When Mayflower came to the American land, they anchored near Cape Cod and after a month they crossed the Massachusetts Bay and settled in a village in Plymouth. They went…
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Rajya Sabha got up against the treatm
Mayawati has a special offer in her inbox. And the offer comes all the way from Europe.
Displacing farmers out of their farmland is the neo-liberal economic growth model – prescribed by World-Bank so that India can throw away its agrarian economy and embrace the new world order.
Going further on the racist attacks on the Sikhs, here is how the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) helped prosecute 4 youth assailants who attacked a Sikh family. [sent by Ms S. Sahni]
In October 2007, SALDEF was contacted by a Sikh family in San Jose who was concerned with the increase in the number of attacks on their home. For months, the Singh residence was the site of numerous hate-motivated attacks on their property. Their home was spray painted with vulgar language such as “Osama,” “Al Qaida,” and “Nigger.” Their home was toilet-papered on numerous occasions and the family frequently received vulgar and threatening phone calls in the middle of the night.
Through their perseverance, the family was able to catch the assailants — 4 Southeast Asian and 1 South Asian teenagers — by identifying the vehicle and license plate number that they saw in front of their house.
Two minor girls are kidnapped in Pakistan aged 12 and 10. They are Christians. The kidnappers convert them to Islam forcibly and “marry” them (euphemism for rape). The Muzaffargarh District Court holds the marriage and conversion valid …. and, this is amazing.. that their father no longer has jurisdiction over them!!
What is this? And more importantly, what law are Pakistan’s courts following? And this is not some local Taliban congregation.. its a real court!
Is Islam now the best sanction for rape of even minors? Something is terribly wrong somewhere in the entire scheme of things.. worse, no one even raises his/her voice!
“Stop talking of Kashmir, if you do not know what happens there!” burst out Khurshid. He had been listening to the self gloating talk of four guys who had been praising how the Indian Government was handling the situation. He had seen how his younger brother’s bullet ridden body had one day been brought home. He was just 4. The stony eyes on a still glowing face with bullet ridden stomach was hard to digest. Khurshid was angry. But he had never wanted to be another killer. His family had seen a lot. His Uncle would often be away from home, some said he was in Pakistan. He would often come and bring some friends they had never known. Surely not Kashmiris, but who were very disciplined in the daily prayers and strict on religious practice. Then one day his Uncle never returned. His Aunt never recovered from that setback. Ever since, she was with their family bed ridden. His father had brought his cousin and his own kids up.
Ajay was the angry one. “Oye.. are you a Jehadi?”
No. DO I have to be? I am one of those who left the valley because I could not take the violence and did not want to be violent. There was little choice.
“But its you guys who do the violence anyways!” Neeraj said bluntly.
Who is this “you” here? A car in your colony ran over a kid last evening… you heard about that didn’t you? Can I say that “you guys” run over kids? Why do I have to take the curse of masses?
The four were stunned! His argument was strong and to the point.
Pankaj then requested “Then why does violence happen in Kashmir. Since you suggest that we do not know, you ought to explain to us why you think it happens?”
Isnt it obvious? Over the years, the Government of India, has been putting up puppet rulers who have never looked at the good of the people. When the people asked for their rights we got violent Army and then came the reaction and violence escalated. We are asking for rights… of basic human beings. That we need to be ruled by ourselves and live with our consent. Youth with no future can take a violent direction. And that is what has happened in our land of peace! I am angry, but do not desire violence. Bahut takat chahiye yeh sab bardasht karne ke liye!
Rajiv was smoking. It was an interesting conversation. He looked back. “Bardasht is a very interesting word. Can you use that with an angry mind?”
“What do you mean? When pain occurs, the mind will react. To not take a wrong action despite provocation is Bardasht!”