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#ModiFail- USA Protests- Diverse communities join hands to counter the Modi PR machine

San Jose, CA: September 27, 2015: Passionate crowds of protesters greeted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with loud slogans and a sea of placards upon his arrival at San Jose’s SAP Center for a stage-managed Silicon Valley “community reception.” The posters, chants, and surprise banner drop challenged the Modi PR team’s attempts to whitewash the controversial politician’s record. The protest was the culmination of a month-long campaign to educate Silicon Valley leaders and elected officials about Modi’s troubling human rights record.
The Indian American community is sharply split on Modi’s performance during his first year in office, and that was obvious in the huge crowds of protesters filling up the designated protest zones and sidewalks in front of the SAP Center. Organizers estimated the number of protesters above 2,000. In addition to the Alliance for Justice and Accountability (AJA), a large progressive umbrella group, other groups also gathered in front of the SAP Center—most notably the Sikh community that showed up in large numbers.
We were pleasantly surprised by the turnout, which was much higher than we anticipated,” said Bhajan Singh, a community leader with the AJA. People came from cities as far away as Los Angeles. The numbers are a testament to the strong feelings that Modi evokes because of his poor record on religious rights, women’s rights, caste, digital freedom, LGBTQ equality, and environmental justice.”
Protesters enacted a “die in” to dramatize the attacks against Muslims, Christians, Dalits, women, and other communities that are occurring with increasing frequency under the Modi administration. As in India, Modi die-hards threatened and attacked protesters, including Dalit and LGBTQ Indians, leaving them shaken.
Local Politicians Not Impressed
Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, in whose district the event took place, chose not to attend. Congressman Honda, who has the largest number of Indian American constituents, issued a statement stating that he is “well aware of the controversy that surrounds Prime Minister Modi’s visit…I will neither overlook nor forget my duty to be a strong advocate for human rights.” Ro Khanna, who is running against Honda, issued a statement saying the US-India partnership “must be rooted in a respect for civic dissent, for human rights, for a robust public square that engages NGOs, and for religious tolerance and liberty.” AJA ran an outreach campaign to local elected officials, educating them on Modi’s failed civil rights record; many subsequently declined the Modi invite.
Speakers representing the wide variety of groups in the alliance addressed the gathering and the media. They recounted the repeated and increasing violence visited upon India’s most vulnerable communities by Modi’s government and his supporters.
Said Virali Modi-Parekh, “Modi talks about Digital India, while ignoring millions of Digital Indians demanding an end to Internet censorship, restrictions on online privacy, and arrests of social media users.” Added Neil Tangri, “Since 2014, the Modi government has tried to shut down Indian civil society organizations, including targeting frontline groups, cracking down thousands of NGOs like Greenpeace India and the Sierra Club, and intimidating journalists who expose inconvenient facts.
It’s important to compare Narendra Modi’s words versus his actions,” explained Sabiha Basrai of the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action. “This is a man being praised for tweeting #SelfieWithDaughter, even though he actually slashed funding for the Ministry of Women and Child Development by 50 per cent just months before.” Imam Zaid Shakir said, “Modi was banned from the United States by successive administrations for his egregious human rights violations. Winning an election doesn’t change the facts.
Protesters held signs, chanted, and connected with communities impacted by Modi’s regressive policies in India via social media. The die-in honored those who have lost their lives due to Modi’s policies, ranging from victims of the Gujarat genocide to the 100,000 Indians who die every year due to the dirty coal expanded by Modi. An actor donned a Modi mask to stage a mock trial, indicting him for his involvement in the pogroms of Gujarat in 2002.
The month-long campaign included some of the following highlights:
Billboard campaign
The Modi PR team announced to the media that they raised nearly a million dollars from companies wanting to do business in India, in order to whitewash his image with the SAP Center reception. AJA responded by launching a billboard campaign telling the other side of the story. The billboards were linked to the #ModiFail campaign, which highlighted the gap between Prime Minister Modi’s words and his actions.
Zuck, Wash Your Hands!
A week before Modi’s arrival, Silicon Valley residents started mailing packages of Purell hand sanitizer to Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, so he could wash off the stain after shaking hands with Narendra Modi, who was accused by Human Rights Watch of presiding over the killings of about 2,000 Muslims in 2002. Over 250 bottles have already been sent, with more pouring in; each package is dedicated to a named victim of the Gujarat pogroms.
The Alliance for Justice and Accountability (AJA) is an Indian American coalition working to address attacks on Indian communities. We stand up for India’s religious minorities, women, LGBTQ people, marginalized castes, Dalits, and adivasis — as well as everyone who loves a safe and clean environment, free speech, digital freedom, and the right to openly debate and disagree.

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What are the best Achievements by BJP after forming the Government?


Then: Modi government plans 660 Centres for women violence
Now: Modi govt to build just 36 of the 660 promised rape crisis

Then: Aadhaar not approved by Parliament, says BJP
Nandan Nilekani’s Aadhaar project a political gimmick with
no vision Not afraid of Nilekani Aadhaar a national threat:
BJP’s Ananth Kumar ‘Will Scrap Aadhaar, Revive National
Population Registry’
Now: PM Modi sees advantage for BJP government from UID
scheme. Modi govt to give legal backing to Aadhaar –

Then: Ceasefire violations should not be politicised, says PM Modi
Now: Opinion: Where’s The Pakistan Tough Talk Now, Modiji?
Narendra Modi on Twitter
Congress targets PM over his ceasefire violations remarks

Then: Full statehood for Delhi is top BJP priority | The Asian Age
BJP demands full statehood for Delhi, Congress sees politics
Dikshit failed to get full statehood for Delhi: Harsh Vardhan
BJP releases ‘Delhi-specific’ manifesto ahead of Lok Sabha polls
Now: Modi may not grant Delhi full statehood

Then: Pics: Land Acquisition Bill passed; gets majority support from BJP
No ordinance to amend land acquisition law, law min Gowda says
Sushma Swaraj’s pro-farmer stand on Land Acquisition Bill
Now: Govt approves ordinance to ease Land Acquisition Act for reforms
Stringent Land Acq. law to be amended without Opposition’s support

Then: Will Modi’s ‘swacch bharat’ spell acche din for Indian hygiene?
Cabinet approves 5-year-long ‘Swachh Bharat’ mission
Now: Modi has just washed his hands off Swacch Bharat in budget
Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is nothing but a UPA scheme

2007: We will re-negotiate nuclear deal: BJP
2014: Ahead of Modi’s US trip, IAEA pact ratified .
AEA to get more access to India’s nuclear programme.

Then: 1962 Indo-China war secret report ‘blames’ Nehru;
BJP demands the document be made public
Now: In U-turn, Modi govt rules out release of Henderson Brooks report
Jaitley Wanted China War Report Declassified, Changes Opinion

Then: No talks till Dawood and Saeed are handed over, demands BJP
Now : Pakistan PM to attend inauguration of India’s Narendra Modi

Then: BJP warns against removal of AFSPA – The Times of India
Now: After Article 370, BJP does a U-turn on AFSPA in J&K

Then: BJP wanted files on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose made public
Now: U-turn: BJP govt won’t make Netaji files public
BJP following Congress path in suppressing facts on Netaji

Then: BJP to oppose land boundary agreement with Bangladesh
Now: PM Narendra Modi endorses UPA’s land swap deal with Bangladesh

Then: BJP against hiking FDI cap to 49 per cent in insurance sector
Now: Determined BJP seeks to table insurance, GST Bills
Insurance bill: The reasons behind BJP’s puzzling about-turn
Then: Congress opposed to being covered by RTI; BJP sees no wrong
Now: BJP reverses stand on bringing parties under RTI

Then: Uma Bharti promises clean Ganga in 3 years
Now: Cleaning Ganga will take 18 yrs massive investment, Centre tells SC

Then: BJP, Left hit out at interim budget

Now: Jaitley’s maiden budget is like Chidambaram’s with a saffron lipstick
BJP at pains to explain why Budget is not an extension of UPA’s

Then: We’ll bring back black money in 150 days: BJP president
Will bring back black money in 100 days: BJP chief Rajnath Singh

Now: Never talked about bringing black money in 100 days: Govt
Black money: Back to square one, list same as last June, says SIT
BJP falling into black money ditch: SIT report will embarrass Modi
Black money case: Most accounts cleared or closed
Have BJP’s white lies on black money been nailed?

Then: Nirmala says no to FDI in multi-brand retail
BJP not to support more FDI in insurance, pension sectors

Now: Govt departs from BJP to let FDI stay in multi-brand retail
Modi signals BJP rethink on multi-brand retail FDI
BJP may consider higher FDI in insurance, but not in retail
BJP not against FDI in pension, insurance, wants to see fine print
‘Guj will be among the 1st to implement FDI in retail’ – Opinion
BJP To Welcome FDI In Defence
How vibrant is the Gujarat growth story?
Gujarat, the gateway to India: fact or farce?
Vibrant Gujarat Global Investor Summit

Then: Narendra Modi opposes GST
Now: Modi’s GST U-turn set to make India single market for first time

Then: BJP not in favour of privatisation of railways: Rajnath Singh
Now: Govt outlines areas open for FDI in railways

Then: PM Modi Hints at Private Involvement to Modernise Railway Stations
Now: PM Narendra Modi rules out privatisation of Railways

Then: Raise I-T slab to Rs 5 lakh, demands Arun Jaitley
Now: Tax Exemption Limit Raised to Rs 2.5 Lakh

Then: BJP dubs loan waiver as fraudulent propaganda by UPA
Now: Chandrababu Naidu to waive off farm loans totalling Rs 54,000 crore

Then: BJP calls for direct transfer of subsidies
Now: Modi’s Jan Dhan Yojana a free loan Mela without cash transfers
Jan Dhan Yojana has all the characteristics of bad old loan melas

Then: BJP hails PM Modi’s Jan Dhan Yojana
Now: NDA copying UPA’s financial inclusion plan: Congress
It’s an UPA scheme: Congress on Jan Dhan Yojna’s launch today

Then: Train fare hike unacceptable, says BJP
DMK opposes railway fare hike, BJP wants rollback
Now: BJP defends railway fare hike, puts blame on UPA

Then: We condemn the decision to deregulate diesel prices, says BJP
Now: Govt raises diesel price, puts limit on LPG subsidy
BJP allies want diesel subsidy to continue

Then: People won’t spare congress for fixing LPG cap:BJP
LPG cylinder cap will be increased to 24 if BJP voted to power
Now: Eye trained on deficit, FinMin pushes for lowering LPG cap
Raising LPG cap was UPA mistake, oil minister to tell Modi govt
Center to deregulate diesel prices, reduce LPG cap

Then: BJP slams price hike of non subsidized LPG cylinders
LPG cylinder price hiked, cylinder to now cost Rs.921
LPG price hike: BJP slams govt, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi
Now: LPG price hiked by Rs 16.50 per cylinder
LPG price hike to affect only 1% of consumers: Government
Non-subsidised LPG price hiked by Rs 16.50 per cylinder on

Then: Government’s ‘pink revolution’ destroying cattle, says Modi
Now: ABP investigation: Modi govt’s biggest U-turn on ‘Pink Revolution

Then: Haryana: bjp’s manifesto released, promise 24 hrs electricity supply
Haryana polls: BJP promises to develop the state capital
Now: Can’t assure 24×7 power in this term: CM – The Times of India

Then: Irony: Rape accused PJ Kurien heads for global meet on women
Now: Sexual assault case:No question of minister’s resignation, BJP says

Then: BJP attacks Robert Vadra over ‘inappropriate’ behaviour
Now: Robert Vadra continue to enjoy security check exemptions at airports

Then: BJP looking for clean candidates
BJP wants Chidambaram, Sibal dropped
Now: Half of Modi’s new ministers face criminal cases, majority crorepatis

Then: BJP accuses Trinamool of using Saradha money to fund terror
Now: Govt contradicts Amit Shah’s claim Saradha money used for terror

Then: BJP to strengthen institutions like CVC, CAG
BJP vows to oppose any government attempt to dilute CAG authority
Now: BJP pulls up Narayanasamy for questioning CAG’s mandate

Then: Judges’ verdicts are influenced by post-retirement jobs: Arun Jaitley
Now: Former Chief Justice P Sathasivam Appointed Governor of Kerala

Then: Immediately withdraw railway freight hike before budget: CM to PM
Now: Govt hikes railway fares by 14.2%,freight charges increased by 6.5%

Then: Lashing out at Cong Modi says under UPA, Governors were unilaterally dismissed in 2004
Now: Modi raj marks the end of road for Congress governors, Governors in the firing line

Then: Goa minister says centres to be set up to ‘cure’ LGBT youths
Now: Goa minister takes U-turn after facing flak for LGBT remarks

Then: Congress undermining CAG authority on coalgate, BJP tells Pranab
BJP accuses Govt of flouting rules amd for attacking national auditor
Now: Stop sensationalising reports, Arun Jaitley tells CAG, after BJP milked 2G spectrum allocation, coal scam figures

Then: Modi sarkar breaks from UPA, to rethink Section 66A
Section 66A: Nightmare for citizens who dare to dissent
Now: Modi government does flip-flop: this time it defends net censorship
Internet needs stricter curbs than print, TV: Centre to SC
U-turn as Government Prepares to Defend Controversial IT Rule

Then: Declaration of assets of the Ministers of the UPA Union Cabinet
Now: PMO under Modi blocks access to information on ministers’ assets

Then: BJP accuses UPA Govt. of providing shelter to the corrupt
Govt protecting ‘corrupt’ ministers: Advani
Now: Coal ordinance by BJP gives blanket protection to ministers

Then: Congress draws criticism from BJP as Khemka transferred again
BJP, IAC demand probe into Ashok Khemka’s transfer
Now: Ashok Khemka transfer: Bharatiya Janata Party justifies action
BJP downplays Khemka’s transfer
Haryana CM Khattar defends Ashok Khemka’s transfer
Ashok Khemka, whistleblower IAS officer, transferred again

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An open letter to PM Narendra Modi on Teachers’ Day


Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 04, 2014

Dear Prime Minister, We know you are busy giving final touches to your ‘Guru Mahotsav’ speech. It will probably be studded with your trademark anecdotes, witty alliterations and quotable quotes.

But, we are sure that you have left some blanks in your script—if there is one— to accommodate our last-minute suggestions and requests.

All of us often wonder why parents prefer to send children to private schools—where they are made to pay exorbitant fees that verge on extortion— but to government institutions for higher education.

One reason is that teachers at the elementary level lack the commitment and quality required to build a strong foundation, even though government school teachers get paid five to six times the money an average Indian makes.

The 2013 ASER (Annual Status of Education Report) survey—a reliable barometer of the level of learning in rural areas— shows only 32.6% students in standard III of government schools could read text meant for standard I. In private schools, the figure was 59.6%.

Similarly, just 20% children in standard V of government schools know how to divide and just 18.9% in standard III could do simple subtraction.

You are fond of the ‘Make in India’ slogan. How about a ‘Guru in Government School’ slogan? How about holding teachers accountable for results? How about giving them targets and assessing their performance annually? How about a ‘student fails, teacher pays’ policy? In return, free them of the responsibility of giving polio jabs; rid them of the burden of cooking mid-day meals and conducting elections.

Teaching children is a full-time specialized job; please do not let our teachers find valid excuses for staying away from classes.

Here is a suggestion to begin with: why not have a separate ministry to focus on elementary education instead of putting everything under the HRD minister?

Dear Mr. Modi, w

e know that the role of school education is to help students read and write; understand the basic concepts of arithmetic; develop a scientific temperament; and a taste for art and culture; question superstition and separate the logical from the illogical and supercilious.

But some of us worry that the ongoing ‘Hindu-Hindi-Hindutva’ rhetoric triggered by the Dinanath Batras of this world may end up making our children regressive by loading their impressionable minds with balderdash masquerading as swadeshi wisdom.

We all are, for instance, fond of childhood tales that ‘Pushpak Vimans’ were the preferred mode of transport during and before Ram Rajya. But we would all like these fantastic tales to be subjects of bedtime stories and not school syllabuses.

The world knows that the Wright Brothers invented the aeroplane; our children would become laughing stocks if they were to venture out and argue that scientists from our ‘pracheen sabhyata’ had managed to invent those mythological airplanes millenniums ago.

This is the age of education without barriers, an era of universities without geographies. You would agree that we will not gain anything by breeding a generation that fails to make the transition from our schools to the top medical colleges of the world simply because they were told that gau muthra had more medicinal value than a course of antibiotics!

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Press Release – Statement about PM’s Teacher’s Day Address

Modi chalisa———————————————–
For Favour of Publication

We are disturbed by the circulars issued by the CBSE and other authorities dealing with different systems like the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Directorate of Education, Delhi, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, etc. asking schools to make arrangements to ensure that all the school children across the country listen to the Prime Minister’s address to the children in their school premises on the occasion of Teacher’s Day on September 5.
It is an extraordinary and unprecedented step in the history of school education in independent India. Not only does this order treat children as passive and captive elements who do not have a view of their own, it also violates the international convention of Child Rights which says that children have a right to form opinion and therefore they need to be asked whether they would like to be part of such an extra-school activity beyond their usual school hours.
Although the MHRD has clarified verbally that this is a voluntary activity and not binding on the schools and children, yet the written orders by the authorities are still in vogue asking the schools to furnish the status report by 2nd September and remain prepared for surprise inspections in this regard. Moreover schools are being asked to spend from their own resource pool which in itself is very poor and inadequate. The resources identified for school related activities are sought to be diverted for an extraneous activity, not intrinsic to the curriculum.
The Prime Minister is taking over the day, which belongs to the teaching community and pushing them off stage. This attempt to hegemonize social spaces needs to be condemned and resisted. The Prime Minister is not the Teacher-in-Chief of the country and he should leave the children alone.
We demand that the orders issued in this regard be withdrawn immediately and the solemnity and gaity of the day be left untouched.
1. Apoorvanand, Delhi University
2. Mukul Priyadarshini, Miranda House, Delhi University
3. Prachi Kalra, University of Delhi
4. Laxmi Murthy, Journalist, Bangalore
5. Jenny Rowena, Dept of English, Miranda House, University of Delhi
6. Hany Babu, Dept of English, University of Delhi
7. Dvijendra Nath Kalia, University of Delhi
8. Firoz Ahmad B-8, Neelkanth-1, Burari Main Road, Sant Nagar, Delhi
9. Ira Singh, Deptt of English, Miranda House
10. Preeti Chauhan, Lakshmibai College
11. Om Prakash, Zakir Hussain Delhi College
12. Ashu Threja
13. Radhika Menon, University 0f Delhi
14. Naveen Gaur, Dept. of Physics, Dyal Singh College, University 0f Delhi
15. Dr Yasser Arafath, Dept of History, University of Delhi
16. Asmita Aasaavari, CORD, New Delhi
17. Abha Dev Habib, Physics Department, Miranda House, University of Delhi
18. Nidhi Seth, Delhi
19. Nandini Dutta, Miranda House, University 0f Delhi
20. Nidhi Gulati, University 0f Delhi
21. Sadhna Saxena, CIE, University 0f Delhi
22. Prabhat Kumar, Ankur Society for Alternatives in Education, Delhi
23. Tultul Biswas, Bhopal
24. Dr. Rohini Hensman, writer and independent scholar, Mumbai
25. Dr) Jairus Banaji (historian, Mumbai/SOAS London
26. Kasim Sait
27. Manisha Sethi, JMI
28. Sanghamitra Misra, DU
29. Rahul Govind, DU,
30. Tanweer Fazal, JNU
31. Mona Das, DU
32. Ahmed Sohaib JMI
33. Aparajay, student from MIDS, Chennai
34. Mohammad Imran
35. Nivedita Menon, Professor, JNU
36. Kamayani Bali Mahabal, Feminist and Human Rights Activist, Bombay
37. Nandini Manjrekar, TISS, Mumbai
38. Smriti Sharma, University 0f Delhi
39. Senganglu THaimei, Dept of English, Miranda House, University of Delhi
40. Shweta Sachdeva Jha, Dept of English, Miranda House, University of Delhi
41. Parul Bharadwaj, Dept of English, Miranda House, University of Delhi
42. Yemuna Sunny, Eklavya, Hoshangabad, MP
43. Tanvir Aeijaz, Ramjas College, University of Delhi
44. Janaki Nair, JNU
45. Janaki Rajan, Jamia Millia Islamia
46. Sukla Sen , Mumbai
47. Shrenik Mutha, MKSS, Rajasthan
48. Yemuna
49. Mukul Dube, Delhi
50. Kiran Shaeen, Journalist,Delhi
51. Nasiruddin H Khan, Journalist, Delhi
52. Dr. Manoj Kumar Jha,Professor and Head’Department of Social Work
University of Delhi
53. Kasim Sait
54. Dinesh Patel, Eklavya, Bhopal
55. Uday Kumar, Professor, Department of English, DU
56. Firoz Ahmaed, Delhi
57. Reyazul Haq, Writer, Delhi
58. Aamir Edresy, President, Association of Muslim Professionals
59. Tejaswini Niranjana, TISS, Mumbai
60. Vineet TiwariGen. Secretary, Madhya Pradesh Progressive Writers Association
61. Mohammad Imran
62. Dhwal Jaiswal, Researcher, Delhi University
63. Sandeep Dube, Ellavya, Bhopal
64. Laxmi Murthy, Journalist, Bangalore
65. Shabnam hashmi, social activist, Delhi
66. Amir Rizvi, a Common Man

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11 Natural disasters Narendra Modi blessed in his first 100 days

We get it: India reposed faith in a leader who promised achhe din–”good times,” good governance, transparency, development, jobs, jobs, jobs.

Modi chalisa

Now nobody can argue that prime minister Narendra Modi does not mean business. So his government has gone about eliminating the policy paralyses that many claimed ailed the previous regime. This meant dismantling roadblocks that hamper economic growth. But what also happens to be under fire: laws and rules that safeguard India’s environment, forests, wildlife, and tribal rights.

Consider what all the new government has achieved (or undermined, depending on which side of the growth-versus-green debate one stands) in just about three months:

  • Environmental and forest clearances have been delinked to allow work on linear projects, such as highways, on non-forest land without waiting for approvals for the stretches that require forest land. Defence projects get priority along China borders up to 100km from the Line of Actual Control in the sensitive eco zones of the higher Himalayas. The government has decided to soften some rules in the Forest Rights Act and Forest Conservation Act to step up economic activities in Naxal-affected states which account for some of the country’s best forests and the majority of our tribal population.
  • The height of the Narmada dam will be raised. Irrigation projects requiring 2,000-10,000 hectares are now exempt from the scrutiny of the Centre and can be cleared by state governments. Those requiring less than 2,000 hectares will require no green clearance at all. Separation of power generation components from irrigation projects has allowed promoters to project smaller requirement of land, making clearance easier.
  • Changes in the pollution classification now allow mid-sized polluting industries to operate within five km of national parks and sanctuaries (instead of the 10-km restrictive limit ordered by the Supreme Court).
  • Ban lifted on new industries in critically polluted industrial areas, such as Gujarat’s Vapi. Pollution index-based moratoriums were lifted and a review of the index has been ordered. Norms for coal tar processing, sand mining, paper pulp industries, etc. were eased.
  • National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) reconstituted by slashing the number of independent members from 15 to just three. This truncated NBWL cleared most of the 140 projects before it on August 12. On August 25, the Supreme Court questioned the Centre’s move, ruling that “any decision taken by it (NBWL) shall not be given effect to till further orders”.
  • The process of reviewing the National Green Tribunal Act to reduce the judicial tribunal to an administrative one has been initiated. Headed by a retired Supreme Court judge or a high court chief justice, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) hears all first challenges to environmental and forest clearances. “Laws keep changing,” Modi’s environment minister Prakash Javadekar has famously justified.
  • The new government has also diluted the Forest Rights Act that requires the consent of the local tribal population for diverting forestland. Instead of gram sabhas (village councils) certifying that their rights had been settled and that they had consented to projects, the district administrations have now been asked to do the same. This exercise must be completed in 60 days, irrespective of the number of project-affected villages or the complication of the process. Moreover, prospecting for minerals in forests are now exempt from having to acquire the consent of local gram sabhas or settling tribal rights.
  • No public hearing for coal mines below 16 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) that want to increase output by up to 50% and those above 16 mtpa wanting to expand by up to five mtpa. Instead of individual clearances, now mines can seek approvals in clusters.
  • To turn the clock back, the new government is considering as many as 19 amendments to the new Land Acquisition Act. These include dilution of the local consent requirement for public-private-partnership projects, removal of the social impact assessment requirement, delinking compensation for land from market value, relaxing the time limit for completing acquisition, not returning unutilised lands to the original owners, giving states overriding discretionary powers, etc.
  • The Ken-Betwa river-linking project that will drown more than 40 sq km of the Panna tiger reserve has been revived.
  • The new government also approved field trials of 21 genetically modified (GM) crops, including rice, wheat and maize (beforeputting it on hold under pressure from the RSS).

To be fair, the process of undermining green concerns to facilitate unbridled growth was initiated by the previous regime. For whatever little ground he stood, the rhetorical Jairam Ramesh was kicked out of the environment ministry and even his more pliant successor Jayanthi Natarajan had to make way soon for Veerappa Moily. The oil minister cleared more than 100 big-ticket projects during his short stint at the environment ministry. With Modi watching over his shoulders, Javadekar has already eclipsed Moily’s grand feat, in less than three months.

The prime minister, of course, has the mandate. He won on the promise of nationwide development along the lines of the Gujarat model. As the Yamuna in Delhi or the Ganga in Varanasi gets artificial facelifts like the Sabarmati in Ahmedabad, one could possibly blame ignorance for selling concrete riverfronts as the cure for choking rivers. But for good times’ sake, will India be able to rationalize embracing Vapi—among the world’s most polluted places—as the model of growth?

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Petition seeks stay on Modi election from Varanasi

Aug 12, 2014 04:47 PM , By Vinaya Deshpande
In this April 24, 2014 photo, Narendra Modi waves to supporters during a road show before filing his nomination in Varanasi.

In this April 24, 2014 photo, Narendra Modi waves to supporters during a road show before filing his nomination in Varanasi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spent crores as a candidate from Varanasi during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections campaign, thereby violating rules of expenditure, a writ petition filed before the Bombay High Court on Tuesday has claimed.

The petition filed by a Pune-based social activist against Mr. Modi, the Election Commission of India and the Union of India, has sought a stay on the election result from Varanasi till the plea is heard. It has also sought investigation and legal action against Mr. Modi.

Petitioner Hemant Patil has alleged that Mr. Modi took support of “various capitalists including Ambani, Adani, etc., and expended in large with violation of provisions of law.” He has said the expenditure resulted in giving full majority to the BJP and getting Mr. Modi the position of a Prime Minister.

“The Election Commission has allowed only Rs. 70 Lakh for one candidate in Lok Sabha election but Mr. Modi has never considered the same and (has) expended more than Rs. 5 to 10 crores on each and every candidates including himself,” the petition has claimed.

It has accused Mr. Modi of spending crores on the media campaign as well.

‘EC influenced by Mr. Modi’

Mr. Patil has claimed that he had sent a written complaint to the Government of India and to the Election Commission, elaborating the election malpractices of Mr. Modi. But, he said he hasn’t yet heard from any one of them about the action initiated against the Prime Minister.

“I immediately made written complaint on 29/03/14 of offences committed at the instance of Narendra Modi vilating provisions of the Indian Penal Code and Representation of People’s Act, but till now both of them have neither inquired the said complaint nor they are willing to initiate legal action against Mr Modi under his influence,” the petition alleged.

It has prayed to the court to direct the Government of India and the Election Commission to produce the records of his complaint, and file a report within a stipulated period.


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Let Obama Hear Your Voice – Sign Petition To Stop Modi


Sikh Nation, we have surpassed 93,000 signatures in the petition demanding President Obama not meet Modi in the Whitehouse. Through this petition, the world has learned that all minorities in India (Muslims, Sikhs and Christians) know they are unsafe under Indian rule!!!

A Prime Minister who has ordered the murder of countless innocent Muslims can, at any moment, turn on any minority.

Its time for us to unite with all minorities and expose Modi and India to the world!!

Sign the Petition
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Sikh Rights Group Seeks Info On Obama’s To Invite PM Modi

Sikh Rights Group Seeks Info On Obama’s To Invite PM Modi

Washington: A US-based Sikh rights group has filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) seeking documents relating to the Obama administration’s decision to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a meeting at the White House here in September.


In its FOIA filed before the State Department, the New York-based Sikh for Justice (SFJ) has also sought documents related to the visa ban of Modi after August 2005.


In 2005, the US State Department had revoked a visa that Modi had for travelling to the US in the wake of the 2002 riots in Gujarat.


He never applied for an American visa after the US move.


Following his historic win in the general elections this year, President Barack Obama called Modi personally and invited him for a meeting in September.


White House officials say, Obama is looking forward to welcoming Modi.


Urging the Department of State to expedite, the SFJ’s FOIA states that “Modi’s visa was cancelled/revoked by the US government in 2005 for his involvement in serious human rights violations during 2002 massacre in the state of Gujarat while he was the Chief Minister of that state.


“Since Modi is due to arrive in the United States during September 2014 and is scheduled to attend a summit at the White House, it is urgent that public be aware of how and under what US law a decision was taken to reverse ban on the issuance of visa to Modi, a known human rights violator”.


“The law requires USDOS to respond to such FOIA requests within 20 business days,” the rights group said.


Last year, SFJ had filed a human rights violation case against the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

While the case is still pending in a Washington DC court, the US Government has ruled that Singh enjoys immunity from the case.

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Modi’s Minority Rights questioned in the European Parliament

Member of the European Parliament Viorica Dancila today put forward a question to the European Commission regarding the Prime Minister of India Mr Narender Modi’s past record in keeping minorities safe in India.
The question was directed under Rule 130 to the European Commission.
The question raised
Question for written answer E-006046/2014
to the Commission
Rule 130
Viorica Dăncilă (S&D)
Subject:      Indian minorities
Following the general elections held in India last May, Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was elected Prime Minister. However, recent reports in the international media have expressed great concern over Modi’s past record and nationalist agenda. Modi, a member of a Hindu nationalist party, has been criticised for his role in the deadly Gujarat Hindu-Muslim riots of 2002 in which more than 1 000 members of the Muslim community lost their lives. Modi was Chief Minister of the state at the time.
India’s 1.3 billion population comprises a large number of minority groups, including Christians, Muslims and others.
Is the EU monitoring the situation in India regarding minority rights and the policy that the new Indian leadership intends to pursue on this matter?
Are the issue of the large proportion of India’s population living in conditions of extreme poverty and the initiatives that will provide greater access to education and food safety part of the ongoing EU-India FTA negotiations?
Given that national policies regarding minorities could potentially threaten peace and security in South Asia, including in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India, is the EU pursuing a collective agreement between these countries with a view to addressing such concerns?

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Stop Obama From Hosting Modi At White House

unnamed  ||  Stop Obama From Hosting Modi At White House  ||   100,000 Signatures Needed By August 20.

While Obama administration and PM office is preparing to forge a new era of Indo-US economic ties, Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) has initiated a social media campaign in support of its petition to cancel Modi’s invitation to the White House. US President Obama has invited PM Modi for a meeting at the White House on September 30.


A Facebook advertisement “Sign Petition Stop Obama from hosting Modi {Netanyahu of India}. Don’t fund another Israel” sponsored by SFJ has gone viral getting scores of hits every hour.


On July 21, SFJ initiated an online petition to the Obama Administration urging to cancel the invitation to PM Modi for his role in 2002 massacre of Muslims in Gujarat. “In June 1984, the BJP instigated the military attack on the Golden Temple, resulting in the massacre of thousands of Sikh pilgrims. In 2008, the BJP orchestrated violence against Christians in Orissa,” the petition alleges.


The Facebook ad by rights group targeting Muslims, Sikhs and human rights organizations in the United States urges them to “Sign Petition, Stop Obama”.


“The fact that world’s largest democracy has elected a Prime Minister whose party is known for committing crimes against religious minorities should be a matter of grave concern for the western world”, stated attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannun legal advisor to SFJ, “United States which has acknowledged the role of Modi in massacre of Muslims should not host him at the White House”, added Pannun.


Terming Modi as Netanyahu of India, attorney Pannun further stated that online petition will be an eye opener for Obama Administration which is ignoring the track record of Modi and his party BJP with regard to treatment of minorities for vested US economic interests.


“Instead of hosting Modi at White House, President Obama should condemn Modi and ban BJP for perpetrating violence against Muslims, Sikhs and Christirans” says the White House Petition.


So far the online petition urging Obama administration to cancel Modi’s invitation has received more than 1200 signatures. The petition requires 100,000 signatures by August 20 to qualify for a response by the White House.


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