COMMUNAL violence is not new in Orissa, or for that matter in any part of the country. But the latest incident is different, just as what happened in Gujarat in 2002. It is by far the most violent, brutal and widespread incidence of communal attack in the history of Orissa.
SENIOR CPI(M) MP and central secretariat member Hannan Mollah has urged the prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh to take personal initiative in combating the new challenges posed by neo-fascist Hindu fundamentalist organisations. In a letter written to prime minister on September 2, 2008, Mollah apprised him regarding the serious situation arising out of the strengthening of some fascist organisations and growing failure of the government to tackle them. Decrying CBI's attempts to cover up the role of these Hindu terror outfits, he sought prime minister's personal attention and effective and conscious action to deal with the dangerous situation.
Brinda Karat, CPI(M) MP and Polit Bureau member has written the following letter to union home minister Shivraj Patil on September 8, 2008 urging strong action against the Bajrang Dal and the VHP for their terroristic activities.
Unite against Terrorism!
Unite against harassment and communal stereotyping of innocent Muslims!
THE triumphalist note struck by the UPA government and the Congress leadership on the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) clearance that has opened the way for the US Congress to adopt the 123 agreement, cannot hide the hard realities. However much the Congress leaders and the corporate media proclaim that India had joined the big league, the actual facts about the surrender that the nuclear deal involves has been coming out relentlessly from the American side.
With the shock and trauma of the serial bombings in Delhi yet to wear off, we are distressed to see the manner in which elements of the saffron brigade are seeking to make political capital out of a national tragedy by pushing for a special law on terrorism. We are struck by the irony that the saffron brigade is concurrently orchestrating a mass campaign of bigotry and lawlessness that began in Orissa and has now spread to Karnataka and even threatens hitherto tolerant and peaceful Kerala.
Now the state is spying on SAHMAT, India's leading secular platform for artists.
Statement issued to the press by intellectuals on the 'land deal' in Kashmir.
A report on AIDWA's National Convention of Muslim Women held on August 27, 2008 in New Delhi.
About 800 Muslim women are expected to attend the first National Convention of Muslim Women to be organized by the All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA).
The convention will be held in New Delhi on 27th August. Muslim women from UP, Bihar, Delhi, MP, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Tripura, Kerala, AP, Orissa, and Uttarakhand will participate in the convention, according to the president of AIDWA, Subhashini Ali.