Shark management
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              plan, Indian Ocean Tuna Commission, Convention on Bio-diversity, ILO convention
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              on work in fisheries, (proposed) international instrument to protect small
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              scale fisheries, etc.—have made the Government of India’s role very crucial for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the proper governance of this important sector. Fisheries contributes 1-2% of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              GDP and a population of about 6 crores is dependent on fishing for livelihood
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              directly or indirectly.  A separate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ministry for Fisheries and Fisher Welfare is required at the Centre to do
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              justice to the needs of the sector.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2.       A law to protect the rights of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                marine/coastal fishing communities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The fisher community is a sea going tribe and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  like the forest tribe, need a separate legislation that understands their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  plights.  At sea,  open access system and fisheries laws and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  regulations that do not recognise the historical rights of the fishing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  communities to fish resources.  The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fisher rights are undermined  in large
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  scale oil exploration, increasing incursion of shipping, sea level rise, etc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mandal Commission and Venugopal Commission have recommended that the fisher
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  community should be considered as tribal. It is in view of this that a law of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Parliament to recognise the rights of the fishing community on the coast and at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sea has become a strong demand. That the FRA provides a strong inspiration for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  this cannot be denied.  The MoA should
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  initiate the steps to formulate such a law. An independent ministry of fishing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  with large and systematic consultation of the fisher communities will produce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  an ideal law.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3.       Sustainable fisheries with equitable
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    distribution of benefits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Marine fisheries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      had been managed almost entirely by traditional fishermen institutions till the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1960s.   While marine fish production has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      increased five-fold since then, we are facing a serious crisis of sustainability
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      of the fish resources and an extremely unequal distribution of fish catches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      between the so-called “mechanised boats”(mostly trawlers), and “artisanal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      boats”. Uncontrolled trawling has become the bane of the fisheries sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      leading to overfishing of a number of species and destruction of bottom
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      habitats. It has also led to destruction of many other small scale and more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      eco-friendly fishing methods. Purse seining in some parts of the coast is also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      threatening the resources and the livelihood of those using other small
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      scale/artisanal fishing gears.   A move
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      away from top-down fisheries governance is indicated and the new models of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      governance like co-management need development.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        4.       Marine Fisheries Management Bill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A proper legal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          framework for sustainable fisheries is absent at both national and state
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          levels. The MoA has failed to bring a legislation to govern the fisheries of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the EEZ beyond the territorial waters despite the fact that a significant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fishing effort is now expended in the EEZ by both domestic and foreign fleets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (both poachers and those who are using the loophole of the LoP scheme).  The act should include: (i) objectives of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fisheries management, (ii) a set of principles that should govern fisheries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          management, (ii) creation of a National Fisheries Management Authority
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          providing representation to all stakeholders including State Governments and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fishing communities, (iv) harmonising of different levels of management through
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fisheries management plans at local, state, regional and national levels and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (v) greater harmony between fisheries laws and environmental laws.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            5.Scrap LOP scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and reserve deep sea fishing for fishing communities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              In view of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fact that the domestic fishing fleet rarely ventured beyond a few kilometres at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the start of the development phase (1960s), the MoA has come up periodically
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              with schemes for deep-sea fishing.  The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Murari Committee strongly recommended the scarping the scheme and to reserve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the exploitation of resources in the EEZ to Indian vessels. The LoP scheme is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              an attempt to circumvent the Murari committee recommendations  Greenpeace India has recently exposed the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              actual working of the scheme and the way some vested interests are looting the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fish resources without any genuine benefit to the nation (foreign exchange, local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              employment, fish for local consumption, local processing, adequate revenue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              through licencing, etc.). The MoA should scrap the LoP scheme, withdraw permits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              to vessels already fishing under the scheme, stop promoting corporate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              involvement in deep sea fishing and reserve the deep sea resources for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              benefit of fishing communities.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fisheries conflicts with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                neighbouring countries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  India has a serious problem of its
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fishermen fishing in the waters of neighbouring countries, which causes great
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  deal of hardship on account of arrest and detention by those countries. This
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  problem is particularly acute in the Palk Bay on the Indo-Sri Lankan maritime
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  border and on the Indo-Pak border. India needs to find solutions to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  trans-border fishing on each border with sensitivity to the problems of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ordinary fishermen on both sides of the border.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It is therefore important for the Govt of India to negotiate various
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mechanisms like legalising the less harmful forms of trans-border fishing and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  to work out systems for humanitarian treatment and quick repatriation of arrested
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Unfair restrictions on fishing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    through environmental laws
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Ministry of Environment and Forests has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      started imposing a number of restrictions on fishing, which have had serious
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      negative impacts on the livelihoods of fishermen, particularly the small scale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fishermen. National Parks and sanctuaries have been notified without proper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      consultation with fishing communities or even the fisheries departments and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fisheries research institutions. Similarly, bans on fishing of specific species
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      have been imposed on fishermen without any consultation or an understanding on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the implications of such bans on livelihoods or even the practicality of such
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bans.  The Gulf of Mannar fishermen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      including poor fisherwomen involved in harvest of seaweed are affected. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Parliamentary Committee needs to strongly recommend to the MoEF the restoration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      of fishing rights in the so-called national parks and sanctuaries and to revoke
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bans that have been imposed without consultation or a proper plan for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Recognition of the  role of fisherwomen and protection of their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fisherwomen continue to play a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          crucial role in sustaining the fishing communities. Their livelihoods and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          incomes often make the difference between poverty and comfortable living for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          many fishing households. However, the existing policies and schemes rarely
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          consider the impact they have on women and their livelihoods. There are the odd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          schemes for fisherwomen which only reinforce the image of women being marginal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          actors in the sector. Stereotyped schemes for employment—petticoats, pickles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and papads—that have often failed to make any impact. While ice boxes are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          distributed for fishermen, the fish-vending women rarely have access to them.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Designs and sizes are unfavourable to their needs. Women fish-vendors are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          suffering transportation, storage facilities or retail markets and unhygienic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          markets without basic amenities. More meaningful schemes for strengthening
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          women’s livelihoods are needed. More importantly the impact of various policies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and schemes on women need to be taken into consideration.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fisheries infrastructure—need for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            stakeholder involvement, sustainability criteria
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              infrastructure is still grossly inadequate in India for proper fish handling,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              processing and marketing and wasting public money. The coast is littered with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              unused auction halls, ruined ice-plants and cold storages due to weak needs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              assessment, improper site selection, bad designs, poor construction, lack of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              management and lack of adequate involvement of local communities in planning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and management. An important criterion for investing in fisheries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              infrastructure has to be the sustainability of fishing itself. Fishing harbours
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              occupy the pride of place in the fisheries budgets of both the Government of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              India and the coastal states but sustainability of fishing is affected. Fishing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              harbours tend to increase the number of mechanised boats and centralisation of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fish catches. Ill-advised spread of fishing harbours should be stopped.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Social infrastructure and community development
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Education, health, hygiene, housing, drinking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  water and other civic facilities are all still poor in most fishing areas.  Education is emerging as the biggest felt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  need of the community in most states. A gradual movement of a section of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fishing community into other employment avenues is essential for reduction of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fishing pressure and to improve the productivity and incomes of those who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  remain in fishing. The Ministry needs to develop special schemes to promote
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  quality education for the fishing community. School buildings is a must in many
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  villages. Health and hygiene in fishing villages remain a serious concern.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Groundwater contamination and its impacts on health can be the downside of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  indiscriminate toilet construction. Fisher community should get sufficient
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  representation in the various fisher related departments and institutions,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  including marine research institutions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Compensation for losses due to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Coastal fishing communities are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      routinely affected by natural disasters like cyclones, unexpected tidal waves,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      coastal erosion, etc. Tsunamis are a new addition to the list. Climate change
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      induced sea-level rise is the threat of the future. In addition, man-made
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      disasters cannot be ruled out as there is a rapid increase in industrial
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      installations on the coast due to the proliferation of ports, power plants and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      SEZs. To this list of potential coastal disasters need to be added oil spills
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and oil slicks at sea that can affect livelihoods. While there are well laid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      out policies for compensation of farmers for losses during floods and droughts,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      there are no similar policies or guidelines that specify the entitlements of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      fishermen, fisherwomen and others involved in fisheries in the case of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      disasters. It is important that these are developed.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lack of mechanisms for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        consultations with fishing communities on policies and schemes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The importance of stakeholder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          participation and consultations is being recognised in all democratic societies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and many Government agencies in India have also started formal and informal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          processes to consult stakeholders. Unfortunately, the MoA has no forum at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          present for the fisheries sector, especially fishing communities.  It is important that the MoA establish both
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          formal and informal mechanisms for consultations with fishing community
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          organisations and other civil society actors in the sector. Workshops need to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          be organised periodically on important policies, schemes and issues. It is also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          important to understand that merely extending invitations for meetings is of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          limited use as fishing community organisations may not have the capacity to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          attend such meetings at short notice and without travel support.  All consultation should be done after notice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          given not less than 30 days ahead.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fisheries Statistics—need to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            strengthen and make transparent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fisheries planning and management
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              are hampered by the lack of detailed fisheries statistics in the public
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              domain.  Information on the actual resource
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              availability (species wise, depth wise) in each state (even if many resources
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              are shared with neighbouring states) is crucial for every state to make its
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              plan not available. Gear wise-species wise catch data at the level of districts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and major landing centres is essential for any fisheries management plan. State
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              govt. should monitor changes in fishing, economics of fishing, socio-economic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              changes, market information, etc., could be strengthened. National Fisheries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Development Corporation should have a fisher community rep as the Chairman.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              National Fisheries Advisory Committee should have state wise representation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sea safety and rescue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  All fishing boats should be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  provided by GPS and other communication measures. Communications means to be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sophisticated to reach fishers in deep sea and equipment to locate the missing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  boats. Police should be ordered to give report of the effort to find the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  missing persons periodically. The process of providing such information should
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  be coordinated well between the various departments. Action and investigation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  on dead body found should be speeded up and streamlined. Helicopters should be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  available in proportion of the fisher communities of the state. Compensation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  for the missing person should be speeded up. Central government should provide
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  a control room in each of the state which is meant to coordinate the rescue cum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  missing operation.  All foreign vessels
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  crossing should be instructed to take effort to save the boats that are found to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  be lost in sea and stranded, on humanitarian ground and following the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  international codes. Compensation for fishers affected on oil exploration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  should be ensured. Royalty for the fisher community should be made available.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Shipping channels that affect fishing and fisher ecology should be given up.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Navigation of ships should be beyond 25 nautical miles only.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Defending interests of fisheries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sector and fishing community
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          *Bangalore:* Is the Right to Education Act leading to more discrimination
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and elitism by schools? That is what it seems like in Bangalore with some
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          six-year-olds at a school saying they’ve been tormented everyday by both
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          school officials and classmates.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            They faced the torture because they got admitted under the 25 per cent RTE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              When a 6-year-old girl returned from school last week with scars, her
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mother Geeta was shocked, for her daughter had been poked with a pencil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              stub by a classmate.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “I complained to the teacher, but she didn’t even turn to look at what was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                happening,” said the girl.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And what’s worse is that it is not a one off case.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In June, eight children from the Laggere area of west Bangalore were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    admitted to the Oxford English School under the 25 per cent quota for poor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    children guaranteed by the RTE Act, but their joy was shortlived. Now,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    there’s a tale of trauma and neglect hidden behind their innocent faces.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Three children say their classmates chopped off tufts of their hair during
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      class, but teachers didn’t bother to intervene. In fact, school officials
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      exclude them from many activities.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “These children are made to sit in the last bench, they’re not given
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        homework. They’re not allowed to participate in class like writing on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        board that other children do. Even when there was a test, our children were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        excluded,” said Geeta.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “Our children haven’t been given the school tie and belt and the school
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          diary. Though we’ve repeatedly asked for it, they keep saying it’s not
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          available as the supplies are over, even if we offer to pay for it,” said
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Reshma Bano, mother of another child.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            “We feel they’re indirectly harassing the children so that parents will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            just withdraw their children from the school voluntarily, instead of being
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            asked to. Of what use is the RTE then?” said Dalit activist Narayanswamy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              CNN-IBN repeatedly tried to contact the school management, but there has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              been no response. However, the private schools association that Oxford
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              English school is a member of, now says it will not tolerate this.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “I condemn this act. The school will be removed from KUSMA,” said G S
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sharma, president, Karnataka Unaided Schools Management Association.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Worsening the situation for such children is that there has been no help
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  from the government either, with officials saying they’ll look into the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “I’ve asked for a report on this. We’ll take action after that,” said G
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kumar Nayak, Education Secretary, Karnataka.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The situation has forced the parents, who dreamt of an equal education for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      their children, to wonder if they should just shift to a government school.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          *डा वी एन शर्मा / Dr.V.N.Sharma
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Do schools need education?


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jul 19, 2012 – Shrinivasa M. And Darshana Ramdev<


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Elite schools may be reluctant to open their doors to poor students as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          required under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, but are some being
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          actively prejudiced against the children they are forced to admit? Five
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          students from disadvantaged backgrounds who joined the prestigious Oxford
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Indian School in Nandini Layout on June 6 with the hope of getting quality
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          education in a private school, claim their dreams were shattered the very
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          first day. They were given no place in the front rows of the classroom, no
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          uniforms, no textbooks, no library facility, no place in the playground or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          even in the school assembly and were deliberately kept away from other
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          students, the children complain. But worse was to come, according to them.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            On the instructions of the school teachers tufts of their hair were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            allegedly cut to brand them as different from the other children. “It
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            happened Friday evening. The teacher told a student to cut our hair. He did
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            as told and the teacher later asked us to take the hair home and show it to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            our parents,” says one child, Misba Shariff. Besides Misba, her friends,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Madina Kouser, Master Saleem, Sowvyashree and Shobha also claim to have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suffered the same humiliation. While Shobha is an orphan the parents of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            other students are auto drivers, push cart vendors and so on.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “One student came with a razor and cut the hair of all students admitted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                under RTE. We were sitting in the last row,” says master Saleem. Madina
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                says she doesn’t understand why her hair was cut. “I am not getting any
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                good education at this school. The teachers are not giving us any
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                attention. We are taught the alphabets and numbers but nothing else. They
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                are not even allowing us to place our tiffin boxes along with those of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                other students and they check what we bring to eat,” she says.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Misba’s mother, Reshma Bhanu, claims the students have been left
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  traumatised by the experience. “If anyone asks them about it tears well up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  in their eyes,” she adds. Their parents say they have tried to meet the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  school management, but they are never available. “If we ask the teachers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  they claim the incident was the result of a fight between the students and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ask us to raise the issue at the parent-teachers’ meeting. But till now
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  they have not called such a meeting. If we go to the school, the security
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  personnel treat us like dogs,” complains Reshma.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Madina’s father, Nayaz Pasha, says the school authorities have not given
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    her a school belt and tie as they carry its emblem. “When we asked for them
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    we were told we would get them next year. I have read that Dr.Ambedkar was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    humiliated in the classroom and now we are experiencing the same,” he adds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    angrily. But he says he doesnt intend to stop sending his daughter to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    school. “If we stop, it will be more of a humiliation,” Nayaz contends.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Meanwhile the school management, when contacted, denied the allegations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      levelled against its teachers. Chairman of the school, Ajith Prabhu,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      claimed all students were being treated equally. “They have been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mischievous from the start.We treat all students equally,” he asserted.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Parents wary of filing complaint
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        While some students admitted under RTE and their parents are on the warpath
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        against the Oxford English School in Nandhini Layout, the police say unless
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        a formal complaint is lodged against it, they can do nothing in the matter.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Nandhini Layout police claim that although they had asked the parents
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          of three students and Mr
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          D. Narayan, founder president of the Dalit Samrajya Sthapana Samithi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (DSSS), protesting outside the school to file a formal complaint, they had
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          refused to do so. “The parents were unwilling to file a complaint saying
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          their children would be afraid of talking to us,” said the police, who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          don’t seem to be convinced about Mr Narayan’s credentials either.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            “On one occasion, Narayan and his associates were seen near the school and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            told us that an RTE quota student, riding pillion with his father, had been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            stoned, but they refused to file a complaint saying they would settle the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            issue amicably,” they recalled, adding that another private school in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            area had also been accusing Mr Narayan of harassment.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “The school management claims he visits them and demands a list of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              students admitted under the RTE quota. He also reportedly accuses the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              school of ill treating the kids by making them stand at the end of the line
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              during prayers. Nearly three criminal cases have been registered against
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              him in different police stations including ours,” they added.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The police also claimed that three children had now admitted that their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                hair was cut by mischievous classmates and the teachers had no role to play
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                in the matter. “Two victims say their hair was cut by a classmate during
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the crafts period. The kids were given scissors to cut papers with for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                craft work,” the police said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  On Thursday, July 19, 2012 5:19:58 AM UTC+5:30, Dr.V.N. Sharma wrote:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Feroze Mithiborwala <feroze.moses777@gmail.com> Jul 19 02:50AM +0530
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ———- Forwarded message ———-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  From: PAUL LARUDEE <larudee@pacbell.net>
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Date: 19 July 2012 02:36
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Subject: Barb Weir: World Response to Knesset Member Destroying Bible
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        World Response to Knesset Member Destroying Bible
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          by Barb Weir
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MK Ben Ari rips the pages of a special edition New Testament sent to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Knesset Members Photo: Itamar Ben Gvir
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Reaction is coming in swiftly from around the world after Israeli Knesset
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (parliament) Member Michael Ben-Ari tore up a specially bound and annotated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  edition of the New Testament. The book was given to all Knesset members by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Victor Kalisher, head of The Bible Society in Israel, a Christian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  publishing house, at the same time that Christians United for Israel (CUFI)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  was holding its annual meeting in Washington, DC. Ben-Ari explained, “This
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  book and those who sent it belong in the garbage can of history.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “Nice phrase, but I would have said ‘will vanish from the page of time’. I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    hope he’s not misquoted.” – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “God, in His infinite mercy and love, wishes all non-Jews to be expelled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      from Israel before Jesus can return. Mr. Ben-Ari’s act will help to expel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      us Christians, and it is our duty to stand with our Jewish brothers and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sisters in their ethnic cleansing of us and of Palestinian Christians and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Muslims.” – Rev. John Hagee, Founder and National Chairman, Christians
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      United for Israel (CUFI)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “Can’t we just destroy a Torah and call it even?” – Segri Gaishon-Fareva,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        spokesperson, Jews for Reconciliation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “John Hagee and Michael Ben-Ari speak for us. We are doing our part by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          burning and vandalizing churches and mosques in Israel. ” – Justin Newcomb,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          spokesperson for the ‘Price Tag’ Movement in Israel and Jews for Genocide
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            “This is an abomination! Even if he isn’t Christian, can’t he respect how
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            we feel about our Holy Book?” – Rev. Terry Jones, the “Quran-burning” pastor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “Why couldn’t Michael have just shredded it quietly, like the rest of us?”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              – Anonymous Member of Israeli Knesset
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “We could have told Victor. We distributed Qurans to Knesset members last
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ramadan with the same result.” – Adrab Minalkul, Director, Muslims United
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                for Israel (MUFI)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “Two thirds of the Jews will perish and go to Hell when Jesus comes, so I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  guess we know who one of them will be.” – Trulee Christian, attendee at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Christians United for Israel (CUFI) annual conference in Washington, DC,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  July 16-18, 2012
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “Mr. Ben-Ari should be commended for respecting the planet by destroying
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    this book without burning it.” – The Dalai Llama
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “Well, it’s nice to know we agree on something.” – Ayman al-Zawaheri,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      leader of al-Qaeda
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “Leave me out of this.” – Pope Benedict
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “We respect all religions and support the right of free speech. Israelis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          have as much right to destroy Bibles as they do to build a Museum of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tolerance on a Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem.” – Abraham Foxman, Director,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            “In retrospect, maybe we should have included the Old Testament in that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            edition.” -Victor Kalisher, head of The Bible Society in Israel
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