#Save Tuktuki: Now the issue goes global

The issue of abduction of a 14-year-old girl Tuktuki Mondal for human trafficking in West Bengal has gone global with protests worldwide now with Human rights groups staging rallies in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, Washington DC, Atlanta yesterday for Tuktuki Mondal, the fourteen year old has become the global icon representing thousands of girls who have been kidnapped, raped and sold into sexual slavery in West Bengal.

Tuktuki Mondal, a resident of Magrahat block who was appearing for Class Xth exams was allegedly kidnapped by local goons and despite constant plea of her father with the local police and administration, her fate remains unknown.

Here’s a video of a hangout organized by a US-based social activist Satya where the girl’s father recounted the horrendous experiences he underwent to recover his daughter albeit unsuccessfully.

The whole incident revolves around the incident which had happened on February 25, 2015, when the girl went to a bank to check her balance. There three persons abducted her. According to girl’s father, these three goons allegedly had the protection of a local don by the name of Salim, who it is alleged is a notorious criminal in the area. Since then the father had been in a lookout for his daughter through all means and measures even tried out writing a letter to Mr. Modi and Miss Banerjee but alas of no use.

In such a scenario people have taken to Twitter expressing their thoughts and aggression over the issue. With some accusing the government and some the people, Miss Banerjee has really some tough questions to answer.

Why won’t I give up my LPG subsidy- an open letter to dear parliament!

Dear Parliament,

You want us to give up our LPG subsidies while your members received 60 crores subsidy for your canteen in the past 5 years. This is unfair and unacceptable! I just ask you that can your canteen subsidy be removed?

Dear Parliament, subsidies should be given to those who need it the most. Our MPs earn 50,000 rupees a month and numerous other perks. They do not require this canteen subsidy.

Your canteen rates were last revised in 2010! The common Indian citizen has dealt with price rise of vegetables, fuel and high inflation in the past 5 years. If we can bear the burden of rising prices, MPs can also be asked to pay a little bit more.

Several MPs have already accepted that the time has come to revise these canteen rates. Now can you tell them that people want them to take action and not just make idle promises?

Dear Parliament, our PM and MPs want us to give up our LPG subsidy. I think it is fair enough to ask them to give up their canteen subsidy! Let us ask our MPs to use this money to help those who truly need it.

Let us show MPs that we are watching how they spend our money. Now I ask you for the removal of subsidies from the Parliament canteen.

Thank you for at least reading this, really thanks!

Faithfully Yours

India Voter

Does Odisha have so much of surplus milk to offer?

[box]By Anwesha Brahma[/box]


The quantity of milk received at Omfed Plant in Odisha has gone up and the surplus milk needs to be despatched to other states. So, Amul has agreed to receive Omfed Milk at its plant in Kolkata. Omfed will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Amul for scaling up its operations and standardisation of its products.

With the increasing amount of noise regarding the impurity of milk and of course after the news of expired milk packets being sold by Amul this kind of tie-up just raises one question whom to blame when such instances occur again.

And the next thing is why not a tie-up with a dairy farm from the state like Gowardhan or Shree Durga or may be people who are striving up for setting up a Milk plant in the state. On a rating on poverty scale Odisha stood at number 23 out of the 28 states. A thing I am sure not to be proud of. So isn’t it the responsibility of Mr. Naveen Pattanaik to uplift the state by scaling up the operations in the state itself. At list we can start it in Odisha and even after that if the production increases then one can think of signing it with the plants of other states.

Being from the same state itself I know what kind of value people have attached with Omfed. And if such a brand would have associated it with an Odiya plant then no doubt that would in a way helped in boosting the economic al growth of the state and also would have also helped in building a brand perception about other milk plants in the state.

Is China the next North Korea?!

[box]By Deeksha saksena[/box]


China has been known to keep its people under grip by stringent laws. The new one to add to China’s complete dictator rule is banning passports for Tibetans and other religious minorities.

Tibet has always been a burning point and one of the unanswered questions in China’s diplomacy. China which is under the communist rule has been known to suppress its people and especially the minorities and people from the Tibetan Autonomous Region.

The Human Rights Watch accuses Chins of discrimination

The Human Rights Watch has accused Chinese authorities of using discriminatory practice in issuing passports to the residents of areas populated by religious minorities such as Muslim minorities and Tibetans.

It has also accused the Chinese authorities of using dubious system of issuing passports for the majority and minorities. The authorities have created a two-tier system for the ones populated by ethnic Han majority and other for country’s Tibetan and Muslim minority.

Discrimination is evident

According to the rules in China, an applicant gets notified, if the passport is not issued within 15 days. But the case is different in Tibet and Xinjiang, the areas which has 10 million Uighurs as its inhabitants. Uighur is a Turkic speaking Muslim minority.

The officials still use a method of issuing passports which is older and requires more documents for this particular region. The Changdu area of Tibet has a population of 6,50,000 but only two passports were issued in 2012. There are excessive restrictions for the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) and until and unless the residents are on official business they cannot travel. It means a near-total ban on travel for the residents of these areas.

The TAR has been controlled by fierce restrictions on passports since 2012 when the passports held by residents of the area were seized by Chinese government after it announced a shift to a new ‘E-Passport’ system.

The Uighurs problem

Hundreds of Uighurs was detained last year for illegally entering Thailand. They fled the religious persecution in China as said the rights group. The Uighurs claimed to be Turkish citizens, and 181 have been allowed to go to Turkey, with more than 100 others sent back to China.

The law has always been very strict in China with a very little breathing space left for its citizens. The amount of restrictions levelled by the government over its citizen shows it to be one of the unhealthiest societies where people live under scanner 24/7.

Is China the next North Korea?!

The Chinese authorities allegedly defend themselves by saying that the restrictions on travel are to prevent the Muslim minorities from joining extremists in Middle East, but the authorities fail to acknowledge the fact that excess of suppression will lead to an uprising which would be energetic enough to shaken the roots of government. It should also realise that no country can be happy until its citizens have full right to freedom.

History is the witness that people have raised for their freedom after years of rule of dictatorship or suppression by the government. The only fear is that there should be a revolution in China as soon as possible otherwise its society is heading towards next North Korea.

Hit and Save !

[box]By Samridhi Dikshit[/box]


What image we have about Public sector employees? Either he is goofing up with truth or he is in collaboration with the criminals. But there are few who are treated as ‘The Hero’ of an event who took all browsing eyes towards them. The same is the story behind this picture, where Deputy Superintendent of Police Gurmit Singh Kingra from Punjab Police jumped into a river to save the life of a woman.

Yes, this incident within seconds made him Hero and appreciated his instant step, where he without thinking about his life jumped into the well. No doubt, these militants are meant for saving life of others. We have been witness to ‘Behind the scene stories’ and likewise this incident is also the outcome of one. There was a protest march by guest teachers along with two hundred strong crowd, against the Akali government’s transfer policy, among other things. The police used force to break up the protest, which had seen the participation of a large number of women. Police charged into them using their lathis and dragged them forcibly into the vehicles and some being forced to jump into the canal.

This lathi charge event is not new where they did injustice to the crowd. Remember 16th December protest. The other side of Police “The saviour” was seen when they acted so rudely and cruelly to the genuine protesters. So, finally whatever the incident may be, the only thing our Police did here was like this phrase “First insult them and then praise”!

Sexually abused? What took so long in accepting?

[box]By Anwesha Brahma[/box]


Bigg Boss 6 contestant and celebrity hairstylist Sapna Bhavnani came out the open today revealing the horrifying tale of how she was gangraped at gunpoint in Chicago when she was just 24. And this is not the first time we have come across something similar happening with our celebrities.

Before I start writing something about it let me make it clear that I do understand the seriousness and sensitivity of the situation. And I also think most of us have encountered some or the other kind of sexual abuse in some or the manner. But having said all that, I just have on question to put forward “why does it take so long”.

Sapna Bhavnani is now 44 years old and while she was in Bigg Boss she had got one of the best platforms to reach out to a larger audience but she chose not to. Well she is not the first one to confuse me; Kalki Koechlin shocked everyone when she opened up about her gloomy experience as a child. In an interview to news channel, NDTV, Kalki revealed that she was sexually abused as a child. Again years after and especially when she had films and stage plays of hers lined up like “Happy Ending” and “Colour Blind”.

Same was the case with Shenaz Treasurywala days before her movie release “Main Aur Mr.Right” she wrote an open letter to the most powerful people of India including Narendra Modi, Sachin Tendulkar, Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Sharukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Anil Ambani on women’s safety in India. She wrote how she was sexually abused when she was only 15. It is good to know Mr. Shenaz Treasurywala that India was quite safe for women before your film released. Isn’t?

No doubt it’s always a welcome step when celebrities express something like this because the women of our country relate themselves with the situation(and I am one of them) and get the courage to speak up but when such situations are used as a mere publicity stunt the same situations bring an adverse effect on the society. I hope our celebrities understand it soon and not use it any more for personal favours.

शर्म करो शिवराज- भेंड़ की खाल में भेड़िया निकले सीधे-साधे दिखने वाले सीएम



सत्ता की चकाचौन्ध उठाती है सत्ता की चकाचौन्ध ही गिराती हैं. सत्ता खुद को पाने के लिए तपाती है फिर वहाँ बने रहने के लिए हर किसी को जलवाती हैं. देश के भीतर का सच यही हो चला है सत्ता की ताकत इतनी बेख़ौफ़ हो चली है कि खुद के लिए किसी का खून भी बहा सकती है.  इसे जानने के लिए कहीं दूर जाने की जरूरत नहीं है शिवराज के राज वाले मध्य प्रदेश ही चले चलिए. जी हाँ, ये वही शिवराज है जो अपनी मासूम छवि के आसरे देश में छाए हुए थे. परन्तु व्यापमं घोटाले में एक के बाद एक मौत राज्य की हकीकत बयान करने लगे हैं. सत्ता में बने रहने की भेंट हर वो इंसान चढ़ रहा है जो सत्ता के लिए थोडा खतरा हो सकता है फिर चाहे घोटाले में शामिल डॉक्टर हों या छात्र या भीतर का सच दिखाने गया कोई पत्रकार. वैसे ये व्यापमं पहला मामला नहीं है जिसमें शिवराज पर सवालिया निशान लगे है ऐसे कारनामों की फेहरिस्त बहुत लम्बी है पर नेशनल मीडिया के सिमित दायरे ने उनका सच सामने आने ही नहीं दिया.

पिछले कुछ दिनों से जैसे ही दिन गुजर रहा होता है शाम होते होते एक खबर जरूर आ जाती है कि व्यापमं घोटाले में मौत का सिलसिला और आगे बढ़ गया. आकड़ों का खेल कुछ भी कहता रहे कि इतने मरे उतने मरे और उनके जाने से कितने घर उजड़ गए कितने बापों ने अपने कंधों पर अपने बेटों को उठाया पर सत्ता के सियासतदान शिवराज उफ़ तक नहीं कर रहे. क्योंकि पूरे मामले में शिवराज पर खुद व्यक्तिगत आरोप हैं. एक के बाद एक मौत ये सवाल तो खड़े करेंगे ही क्या खुद को बचाए रखने के लिए सीएम द्वार इतने लोगों की बलि चढ़ाई जा रही है. क्योंकि बहुत बार इंसान की चुप्पी बहुत कुछ कह जाती हैं. पर जब शिवराज के शिल्पकार ही कह बैठे कि आने वाला तो जायेगा ही. इसके बाद पूरा सच किसी से छुपा रह नहीं जाता.

एमपी में रेत माफिया पूरे राज्य को जकड़ में लिए बैठे हैं. पुलिस से लेकर आलाधिकारियों की हिम्मत तक नहीं कि उनके खिलाफ कुछ बोल सकें. अगर किसी ने हिम्मत दिखा दी तो उसका तबादला तैयार रहता है. अगर किसी आईपीएस अधिकारी ने खनन माफिया के खिलाफ आवाज उठाई तो फिर इसकी क़ीमत उसे अपनी जान देकर चुकानी पड़ती है. सत्ता की ताकत के बिना कोई भी माफिया इतना बेलगाम हो नहीं सकता.

अपने गांव को बचाने के लिए लोग महीना भर पानी में खड़े रहे वो भी भूखप्यास की परवाह किए बिना पर उनकी सुध लेने वाला कोई नहीं. क्योंकि शिवराज की सत्ता की उनसे अधिक कॉरपोरेट्  की पड़ी है जिनके मुनाफे के लिए इतने लोगों का घर बर्बाद किया जा रहा है. ना जाने कितने लोगों के पैर पानी में खड़े खड़े सड़ गए पर शिवराज की चुप्पी ने नहीं टूटी.

हर वक़्त नैतिकता का राग अलापने वाला संघ भी इतना सब होने के बावजूद मौन धारण किये बैठे हैं

कुरान पढ़ें या गीता- महाराष्ट्र और मदरसे

[box]By Rahul[/box]
madrasa india
शिक्षा पाठ्यक्रम (स्लेबस)
में एक और चैप्टर तब जुड़ा जब महाराष्ट्र के सीएम देवेंद्र फण्डवीस ने मदरसों में गाणित, विज्ञान, अंग्रेजी और सामाजिक विज्ञान पढ़ाने को अनिवार्य कर दिया. इस फैसले ने एक पुरानी बहस फिर छेड़ दी कि कुरान और गीता में से किसे पढ़ें या क्या बस इन्हें पढ़ना काफी है?[gap height=”20″]
स्वागत योग्य कदम
बहस चाहे जो हो, यह कदम स्वागत योग्य है और इससे मुस्लिम छात्र-छात्रओं को रोजगार के क्षेत्र में प्रोत्साहन मिलेगा. सच्चर कमिटी की रिपोर्ट में भी ऐसी ही सिफारिशें थीं और 550 मदरसा संचालकों ने इस निर्णय को अपना समर्थन भी दिया है. इसका कारण शायद वित्तीय सहायता भी हो सकती है क्योंकि राज्य सरकार 5.50 लाख़ रुपये का अनुदान हर मदरसे को देती है.[gap height=”20″]
दोतरफा संविधान का उल्लंघन
विरोधी होने का फ़र्ज़ निभाते हुए ऍमआईएम के नेता असादुद्दीन ओवैसी ने संविधान का हवाला देते हुए इसे आर्टिकल 29, 30, और 25 का उल्लंघन बताया है. संविधान तो समानता और समान शिक्षा का अधिकार देता है पर उन्हें शायद यह बात याद नहीं आई.[gap height=”20″]
फडनवीस का रहा है दोहरा चरित्र
यह फ़ैसला मदरसों के पक्ष में है क्योंकि मुख्या धारा मे आने के लिए और अन्य राज्यों जैसे उत्तर प्रदेश, श्रीनगर, पशिचम बंगाल और उत्तराखंड में भी इस प्रकार की मुहीम चल रही है. तो अब आलोचना भी कर लेते हैं. ये महाराष्ट्र के वही सीएम देवेंद्र हैं जिन्होंने सुप्रीम कोर्ट के आरक्षण के फ़ैसले को विधानसभा में पलट दिया क्योंकि सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने सिर्फ मुस्लिमों को 5 फिसदी रिजर्वेशन को हामी भरी और मराठों द्वारा उटाए गए 16 फीसदी रिजर्वेशन की मांग को गलत ठहराया था. तब सीएम की मुस्लिमों को मुख्या धारा में लाने की मुहीम कहां थी या चाय पर चर्चा के साथ इसे भी डकार लिया गया था.[gap height=”20″]
बीजेपी के एक और सीएम शिवराज ने भी जारी किए कई फतवे
मध्य प्रदेश के मुख्यमंत्री शिवराज सिंह ने 2013 में मदरसों में गीता पढ़ाने का आदेश दिया था पर भारी विरोध के बाद घुटने टेक दिए. उसके बाद योग को सभी स्कूलों में अनिवार्य कर दिया. ऊपर से हाई कोर्ट के जज ने सभी स्कूलों में गीता पढ़ाने को रजामंदी दी क्योंकि गीता दार्शनिक है न की धार्मिक. समझने वाली बात है कि जहां स्कूलों में अध्यापकों की 45 फीसदी रिक्ती है वहाँ शिक्षा को बढ़ावा देने की जगह योग और गीता के दर्शन कराए जा रहे हैं.[gap height=”20″]
 दीनानाथ वत्रा के क्या कहने
चलो अब गुजरात दर्शन करते हैं क्योंकि आज कल दीनानाथ वत्रा उर्दू के शब्दों को हटा कर संस्कृत के शब्दों को मढ़ रहे हैं और तो और अगर उनकी मानें तो मोटर कार का आविष्कार वैदिक काल में अंशबरथ से हुआ था. फिर पता नहीं क्यों देश के प्रधानमंत्री फ्रांल ले राफेल खरीद लाए. अच्छा होता धनुष बाण ले आते.[gap height=”20″]
वही खट्टर सरकार ने गीता पढ़वाने की उतरदायित्व ले लिया है. सबके अच्छे दिन गीता, संस्कृत और योग से आएंगे. बहरहाल, महाराष्ट्र सरकार का कदम सही है लेकिन शिवराज सिंह की गलती दोहराये जाने की गलती नहीं होनी चाहिए और आशा करता हुं कि यह फ़ैसला मंत्री विनोद तावड़े और पंकजा मुंडे प्रकरण से ध्यान भटकाने का तरीका नहीं.

Hit and Run by the red beacon and the VIP culture

[box]By Samridhi Dikshit[/box]downloadMedia buzzing with minister’s car accident stories, adding on the list is Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s speeding car convoy caused an accident, killing a woman (as NDTV reports). Next update was that he denied car accompanying him. It is obvious to deny as nobody is so honest to accept their fault in first attempt especially in cases related to minister’s. What matters here is the death of a woman by his car.

Last night we heard a four year old child was killed when actress-cum-politician Hema Malini’s speeding Mercedes hit a Maruti Alto in Rajasthan. After the first information report or FIR was filed the driver has been arrested this morning. News is floating with injuries to Hema Malini but who knows the fact about who the child was? I know media depends on prominence factor but we can’t leave ‘behind the scene stories’ as these stories are equally important.

If media reports are to be believed, Hema Malini, who’s a BJP MP, ran from the spot. It is being suggested by the media reports; it was her injuries which was the most prominent thing for Hema. Again, if the reports are true, the little kid would have been saved, if she would have been taken to the hospital alongside Hema but despite having enough space in her SUV, Hema didn’t find it rational to take anybody with her.

It has been seen a trend that Minister’s car with Laal batti has been accused of killing person in accident. For example in the month of May Kerala Minister Dr MK Muneer was travelling in an SUV that hit a man riding a scooter who was a  college professor  died after reaching hospital.

Who will speak against these incidents, will they get any witness like those in normal cases, and the same goes with Salman’s hit and run case too! Months and years will be passed with files kept one above the other without any justice, after that the story will be the same, minister’s in their comfort zone will add on to their mistakes. One who has the power to rule should set an example as an IDOL.

When did Mr Narendra Modi turn into Mr. Manmohan Singh?

[box]By Anwesha Brahma[/box]

Mr. Babulal Gaur Yadav who has always been in the news for every possible wrong reason has yet again sparked off another controversy after commenting that drinking liquor is a “fundamental right” and a status symbol as well. Well no doubt the many people were taken aback by this statement but this was not the first time Mr. Yadav had passed such a remark.

In June 2014, after the 2014 Badaun gang rape, he said, “This is a social crime which depends on men and women. Sometimes it’s right, sometimes it’s wrong”.  Bharatiya Janata Party dismissed his comments as being his personal opinion rather than those of the party. In May 2015, while speaking at a party function, he made a controversial statement about how he had offered to teach the wife of a Russian Leader the art of removing Dhoti. And when asked about the deaths of several accused and witnesses in the Vyapam scam he said, “Whoever is born has to die one day. It’s Mrityulok”.

 First of all thank you Mr. Yadav for enlightening us with those information. And of course after those remarks the crime rate of Madhya Pradesh doesn’t even shock me.  In the state of Madhya Pradesh there has been maximum number of crime against women (2,900) accounting for 15.0% of total such cases reported in the country.  Murder cases, which are 3.2% per 100,000 persons, tiger poaching or cyber crimes Madhya Pradesh tops the list in every segment.

But the question is Mr Modi who at first came out to be a strong administrative and quite extrovert ruler over the time has chosen to be Mr. Manmohan Singh. Be it is the LalitGate scam or the Vyapam scam; he hardly has anything to say. But the irony is, while Gujarat has a sumptuary law in force that proscribes the manufacture, storage, sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages in the state, a member of the same existing party in Madhya Pradesh states drinking alcohol as a status symbol. But the question is that while being the CM of Gujrat he had banned it in the state, why can’t PM Modi do that in collaboration with the CM of Madhya Pradesh?